Chelmsford CVS E-Update #230 – Finalists, Funding & Food

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Caring Awards

The full list of finalists for the Who Will Care? Awards has been announced. They recognise community schemes and volunteers. Winners will receive their awards at a gala ceremony taking place at The Lord Ashcroft Business school, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, on Wednesday 24 May.

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Writing Winning Funding Bids for Health & Social Care Tenders

This one day course on Thursday 1 June here at Chelmsford CVS in central Chelmsford, takes a look at the practical steps charities and social enterprises can take once they have identified a suitable tender opportunity. It also focuses in detail on the skills and information required to complete a high scoring health and social care tender submission.

Suitable for staff with responsibility/involvement in submitting tenders. The course assumes a basic knowledge of where to find tender opportunities and how to register on procurement portals.

The trainer: Gemma Underwood has worked in-house for large, medium and small charities and as a Bid Management Consultant for national bid writing companies. This has seen her write hundreds of tender responses and secure contracts with a combined value of over £62m for health and social care providers. As a result she is aware of the challenges you are likely to face when completing a tender and can offer practical advice.

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Getting unsold food direct from local stores to charities for free

FareShare, the food charity, are currently running a scheme that looks to redistribute Tesco’s store level surplus and unsold food at their local Tesco store for free in Chelmsford.

They use simple technology, provided by their partner FoodCloud, to match charities and community groups directly with a local Tesco store that has unsold food. By all working together we cut down on waste, save organisations money and help provide nutritious meals to people in need.

How does it work?

  1. The charity/organisation nominates one or more mornings per week that they are available to collect surplus food from their local store.
  2. On the evening before at 7:30pm, they will be notified via text telling them what food is available.
  3. The food will be packaged and available for collection from the store between 7.30am-10.00am the next day. Organisations are not obliged to take everything that is available.
  4. The food then needs to be taken back to the registered premises.

What food is available?

  1. Baked goods – from loaves of bread to pastries
  2. Fruit and vegetables
  3. Other dried goods are also available (e.g. cereals, tins, pasta)

Can my organisation receive food?

In order to receive food, your organisation needs to be equipped to receive, store, prepare and serve foods safely. However, charities and community groups do not need to cook meals and they can distribute food to vulnerable people in the form of food parcels. FareShare will need to come and visit you to make sure that everything is in place with regards to food safety before you can start collecting.


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Speak up for mental illness

Rethink Mental Illness are always working to challenge attitudes and change the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. With the General Election fast approaching on 8 June, they know this is the moment we can have real impact.

You may have seen their campaign is now live – please get involved if you haven’t yet. Help to ensure that mental illness is firmly on the political agenda of the next Government.

A shocking 1 in 3 people using mental health services still experience stigma and discrimination. This must change. It can change.

Rethink want each candidate to support their calls for:

  • fair access to mental health services and support for all who need them
  • a Mental Health Act that is fit for tomorrow
  • closing the mental health employment gap
  • a place to call home for everyone with severe mental illness

Take action today by asking your local parliamentary candidates to #speakupformentalillness.

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