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CVSU “Making a Difference” Awards 2019 : Nominations

To celebrate the achievements of the voluntary sector in Uttlesford, CVSU are hosting a Celebration Charity Ball in Saffron Walden

As part of the celebrations, we have created 3 new Awards which will recognise the work done by voluntary sector organisations, staff and volunteers in our community

There are 3 categories of award

1. Outstanding contribution in Uttlesford by a volunteer.
2. Outstanding contribution in Uttlesford by an employee within the voluntary sector.
3. Voluntary sector or community organisation making a significant contribution to the lives of those living in Uttlesford

The awards will be judged by an independent panel of guests.

The winners will be invited to receive their awards at the Charity Ball in Saffron Walden on 22nd June.

There will be 2 FREE tickets to the Ball for each category winner.

Complete our form to submit your nominations

ByRichard Corby

Launch of Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund

The CIF has been re-launched for 2019

The CIF has been re-launched for 2019 and has brought together the CIF, Local Service Fund and Micro Grants and will be administered by EALC.

What does the CIF fund?
You can apply if you have a project that can:
  • create, procure or develop new community assets​
  • enhance existing community assets
  • enhance or develop initiatives that strengthen a community, including cultural initiatives
  • develop local capability
Projects should highlight the benefit to the wider community and show that community engagement and co-production has occurred in the design and delivery of the project, demonstrating a real community need.

For CIF (max £10,000 grant), the pre-application form deadline is 31 May 2019.

The Micro Grant strand is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

For more information see the EALC website.

ByRichard Corby

CVSU shortlisted for national partnership award

CVS Uttlesford were this week shortlisted for an award in the inaugural NAVCA awards recognising the contribution of voluntary sector infrastructure across the county.

The nomination which was received in the Collaboration and Partnership category was in recognition of the strong partnership work that had taken place with our partners Maldon and District CVS to set up the Essex Shed Network partnership and attract three year funding from the National Lottery for the development of Men in Shed projects and expansion of the projects reach.

Clive Emmett, CEO of CVS Uttlesford said  “We were extremely pleased to have been shortlisted for these new NAVCA awards and count ourselves privilaged to reach the point we did in the process considering the strong field.  We are also very pleased that it was in partnership with our colleagues at Maldon CVS, an organisation we find it very easy to work with collaboratively.”

MDCVS Chair Sara Kettely said ” I’m very proud to be chair of the Trustees at Maldon and District CVS working to support an amazing team headed by Sarah Troop, brilliant to be part of the collaboration with our collegaues at CVS Uttlesford”

Read more about the awards, winners and other shortlisted organisations here 

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

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

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

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

ByRichard Corby

Charity Digital Code of Practice

An assessment tool has been launched to help charities test how well they are embracing digital innovation

The tool is designed to be used alongside the Charity Digital Code of Practice, which launched this week to offer advice to the sector on how to improve their digital capabilities.

The aim of the Charity Digital Code Quick Assessment Tool is to help charities find out within minutes where they stand on standards laid out in the code and which area of their work is most likely to benefit by focusing on digital.

Areas covered in the code include leadership and involving stakeholders in digital innovation.

Digital Collective, a group of digital specialists who work within the charity World Vision UK, together with digital fundraising organisation Hubbub, have developed the tool.

“By allowing charities to see where we stand both in respect of each other and in respect to our own agreed best practice, I hope that the quick assessment tool will help charities to start having the conversations needed at a senior level, which will deliver the kind of transformative growth into the sector that, so far, we’ve really only seen digital deliver in the commercial sector,” said Martin Francis Campbell, World Vision Chief Information Officer, Digital Collective Chair and Charity Digital Specialist at Hubbub.

Digital is more than just websites and marketing

He added: “As charities, we often focus digital thinking on the nuts and bolts of websites and marketing, and can miss the bigger opportunities presented by adopting digital at the heart of the organisation.

“I’m really pleased to see that the charity digital code is focussed around leadership, strategy and culture.  In the transformation that I’m leading at World Vision, it’s on those areas that we’re focussed most sharply, and where we’re already seeing the results of effective digital thinking.”

The tool also asks participants to include their submission into a benchmark report, which will track how the charity sector as a whole is performing.

ByRichard Corby

Open event at new Radwinter Mens’ Shed

We are pleased to announce that the old cricket pavilion at the Radwinter recreation ground has been made available to the Essex Shed Network, in order to establish a Community Men’s Shed in this area of Uttlesford

A Men’s Shed project is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests, with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men, where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

We are holding an open event on Saturday the 17th of November 2018 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for any men 65 years plus, who would be interested in becoming members of this exciting project.
We will be available to talk with you about the Shed Project, tea, coffee and cake will also be provided.

We look forward to meeting you