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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

ByRichard Corby

Working with Dunmow Flitch Friendship Club

This year we are working with local charity Dunmow Flitch Friendship Club to help this important community asset to grow and thrive

CVS Uttlesford has recently been appointed to the board of Dunmow Flitch Friendship Club and will be providing treasurer and secretary support to the charity over the next twelve months.   The group was at serious risk of having to close, as finding people to take on the responsibility of being a trustee has been a challenge.   In past years, the charity has been in the news in their quest to find a new Chairperson and we’re pleased to say that Helen Manley has been reappointed to continue in this role for a further twelve months, having got to grips with managing the club last year.  Changes have seen a move to new more-affordable premises for the social evening and a reduction in operating costs.   Now that the group has been stabilised, we will work together to grow the membership over the next year and ensure there is a strong future for the organisation.

The main club activity is a social evening that happens on the first Thursday of the month, from 6.30 p.m. to approx. 9.00 p.m. at the Rowena Davey Day Centre, on Chequers Lane in Dunmow.  It costs just £16 per year to be a member and enjoy the regular club night activities, which almost always includes a live entertainment performance.   There are also members Christmas meals, fish and chip suppers and tea parties across the year, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere and a great sense of belonging.

Look out for our new posters and flyers appearing around Dunmow and surrounding villages.    We’ll also have a tombola stall at the Dunmow Christmas Lights event on 1st December, raising funds for the club.   If you can donate a bottle (new unopened) for the stall please call in at the Community Hub at 45 Stortford Road and see Richard.   All donations gratefully received.

We will bring you club news across the year, in which we also hope to include some outings.

For more information visit the new Dunmow Friendship Club website (built and maintained by CVSU):

http://www.dunmowfriendshipclub.org.uk

 

 

ByRichard Corby

CVS Uttlesford Halloween Charity Quiz Night

Join CVS Uttlesford for our first charity quiz night, in aid of our work with the local community.

CVS Uttlesford is a charity at the heart of our community. We work with local people, groups and charities to make Uttlesford a more connected, better place to live.

Admission is £10 per person which includes a hot supper (choice of either meat or vegan option – to be pre-booked – choose the appropriate ticket when signing up).

  • Come on your own and join a team, or make up a team of up to 8 people and book together for a table.

  • 6 rounds general knowledge and two specialist rounds plus bonus game

  • Raffle

  • Cash bar

  • Supper included in admission price

(Fancy Dress Optional)

Join us for a fun evening in support of our community.

DATE AND TIME

Fri 26 October 2018

19:00 – 22:00 BST

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LOCATION

Rowena Davey Centre

Chequers Lane

Dunmow

CM6 1EQ

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ByRichard Corby

CVS Uttlesford AGM 2018

You are cordially invited to our AGM on Friday 16th November 2018 starting at 10 a.m.

Our guest speaker this year will be Debra Allcock. Debra has been CEO of DSC since 2001 and believes that charities are the best vehicle for people to come together to make the world a better place. DSC is the largest provider of information and services about anything to do with leading and running your charity, and campaigns on issues they think are important to the charitable sector. Debra is author of “Tought at the Top” -a guide for CEO’s in our sector, “The Pleasure and Pain” – how to work with people in our sector and the soon to be published “Murder in Management”. All proceeds from these books go to charity.

We will also be delighted to have of our Patron the Rt. Hon Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden joining us on the occasion of our AGM.

DATE AND TIME

Fri 16 November 2018

10:00 – 12:30 GMT

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LOCATION

King Edward VI Almshouses

Abbey Lane

Saffron Walden

CB10 1DE

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ByRichard Corby

World Mental Health Day 2018

#TimetoChange

CVS Uttlesford is one of a number of charities and services coming together today to recognise World Mental Health Day 2018.

At a packed event hosted at the Uttlesford Community Hub today, organised and hosted by Mind in West Essex, CVS Uttlesford team members took part in a pledge ceremony aimed to bring an end to mental health discrimination.

Time to Change is a growing movement of people who are changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.    The message coming out of the event today is “Ask twice!”  If people around you – friends, family, colleagues – neighbours – are acting different then ask them if they are ok.  Most people will respond “I’m fine”.   So ask twice.  The second time you are more likely to get the true answer.  We need to make it ok to say “I’m not ok”.

For more information on Time to Change and World Mental Health Day 2018 visit:

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/asktwice

 

ByRichard Corby

Uttlesford Local Strategic Partnership Annual Conference

The Uttlesford Local Strategic Partnership invites you to participate in its annual assembly, which this year will focus on 21st Century Visions for Living.

This half day event will offer the opportunity to listen to speakers presenting on Health Prevention, Housing and Digital Technology.

There will be case studies on the use of Smart Home Technology, how it continues to develop and support independent living. District Community Builders will present on Asset Based Community Development, highlighting the importance of local communities realising their strengths and creating connections to aid sustainability. The Housing Learning Network will speak about the developments being made in housing and Public Health England colleagues will offer an insight on health prevention and living well.

There will be the chance to express your vision of 21st Century Living over a free lunch.

Date and Time

Thu 1 November 2018

09:30 – 14:00 GMT

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Location

Throws Farm Conference Centre

Stebbing

CM6 3AQ

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ByRichard Corby

World Suicide Prevention Day

Monday 10th September is world suicide prevention day.

Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45 and it is rising in older men. 75% of all suicides in the UK are by men so this Suicide prevention day the Essex Shed Network wants to shine a light on the preventative role that Men in Shed projects can have.

There are many reasons why men may feel suicidal including periods of transition in their lives. Bereavement, retirement and poor health are all examples of why anyone may begin to feel isolated or depressed. Sheds bring people together and provide somewhere men can talk, shoulder to shoulder. Many Shedders will be in a position to relate to feelings associated with these transitions, they can offer a friend, support and understanding all in the form of a enjoyable hobby.

At the Essex Shed Network we know that Sheds make a difference and from talking to Shedders we know that the friendships at Sheds really do help when people are struggling with suicidal thoughts and their mental health.Read the stories of local Shedders David and Andy

For anyone struggling to cope, the Samaritans is there for you, around the clock every single day of the year. Please call them free at any time on 116 123. All calls are completely confidential.

ByRichard Corby

Hallowe’en Charity Quiz Night

Friday 26th October 2018

7.00 p.m. til 10.00 p.m.

Join CVS Uttlesford for our first charity quiz night, in aid of our work with the local community.

CVS Uttlesford is a charity at the heart of our community. We work with local people, groups and charities to make Uttlesford a more connected, better place to live.

Admission is £10 per person which includes a hot supper (choice of either meat or vegan option – to be pre-booked – choose the appropriate ticket when signing up).

  • Come on your own and join a team, or make up a team of up to 8 people and book together for a table.
  • 6 rounds general knowledge and two specialist rounds plus bonus game
  • Raffle
  • Cash bar
  • Supper included in admission price

(Fancy Dress Optional)

Join us for a fun evening in support of our community.

To book visit: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity-halloween-quiz-tickets-49207633356

ByRichard Corby

Dementia Cafe welcomes those living with dementia

The Dementia Café launched on 21 May 2018 and has so far run for 11 sessions.  Staffed by volunteers and members of the CVSU team, it offers a warm, inclusive and supportive environment for local people living with dementia

People living with dementia are invited to come along with their partner, carer or family member and talk/be together over a drink and snack.  

Already, the café is proving to be popular, with the same people attending regularly as well as newcomers joining us.  We talk about anything relating to life with dementia, as well as other matters that may help with daily living, such as gardening tips, fire safety in the home, and first aid.  

We have visiting professionals who can answer dementia-related questions, and help people navigate their way through a number of issues.  So far these include hearing from a Community Matron about personal care, behavioural issues and a single point of contact for general support; and a Care professional to learn about financial benefits that are available and how to apply, and some of the options for ongoing care.  For the future, we plan to offer dementia friendly outings, such as cinema, music/theatre or other ideas café goers may have.

The Dementia Café runs on Mondays, from 1030 to 1200, at the Uttlesford Community Hub,45 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DQ.  For more information, please get in touch with CVSU on 01371 878400 or email info@cvsu.org.uk – or just pop into the café, where you will be most welcome.