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CVST Community Bulletin 5th August 2019


Welcome to the CVST community e-bulletin for week commencing 28 October 2019

**Funding opportunities *** Events *** Volunteering *** Advice *** Information**

Please forward to your contacts!


Forthcoming events (for further information, click ‘reply’ and ask for details)

Victorian Christmas Market – Saturday 16 November, 9:30am – 3pm (see facebook event)

Carers First Wellbeing Group – 1st Tuesday of each month 10am – 12pm

Tendring Diabetes Group – 1st Thursday of each month, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Macular Support Group – 4th Wednesday of each month, 1pm – 3pm

Epilepsy Support Group – last Tuesday of each month, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Walking Groups – most days, various locations (see CVST website for details)

Friendship & Bereavement Cafes – in Harwich, Walton, Clacton & Jaywick Sands (see CVST website )

Weight Management – Harwich, Walton, Clacton, Jaywick and Weeley (various times & days see CVST website )

Clacton Lunch Club – All welcome – lunches Mon-Fri and various activities (See CVST website)

Dementia Café – Wednesday mornings from 10am and Monday afternoon 1.30-3.30 at Imperial House, Rosemary Road


NEW! – Focus on Training

LGBTQ+ Awareness – Tuesday 3 December, 9.30 – 12.30 at the Dovercourt Hub

This session will cover; bullying and hate crime, sexuality and gender identity and heteronormativity.

Introduction to Customer Care – Thursday 5 December, 1pm – 3pm at Imperial House, 20-22 Rosemary Road

Assertive attitudes and behaviours, formal and informal language and dress code & strategies to diffuse difficult situations.

For more details about these and our other courses, contact: Richard Perkins.  Tel: 01255 425692.  Email: richard.perkins@cvstendring.org.uk


NEW! Job Vacancy – Resilience Manager

One year temporary contract 37hrs pw £22,126 per annum

We are looking for an organised, enthusiastic person to co-ordinate our resilience project which aims to work with partners and provide support, assistance and resources to local residents to prevent ill-health and unnecessary admissions to hospital during the cold weather and encourage and support communities to be more resilient throughout the year.

Closing date: Friday 8th November 2019. To apply for a job pack, email admin@cvstendring.org.uk or Tel: 01255 425692.


NEW! – Are you looking for volunteers?

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 https://www.volunteeressex.org/ including the following:

Various opportunities at Essex County Scouts


Transport Scheduler at Tendring Community Transport



Reminder! Dementia Café – Monday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Venue: Imperial House, 20-22 Rosemary Road, Clacton

A place for people with dementia, their families and friends to meet up.  Come along and have a cup of tea with someone who understands.  £1 per session including refreshments.

For more info contact 01255 425 692 or hill@cvstendring.org.uk


Reminder! Exploring and maximising the potential for care technology to support the needs of carers

Essex County Council (ECC) is conducting work to enable, empower and transform the lives of people who are supporting and providing care for someone who may struggle to cope without that input. ECC is exploring how technology can be used to support this endeavour and we are seeking your feedback to help us understand how to develop the most effective solutions.

We would like your help in completing a quick 10 minute survey to give us your views, further information can also be found on this website.



NEW! West Cliff Theatre –Shows this week

Tuesday 29th October, 1.30pm – Marty Mac Donald’s Toy Machine – Fantastic Children’s Show with the voice of Justin Fletcher from CBeebies as Pongo the Pig!

Friday 1st November, 7.30pm –  I’m Still Standing – The Music of Elton John

Saturday 2nd November, 7.30pm – Purple Zeppelin – Tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin

Sunday 3rd November, 2.30pm Matinee Performance – Jest For Laughs – A celebration of the golden age of ‘Radio Comedy’

More details for all of our shows on our website https://www.westcliffclacton.co.uk/


Reminder! Nationwide Community Grants Programme supports local projects tackling housing issues.

Awards grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to local projects that:

  • Prevent people from losing their home
  • Help people into a home
  • Support people to thrive within the home environment

We strongly advise that potential applicants speak with us in advance of completing the form we are holding two Phone-In Funding Surgeries on:

  • Tuesday 29 October from 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday 1 November from 10am to 12pm

To take part, people simply need to call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance.


Reminder! What’s on at the Princes Theatre this week

Monsters Ball – Wed 30th Oct from 6pm and Thurs 31 Oct

Psychic Sally – Friday 1Nov, 7:30pm

Respect – The Aretha Franklin Songbook, Saturday 2 November, 7:30pm

Snow Queen – Sunday 3 November, 1pm and 4:30pm

Find out more details on the website https://princestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/brochure/


NEW! Mind Mid and North East Essex  Time to Change

Champions Day taking place on Saturday 2nd of November, 12.30 – 3.30pm  at the Cathedral Chapter House, this will be an opportunity to meet other Champions and Partners, find out what they have been doing to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and what plans they have, think about what you might like to do, find out about all the free training available, and find out more about the Champions Fund. Lunch and drinks will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed to registered Champions on proof of expenditure. To register please go to https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=1288&reset=1

Champion Recruitment

Do you have a personal experience of mental health? Are you interested to help others in your community?

Be at the heart of our campaign to change people’s attitudes towards mental health, by sharing your experience, turn a difficult time into something positive and help to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, change how you are treated now and for the next generation. Become a Time to Change Champion by visiting the https://mnessexmind.org/time-to-change-east-essex/ Support your East Essex Time to Change Hub in changing how we all think and act about mental health.

Champions Fund

For Champions interested in running their own event to help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. We can help fund your event, apply to our Champions fund by 11th November 2019 for up to £500 to run your event. https://mnessexmind.org/time-to-change-east-essex/

The event must include social contact (people with experience of mental health problems sharing their experience with the public in informal one-to-one conversations).


NEW! Quiz Night In aid of Clacton British Legion – Monday 4th November, 7.30pm start

Venue: Golf Green Hall

6 people to a team – maximum. Entry: £2:50 a person, all welcome!

Donation of Raffle Prizes would be appreciated – on the night!


NEW! Trustees Required
Walton Pre-School is a registered charity which is run by voluntary Trustees of parents/carers and community members. It is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. The Trustees play an important and crucial role in the existence of the Charity and we value the contribution of their time and skills, as these are an essential ingredient to our continued success. Becoming a Trustee may sound daunting, however we aim to make you feel part of the Pre School by offering you a warm welcome and a commitment that the time given will be enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.
The Trustees are responsible for the overall leadership, governance and financial stability of the Pre-School and for ensuring that it complies with relevant legal regulations. The Trustees will provide direction on the Pre-school’s policies, its charitable status, the outcomes for children and support fundraising. The Trustees meet ½ termly, unless more frequent meetings are required.

Being a Trustee of the Pre-School is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, giving you a greater involvement in the vitally important early stages of children’s education. If you think you may like to become a Trustee, please contact us for more information.
walton.preschool@googlemail.com  01255 672189


NEW! Trustees Week is coming

Between the 4-8 November we will celebrate the people that are in charge of our charities, who play a pivotal role, volunteering their time to make important decisions and helping to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world – our trustees. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

There are lots of resources and ideas on the Trustees Week website about how you can take part in the celebration, as well as information about trustees in the UK, such as how many there are, as well as information about becoming a trustee and offering your trustees training.


Reminder! High Sheriffs’ Fund is open for grant applications

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) is calling for applications to the High Sheriffs’ Fund. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to voluntary organisations that address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour.

ECF will be holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery on Tuesday 5 November from 10am to 12 noon to speak with potential applicants. To take part, please call 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance. Find out more here.


NEW! Parents, Did you Know? events – 7 November, Clacton-on-sea

Find out more about gangs, county lines and vulnerabilities for young people in Essex.

12–2pm @ the Town Square

Drop by and meet a range of organisations that offer support to parents/carers and young people.

7–9pm @ the Princes Theatre

Gangs, Violence and Vulnerabilities to Young People awareness Session. Book a seat to hear from our experts.

For more details visit: www.escb.co.uk/exploitation


NEW! Invite to Join Remembrance Parade and Services

Members of the public are invited to join in a parade and service marking Remembrance Sunday in Clacton.  The annual Remembrance Parade will begin from Clacton Town Hall at 10.25am on Sunday, 10 November.

Led by the Colchester Scout Band, dignitaries will take a salute before the procession goes through the Town Square and down to the seafront war memorial. A service, beginning just before 11am, will be led by Reverend David Lower, with hymns accompanied by the Salvation Army Band, and a silence.   Services will also take place at the Clacton War Memorial and outside Clacton Town Hall shortly before 11am on Monday, 11 November – Armistice Day.

Poppy sales by the Royal British Legion are underway, and are being sold right up until November 9 at various locations around the district, including a Poppy Shop opposite QD in Rosemary Road, Clacton.


NEW! Celebrating Interfaith Week – Thursday 14 November 2019, 7:00pm

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ

The Essex Faith Covenant two years on and the impact on our communities

This event is an opportunity to hear from speakers Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the All Parliamentary Committee on Faith and Society and Daniel Singleton, Executive Director from Faith Action on the work of Inter Faith covenants. Come along to hear about the projects that have taken place since the launch of the Essex Covenant and visit the showcase stands. The event will conclude with a celebration of Inter faith week where complimentary curry and refreshments will be served.

For further information and to book your FREE tickets please visit www.aru.ac.uk/communityevents


Reminder! Victorian Christmas Market – Saturday 16 November, 9:30am – 3pm

Venue: Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton

Come and join the festive fun with your local community.  The event provides an opportunity for voluntary and community groups from around the Tendring district to promote their cause, network with other charities, and raise much needed funds for their organisation. There’s lots to see and join in with and performances on stage from Queen Victoria and Entourage, Alton Park School Choir, Dickens Readings, Holland Park School Choir, Snow White Panto Cast, MAD About Theatre ‘Gifted the Musical’, Harwich Sing Tendring Voices Choir and Fitsteps with Pauline.

Visit the facebook event for up to date details https://www.facebook.com/events/538196440258681/


NEW! B&Q Community Reuse

B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It’s a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.

The types of material includes: Wood, plant pots and trays, Part filled cans of paint. old products that have been written off and much more.

If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, get in touch with us. We will add your details to our database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area. Please note that we cannot guarantee what will be offered or when due to the nature of the materials we are donating. We expect that materials donated will not be sold on – and that the group collecting will take responsibility for responsible disposal if necessary.



NEW! Charity Commission News

Preventing charity cyber crime: insights and action

This report highlights the main findings from our cybercrime survey of registered charities in England and Wales during March 2019. The Charity Commission, supported by the Fraud Advisory Panel, contacted a representative and randomly selected sample of 15,000 charities, achieving a 22% response rate.  The results represent the largest survey ever undertaken into cyber crime in the UK charity sector, and provide insights into the threats facing the sector and the actions needed to combat them.


Protect your charity from fraud and cyber crime

The guidance ‘Information about fraud and cyber crime, how to spot it and what you can do to protect against it’ has been updated and 8 guiding principles for tackling charity fraud have been added.  Visit the website to read more.


Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

This guidance has been updated including, when to consider DBS checks, how to put in to practice policies and procedures along with new sector resource signposting.



NEW! Princes Trust – Get Ready with Digital Media

We have an exciting new FREE opportunity available to 18-30 year olds living in Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree and surrounding areas that are currently not in full-time training, education or employment: Get Ready with Digital Media. The course will include digital content creation, online personal marketing, and employability skills in the online environment.

This programme is a short 2-day course split across two weeks. Attendees will need to be able to attend both days of the programme between 9-5pm on both days. Two Get Ready with Digital Media programmes will be running in November  – one in Chelmsford and the other in Colchester on different dates.

Chelmsford Get Ready with Digital Media

  • Taking place at Chelmsford ACL
  • Initial interviews will be at Chelmsford job centre on Wednesday 6th November between 1-4pm
  • Information session on Monday 11th November at Chelmsford ACL
  • Programme running on Friday 15th and Friday 22nd November

Colchester Get Ready with Digital Media

  • Taking place at Colchester ACL
  • Initial interviews will be at Colchester job centre on Monday 18th November between 12 – 3.30pm
  • Information session on Thursday 21st November
  • Programme running on Wednesday 27th November and Wednesday 4th December

Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Participation doesn’t affect benefits. Opportunities afterwards include other Prince’s Trust programmes and mentoring support from The Prince’s Trust. If you have any enquiries, or to refer a young person, please contact Chloe Shortall Chloe.Shortall@princes-trust.org.uk   directly.

Further information can be downloaded from the CVST website https://www.cvstendring.org.uk/support-for-groups/e-bulletin.html


NEW! Jaywick  Buggy Walk closed for winter

The buggy walking group in Jaywick will return in Spring 2020 – details will be advertised in the ebulletin next year.


NEW! Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service Essex is no longer accepting new referrals and will come to an end on 31st December 2019

People in Essex will still be able to get support from Macmillan through its Support Line Service, available to anyone in the UK, on 0808 808 0000.  This helpline offers support not only with accessing benefits but also work issues, financial guidance, Macmillan financial grants and advice in reducing energy bills. It also provides emotional and practical support and supports people with understanding a wide range of specialist cancer information.


NEW! My Care Record – joining up information to deliver better care

Health and care organisations across Suffolk and north east Essex are signing up to a shared framework, called My Care Record, which will make it easier to deliver more effective joined-up care from January 2020.  Many people assume that care records are automatically accessible between organisations such as GP practices and hospitals, however this is often not the case.

Benefits of joining up information across organisations include quicker diagnosis and treatment. My Care Record will also support the best use of clinical time, with less duplication of paperwork, allowing more time for direct patient contact.   Health and care professionals may access records from different services to improve the overall care an individual receives. In some areas, anonymous information from care records may also be used to help to plan and design how to deliver better services for individuals and the local population as a whole.

Individuals who do not wish for their information to be shared can contact the health and care professional working with them at the organisation who holds their record.

More information is available at www.mycarerecord.org.uk.



Don’t forget to check out the CVST website for more information about all of our services including:

Room hire in Clacton – http://www.cvstendring.org.uk/community-centre/view-our-venue.html

Our online local funding portal – http://www.cvstendring.org.uk/funding/funding-information.html

Or to spread your news – http://www.cvstendring.org.uk/contact-us.html