This is where we’ll post third sector news and important updates that are useful for your organisation.

CoVid-19 Update

Content from Maldon CVS

Maldon and District CVS has received information on the outbreak and spread of the Corona virus from a range of sources. To help our members we have produced a round up document collating the information into one place which we hope will be helpful. Download it on the below link

Corona Virus Round up

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

How to help staff adjust to remote working

Content from Digital Leaders

Just a few weeks ago most small talk in Britain was about the weather. “Are you working from home yet?” has replaced that. Coronavirus has made going into the office feel like the exception rather than the rule. It’s a sign of the unsettling times we live in that this most humdrum of activities, the daily commute, feels strange. Read more…

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

A Celebration of Volunteering

Content from Tendring CVS

You are warmly invited to nominate up to three volunteers from your charity or voluntary organisation to attend a special celebration of our district’s volunteers.  This is an opportunity for local charities and organisations to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by the volunteers who help them.  Volunteer guests will enjoy an afternoon tea with all the trimmings and there will be entertainment and singing. The event will be formally opened by the Chairman of Tendring District Council, Cllr Dan Land and all volunteer participants will receive a certificate of recognition.

The event is being hosted by Tendring District Council and supported by Community Voluntary Services Tendring and the aim is to celebrate the work of the many volunteers who give up their time freely to support activities in the local community.

The celebration afternoon tea will be held at the Princes Theatre on Thursday 26 March starting promptly at 2pm. Tickets are just £3 each (the full cost has been subsidised).

Due to the anticipated demand for tickets and the limited availability, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Organisations are requested to complete the RSVP form (available to download from the website) and return to CVST no later than Monday 16 March.

The celebration afternoon tea promises to be an enjoyable and uplifting occasion and we look forward to seeing your volunteers there.

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

Essex Vision Update

Essex Vision recently presented on their work within the past 2 years – the presentation can be found here.

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

Promote Your Work on Chelmsford Community Radio

Chelmsford Community Radio C.I.C is a community based radio station set up to serve the city of Chelmsford, the birthplace of wireless both on 104.4 FM and as an online streaming service.

We are a volunteer based organisation providing opportunities for people with an interest in radio to try their skills and join the fastest growing social enterprise in the city.

Chelmsford’s Local Radio Station Providing 24/7 radio, focused on Chelmsford and the surrounding villages, Chelmsford Community Radio (CCR) delivers specialist programmes, news, talk shows and entertainment to over 170,000 people

CCR has been supported from the beginning by local companies, the City Council and County Council representatives. We enjoy a strong representation across the city, and beyond. Having grown from a small enterprise, we now have over 60 volunteers and produce over 100 hours of original radio.

CCR started life broadcasting on the internet and continues to do so. With measurable statistics, we know that by the end of our first year we reached over 6000 unique listeners a week, with an average of 25 minutes listening time. Approximately 65% are based n the local area, the others are around the world! With an FM licence granted in 2017 our listenership has grown to an estimated 24,000 and we can now be heard in cars, workplaces and homes all over the city.

The station has become an incredibly important platform for local people, groups and societies – giving them a chance to be heard but also the opportunity to partner up on radio training workshops to develop creativity, confidence and skills.

With this in mind, Chelmsford Community Radio would like to invite your good cause to get involved with our family of volunteers and make use of our assets – come on air and talk to Chelmsford about what you get up to – how you help others. Some groups may also wish to consider funding us to run a workshop for your service users or looking to a potential joint grant application for a future collaborative project.

Get in touch and let us know your needs… drop us an email – [email protected]

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

Are you still using Windows 7?

Content from CVS Tendring

At the end of December 2019 about one-third of desktop operating systems were reportedly still using Microsoft’s Windows 7, including much of the NHS. But after 10 years, support for Windows 7 ended on 14 January 2020. A PC with Windows 7 will continue to work, but Microsoft will no longer provide software updates, including free security updates, so the PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Information from Microsoft about what this all means and how you can transition over to Windows 10, is available here. You can also find a more objective look at the implications and options in this briefing from the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA).

This information is shared from Sandy Adirondack’s legal update emails for voluntary organisations. To subscribe to these emails, send details to [email protected].

Source: NAVCA

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

Are you looking for volunteers?

Content from CVS Tendring

Did you know that over 20 new volunteers register on the Volunteer Essex website each month? We can promote and advertise your volunteer opportunities to ensure that they are seen by hundreds of potential volunteers – just click here to register your organisation.

There are over 100 active volunteering opportunities on the Volunteer Essex website including the following:

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

Pitches Available at Braintree Carnival

Braintree Carnival are offering charity pitches at their next event on Saturday 6th June 2020.

A limited number of pitches are now available for the annual Braintree and Bocking Carnival. The nature of stalls will be monitored to avoid duplication or too many similar stalls.

The plot sizes are approximately 3m x 3m and will be clearly defined. Unfortunately, there will be no way of increasing this allocation on the day.

If you would like to attend Braintree Carnival please email us for a list of the Terms and Conditions and an Application Form. If your application is unsuccessful, all payments will be returned in full. The committee’s decision is final.

Stall Details

Stall Type


Charity Stall
Own Stall
from £25
Charity Stall
Carnival Stall
from £30
Trade Stall – Small Firm
Information stand
from £35
Trade Stall – Large Firm
Information stand
Hot / Cold Food
Ice cream, burgers & drinks are already allocated
from £60

Stalls for Hire

Please note that the Carnival Committee will be continuing to run a number of stalls. However, some stalls previously run by the committee are now available for hire. Please contact us if you would like more details.

Roll a Ball
Simply roll the balls down to land in the 4×4 grid to form a line. Hours of fun for the entire family.
Lucky Dice
We even throw in the large foam dice.
Blue Stall
To do with as you wish.
Red Stall
To do with as you wish.

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

Live Well Link Well

The Care Navigation Partnership (Community Agents) has been re-branded as Live Well Link Well and now uses a central email address for referrals across Essex.

What is Live Well Link Well?

Are you looking to make changes to improve your social, physical and mental wellbeing?

Patients visit their GP for a range of different reasons and sometimes these issues can be caused by non-medical matters such as loneliness, anxiety, unemployment, illness or debt. Your GP or practice nurse may be able to offer advice or medication to manage the physical or mental impact of these concerns, but they often cannot always help to deal with the underlying problem.

Social prescribing helps you to find appropriate support and guidance. In the same way that you can easily collect prescription medication from a pharmacist, you will be able to easily access services recommended through social prescribing.

Live Well Link Well is a free and confidential social prescribing service, working in partnership with GP surgeries across Essex, that provides practical or emotional support of a non-medical nature.

Live Well Link Well can help you to access support with the following:

  • Healthy living
  • Weight management
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing
  • Supporting independence mobility and equipment
  • Looking after someone
  • Getting out and about
  • Home adaptations
  • Money worries
  • Social inclusion

How do I access this service?

If you are living in Essex and aged over 18, you can contact the service directly without having to go through your GP.

The Service is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm.

Call 0300 303 9988 or email [email protected].

If you are a health and social care professional who wants to refer someone, please use the contact details above.

What to expect:

  • A telephone call to discuss potential services available
  • Coordination to find suitable support
  • Follow-up contact to ensure that you receive the right support

Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News

United in Kind Epping Forest – New Coach

The United in Kind coach for Epping Forest, Ayesha Lawrence, is now on maternity leave. Her district will be covered by Nick Robinson ([email protected]). Best wishes to both Ayesha and Nick.

United in Kind is a social movement aiming to combat loneliness by spreading kindness and helping people to connect with their local community.

Each district has its own United in Kind Coach who is working to raise awareness of loneliness and isolation; recruiting Community Champions, developing ‘acts of kindness’ and providing communities with workshops and support to deliver their own activities.

Areas covered are all those in the Epping Forest district, including: Broadley Common, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Chipping Ongar, Epping, Fyfield, Grange Hill, Greensted, Hastingwood, High Ongar, Lambourne, Loughton, Marden Ash, Matching, Moreton, Nazeing, North Weald Bassett, Passingford, the Rodings, Roydon, Sheering, Shelley, Theydon Bois, Thornwood Common, Waltham Abbey, Willingale & the surrounding villages.


Author: Emma Wardall
Categories: News