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Community Voluntary Services Tendring

Community Voluntary Services Tendring has been in existence for over 40 years. Our mission is ‘leading and supporting voluntary action in Tendring’ and our core functions are to support, promote and develop the community and voluntary sector and to encourage liaison and connections between organisations, agencies and businesses. We promote the work of the voluntary sector through a weekly e-bulletin, website, social media and through a range of exhibitions, a conference, events and activities. We bring together communities in a range of ways including hosting regular network breakfasts, coffee drop-ins, exhibitions, cafés, focus groups or organising fundraising events such as the ever popular Annual Victorian Christmas Market. Through our Community Information Centre in central Clacton, we offer a social prescribing service, funding advice, information and guidance, training days, regular newsletters packed with charity information, beach hut hire, training, volunteer opportunities and a range of accessible meeting rooms and equipment available to hire at reasonable rates to local groups.

21 April 2017
East of England
Membership organisation
Local Alliances:
Tendring Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in Tendring, CVST provides information and support to a wide range of member organisations and promotes the voluntary sector in everything we do.  Our Community Information Centre is a safe, accessible place for people to visit and holds a vast amount of information on local services.  Our team of trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers are trained to respond to the needs of people visiting our centre or participating in CVST run activities.  Dementia Friends training is included as part of our induction programme for all staff and volunteers.  The centre includes office accommodation for the Alzheimer’s Society Tendring and Essex Carers Support and some of their activities and services also take place in the centre.  We are part of the Tendring Keep Safe scheme and offer a safe place for vulnerable people or those in need to access help.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • Ensuring that health and care professionals are aware of the vast number of voluntary and community services available to people with dementia and their families.

  • Keeping up to date with the latest information, research, groups and good practice.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends sessions

    CVST staff have undertaken the Dementia Champions Induction and now deliver Dementia Friends sessions to all staff, volunteers and trustees.

  • Information Service

    CVST provides information to thousands of people each year through visits to our centre, over the telephone and online. We will ensure that the information we provide is relevant, accurate and up-to-date and will liaise with our members and other partners to ensure that a wide range of information about local services is available.  We will provide assistance to people needing to access those services through Community Development and support from volunteers as needed.

  • Join the Tendring Dementia Action Alliance

    As a member of the Tendring Dementia Action Alliance we will work with our partners to raise awareness of the Alliance, increase its membership, support any fundraising activities and play an active role in helping the Alliance to achieve its objectives