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

The York Local Area Coordination Programme

As you’re probably aware, City of York Council are developing new ways of working locally. If you’d like to know more about the programme, there will be an open evening in February. If you are interested in becoming one of the three Local Area Co-ordinators, this 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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BE THE CHANGE: Moving from talk to action

As Sarah said in her article, we held our first annual gathering at the end of July. This workshop was designed to introduce the re-emerging York CVS to colleagues and partners and, most importantly, to start a conversation about what the third sector should/could be...

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The Red Tower Project: Treasurer required

York’s Red Tower project is looking for a Treasurer to be involved with the financial management and planning of their community-led enterprise. This exciting new project is aimed at transforming the 15th century Red Tower and surrounding garden on York’s historic...

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Trustee Talk: George Wood

In the second of our pieces about trustees and their role in York, we talk to George Wood, a trustee at York CVS. George is probably one of the best connected people in York. Here, he talks about his career, his commitment to voluntary activities and the perspective...

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Free child care offer at Priory Street Nursery

Priory Street Nursery will now be able to offer 30 hours free childcare to working parents as part of a government pilot scheme being initially phased out to eight local authorities across the country. The scheme will be rolled out nationally in 2017. The announcement...

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