Monthly Archive January 2019

ByRichard Corby

Free Winter Warmth Packs

We have 100 packs to distribute to elderly and vulnerable residents in Uttlesford

Each Winter Warmth pack includes:

  • A hot water bottle
  • Blanket
  • Thermal insulated mug
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Thick socks

To request a free pack call 01371 878400 or email info@cvsu.org.uk

You can call at the Uttlesford Community Hub , 45 Stortford Road, Dunmow during office hours to collect your pack.

ByRichard Corby

Vacancy – Outreach Worker – Essex Shed Network

Outreach Worker – Essex Shed Network

Based at Maldon CVS, the Outreach Worker will support growth of the Essex Shed Network project and activities, particularly in relation to increasing the reach of the project through the provision of additional activities and resources – such as social groups, health activities and increased volunteering.

This is a full time post – 37.5 hours per week for a three year fixed term. Annual salary £24,050 with review in year two and three.

Closing date for Applications is 18th January 2019 at 5.00 p.m. Completed applications should be submitted to info@cvsu.org.uk

If you would like to discuss this exciting new role before applying, call Clive Emmett on 01371 878400 or Sarah Troop on 01621 851891.

ByRichard Corby

Vacancy – Development Worker – Essex Shed Network

Development Worker – Essex Shed Network

Operating from the Uttlesford Community Hub in Dunmow, you will be responsible for developing the Essex Shed Network across the county over the next three years. The Development Worker will support project growth and associated activities, particularly in relation to increasing the number of Sheds from the point of start-up and implementation, along with support sheds that are already established.

This is a full time post – 37.50 hours per week for a three year fixed term. Annual salary £24,050 with review in year two and three.

Closing date for Applications is 18th January 2019 at 5.00 p.m. Completed applications should be submitted to info@cvsu.org.uk

If you would like to discuss this exciting new role before applying, call Clive Emmett on 01371 878400

ByRichard Corby

CVS Uttlesford awarded £143,000 for smart homes project

A partnership led by CVSU and funded by DCMS will create a new programme across rural West Essex training older people as “digital boomers”

Registered charity CVS Uttlesford is one of three projects to receive a share of £400,000 of digital inclusion funding. The aim of the CVSU project is to help older people become more tech confident and retain their independence for longer. This will be achieved through the creation of four Smart Homes across West Essex, creating live showcases of the ways in which digital devices can make life easier, help people to retain their independence and be both educated and entertained. Visitors to the homes will be supported to develop their tech skills by a bank of sixty volunteer “Digital Buddies” who will provide training sessions and coaching.

CVS Uttlesford is partnering with Rainbow Services Harlow and Epping Forest Voluntary Action to deliver the Digital Buddies scheme, with twenty volunteers being recruited in each district. They will be supported by a Digital Project Worker in each district, and the whole 12 month programme will be led by a Digital Project Coordinator based at the Community Hub in Dunmow. Supporting the three CVS organisations are ReThink Partners who in 2018 conducted research into the use and adoption of technology by older people and have been instrumental in developing the case for support as part of the bid.

For more information on Digital Buddies and our Smart Homes, contact CVS Uttlesford CEO Clive Emmett – 01371 878400. We will shortly be issuing recruitment details for the staff and volunteer posts.

ByRichard Corby

Winter Resilience Handy Person

We are pleased to extend our Winter Warmth service by the provision of a Handy Person to get your home winter ready

If you are a homeowner occupier (you both own and live in your property) you could be eligible of up to £400 worth of quick fix measures to tackle problems associated with the onset of winter.

To be eligible, homeowners must receive one or more of the following:

  • Guarantee Personal Credit
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working/Child Tax Credit with an income less than £16,105
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Job Seekers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Disability Allowance Benefit

If you are not in receipt of the above, you may still be eligible if you are fuel poor. A fuel poor household is one which needs to spend more than 10% of its income on all fuel use to heat its home to an adequate standard of warmth.

If you think you may be eligible, and would benefit from improvements such as fixing external broken doors and windows, handrails on steps, radiator heat reflector panels, draft proofing external doors and windows, curtain rails installed, and correction or removal of trip hazards, call CVS Uttlesford on 01371 878400. Applicants will be contacted by a member of the UDC Environmental Health Team to confirm eligibility and the works, and then we can arrange for our handy person to come and do the work.

For more information call 01371 878400 or email richard.corby@cvsu.org.uk