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We aim to keep the third sector in York updated with all of the latest news and information about events.

Temporary Micklegate Traffic Restrictions

As part of a £1.5 million restoration scheme to preserve and protect York’s medieval city walls – announced by City of York Council last month – road closures will be needed in Micklegate to allow the restoration works to be carried out safely. The first phase will...

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Co-production: A Strategy for York

Underpinning our ambitions to transform our health and care system is the need for culture change. We simply cannot keep doing what we are doing. We need to empower people to take better care of themselves by supporting communities to develop their own solutions to...

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Growing Green Spaces in York

  I’m about three chapters into a new book.  It’s called Happy City; it’s enthralling.  So far  I have been really drawn to the ideas of the Mayor of Happy – remarkably working in Bogota, in Columbia, South America.  His approach is simple. "What are our needs...

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Introducing Jennie Pollitt…The Priory Street Centre Team

My role at the Priory Street Centre is customer service assistant. I set up any of our six conference rooms for events and meetings and configure the rooms in specific ways if that’s what customers have asked for. I also make sure that any IT equipment that’s been...

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My recent visit to The Kings Fund

Jasmine Howard Ways to Wellbeing Coordinator Social prescribing: from rhetoric to reality I’m Jasmine Howard, Ways To Wellbeing Coordinator at York CVS. Recently, I was lucky enough to attend the above conference at the renowned Kings Fund.  Social prescribing is a...

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Findings of the York Flood Inquiry: Summary January 2017

The York Independent Flood inquiry has published its report and you can read the detailed findings here. The inquiry includes a wide range of recommendations, including: improved communications between the Environment Agency and other organisations, a siren or...

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Micklegate closure

Are you planning on visiting the Priory Street Centre? Please note that the road through Micklegate Bar between its junctions with George Hudson Street and St Martin’s Lane is closing for five weeks starting Monday 30 January. Access will be therefore be restricted....

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Christmas floods – what we would have done in 2017

This time last year we were clearing up the city after the devastating floods on Boxing Day. Hundreds of homes and businesses were affected and even now, many lives have not returned to normal. One positive story which emerged from the flooding was the amount of...

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Big Lottery Fund (BIG): Reaching Communities

BIG are investigating some new ways of working with applicants to the Reaching Communities Fund. These are being tested in our region. The changes are based on feedback and are designed to make the application process simpler, easier and more accessible. Now, if you...

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Changes in commissioning

You may be aware of recent changes to commissioning by large organisations, such as the local authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). There is a move to have more 'joined up' working at local level - encouraging organisations to work together to deliver...

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A tale of two cities?

York is a city where health, wellbeing and happiness are well above the national average. But for some of our communities, this is certainly not the case. In particular people living with poor mental health are still not getting the services they need. The draft...

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Volunteering over Christmas

Are you one of the very many people in York who spend some or all of your Christmas volunteering? A quick email to numerous York organisations at the end of November revealed that not only are there people who do spend Christmas Day helping out at voluntary...

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What do human rights mean in York?

December 10 is Human Rights Day; the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that Great Britain took an active role in creating. In York, we’re recognising this great British tradition with the launch of a new initiative, the York Human...

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Thinking about this year, and planning ahead

Want to know how York CVS is rebuilding and reconstructing for these difficult times? Interested in partnerships and collaboration, making the most of scarce resources? Wondering how we, as a sector, can improve the way we work – together and with our commissioners or...

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Helen Mayor: Our new Dementia Action Coordinator

York Dementia Action Alliance now has a Coordinator, Helen Mayor. Here we ask Helen about her new role and how the voluntary sector can have a positive impact on people with dementia in York. What is your job title and what will you be doing at York CVS? I am York...

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The increasing importance of governance

The importance given to the governance of charities has risen significantly over recent times. This has been due an increase in press and public interest, a few high profile cases that had negative outcomes, an increased understanding of the role of boards and the...

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Healthwatch York has contract extended

York CVS is delighted to announce that it will continue to deliver the Healthwatch York project. City of York Council made their decision to award an extended contract to Healthwatch York, based on the excellent work that has been done over the last three and a half...

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Introducing Sarah Opie, our new Director of Partnerships

Allow us to introduce our new Director of Partnerships: Sarah Opie joined York CVS in early October and is now working to build links across all sectors in York. We thought we’d ask Sarah some questions about her new role, where she’s come from and to share...

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Meet our new Director of Development, Sue Collins

As chair of York CVS, I am delighted to introduce our new Director of Development, Sue Collins. Having survived a rigorous selection process designed and delivered by Sarah Armstrong and others from CVS, Sue joined us at the end of September, bringing much experience...

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Community engagement: Moving to co-production

The need for culture change underpins our ambitions to transform the heath and care system. We simply cannot keep doing what we are doing. We need to move away from paternalistic, interventionist services. We need to empower people to take better care of themselves....

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Why human rights?

I think it’s fair to say that most people working in the voluntary sector in York would say that they support human rights. However, would the same people say that they work directly on human rights issues? Fewer still would probably couch their work in the language...

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Monthly update from York CVS’s Chief Executive

York CVS has made good progress in August, and I feel we have done work that will benefit York and that will be of real value to the voluntary sector. I would like to share with you two pieces of news from August that I think would be of particular interest. I also...

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Monthly update from Sarah Armstrong, our Chief Executive

July has been York CVS’s busiest month since I began working as Chief Executive at York CVS in late January, and I want to share some of the highlights with you. National Association for Voluntary and Community Action The month began with the National Association for...

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