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:
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.