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:
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.
Thu 1 November 2018
09:30 – 14:00 GMT
Throws Farm Conference Centre
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.
Friday 26th October 2018
7.00 p.m. til 10.00 p.m.
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).
(Fancy Dress Optional)
Join us for a fun evening in support of our community.
To book visit:
Through the deployment of teams of locally sourced volunteers, lead by our Horticultural expert Mark Ropkins, gardens are fully or partially reclaimed, in order to improve local resident’s health and wellbeing and to reduce the risk of trips and falls
When we developed the proposal for Green Matters and took it to potential funders and partners, we thought our first year target of completing 80 gardens was ambitious but achievable. Less than five months into the project and we have already received 55 referrals from across the district, with more coming in to the office each day.
If you know a person whose garden is a cause for worry, or they feel unsafe stepping out of the back door due to overgrown paths and trip hazards, please get in touch. You can make a referral through Uttlesford Frontline or if you would like to discuss an application for support you can call Richard or Jacqui at the CVS Uttlesford office on 01371 878400.
Some examples of people we have already helped:
Our team will visit gardens and help to restore some control over them, but we need the help and support of neighbours and neighbourhoods to keep on top of the gardens in the areas we are working. If you are able to volunteer and hour or two a week to help a neighbour or person in need stay on top of their garden then please get in touch.
If you have been referred and are awaiting an initial visit, we will get to you as soon as we can. We try to visit a number of properties in the same area on the same day, so may take a week or two getting to you. We will however be in touch to confirm an appointment for the first visit and advise you of when we expect to start your garden. Lead time is currently around six weeks.
If you would like to discuss your upcoming visit or need to change the appointment please call Richard or Jacqui on 01371 878400. We’ll be pleased to help.
Our free training for charities and voluntary groups 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:
Monitoring of Frontline performance by the back office team shows that this quarter has been another best quarter performance in all districts.
We are delighted to partner with Uttlesford Citizens Advice in delivering Frontline across three districts, and together we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of the platform into other districts and regions. This includes the recent development of installing public access terminals in GP waiting rooms, so that patients can access additional help and support at the same time as they are seeking medical help. Loneliness and isolation are key concerns in our area. Our befriending fact sheet has one again been the most popular download.
Kate Robson, Chief Executive Officer of Uttlesford Citizens Advice says:
“Frontline was always an ambitious project to see if the voluntary sector could develop and operate a single, secure pathway to support joint working across community partners – (district councils, social care, local health, community support) and it is working!! Thanks to everyone who really are helping and supporting this project. A special thanks also to Uttlesford CVS – who electronically monitor the system to ensure no referral is ever missed!”
Frontline is free to use – for both services and service users. To find out more or register visit:
Our team in Uttlesford has over 40 years of involvement in the voluntary and charity sectors. We are able to draw upon a wide range of experience, relating to funding, financial management, compliance, governance, health and safety, safeguarding and risk management.
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Under current rules, a person is disqualified from acting as a charity trustee, if certain legal disqualification reasons apply to them.
These reasons are mainly bankruptcy related, and also include unspent convictions for crimes involving dishonesty or deception.
It is usually an offence for a person to act as a charity trustee whilst they are disqualified.
A disqualified person can, in most circumstances, apply to the Charity Commission to waive their disqualification. They can do this at any time after they become disqualified.
From 1 August 2018 there will be 2 key changes to the automatic disqualification rules:
For useful guidance on how to comply with the new rules, visit the Charity Commission website: