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Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary is made up of organisations committed to providing a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.

For more information on the work of each organisation and the support it offers please click the links below.

Halifax Opportunities Trust (HOT)

It is a local charity tackling poverty across Calderdale, with our roots in Park ward in Halifax. We were set up 2000 by local people and our purpose has always been ‘to work to make a vibrant, multicultural and self-sustaining community’. We meet our purpose by helping people to find good jobs; build new social connections, and tackle low confidence and self-esteem; provide learning opportunities (including apprenticeships and ESOL); help parents to bring up healthy, confident and happy children; provide affordable business space and networking to encourage local enterprise & job opportunities within the community. Our approach is person-centred and flexible. This means that we don’t see people as ‘unemployed’ or ‘unwell’ or ‘disadvantaged’. Instead we get to know the individual (and their family where appropriate), and jointly understand what the person’s aspirations are. We then introduce people to our activities and services, and encourage full involvement as a participant, a volunteer, and/or as an active citizen. We place huge value and focus on diversity and bring people together wherever possible. We take an asset-based approach to our work, which assumes skills, talents and aspirations in everyone.

VSI Alliance 

Here in Calderdale, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) is an integral part of the local landscape and its hard work and dedication definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.  This is why the VSI Alliance was first set up.  The Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance – or VSI Alliance for short – was set up to support and strengthen the Calderdale VCSE sector.

The VSI Alliance is a unique model of partnership working in the UK.  With four voluntary & community sector support organisations and two public sector bodies working together, The VSI Alliance is able to delivers a robust and knowledgeable service to its organisations.

The VSI Alliance is made up of:

  • Voluntary & Community (VAC)
  •       North Bank Forum (NBF)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Calderdale Council

Since its set up in 2018, The VSI Alliance has provided tailored support to Calderdale organisations around the following:

  • Organisational development support
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteer matching and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCSE sector
We’re the Everybody School of Art.
We champion the value of creativity in everyday life and connect people with art through a varied programme of activities and opportunities.

Come and visit our venue, a grade II listed textile mill in Halifax. Here you will find our art school with extensive facilities and equipment for art making, our gallery where creative practices and processes are shared and showcased as well as our artist studios, where many artists and creative practitioners make their work. Our work also takes place out in the community at Schools and community venues, online and in peoples homes.

Survivors Of Torture Activity Fund (STAF)

We are a fundraising group based in the Calder Valley who provide support to those survivors of torture and their families who are, or have been, referred to Freedom from Torture North West (located in Manchester).

We provide gym and swim memberships, pay for courses and activities, provide food, clothing, toys and any other essential items requested.