“We know that social isolation and #loneliness are driving some of the worst issues in our society”. great knowledge share last week w/ @EssexPSR @cvs_uttlesford @Community360org @BraintreeDC @UttlesfordDC @GreenfieldsCH re our work tackling isolation & loneliness @the_young_fdn pic.twitter.com/0MybqL977H
— Isabel Young (@IsabelKAYoung) July 9, 2018
If you need detailed help or support CVS Uttlesford is here for you – contact email@example.com or telephone the team on 01371 878400
On this page we have listed links to organisations who offer free services, donated equipment or resources that charities and community and voluntary sector groups can make use of.
Before spending hard earned funds on computers or software, take a look at donated items available on the Tech Trust website.
There are alternatives to Office365 too, so have a look at Google NonProfit. Eligible organisations can get free business standard email, using your own domain, as well as using cloud drive, calendar and Google Docs too.
We love Breathe HR – a cloud based HR solution that is free to charitable organisations with less than 250 staff. Manage also staff and volunteers in one place and it is GDPR compliant too!
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The report points out the importance of administrative support, stating that “Infrastructure is rather more like a skeleton than scaffolding. You need it all the time and, unlike scaffolding, you can’t dispense with it.” It goes on to explore the behavioural science behind funding and suggests that the way we talk about fundraising could be key to changing perspectives on funding core costs.
You can read the report here.
If you need fundraising support or advice, help with preparing your annual budgets or identifying and allocating the true cost of your work, CVS Uttlesford can help. Please get in touch.
The report Digital Boomers – A Theory of change for older people, technology and independent living (www.rethinkpartners.co.uk ) myth-busts many common assumptions about how older people embrace digital and tech. It includes a Theory of Change: a step by step model to enable citizens, families, professionals and organisations to harness new technology at scale.
RETHINK Partners produced the report after being commissioned by Essex County Council to explore the question “How can technology be better used across Essex to promote independent living?” and worked with a group that included local and district councils, NHS, Fire, care delivery organisations and voluntary sector members from across Essex. They pooled their knowledge and set out to discover what may be enabling or hindering technology adoption amongst older people in the county; coupled with extensive face-to-face insight with people from across Essex, as well as an academic literature review by Anglia Ruskin University. The resulting Theory of Change makes six recommendations for collective action for citizens and professionals alike which together should take us closer to our world-leading ambition.
The Digital Boomers report and Theory of Change gives the entire county the blueprint for ensuring the people of Essex lead the way in tech and independent living.
Go to www.rethinkpartners.co.uk to download:
CVS Uttlesford is working in partnership wtih RETHINK Partners to develop a digital strategy that will enable us to support older community members in their adoption of assistive technologies. We will have more news soon, including details of how you can be part of our pilot phase of the scheme.
The Value of Small study was carried out by a consortium of researchers from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University; the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at the Open University.
A brief overview:
The research focusses on Small and Medium Charities (referred to throughout the report as SMCs, and defined as voluntary, community, social enterprise and civil society organisations that operate at local level with an income of between £10,000 and £1 million). The study highlights distinctive value that SMCs provide by playing a stabilising role between services and communities and by providing tailored, diverse and responsive local support services that plug gaps in local public service provision.
Ronnie introduced a range of guests and managed the panel discussion later in the afternoon. He shared with us his own experience of mental health issues and encouraged men everywhere not to be afraid to speak up when they needed help. This was a trend that ran through the afternoon – help is available but men are very bad at asking for it!
The main event of the afternoon was a session provided by stand-up comic, writer and broadcaster John Ryan who believes that if you can make people laugh you can make them listen – and he is right! I think we all learned a lot from his presentation and enjoyed ourselves at the same time.
Thanks also to James from Greenfields Community Housing who provided a sit down exercise session, which is more tiring than you might think! It’s something we can all take time out to do when we are sitting down, and as James said, just increasing your heart rate a little can have big benefits. To find out more about chair based exercise contact James Taylor You can also download their poster here
Some useful men’s health links:
An introductory four hour session to raise awareness of mental health. It is designed to give:
Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. Limited to 25 places so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while learning.
You will receive:
There is no onsite parking however vehicles may be parked in the church car park approximately 150 metres away
Please visit our Eventbrite page:
Places on the training are free, but we are requesting a donation towards the cost of the course materials for each participant. Please donate if you can. Thank you.
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
At one point we had over 55 people in the room – what an amazing turnout!
Dunmow is fortunate to benefit from so many volunteers who freely give of their time, experience and energy – from drivers for the hospice, to people keeping footpath networks open and accessible, through to volunteers who have been working for over twenty years to safeguard local history and heritage.
Thank you all!
What do I do if I want to volunteer?
Volunteer Uttlesford hold up to date information on a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and can help match your interests to the opportunities that are available.
So please do get in touch:
You are never under any obligation and the service is completely free and confidential.
Volunteering can help you make new friends, have fun, develop skills or learn new ones and achieve satisfaction by helping others
or you can find more local opportunities via the link below:
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!
We still can’t say it enough, but we can say it with tea and cake!
Join us on Thursday morning to celebrate our community
#volunteers from 10.30 a.m. at Foakes Hall, Dunmow, Essex. This is an open celebration of all volunteering in our District – you don’t have to have volunteered with CVS Uttlesford – if you have given time in any way to support local people, local initiatives, local groups and made a difference – then come along and join the celebration.
10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Thursday 7th June 2018
We hope you can join us, and once again, thank you.