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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

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

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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