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CVS Council for Voluntary Service • North West Kent

OCTOBER NOVEMBER In This Issue: News L.S.P. Training Volunteer Centre Announcements CVSNWK

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Part of the Wallis Park Mural, which was designed and painted by local children

Wallis Park lets the sunshine in The Wallis Park Community Centre has let the sunshine in as the security boards have finally been removed from the front windows. Gravesham Borough Council have recently completed a list of repairs and improvements to the building which we hope will open up its use as a vibrant community resource. CVSNWK have been granted ‘Licence to Occupy’ the building by Gravesham Borough Council. This means that we have the responsibility of the building which includes paying the utility bills and to encourage C o m m u n i t y / Vo l u n t a r y Organisations and local residents to use the building to run clubs, training, events etc.

Currently, the Hall is regularly used for a Young People’s Music Group and an Under-13’s Film Club - but other events at the building have included Statutory Services Training, dog chipping sessions and Northfleet North Big Local have been using the facilities for their Core Hub Meetings. The building will also be offered for use by local groups under the Big Local “Free Spaces” initiative. The Wallis Park Community Centre has a small office, a meeting room and a large hall - all of which are available for hire by community groups and organisations at very competitive rates. More details can be found at our website:

In other Wallis Park news: Local resident Kelly Hall organised a very successful Wallis Park Funday Sunday in July, based around the community centre, which CVSNWK were proud to attend. As well as stalls, barbeque, bouncy castle and facepainting, the CVS team volunteered to give local children stick-on “tattoos” and Georgie from our training department showed off her considerable Nail Art skills. The proceeds from the day meant that Kelly was able to hire a coach which took 50 Wallis Park residents and their children for a day out in Sheerness. Kelly said that the day was a great success and she is now planning a Halloween event.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To be held on Friday 4th October 2013 10.45am-12.15pm at: St Botolphs Church Hall, The Hill, Northfleet, DA11 9EU With a presentation on the History of Northfleet From Christoph Bull Also Incorporating ‘A Voluntary and Community Sector Positive Communities Event’ Come and hear from: The Clinical Commissioning Group* (9.30am-10.45am) and HealthWatch Kent** (12.45pm-2.00pm) Lunch will be provided Plus Information Stands Come along & promote your own Organisation

If you would like to attend this event, or if you haven’t yet replied to our email / e-bulletin invitation please contact us on 01474 354479 or you can email Full details of all our other upcoming events can be found on our website

Hello everyone! I do hope that you will be able to attend our Annual General Meeting on Friday 4th October at the St Botolphs Church Hall in Northfleet (just around the corner from CVS). The whole event starts at 9:30am and finishes at about 2pm. As well as the chance to find out what CVSNWK have been doing, you’ll get the chance to meet other organisations, hear a presentation about the history of the Northfleet area, and have a nice spot of lunch! As highlighted in the invitation (opposite), our Annual General Meeting will also feature the “Voluntary and Communities Sector Positive Communities Event. We will have speakers from the following healthcare organisations: * Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is changing the way healthcare is commissioned for the people of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley. Their goal is to work with local residents and partner organisations to deliver a healthcare system that works better for patients. They aim to achieve this by providing the right care at the right time, in the right place and with the right outcome. ** Local Healthwatch is a key part of the NHS reforms being brought about the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Local Healthwatch will be an independent consumer champion for health and social care users and will help people find the health and social care services that are right for them. It will be an interesting day - hope to see you there


LSP All Directions Community Group All Directions Community Group are holding a Sponsored Walk from Bexleyheath Clock Tower starting at 10am and finishing in Dartford Central Park on the 28th September 2013. Please come and support and perhaps the most energetic would like to walk with us. All money raised will go towards purchasing adapted resources for our disabled learners. For more details please call

01322 440 482

CVSNWK Linked Services Project The new Linked Services Project (LSP) comprises of 3 main services. We particularly focus our service on supporting the elderly and disabled helping people to remain living independently in their own homes. All of our staff are fully vetted and trained



We offer a basic gardening service compromising of:

We are able to undertake a variety of basic handyman jobs and provide DIY Support if needed.

• Grass Cutting • Edge Trimming • Weeding and Planting • Garden Tidy Up

Unfortunately we cannot undertake Plumbing or Electrical Work

Please call


CXK is a charity that helps young people and adults to develop their skills, raise their aspirations and encourage them to reach their full potential. It also helps employers and organisations to develop their workforce and reduce unemployment. The CXK Charity Dog Show is a fun event open to all to raise money to provide new specialist play sessions for disabled and vulnerable children in Kent. It will be held: Saturday 28th September, 2013 10am - 4pm 18 Blean Hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9EF There will be 14 different canine competitions from ‘Best Bark’ to a fun ‘intelligence test’ - compete for a coveted Dogs’ Trust Rosette! There will also be: Live Music, Hot Food & Drink, Stalls and Demonstrations If you would like more information please contact can come along, even without a dog!

01474 566172

Offers a range of services which includes household cleaning, shopping, and running errands to the local Community in the Dartford, Swanley and Gravesham Areas.

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The GR@ND TEA & TALK World Mental Health day is on Thursday 10 October and promotes discussions and awareness around mental health and wellbeing. The Gr@nd will be present on Saturday 12 October 2013, in partnership with Regent Pharmacy and other agencies, at the Community Square, holding a ‘Tea and Talk’ event as part of World Mental Health Day from 10am – 3pm. There will be NHS Health Checks, Stop Smoking advice and a therapist to offer advice on arthritis and pain management. Carl Webster-Dowsing, (Community Health Networker) said: “This year the focus is on Older People and their wellbeing. The event will bridge the gap between the community and agencies to increase awareness of mental health and its impact on older people.

In addition to this, there will be a cake and biscuit competition on the day, which is open to the public to submit an entry between 9.30 and 10.30am. All money raised will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation. For further information about the event and to enter the competition contact Carl Webster – Dowsing on 01474 320123 or email carl.webster-dowsing@ Alternatively call Regent Pharmacy on 01474 534394. You can help us raise valuable funds by shopping online


TRAINING Free Training for Small Charities


TRAINING We are committed to quality training – specialising in all aspects of staff training for a wide variety of organisations, from voluntary organisations, the public and private sector, multi-nationals to small businesses.We have a pedigree of delivering top-quality training, in a wide range of subjects, at a sensible price. We are experts in understanding the needs of individuals, businesses, voluntary organisations and local communities, and we pride ourselves on our delivery innovation, quality service and partnership arrangements in all that we do. We sometimes due to funding are able to offer subsidized courses – look out for information on this throughout the year. CONTACT CVS NWK TRAINING FOR A FULL LIST OF TRAINING OR FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ADVICE

01474 354479 for more news and the latest events or to become a member of CVSNWK, please visit our website

The FSI is bringing two days of free training (29-30 October) to Brighton so that small charities can build the skills they need to become self sustaining. Sponsored by Charity Bank, the event offers courses on key fundraising skills such as Major Donor fundraising, Developing Earned Income and Corporate Partnerships. There is also training on Fundraising Strategy, Building your Case for Support and Demonstrating Your Impact. It fills up fast, so book your free 1 or 2 day place today to access this fantastic training opportunity. Visit for more information and bookings. The FSI has grown to be the largest provider of free capacitybuilding services to the small charity sector (a small charity defined as any 100% not for profit organisation with an annual turnover of less than £1.5m). They now deliver more than £2.2 million in free services to small charities, including over 100 training days in London and centres around the UK, 1:1 advice clinics, conferences and fundraising platforms such as their annual Small Charity Draw.



Trustees and Management committees are legal requirements for all registered charities however finding suitable volunteers to fulfil these roles is not always easy. If you feel you’ve got what it takes to become a trustee please contact us on 01332 272476 Swanley Unit for Multiple Sclerosis is looking for a trustee with local interests to help build up the centre and number of services it provides

Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau require a volunteer Treasurer to ensure all the finances and supporting financial controls systems are kept in order.

Kent Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are looking for experienced Trustees and Directors

The Volunteer Centre, North West Kent offers information, advice and support to anyone interested in volunteering. We believe everyone has something to offer their local community. We supply: Access to training to help you to be a better volunteer.

DGSM your Choice a looking for a Trustee with a strong commitment to the organisation & understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities involved

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee and feel you lack experience, CVSNWK will always help with ‘Trustees Roles and Responsibility ‘ Training

Call-in-Companions Befriending Service

Opportunities to meet other volunteers in your community to share experiences Advice to local organisations managing volunteers and a brokerage service to local groups wanting volunteers. To find out more, please visit our website or call us on 01322 272476

The Volunteer Centre provides a Befriending Service for the older person or those with disabilities. We have three sections to our service: • One-to-one, home visiting for the housebound. • Short-term for those who need support to get back into the community. • Group for those who prefer being out and about and wish to meet new friends. Anyone can refer someone who they feel would benefit from one of these services. All you need to be is over 60 years old or have a disability. All our volunteers are CRB/DBS checked and trained. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this service call the number below we will be very happy to meet with you.

Community Transport Service The Volunteer Centre provides a Community Transport Service helping the older person and those with disabilities to attend vital medical appointments.

”What the Dickens” is hosting a MacMillan coffee morning on Friday 27th September 2013 at the Riverside Community Resource Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend 10.30am – 1pm.

We are now starting a new service that helps older people and those with disabilities to go shopping, visit local clubs or go to the hairdressers.

The Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. They ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2012 115,000 people signed up, raising a record £15 million.

This service is run on a similar basis and we are in desperate need of volunteer drivers to help with both services.

To find out more about the coffee mornings please visit:

If you are a young mum going shopping, why not take an older person with you!

• A one-to-one, door-to-door service. • Driver is paid 45p per miles from his home.

For more information call 01322 272476

Or to find out more about the Riverside Centre go to:



Gr@nd Stop Smoking advisors help kick the habit for Stoptober Stoptober is fast approaching. Stoptober is a campaign which aims to encourage some of nation’s eight million smokers to stop smoking for 28 days during October and make the step towards a smoke free future.

Win up to £9K for the best ideas on how the use of technology can help people get involved in their communities

Smoking remains the biggest killer in England with over half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from smoking related diseases. Over 160,000 people quit smoking last Stoptober.

We’re inviting creative groups and businesses to submit ideas on ideas or projects you have that get people involved in their communities.

Christian Blanc, Universal Prevention Worker based at The Gr@nd said: “Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free. Th¬e staff at The Gr@nd will lend a hand to help smokers achieve this goal throughout October. Look out on our Facebook page for handy tips and advice to help you through the month. There is a Stoptober app that can be downloaded on a smartphone for free. The app provides daily tips on coping with cravings, tracks how much money you are saving by not smoking and much more. For further information or advice on stopping smoking and Stoptober contact the Stop Smoking Support team on 01474 32 01 23 or via

Do you have an idea on how to make your local area a better place to live using technology? Do you want to win the chance for your idea to be turned into reality and win up to £9000 in prizes and more in support to help take your idea forward? To submit your idea or to find out more, go to:


Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Gravesham 50+ forum invite you to a full of life day at The Woodville, Gravesend funded by Gravesham Borough Council No need to book. Just come along at any time between 11.00am and 3.00pm for a day of fun and live entertainment Tea and Cake will be available If you have a talent to share, i.e. singing, dancing, dramatics, and would like to perform on the day, we will be giving prizes for effort Just contact Jackie for a time slot to perform

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Gravesend residents will be learning how to save money on their food bills when the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign visits Gravesend in October. Love Food Hate Waste representative Cheryl Woodruff said:““During October we’ll be holding free interactive training with residents, community groups and businesses in Kent. We’ll talk to them about food waste and show how a few simple actions, such as storing food correctly or writing a shopping list, can help us all to make the most of the food we buy. We’re keen to speak to as many people as possible so, if you want to learn how you can cut food bills and help the environment by reducing food waste, get in touch!” Cheryl from Love Food Hate Waste in association with Action with Communities in Rural Kent and Communities Food CIC is running a

session on 15th October at 10:30 am at ‘The Council Chambers’, Civic Centre, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU. For more information email apprentice@thegrand. Any groups or businesses who are interested in arranging a free training session can get in touch with Cheryl Woodruff on cheryl.woodruff@wrap. Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. It shows that by doing some easy, practical, everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too. For further information contact: Sophie Hadden on 01295 819695


The CVSNWK newsletter is produced bi-monthly, and is sent to over 350 local voluntary and community organisations. All newsletters will be sent via email unless you have requested otherwise, so please ensure that we have your correct email address. You can publicise your events, news and announcements by sending material to the If you’re not comfortable with sending material digitally, give us a ring on 01474 354479 and we’ll try to help you out. We will always endeavour to include as much as possible, but we may have to edit due to space, layout etc. Please note that material for inclusion in our next issue should reach us before 15th November for our December - January edition. We hope that you have enjoyed reading this issue, and please - get involved and let us help advertise your work, events and achievements to other local organisations and members of CVSNWK. Thanks for reading - see you next time!

CVS Staff list: Marilyn Keating - CEO Gemma Howard - Office/Finance Manager Denese Osborne - Management Support Officer Sarah Williams – Project and Partnership Manager Jaki Farrugia - Lead Administrator Georgie Daniels - Training Administrator Peter Maginn - IT & Website Gavin Mount - Admin Assistant Graham White - Volunteer Dr. Gordon Shumway - Editor At Large LSP/Home Support Scheme Staff list: Sue Wood - Linked Services Project Manager Natalie Sutton - Linked Services Administrator Ann Leggatt - HSS Co-ordinator

To become a member of CVSNWK, please visit our website to download a membership form

Sue Lorkins - HSS Co-ordinator Peter Spicer - Gardener/Handyman/Minibus Driver & 38 Home assistants.


CVS Council for Voluntary Service • North West Kent

What do we do? We offer a whole range of information, advice, resources, training and support to assist organisations to operate more effectively

We represent local organisations, groups and agencies and work in partnership to identify and address unmet needs. We maintain a database of all the Voluntary groups in the DS&G area

We work in partnership with many other Voluntary Organisations and Statutory bodies to deliver services to the community

We provide groups and organisations with forums for networking enabling them to share good practice and expertise. We encourage them to work together to help build a stronger community

We help people!

We provide information, support advice and training on topics from funding and legal issues to basic skills.

Contact us to see how CVS can help you

We also offer a full range of financial services


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Thanks to our funders for their continued support

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CVSNWK Newsletter October 2013  

CVSNWK Newsletter October 2013