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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):




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.


Fri 26 October 2018

19:00 – 22:00 BST

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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.


Fri 16 November 2018

10:00 – 12:30 GMT

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King Edward VI Almshouses

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ByRichard Corby

World Mental Health Day 2018


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:



ByRichard Corby

Uttlesford Local Strategic Partnership Annual Conference

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.

Date and Time

Thu 1 November 2018

09:30 – 14:00 GMT

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ByRichard Corby

World Suicide Prevention Day

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.

ByRichard Corby

Hallowe’en Charity Quiz Night

Friday 26th October 2018

7.00 p.m. til 10.00 p.m.

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.

To book visit: 


ByRichard Corby

Dementia Cafe welcomes those living with dementia

The Dementia Café launched on 21 May 2018 and has so far run for 11 sessions.  Staffed by volunteers and members of the CVSU team, it offers a warm, inclusive and supportive environment for local people living with dementia

People living with dementia are invited to come along with their partner, carer or family member and talk/be together over a drink and snack.  

Already, the café is proving to be popular, with the same people attending regularly as well as newcomers joining us.  We talk about anything relating to life with dementia, as well as other matters that may help with daily living, such as gardening tips, fire safety in the home, and first aid.  

We have visiting professionals who can answer dementia-related questions, and help people navigate their way through a number of issues.  So far these include hearing from a Community Matron about personal care, behavioural issues and a single point of contact for general support; and a Care professional to learn about financial benefits that are available and how to apply, and some of the options for ongoing care.  For the future, we plan to offer dementia friendly outings, such as cinema, music/theatre or other ideas café goers may have.

The Dementia Café runs on Mondays, from 1030 to 1200, at the Uttlesford Community Hub,45 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DQ.  For more information, please get in touch with CVSU on 01371 878400 or email info@cvsu.org.uk – or just pop into the café, where you will be most welcome.

ByRichard Corby

Great demand for Green Matters community gardening service

When we launched our gardening service for disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable people in Uttlesford we could only dream of the levels of demand we are experiencing

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:

  • A retired married couple where the wife is in need of long-term care. We cut the front lawn and undertook pruning and weeding.  The garden had got out of hand as the husband busy caring for his wife. We have returned the garden to a manageable condition and the gentleman is now happy to continue the work himself.
  • A retired lady living alone.  We have reduced the size of her shrubs as they had become large and unmanageable.  We removed a dangerous branch from one of her trees, as it was split and at risk of falling on the resident.
  • A retired lady living alone.   Her hedges were overgrown and this, together with two small trees, were blocking the light coming in to her house.   We removed the trees and cut back the hedges to open up the property.
  • A gentleman affected by Multiple Sclerosis who was waiting for an operation.  He lives alone and used to love his garden, with a particular fondness for fuchsias.  We cut back the shrubs, weeded and cleared his pathways to improve his access.   This will help him to get around the garden safely when he comes home from hospital.   He is now able to care for fuchsias  in baskets that he doesn’t have to lean down to and can easily keep them watered himself.

We need your help

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 are waiting for a visit

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.

ByRichard Corby

Free Mental Health Awareness Training 31st August 2018

An introductory four hour session to raise awareness of mental health

Our free training for charities and voluntary groups is designed to give:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

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:

    • An MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
    • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support own mental health
    • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware

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