Chelmsford CVS E-Update #251 – Christmas, Disco, Equality, Future & GDPR

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Chelmsford Community Transport Karaoke Fundraising Night!

Charity Karaoke Night, Raising Funds for Chelmsford Community Transport!! Grab that microphone and sing your heart out for a good cause! Enjoy a delicious Chinese buffet and a night of karaoke fun! Prizes for best…..and worst (!) singer!!

Tickets are £23 per person, which includes the buffet. A £5 deposit is required to reserve your place. Payments can be made over the phone at 01245 477789 or by cheque/cash to the below address.

Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are getting excited for their Christmas Gift & Food Fair on 25-26 November at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Join the fun and either turn up of either day or book in advance below.

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London Half Marathon Places

Barrow Farm RDA have been successful in obtaining 10 places for runners in the first upcoming London Big Half Marathon. The event will take place on 25 March 2018, anyone interested in running for Barrow Farm and raising money for them through sponsorship, please get in touch with them at info@barrowfarmrda.org.uk.

Also, Barrow Farm RDA have a project in the Aviva Community Fund, they need your support to feed and shoe their five small ponies and if successful will help them to keep ride fees at their present level. They need about 5000 votes to be in with a chance and presently have they 1600. Vote for them by clicking the button below.

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ASPIRE: Future Leaders for the voluntary and community sector

ASPIRE is a 12 month leadership development programme that will bring 15 people from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Essex together to create a strong cohort that will learn together through an accelerated development journey.

ASPIRE is looking for applicants that can demonstrate the potential and personal commitment to grow their leadership capabilities and have an appetite for change and to bring innovative practice to their organisation.

For more information and to apply click the button below. You only have until the 18 December 2017. The programme will commence in February 2018.

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Equalities Objectives Consultation

ECC’s Organisation Strategy sets out their areas of focus over the next four years; how they will achieve better outcomes for residents; and how they can work better as an organisation to meet their ambitions.

ECC’s equalities work is important to support these aims – ensuring fairness, diversity and inclusion is central to everything they do over the next four years. Here is a  consultation link on their proposed four new equality objectives.

Objective 1 – They will aim to tackle the root causes of disadvantage, and ensure Essex residents have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from inclusive economic growth.

Objective 2 – They will aim to understand and remove structural barriers that undermine the ability of Essex children to get the best start in life and that prevent older people in Essex from living independently with dignity.

Objective 3 – They will aim to overcome the geographical and physical barriers faced by Essex residents when it comes to the ability to travel, access services, and strengthen community cohesion.

Objective 4 – They will aim to recruit a diverse workforce, recognising that everyone stands to benefit when we embrace the values, ideas and ways of working that people from different backgrounds can bring to an organisation.

These refreshed objectives will help ensure that ECC advances equality of opportunity, tackles discrimination and fosters good relations between different communities and groups across the county.

You can find out more in their proposed equality objectives document.

The consultation runs from Wednesday 1 November to Monday 11 December.

If you have any questions about the consultation or for more information, email Shammi Jalota, Head of Equality and Diversity, or Peter Randall, Equalities Officer.

Please note that accessible versions of the consultation are available upon request.

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GDPR Update

Essex CVS and Volunteer Essex have partnered with Russell Cooke Solicitors to offer voluntary and community organisations in Essex the opportunity to attend a legal briefing on the forthcoming changes to the law surrounding Data Protection.

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018 and organisations are advised to update their existing policies and procedures to ensure they remain compliant. The forthcoming changes will affect all organisations that collect or use individuals’ personal information.

Russell-Cooke is recognised as one of the leading law firms advising charities in the UK and one of their Associate Solicitors Carla Whalen will be providing a half day seminar covering the changes and their impact for not for profit organisations, the legal bases for processing data, privacy notices and the rights of individuals.

The seminar will take place at Anglia Ruskin University on the 16 January 2018, at 1pm. Places are £45 per person including light refreshments. Book online below.

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