Chelmsford CVS E-Update #288 School, Social, Surplus & Score

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Centre Supporting Voluntary Action

Holiday Hamper Appeal

Can you donate any of these items?
Tinned fruit and vegetables, Cornflakes / porridge oats, Dried pasta, Rice, Flour, Cereal bars, Tinned Tuna, Baked beans, Passata/ tins of chopped tomatoes, Plain flour, Long life milk, Pure apple/ orange juice.

Virgin Care are working in partnership with Chelmsford CVS and a number of other local organisations to put in place some Holiday Hampers for selected school aged children and their families this October half term. If you are able to support at all, please drop items in to: Chelmsford West Delivery Site, Dixon Avenue, Chelmsford, CM1 2AQ between Wednesday 3rd OctoberWednesday 17th Oct 2018 (Mon/Weds 8.30am-5pm Tues/Thurs/Fri 9.30am-3.30pm)

2019 Secondary School Admissions

For parents and carers of year 6 children, Essex county council are reminding carers that it is time to apply for their child’s secondary school place for September 2019. From 12 September parent carers across the county can apply for their child’s school place, online. Applications must be made by the national closing date of 31 October 2018 and can be made by clicking the button below. The website also has information on different schools and their admissions criteria.

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So You Wanna Be A Social Entrepreneur?

Organised by SEEE in collaboration with Essex Social Enterprise Network and delivered by Cambridge Social Ventures

Are you volunteering to solve a social or environmental problem in your community and think there’s the potential to grow what you’re doing to benefit more people?

So You Wanna Be A Social Entrepreneur? is a FREE half day workshop for anyone with an interest in the thriving field of social entrepreneurship and looking to make a positive social or environmental impact on the world.

The workshop is an inspiring introduction to social ventures. It’s a valuable opportunity to learn more about the field and how to take your idea to the next level.

The event is taking place on Wednesday 7 November from 12:30pm until 5pm in Colchester. Unlike other entrepreneurial training, this one aims to be from a social perspective, with a strong focus on social impact within the context of creating and scaling a sustainable business.

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Helping Hands Essex Quiz Night

Helping Hands Essex are holding a Charity Quiz night on Tuesday 20 November at 6.30pm at The Rose & Crown in Great Waltham, Chelmsford.

The quiz will start at 7.00pm. Tickets cost just £10 per person and will include a light meal.

If you would like to reserve tickets and a table, please contact: Anne Carpinteiro on 07876 040643 or 01245 356169.

Utility Aid – Energy Consultant

Utility Aid are the largest energy consultant for the not-for-profit sector in the UK. Dedicated to ethical energy provision and working in a way that is fair for all. Utility Aid are working together with NAVCA members to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Chelmsford CVS are a member of NAVCA and can therefore extend this offer to you as members. Utility Aid have a unique offering for NAVCA members who join the Utility Aid collective purchasing baskets, National Charity Tender or the Charity Wholesale Alliance.

Utility Aid can help you with a free energy audit, invoice validation (bill checking) on all your energy invoices, access to beneficial collective purchasing baskets, energy management, training, support and guide your organisation’s approach to sustainability. They can also help you access funding and grants for energy saving technology.

Advice and support:

For more information contact Waleed Tahir on 0808 178 2021 or email

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Embracing Risk Management – Trustee’s Week

All charities, large and small, are exposed to risk. Trustees are ultimately responsible for managing these risks and for deciding how much risk their charity should take.

Never forget that with risk comes reward! Risk management is about getting the right balance between innovation and change on one hand and the avoidance of shocks and crises on the other – this is not always easy!

Come along to this short session on Tuesday 13 November from 4pm where we will explore:

  • The role and responsibilities of Trustees for risk management
  • A simple ‘How to…’ guide for managing risk in your charity
  • The benefits of ‘embracing’ risk management – making it work to your advantage
  • Where to go to learn more

The session will be delivered by Colette Dark, Director ALARM.

For more information and to reserve your place now with a registration fee of £5 click here.

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