Monthly Archive May 2018

ByRichard Corby

Free MECC training – Making Every Contact Count

CVS Uttlesford is delighted to be offering a free morning training course for front line professionals to enable them to make the most of every contact

30th May 2018, Dunmow, Essex

Hosted at Uttlesford Community Hub in Dunmow.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Making Every Contact Count is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations.

The fundamental idea underpinning the MECC approach is simple. It recognises that staff across health, local authority and voluntary sectors, have thousands of contacts every day
with individuals and are ideally placed to promote health and healthy lifestyles.

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ByRichard Corby

CVSU at the Essex Young Farmers’ Show

We had a great day at the Essex Young Farmers’ Show yesterday

Thank you to everyone who came over to learn more about CVS Uttlesford and some of the community services we provide. We were running our free “Win a garden tidy up” draw all day and one luck person or group will be receiving a visit from the Green Matters team very soon. We’ll announce the winner very soon (the winning ticket holder can nominate a person in need or community group to receive the prize!)

If your school or community group is having a public event this summer, we’d love to come along and take part. Please get in touch – 01371 878400 or email info@cvsu.org.uk

ByRichard Corby

Senior Citizens’ Concert with Fool’s Gold Accoustics

Dunmow Rotary Club invite you to their

Senior Citizens’ Concert

Friday 22nd June 2018 at 7.30 p.m. at

E. T. Foakes Memorial Hall

FOOL’S GOLD ACCOUSTICS

presents well known “Original Songs with Strings”

Accompanied by “Fascinating Tales”

and “Engaging Video”

If you know the songs “Sing along”

FREE TICKETS

FREE REFRESHMENTS

For your free ticket please telephone 01371 873321

 

 

ByRichard Corby

Cafe for Farmer’s launching on 25th May 2018

Come and join a weekly get-together for Farmers and retired Farm Hands

As part of CVSU’s Community Builder programme we’re launching a new Farmer’s Cafe in Hatfield Broad Oak

This is a farming social group for those who have worked in agriculture.  We simply meet in a working farm cafe for a bit of chat, something nice to eat and to socialise and enjoy each other’s company.

The Farmer’s Cafe will take place every Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at

Cammas Hall Farm

Needham Green

Hatfied Broad Oak

CM22 7JT

To find out more call our Community Builder Aga Korfel on 01371 878400 or email communitybuilder@cvsu.org.uk

We hope you can join us!

ByRichard Corby

New FREE weight management course – My Weight Matters

My Weight Matters is a new community based weight management service offering on-going support to people who want to lose weight and keep it off

During a FREE 12 week programme you will work your way through a series of weight management self-help guides produced by Ace Lifestyle

By attending our drop in sessions in Dunmow, you can have a weekly weigh in and get your weekly guide booklets.

The sessions run weekly on Thursday mornings 10.30 am, in Uttlesford Community Hub, 45 Stortford Road, Dunmow CM6 1DQ.

For more information call 01371 878400.

 

ByRichard Corby

Don’t just sit there! A health event for men

An afternoon of entertainment including stand up comedy from John Ryan who addresses the serious business of health in an engaging and amusing way

Hosted by BBC Essex DJ Ronnie Barbour this event looks at the funny side of men’s health whilst offering the opportunity to find out more about local activities to help you get active and stay healthy

“Don’t just sit there” is being brought to you by the Essex Shed Network and West Essex Sheds hosted by Maldon and District CVS and CVS Uttlesford and is supported by the Centre Supporting Voluntary Action in Chelmsford

Calling all men! – find out more about staying well and have a laugh and a free lunch at the same time #dontjustsitthere

Don’t just sit there is an exciting event taking place just to mark Men’s Health Week 2018.

Taking place on Monday 18th June from 12:30pm the event will feature stand up comedy from John Ryan who addresses the serious business of health in an engaging and amusing way.

Includes a professional pop up panel, listen to a series of professionals explain themselves in just four minutes, take part in a real warm up event and talk to local people about what’s going on in your area.

Ticket includes lunch!

Monday 18th June 201812.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

The Transition

Anne Knight Building

City Park West

Chelmsford

Essex

CM1 1LW

Book online at https://dont_just_sit_there.eventbrite.co.uk

 

If you have any questions about this event please contact Hamish on 01621 851891 or email hamish@maldoncvs.org.uk

ByRichard Corby

First Green Matters garden transformation complete

Green Matters is a gardening project aimed at the vulnerable, elderly and disabled residents in Uttlesford, who have lost control of their gardens

Through the deployment of teams of locally sourced volunteers, these gardens will be fully or partially reclaimed, in order to improve local resident’s health and wellbeing and to reduce the risk of trips and falls

Our first garden transformation was at the home of an elderly lady who has mobility issues and who cannot walk unaided.  Sadly her daughter died at a young age, with her marriage ending a short while later.  Tragically, her son too died, leaving this resident quite isolated.

Our project lead Mark Ropkins, with support from our volunteers, have made this lady’s garden safe again.  We’ve fought back the overgrowth of plants, cut the lawns to a manageable length and with the support of her good and dear neighbours, this lady can now enjoy her garden once again – safely.

If you know someone who would benefit from Green Matters the contact Mark on

Phone: 01371 878400 / 07841632096

Email: mark.ropkins@cvsu.org.uk

If you would like to be a volunteer and be part of the community gardening project then contact us on

Phone: 01371 878400

Email: info@cvsu.org.uk

ByRichard Corby

Funding Bulletin May 2018

The May 2018 edition of our Funding Bulletin is now free to download

Each month our Funding and Information Officer Jacqui Davies prepares an invaluable funding bulletin, detailing currently open funds that charities and community organisations can apply to in support of their work

Download the FREE Funding Newsletter for May 2018

 

If you would like help with any of the funding programmes detailed or advice on any aspect of funding or group development, please contact Jacqueline Davies, Funding & Information Officer
Email: info@cvsu.org.uk

Telephone: 01371 878400

 

ByRichard Corby

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Making Every Contact Count is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing

MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations.

The fundamental idea underpinning the MECC approach is simple. It recognises that staff across health, local authority and voluntary sectors, have thousands of contacts every day
with individuals and are ideally placed to promote health and healthy lifestyles.

  • For organisations, MECC means providing their staff with the leadership, environment, training and information that they need to deliver the MECC approach.
  • For staff, MECC means having the competence and confidence to deliver healthy lifestyle messages, to help encourage people to change their behaviour and to direct
    them to local services that can support them.
  • For individuals, MECC means seeking support and taking action to improve their own lifestyle by eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, drinking alcohol sensibly,
    exercising regularly, not smoking and looking after their wellbeing and mental health.

MECC focuses on the lifestyle issues that, when addressed, can make the greatest improvement to an individual’s health:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Drinking alcohol only within the recommended limits
  • Healthy eating
  • Being physically active
  • Keeping to a healthy weight
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing

Health Education England has developed a number of e-learning packages to support MECC.   These are available free of charge from the e-learning for Healthcare website

There are also a number of MECC resources available on the Making Every Contact Count website, together with evidence of the benefits derived from a MECC approach to healthcare, plus useful information on sourcing quality training for your staff and volunteers.

http://www.makingeverycontactcount.co.uk

 

ByRichard Corby

Dragons Challenge Awards Evening 2018

The Dragons Apprentice Challenge is an innovative annual Business Challenge for students, typically between 16 and 17 years old.  Teams are given £100 seed capital, matched with a local business professional (Dragon) and paired with a local Charity Partner

On Wednesday 26th April 2018 we celebrated the end of our first intake of Dragons Apprentices with an awards evening at Saffon Screen, Saffron Walden, Essex. Our teams of apprentices joined us for an evening of reflection, faced our “Super Dragons” panel and then following a buffet celebration, we presented our Awards across six categories: – Most Money Made, Most Innovative Product, Service or Business Idea, Best Partnership with your Charity, Outstanding Apprentice Achievement, Best Presentation and finally Overall Winning Team.

Our host for the evening was Steve Shoesmith, and we were delighted to be joined by Dominic Parry, Founder and owner of The Saffron Ice Cream Company as out guest speaker, who gave our young apprentices and insight into the challenges and rewards of running your own business.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the evening, and the first year of Dragons Apprentice Uttlesford such a success.