CCVS

Colchester Community Voluntary Services
  • "Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless but because they are priceless"
  • Follow us on Twitter.. @colchesterCVS for the latest news
  • For places that distribute Food Bank Vouchers CLICK HERE
  • CCVS's vision is to see thriving local communities
  • Join CCVS now for access to our exclusive members area documents by calling 01206 505250

Clinicians say ‘thank you’ to those who have participated in their urgent care review

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

Clinicians at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are thanking the thousands of local residents and stakeholders who have responded to their urgent care review.

The period of engagement in which the CCG sought views on four potential approaches has now closed.

The approaches for review included:

  1. To continue to commission a Walk in Centre service in Colchester and Minor Injury Units at Clacton and Harwich.
  2. To stop providing the Walk in Centre and Minor Injury Unit services. Patients would be required to contact NHS 111.  They would be directed by NHS 111 to their local GP, Out of Hours GP or encouraged to self-care (helping people to look after themselves).
  3. The establishment of a minor injury service – This proposal would see the establishment of a minor injury service which would see and treat a range of minor injuries, from fractures, wounds requiring stitching to infected bites, taking the pressure off A&E.  This service would have sites in Colchester and Tendring - dependent on where there is greatest need.
  4. Other views and ideas from members of the public.

Since it began on Wednesday 4 January 2017, CCG representatives have visited 26 support groups meetings, held 12 public meetings during weekdays, weekends and evenings and been in busy public areas increasing awareness of the review.  In total the CCG has been in contact with around 2,300 people across Colchester and Tendring and has received 3,479 completed questionnaires (correct as at 2 March).

Dr Gary Sweeney, Chairman of the CCG, said: “We have been delighted with the level and quality of feedback people have given us over the past eight weeks.  I would like to thank each and every person and organisation who took the time to read and digest the available information, attended our public meetings and subsequently completed the questionnaire.  We have stuck to our word and have conducted a thorough engagement process as well as listened to the views of local people on our approaches.  I am pleased with what our teams have  achieved and would like to thank them too.  They have spent much of their own time gathering views and giving presentations to local people.”

Dr Sweeney added: “While our board will make a final decision on the future of these services, it is very clear from the early feedback received that the approach to close all three units is the least favoured option.  We will take this into account along with other considerations such as clinical need and demand across north east Essex.”

Now that the engagement exercise has concluded, an independent evaluation report will be produced which will highlight the themes from the feedback received.  This will be considered by the CCG’s Clinical Reference Group, Transformation and Delivery Committee, Operational Executive Committee before being presented to the board with a recommendation on 30 May (the venue for this meeting is to be confirmed).

The CCG will be releasing monthly updates on the progress of its deliberations over the weeks up to the board decision in May.  Please email NEECCG.comms@nhs.net if you would like to receive regular updates on the review.

Short term Intervention Service – One Support

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

In January 2017, One Support were notified by Essex County Council that they proposed to reduce funding for the contract from 1st April 2017; they have now confirmed that this will be the case.  One Support currently delivers support to over 1500 vulnerable people each week in the community across the North and Mid of Essex. Part of this included the Older Person’s Service, which will cease completely from the 1st April 2017.

They will continue to deliver a support service across Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Maldon and Tendring but with a reduced staffing team of 41 and to over 700 customers at any one time. They have decided to use this opportunity to make some changes to the current service and the areas they support people with. With effect from 1st April 2017, there will be a short term intervention service aimed at people who are at threat of or have lost their home.

Intensive Support

Referrals will continue to come into the Gateway and there will be guidance and signposting where needed. Support Officers will provide intensive housing related support over a short period of time e.g. working intensively for up to a week if it achieves the customers’ desired outcome. If further support needs are identified and depending on these needs, that can be extended for up to 6 months.

Where it has been identified that a person requires support with a health related support need, they will be signposted to a more appropriate support provider.

Drop ins

They will continue to deliver support and guidance in our drop ins although these may reduce to around 15 venues instead of 27. In the last year over 3000 people accessed a drop in for this type of support. One Support will be arranging to meet with some of their partners and discussing these going forward.

The office at St Peters Street has closed but there are new premises at 209b Wellington House, Butt Rd, Colchester.

North East Essex CCG Board meeting Tuesday 28th March

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

Board Meeting to be held in public – 28 March 2017

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be holding its next Board meeting in Frinton-on-Sea on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The meeting, which is held in public, will discuss key issues affecting the CCG.

It will take place at The McGrigor Hall, Fourth Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9EB from 2:30pm.

There will be a 15 minute question and answer session in which members of the public are welcome to question the Board on any relevant issue.

This month’s agenda items include the following:

  • An update on the urgent care review on Colchester Walk-In Centre, Clacton Minor Injury Unit and Harwich Minor Injury Unit
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) update
  • The financial plan and budget of the CCG for 2017/18
  • An update on the successful application for primary care delegated co-commissioning
  • The submission of the Primary Care Five Year Forward View

Please note that while there will be an update on the Urgent Care Review, this is informative only and a decision will not be made until 30th May.

To view the full agenda, please visit the CCG’s website www.neessexccg.nhs.uk (click on “Library” then “Board Meeting”)

One Support Short term Intervention Service

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

In January 2017, One Support were notified by Essex County Council that they proposed to reduce funding for the contract from 1st April 2017; they have now confirmed that this will be the case.  One Support currently delivers support to over 1500 vulnerable people each week in the community across the North and Mid of Essex. Part of this included the Older Person’s Service, which will cease completely from the 1st April 2017.

They will continue to deliver a support service across Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Maldon and Tendring but with a reduced staffing team of 41 and to over 700 customers at any one time.  With effect from 1st April 2017, they will be providing a short term intervention service aimed at people who are at threat of or have lost their home.

Intensive Support Service

Drop in Service

Targeted, short term support focused on crisis intervention

e.g. Threat of eviction, Priority Debts

Immediate access to one off support

e.g. Benefit check, housing guidance

Intensive Support

Referrals will continue to come into their Gateway and they will be able to offer guidance and signpost where needed. Support Officers will provide intensive housing related support over a short period of time e.g. working intensively for up to a week if it achieves the customers’ desired outcome. If further support needs are identified and depending on these needs, they will work with them for up to 6 months.

Where it has been identified that a person requires support with a health related support need, they will be signposted to a more appropriate support provider.

Drop ins

One Support will continue to deliver support and guidance in our drop ins although these may reduce to around 15 venues instead of 27. In the last year over 3000 people accessed a drop in for this type of support. They will be arranging to meet with some of their partners and discussing these going forward.

The office at St Peters Street is now closed – new premises are at 209b Wellington House, Butt Rd, Colchester.

Further questions to:

Shalene Brooker
Senior Team Manager
Email:sbrooker@onehousinggroup.co.uk

Office printer free to a good home

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

The printer is now 5 years old but still available to buy new (cost new is about £500). There are some unused consumables included and the toner cartridges were replaced not too long ago.  It does need a service and may need a replacement part as there is an issue with the print quality.  it has been an excellent printer and can handle commercial/professional printing, photocopying and scanning requirements.

Please beware that it needs to be collected from the CO6 area – we cannot deliver.  It is a large piece of kit, it weighs 70kg (11 stone)  and will need to be carried downstairs from where it is located now.

Printer specs here:

Call 07910 800527 for enquiries.

NHS health checks make good business sense

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by CCVS Admin

BUSINESSES across Colchester and Tendring are being urged to support their employees and reputation by taking advantage of free NHS work-placed health checks.

The health checks are being offered across Essex in the workplace by local community healthcare provider, Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE). The check includes a blood pressure reading, cholesterol check, height, weight and waist measurement to calculate the body mass index (BMI). For individuals with a BMI over 27.5 a diabetes test is also offered. To conclude the health check a QRrisk calculation is given which assesses the probability of developing cardiac problems within the next 10 years. Personalised advice is offered about how to stay healthy and, referrals can be made to other health services such as My Weight Matters and Stop Smoking.

Sally Birch at ACE, said: “One of our key priorities is to work with local employers to improve the health and well-being of their workforce. As well as benefiting the individual employees by improving their health, it makes good business sense because sickness rates and absenteeism can be reduced which in turn increases productivity. Staff will feel more valued and the company reputation will increase.

We come to the workplace at a time convenient to the business. We can also manage the appointment process which removes any stress from the employer.

Private healthcare companies can charge for a similar check whereas our NHS health checks are completely free.”

People targeted are between the ages of 40 and 74 who, broadly, are not already identified by a health professional as having had a heart attack, stroke, angina or diabetes.  They should not have had a health check in the last 5 years and, not be on medicines for high cholesterol or high blood pressure as these people have already been screened by their GP and are being monitored regularly.

Sally added: “The check assesses your risk of developing a number of diseases including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. By taking early action, people can improve their health and make lifestyle changes to help prevent the onset of these conditions. Health checks we have carried out have, on more than one occasion, proved, life-savers.”

Any business who would like to find out more about a visit from the ACE workplace NHS health check team should contact 01255 477071 or email sally.birch5@nhs.net

New programme of VST Virtual Classroom sessions starts off 23rd March

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

The new programme of Virtual Classroom sessions starts off 23rd March.  If you are short of time and funding these sessions are the answer.   Book 3 and get the equivalent of a day’s face to face training in just 3 hours  – and no travel costs!

NEW online video training courses from VST 2017-page-001

Easter Youth Development Opportunity with The Cirdan Sailing Trust

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

Cirdan-page-001

Female Genital Mutilation Learning Seminar on the 20th March in Colchester. 

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

 

Booking for AM session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fgm-learning-seminars-tickets-32468366759

Booking for PM session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fgm-learning-seminars-tickets-32471319591

Colchester Learning Seminar-page-001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free J9 Training

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by CCVS Admin

Colchester – Friday 24th March, 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Weeley – Tuesday 11th April 9.30am – 1.00pm

J9 is a nationwide initiative, named after Janine Mundy, who was killed in Cornwall by her estranged husband while he was on police bail, the J9 national initiative sees local venues offering confidential help display pink J9 heart stickers in their windows.  This will be the first module that we be delivering in a suite of new ½ day training across Colchester and Tendring, future models will focus on Domestic Abuse for young people and older people.

The initiative is to train staff to recognize and understand abusive behaviors so they can put victims in touch with professional help. Many sufferers of domestic abuse are limited on where they can go, what they can do and who they can call. This being known it is vital to have help accessible in as many locations as possible. The training not only offers an opportunity and safe place for victims to disclose and seek help, but also busts myths and provides professionals with the correct tools to read between the lines and identify signs of abuse.

Course details: This is a half day course aimed at raising awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse for staff in public and voluntary sector organisations. In the course of your work you may come into contact with someone you suspect is a victim of domestic abuse, a client may reveal that they are suffering abuse.

Topics will include:

What is Domestic Abuse
Common myths about Domestic Abuse
Your legal rights
Crisis planning
Sanctuary Schemes
Housing options
Safer Places
Benefits
Impact of Domestic Abuse on children
Teenage healthy relationships
Staying safe on the internet
Getting help and advice
Advice for employers

Objective: This training aims to ensure that staff are equipped to respond appropriately and effectively if they come into contact with someone they suspect is a victim of domestic abuse.

Pre-course preparation: There is no pre-course preparation required for this course.

If anyone would like more info or would like to attend this session, please complete the attached registration form and send to  Lyn.kitteridge@saferplaces.co.uk

J9 training poster Colchester

J9 training poster Tendring

Registration form