Funding fair and health showcase

Calderdale Health and Well-being Showcase and Funding Fair at the Elsie Whiteley Centre, Halifax.

Calderdale Health and Well-being Showcase and Funding Fair at the Elsie Whiteley Centre, Halifax.

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Community groups were helped to get clued up on funding in an annual event in Halifax.

Organised by Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC), this year’s 10th annual Funding Fair also incorporated a Health and Well Being Showcase, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC), to hear from organisations running projects funded by the Grants for Health and Well Being Programme.

Steve Duncan, chief executive of CFFC, said: “It was a tremendous honor to have opened the event at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and we were delighted to be involved in such a well-organised and well-attended showcase and we look forward to working with Voluntary Action Calderdale on this and other programmes in the future.”

Workshops throughout the day looked at Health and Well Being and the impact of NHS changes from different perspectives including gender and disabilities.

Guest speakers included Debbie Graham from the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, with funding exhibitors including The Big Lottery, Calderdale Council Small Grants, Charity Bank, The Community Foundation for Calderdale and Local Giving.

A VAC spokesperson said: “We are delighted that the 10th Annual Funding Fair was a great success yet again this year, providing groups with the chance to meet funders face to face.

“The additional element this year of the Health and Well Being Showcase saw an outstanding number of groups coming under the health and well being banner in attendance and showing their support for the event.

“It was a great opportunity for all the attendees to benefit from the great networking opportunities available as well as the wealth of assistance on hand from the funders involved.”