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Welcome to the CVST community e-bulletin 11 October 2021
Direct Support & Services *** Job Opportunities *** Funding opportunities
Volunteering *** Information

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Covid-19 Keep safe, keep a safe distance! 

Current Vacancies at Community Voluntary Services Tendring 
For full job description and application pack – please email stating full name, address, contact number and which position you are applying for. 
Closing date for all is Friday 15th October at 5PM.

    £19,875 pa for 37 hours per week (6-month contract but  maybe extended depending on funding) 
Purpose of the post:  Working across the community, the postholder will support the COVID-19 vaccination programme and other CVST projects by encouraging, supporting and empowering local residents.

Job Title:  LINK WORKER (Social Prescribing)   
Salary/hours:   £20,000 for 37 hours per week with possibility of enhancement for some weekends call out on rota basis required. (12-month contract – with possibility of being extended) 
Purpose of the post:   Working as part of CVST’s Social Prescribing Team, the postholder will support the development of long-term sustainable communities that help and empower local residents to lead healthier, more independent, and more active lives.   

Job Title:  VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR (Young People)  
Salary/hours:   £9,594 pa for 18 hours per week (days and times negotiable) 6 months contract with possibility to extend depending on funding.  
Purpose of the post:  To identify and support young people to access volunteer opportunities, including opportunities to volunteer at Vaccination Centres across the Tendring district.  

Job Title:  Community Development Officer – Cultural Awareness 
Salary/hours:  £16,786 pa for 30 hours pw - this post is funded for 2 years 
Purpose of the post:  To raise cultural awareness in the local community and ensure that the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have equal access to health and support services. Building a strong partnership between health and supporting services to improve the quality of life/ health care for minority ethnic communities. Developing the confident voice of the minority ethnic community within Tendring. 
Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) has a long history of empowering and providing support to local people to improve their health and wellbeing, helping them to navigate the maze of local support and services and making a tangible difference to their lives leading to reductions in loneliness and isolation, increasing levels of physical activity, improving their management of long-term health conditions and increasing their skills and knowledge. This new 2-year project will specifically focus on empowering and supporting people from minority ethnic communities across Tendring to ensure equity and equality of access to services and support. 

Winter Warmer Packs
CVST will again be running the Winter Resilience Project this year. This project is funded by the NHS to promote warmth and well-being to the residents of Tendring with the aim to reduce hospital admissions and GP surgery appointments. 
We are giving out FREE winter goodie bags to our most vulnerable residents, which include gloves, hat, scarf, Socks, Blanket, Hot Water Bottle and thermals. If you would like us to visit your setting/group etc to promote the service and give out goodie bags to your attendees then please email

Funding opportunities!  
Local organisations concerned about financial viability are reminded to visit the funding page regularly on the CVST website in order to keep up to date with new and current opportunities. 
The latest funding news is now on our website!  
For support with funding applications, identifying funders, organisational development, implementing policies/procedures or to find out about funding surgeries please contact . 

CVS Tendring are currently administering several funds all of which further details and guidelines are available on our website. 
  • CCG Cervical Screening promotion and awareness Applications up to £1000
  • Contain Outbreak Management Fund COMF - Applications up to £10,000
  • Hyperlocal Fund - Applications up to £10,000 for funding above £10,000 please speak to CVST before submitting
If you are interested in applying or require any further information on any of the following please email or call Karen Tedder-Ward 01255 425692 xtn 1014 

Future Funding Surgeries:
Wed 3rd November 2pm with Chloe Robison-Smith, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Jess Leonard, The National Lottery Community Fund.
Email to book your place.

High Sheriffs’ Fund is now open for grant applications
Voluntary and community groups across Essex, who are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live, can now apply for funding to support their work.  
Further information, including the online application form, can be found here on the website. Groups are very welcome to phone the grant team prior to applying – on 01245 356018.

Loneliness Engagement Fund
The Loneliness Engagement Fund provides small grants between £15,000 and £50,000 to organisations who can engage with target groups at high risk of loneliness. The fund will give out up to £260,000 of grants in total. Visit the website to find out more and apply.

Seasonal Resilience Fund
Applications are open to Community groups, charities, social enterprises and organisations that support people are invited to apply.  Applications should be for projects that support at least one the following beneficiary groups: 
People living in poor housing, temporary housing, homeless; People with Long Term Health Conditions;  
Frail elderly; Children/families living in poor housing. 
Funding can be used for a range of essential items including but not limited to: Vegetable/fruit boxes/ingredients, slow cookers/microwaves/fridges/ freezers; purchase of winter packs; warm/outdoor clothing, shoes slippers; bedding/pillows/carpet and curtains;  essential toiletries items 
Applications between £500 - £2000 are invited and funds will need to be spent by 31 March 2022.
Please  email  for further details and application form.

Community Champions Micro-Project Grants
The Community Champions scheme provides targeted help to those areas and communities facing the greatest challenges. Recognising that local authorities, their partners, and local people are best placed to decide the right approach for their communities, it is designed to respond to the needs locally, to increase resources for both existing and new activities.  The funding aims to support a range of interventions to build upon, increase or improve existing activities to work with residents who are most at risk of Covid-19 - helping to build trust and empower at-risk groups to protect themselves and their families.  
For further information please contact Marcia Fuller

My Weight Matters
Community Voluntary Services Tendring are now offering the popular My Weight Matters programme FREE to Essex residents.
• Award winning programme with proven success – average weight-loss 4.5kg over the 12 weeks. 
• No fad diets- all programmes follow NHS guidance
• No groups- brief individual support 
Monday: Dovercourt and Harwich Hub. Call 01255 554115 to book.
Wednesday: Imperial House Clacton.  Call 01255 425692 to book. 
Friday: Jaywick Resource Centre.   Call 01255 425692 to book. 

Making Every Contact Count –  14th October, 1.00pm – 3.00pm 
Venue: Imperial House
Use your day-to-day interactions  with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. For availability and booking details please email

Dementia Friend Awareness  –  14th October, 3.00pm – 4.00pm 
Venue: Imperial House
You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.  For availability and booking details please email

Community Centre and Village Halls Forum meeting - Wednesday 20 October 2pm
Venue: Tendring Village hall
All welcome  To book your place please email 

Black History Month Events 
19 October, 11am to 3.30pm - CVST Dovercourt & Harwich Hub, Harwich
28 October, 11am to 3.30pm - CVST Imperial House, Clacton
The theme for Black History Month Colchester and Tendring 2021 is “CELEBRATE!” At these free events, there will be an exhibition and talks through out the day.

FREE Half day MHFA England Mental Health Awareness, available online 
Wednesday 20th October 9.00am - 2.00pm or Monday 29th November 9.00am - 2.00pm
The course covers: 

  • Introduction to mental health and mental health issues 
  • Factors affecting mental health 
  • Stigma and its impact on recovery 
  • Understand the skills to begin a conversation about their mental health 
  • Looking after your own mental health 

For availability and booking details please email  

Lone Working Training Session - 11th November 2021, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Strategies and practical skills for staying safe while working alone. 
For more information, availability and booking please email  

Safeguarding (Adults) - 19th November 2021, 9.30pm - 12.30pm 
Recognise different types of abuse, how to deal with the disclosure and  know the process to follow. 
For availability and booking please email   

Victorian Christmas Market – Saturday 20 November 
This 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.   This is an extremely popular event and we often have a waiting list, so to avoid disappointment, book your place now to secure your spot!  Stalls cost from £22 for affiliated organisations, £33 for non-members.  
Please download the Booking Form here:  Microsoft Forms 

Organisations Restarting services or activities
Are you an organisation or group that is looking towards restarting your service or activities. Do you need to implement any new policies, procedures or changes?  Do you require any support, funding or guidance?  Please contact me if you require any assistance or have any questions
Karen Tedder-Ward 01255 425692 xtn 1014  

Are you interested in knowing about any multicultural activities, including ethnic and religious, and events coming up?
If so give us an email at - FAO The Cultural team, and we will make sure that you are up to date with any upcoming activities or events!

Volunteer Essex - calling all Organisations and Volunteers (new and old)!
Volunteer Essex offers a great facility for you to add all your volunteering opportunities on one site within the county of Essex. My name is Debbie Stone and I manage the site for the Tendring District. Do you have any volunteering opportunities you would like us to advertise for you?
Are you already a volunteer or maybe have capacity to do more? Volunteer Essex is a brilliant site to visit to see what opportunities are available.
The website is - I am here to help so please let me know if you have any questions or queries.

Beat the Street Harwich - 29 September - 3 November 2021
Beat the Street turns towns into giant games. Earn points, win prizes and discover more about your area by walking, running and cycling. Pick up a Beat the Street card and tap Beat Boxes across Harwich.  
You sign up and play as a team or as an individual for 2 nominated children's charities (Teen Talk Harwich & Home-Start Harwich).  There are some fantastic prizes to be won! 

Visit the website to register and find out more.

Free webinar: Find out about the new suicide bereavement support service for Suffolk and North East Essex - provided by Victim Support
Evidence shows that people who have been affected by bereavement as a result of suicide are at increased risk themselves, which is why timely support is incredibly important. The new service is free, confidential and aims to provide emotional support, practical help and signposting to other organisations. It is available to Suffolk residents (with the exception of the Waveney area) and to people who live in North East Essex.
Please join us on one of our webinars, running this month, to meet the Victim Support team, ask questions and to find out how to refer to the service. Please can I encourage you to share this information with your networks and colleagues. The sessions will be recorded, with permission from participants, so will be available to be shared afterwards.
To join, please use one of the links below:
Wednesday 13 October, 9.30-10.30am
Join on your computer or mobile app
  Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)  +44 1473 526554,,85815877#   United Kingdom, Ipswich
Phone Conference ID: 858 158 77#
Thursday 14 October, 2-3pm
Join on your computer or mobile app
 Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)  +44 1473 526554,,914054291#   United Kingdom, Ipswich
Phone Conference ID: 914 054 291#

Free Training - Identifying and Addressing Fuel Poverty. Practical, frontline worker training
Various dates in October (14th, 18th and 22nd)
An interactive session for anyone who works with low income families or individuals, to help identify, understand and address fuel poverty.

Identifying & Addressing Fuel Poverty: Practical, frontline worker training Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Multiple Sclerosis Society Clacton and District Branch  Craft And Collectables Fair - Saturday 16th October, 10.00am to 2.30pm
St James Church Hall, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, (By the West Cliff Theatre)
Hand made gifts, cards, handicrafts, hand made jewelry, textiles, collectables, plants and flowers ,fresh cakes and savouries prize tombola and raffle, and much much more.
Entrance £1 Includes a free tea /coffee

Community Ambassadors-Growing Community Leaders conference, 20th October
This conference hosted by AFIUK, is aimed at public service professionals/practitioners, third sector organisations and community groups, who are working with BAME.  Find out more and book your place here 

The School for Change Agents - School will return on 15 November 2021!
Would you like to develop the skills to make a difference and create change in health and care? There’s great news. After a successful run of School during May and June 2021, Horizons NHS can confirm that it will be returning on 15 November 2021!
The School is aimed at anyone who works in health and care, at whatever level and whether they are in a clinical or non-clinical role – although it is open to everyone and all are welcome. The School offers the opportunity to take their desire to see change happen and make it a reality.
 Find out more and register to take part on the website

Tendring Specialist Stroke Services Vacancies
The vibrant stroke service at Holland on Sea is redesigning its service to support stroke survivors to achieve independence and a good quality of life. They have two positions available:
Rehabilitation Nurse/ Lead, NHS Band 5
Wellbeing Assistant, £12 per hour, 12 Hours Per Week
Please contact Rosemary Garrey for further information and an application pack on 01255 815905. Email:

CARA Recruitment
Adult Practitioner - Full-time or Part-time
We are recruiting an Adult Practitioner to join our team. The role provides specialist counselling and support to adults who have experienced rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse. The role includes line-management of sessional or volunteer counsellors and activities to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence amongst agencies and the wider community.
Closing Date: Monday 1st November, 12pm. 
Group Coordinator - Full-time or Part-time
This is a new and exciting role, which involves developing and coordinating a programme of regular online and face-to-face groups for victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse.
Closing Date: Thursday 28th October, 9am. 
All posts are restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.
Full details and application forms can be found on the website

Citizens Advice Tendring Vacancies
Help to Claim Adviser 
Permanent contract / 12 hours per week (job share applications will be considered) 
Actual salary £7885.71 per annum 
Citizens Advice Tendring is looking for an enthusiastic person to support the Help to Claim team.  You will be required to provide advice to a range of clients, using sensitive listening and questioning skills. You will provide the relevant advice and guidance whilst maintaining client case notes.  If you are interested in this opportunity and would like a copy of the full Job Pack and Application Form, please email  Please note that we are open to the possibility of remote/hybrid working and job sharing.   
Mental Health Hub Manager
Permanent contract / 35 hours per week 
Actual salary £23,000 per annum
Citizens Advice Tendring is looking for an experienced team leader to oversee the Mental Health Service and lead the Mental Health Hub team.  You will be required to co-ordinate the team to provide support to adults with mental health issues as part of the agreed programme, whilst supporting the retail environment.  If you are interested in this opportunity and would like a copy of the full Job Pack and Application Form, please email
Support and Recovery Worker
Permanent contract / 12 hours per week 
Actual salary £6,342.86 per annum
Citizens Advice Tendring is looking for an enthusiastic person to support the Mental Health Hub team.  You will be a key support worker for volunteers on our mental health recovery programme, whilst supporting the Shop Manager to support the volunteers develop retail experience.  If you are interested in this opportunity and would like a copy of the full Job Pack and Application Form, please email

Open Road Vacancy
SOS Buses Co-ordinator, based in Colchester (covering Chelmsford and Colchester)
Full Time, Flexible rota covering shifts during the week with the potential to cover shifts at the weekend and/or evenings, £25,000 per annum,
Duties and Responsibilities - To co-ordinate the SOS Buses service across Essex. This will involve overseeing the recruitment, training and supervision of volunteers, maintenance requirements of the buses and the delivery of them to the various sites to ensure the requirements of all the contracts are met. 
To apply – visit our website

Free M&S Facemasks available in Colchester 
There is an opportunity for community groups to collect free facemasks.  There is no catch other than the masks must not be sold and should go to not-for-profits organisations (community groups, schools, care homes, libraries and other local authority organisations are fine)
The masks are of the disposable type and come in boxes of 50 labelled as type IIR.  There are 40 Boxes per carton (2000 masks per carton)  Please note there is a minimum collection of 4 cartons (8000 masks) 
Collection is from: ECC Lexden Hub, Halstead Road, Lexden, Colchester, CO3 9AB (The entrance is through the Colchester Ambulance station car park and then to the left).
It should be noted that the site is only open from 08:00 – 13:00 Mon – Fri.
Groups wishing to collect a share should send an email to and 24 hours before collection with quantities and who is collecting and when so they can get the masks ready for collection and record which organisations have received a share.
If there are any questions about the above please contact Simon Walters at Business in the Community 07843350077

Foster in Essex 
“My foster family made me believe that I could achieve.” Kerry went into foster care aged 12, her foster family gave her the confidence and support to accomplish everything she ever wanted in life. Watch her incredible journey.
Children in care have often experienced trauma and neglect, foster carers can set them on the path to a better future. Through nurturing and support you could help a child to reach their full potential.
When you foster with Essex County Council we support you and your whole family to ensure together, we can achieve the very best outcomes. You will have a local team of professionals providing advice and support including; access to a clinical psychologist, mental health coordinators and a dedicated social worker. We have a 24/7 support line, offer outstanding training and your family could receive up to £483 per week, per child.
Find out more on the 
website or join an informal online event where you can hear first-hand from people who foster and learn about some of the children who need homes. Social workers and foster carers will be on hand to chat and answer your questions.
Apply now and transform a child’s life.


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Government guidance Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector 
Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found on the
Charity Commission websiteThis page is regularly updated. 
Information and practical support for voluntary organisations during Covid-19 
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has a
comprehensive checklist for charities and trustees to consider.
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