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.
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:
email@example.com for general enquiries, funding advice and bulletins and volunteering
firstname.lastname@example.org for all invoice and payment questions
email@example.com for our Chief Officer Clive Emmett
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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:
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!
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
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.
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.