Projects

VSI Alliance

Calderdale Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support Service (VSI Alliance) is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

What We Offer

Through a single point of contact, voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and organisations working in Calderdale have access to a range of tailored support services, training and advice, covering:

The Alliance became operational on 3rd April 2018.

Get in Touch

The Alliance is based at the following address:

Engagement

Local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) need to make sure that plans for local health services are discussed
with those who may be affected – and that’s where VAC’s Engagement programmes can help.

VAC currently run two local Engagement Programmes:

Calderdale

Engagement Champions (in partnership with Calderdale CCG).

Kirklees

Community Voices (in partnership with Kirklees CCG).

Engagement Champions and Community Voices give local communities a say when changes to local health services are being considered. It’s a really important role in times of change so that the health services we all receive in the future are shaped by local people’s views.

Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing

Quality 4 Health

+ Wellbeing

Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing is the accreditation for any group or organisation delivering or looking to deliver health and wellbeing services. This external verification of service delivery demonstrates to social prescribers,
funders and people using services that your organisation delivers to a high standard and follows best practice.
Multiple levels ensure it is reasonable, practicable and proportionate for all sizes of organisations; from small community based groups to larger established organisations.

Our world is changing rapidly and Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing is here to enable the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector to become integral to local provision for the benefit of local people.

Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing has its own website with more information about the accreditation: www.qualityforhealth.org.uk.

Calipso

Calipso is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) that will tender for and manage public sector contracts on behalf of consortia of local voluntary and community organisations. It has been set up to enable Calderdale’s voluntary and community sector to respond to the emerging preference on the part of local commissioners to have fewer or single contracts with a consortia /supply chain of providers.

Organisations can request a copy of the Calipso prospectus to help them decide if membership is the right thing for them. The prospectus gives insight into why Calipso was formed. Copies of the prospectus can be requested via email on info@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 348777 or leave us your message below:

VAC + Membership

What's included?

You will receive a VAC Member welcome pack with useful information on getting the most out of your membership and a few extra treats!

Every member of VAC will be invited to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and has voting rights for resolutions and proposals either in person or by proxy.

When you sign up to be a VAC Member, you will be assigned a Go-To Contact from the VAC team.

They will be your main point of contact for your membership, helping to answer questions and signposting you to the right place within VAC and/or our partnerships.

We want the VAC membership offer to be responsive to the needs of our members.  Member check ins keep us up to date on your organisation’s news and developments but also on any challenges or support gaps that may be affecting the VCSE sector.

The information we receive during our member check ins will highlight trends and challenges that we can then explore support and solutions for via our membership offer and partnerships with local providers and authorities.

Based on feedback, we wanted to give our members an opportunity to meet and get to know each other in an informal setting.  The Biannual VAC Member Social will give you a chance to network and socialise with other organisations who are Improving Local Lives.  It is also a perfect opportunity for any of your team to come and make connections with other member organisations across Calderdale and Kirklees.

As a VAC + Member, you will receive two free tickets for both our Spring and Autumn Member Socials.  Additional tickets will be at an affordable price per attendee to cover costs.

To support VAC members to feel connected and informed, we have created a unique Member Area on the VAC Website.

The online dashboard will keep you and your colleagues up to date on the latest member opportunities, training and news.

The Member Area also has a forum function, allowing VAC Member organisations to interact and support each other.

A quarterly newsletter to keep our members up to date on not only VAC Membership updates and opportunities but also specifically created content on topics of interest to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

The Bimonthly Member Network is for VAC Members to connect with other VAC Members!

A perfect opportunity to support one another, find out about other local services and explore new collaborative opportunities and partnerships with fellow VAC members.

40% Discount on VAC Room Hire – We offer a range of flexible rooms for hire located in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Our rooms include a fully equipped, large training room with SMART board and flipchart facilities seating up to 25 theatre style, two smaller meeting rooms seating up to 12 and a small office with computer facilities suitable for one-to-one meetings or rent-a-desk.

25% Discount on Virtual Office – Perfect for start ups or smaller organisations, our Virtual Office service offers a postal address, pigeonhole and reception facilities.

25% Discount on ID Badge Printing – Competitively priced to accommodate for smaller orders, our in-house ID Badge service supports both design and printing.

Based on feedback and insight we gain from our members, our training and events offer will complement local infrastructure support training programmes.

All sessions are cost effective and VCSE sector driven.  As a VAC + Member, you will receive a considerable discount on all VAC Training and Events.

VAC Membership

What's included?

You will receive a VAC Member welcome pack with useful information on getting the most out of your membership and a few extra treats!

Every member of VAC will be invited to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and has voting rights for resolutions and proposals either in person or by proxy.

When you sign up to be a VAC Member, you will be assigned a Go-To Contact from the VAC team.

They will be your main point of contact for your membership, helping to answer questions and signposting you to the right place within VAC and/or our partnerships.

We want the VAC membership offer to be responsive to the needs of our members.  Member check ins keep us up to date on your organisation’s news and developments but also on any challenges or support gaps that may be affecting the VCSE sector. 

The information we receive during our member check ins will highlight trends and challenges that we can then explore support and solutions for via our membership offer and partnerships with local providers and authorities.

Based on feedback, we wanted to give our members an opportunity to meet and get to know each other in an informal setting.  The Biannual VAC Member Social will give you a chance to network and socialise with other organisations who are Improving Local Lives.  It is also a perfect opportunity for any of your team to come and make connections with other member organisations across Calderdale and Kirklees.

As a VAC Member, you will be invited to attend the Sping and Autumn Member Socials at an affordable price per attendee to cover costs.

To support VAC members to feel connected and informed, we have created a unique Member Area on the VAC Website.

The online dashboard will keep you and your colleagues up to date on the latest member opportunities, training and news.

The Member Area also has a forum function, allowing VAC Member organisations to interact and support each other.

A quarterly newsletter to keep our members up to date on not only VAC Membership updates and opportunities but also specifically created content on topics of interest to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

The Bimonthly Member Network is for VAC Members to connect with other VAC Members!

A perfect opportunity to support one another, find out about other local services and explore new collaborative opportunities and partnerships with fellow VAC members.

20% Discount on VAC Room Hire – We offer a range of flexible rooms for hire located in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Our rooms include a fully equipped, large training room with SMART board and flipchart facilities seating up to 25 theatre style, two smaller meeting rooms seating up to 12 and a small office with computer facilities suitable for one-to-one meetings or rent-a-desk.

Competitive rate on ID Badge Printing – Competitively priced to accommodate for smaller orders, our in-house ID Badge service supports both design and printing.

Based on feedback and insight we gain from our members, our training and events offer will complement local infrastructure support training programmes.

All sessions are cost effective and VCSE sector driven.