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ByRichard Corby

Our email addresses are changing

As part of our GDPR compliance, CVS Uttlesford is moving its email communications to a new platform.   From Friday 11th May 2018 we will all have new email addresses and would ask you to use them from this date.

Our primary email addresses are: for general enquiries, funding advice and bulletins and volunteering for all invoice and payment questions for our Chief Officer Clive Emmett for our Dragons Apprentice Challenge programme


You can also contact team members directly using the following email addresses:

Email sent to previous email addresses will be forwarded to the new accounts during the transition.  Please update your contact lists with the new details as soon as possible.

Thank you


ByRichard Corby

Green Matters project officially launches

A new gardening project aimed at the vulnerable, elderly, and disabled residents who have lost control of their garden has launched in Uttlesford

Green Matters is run by the Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford (CVSU) and supported by Uttlesford District Council and Essex County Council, as well as the Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership (CSP), and Livewell Uttlesford.

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

Through contact with the volunteers, the aim of Green Matters is to reduce loneliness and isolation, increase a sense of connectedness to the local community and have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing in the community.

Project coordinator Mark Ropkins will recruit, train and manage the team of volunteers, who will also carry out risk assessments for each intervention and provide feedback which will be used to monitor the success of the project.

If you know someone who would benefit from Green Matters, please contact Mark on 01371 878400 / 07841 632096 or

ByRichard Corby

Uttlesford Community Action Zones reports now published

A great opportunity for Uttlesford partners to seek understanding and better outcomes for people living within the local community

Tackling social isolation and loneliness is high on Uttlesford Health and Wellbeing Board’s agenda, as outlined within its Strategy 2017-2022. The Community Action Zone (CAZ) project was a great opportunity for Uttlesford partners to seek understanding and better outcomes for people living within the local community.

The project was commissioned by Essex Partners and delivered collaboratively by a range of stakeholders in conjunction with the Young Foundation. Focusing on three very different areas in the Uttlesford district (the neighbourhoods of Saffron Walden, Little Bardfield, Takeley and Little Canfield), The aim was to learn more about the social networks and connections that exist in these communities so that local stakeholders can work together to best support the people and projects that are contributing to community wellbeing and reducing isolation and loneliness. It involved a range of qualitative research methods including interviews, informal conversations and mapping activities with stakeholders, residents and groups. Community events arranged in each neighbourhood shared the insights and kicked off a discussion about next steps for supporting local social action. The partners included: Uttlesford District Council, Essex County Council, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Uttlesford CVS and Volunteer Centre, Anglia Ruskin University Health Lab and West Essex CCG.

The project used a three-staged process to promote community-led social action to tackle social isolation and loneliness: listening and observing through ethnographic research, dialogue and reflection through community events, and co-creating new approaches led by residents themselves.

A report detailing the research findings and project progress to December 2017 is available via these links:

Link to the YF publication page:

Direct link to download the report:

Download Uttlesford Community Action Zone report



ByRichard Corby

Dragons Apprentice Challenge Awards Event

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

Participants have 4 months to come up with a business idea, make it happen and report on it.  The aim is for teams to turn their £100 into £1000+ through executing a single or series of business ideas.  All profits made by the teams are presented directly to their allocated charity.   This is the first year the challenge has taken place in Essex.

At the end of the process we want to celebrate their achievements, with their families and other invited guests.  We are delighted to be hosting our first Dragons Apprentice Challenge Awards evening on Wednesday 25th April 2018, celebrating the achievements of the students who have taken part in this first year of the challenge.  Our venue will be Saffron Walden County High School, with the ceremony starting at 6.30 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Challenge this year, and making is a wonderful success!



ByRichard Corby

Funding Opportunities April 2018

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

Funding Advice Service

As well as supplying funding information to all  members and those organisations requesting information about specific Funds, we conduct in depth  advice sessions. Recent applications for funding from local groups have been sought for a variety of purposes from a scout troop minibus to playground equipment, from training costs to church repairs.

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
Telephone: 01371 878400

Download our April 2018 Funding Newsletter

ByRichard Corby

Shed Inside

Male? Over 65?  Lonely or have early onset Dementia?

Join us fortnightly at Uttlesford Community Hub in Dunmow for our “Shed Inside” sessions led by Susan Hastings-Herbert.

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ByRichard Corby

Support CVSU with easy fundraising

Do you shop online?

You can raise money for CVS Uttlesford every time you buy. Shop through our easy fundraising page, it’s completely free!

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ByRichard Corby

What a start to 2018!

Having assisted Get Diggin It  with their CIC status application, we are pleased to announce it has been successful

We are now working with Ace Hounds, Recovery Dogs for Mental Health to gain their CIC status.

This is just a small portion of the work we do supporting local charities.

If you’re a small local charity and need support, advice or guidance the do get in touch.

ByRichard Corby

Kemi Badenoch is our new Patron

We are pleased to announce that Kemi Badenoch the MP for Saffron Walden has kindly agreed to be our new Patron.

Kemi is Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party and a member of the Justice Select Committee.  Before being elected to Parliament she was a Conservative member of the London Assembly, acting as the GLA Conservative’s spokesperson for the economy.  Her other areas of interest include engineering and technology, social mobility and integration. She provides regular mentoring to women who wish to pursue careers in technology.

We conveyed to Kemi the importance of the charity sector and the struggle some smaller charities face and we will be liaising with Kemi should matters effecting the 3rd sector be raised in parliament.