Accuro Open Day 2019

On 4th June 2019, Accuro (Care Services), opened its doors to the community to mark Volunteers Week and celebrate the contribution of all its supporters.

In June 2018, the charity that supports children, young people and adults with a disability in West Essex, officially opened their new home at Tocher House, Start Hill, Takeley. This June, the charity wanted to showcase the improvements they have made on the building and the surrounding garden area. In attendance were 45 key community supporters including Clive Souter, Councillor and Chair of Harlow Council, Mayor Norma Symonds of Bishop’s Stortford, Mick Coleman, President of Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club, volunteering group, Diamond Ladies and gym owner, Ollie Emsden. The day was fun-filled and interactive and included a preview of a short film created by the young people, office workouts led by Ollie Emsden, owner of Vision Fitness and refreshments kindly donated by Cook Saffron Walden, Tesco Express Stansted and Dorringtons.

Accuro had been elected as the President of Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club’s Charity of the Year 2018/2019. During the Open Day, Mick Coleman and Julie North presented Accuro with a cheque of £9,540.98 – an amount that the club raised for the charity through a variety of fun and innovative fundraising events including clay shooting and an Easter Egg event. Mick says “working with Accuro for the past year has been such a great experience. It has been a mutually beneficial relationship that we will no doubt continue to nurture. We have both been able to connect and share our networks of local corporate organisations and community groups, raising the profile of both the rugby club and the charity. The Accuro team are approachable and proactive and we especially loved meeting and welcoming the young service users who visited our club at Silver Leys for the final match of the season!”

Accuro also officially unveiled their new and improved website that was kindly designed free of charge by Tela, a creative digital agency based in Saffron Walden. Shara Vickers, Director at Tela says “in today’s world, a strong and impactful website is key to success, yet we understand that for a small, local charity this can be challenging due to funding and time restraints. Tela has designed and built several charity and not-for-profit websites for free to help these organisations promote themselves online. Being based in Saffron Walden, we believe that it is important to help the community around you and owning a business comes with responsibilities other than making money. Through the donation of the website and providing digital training to the Accuro team, we believe that the charity will be well equipped to not only attract new service users, volunteers and funding, but it will also help to automate some of the more time-consuming, yet vital, tasks. These benefits combined will help Accuro to carry on making an even greater impact in our community. The pride we get from training their team to use and grow the site is worth the months of work we put into it.’

“As a charity we are very fortunate to have a strong network of local community members that support us in the form of volunteering as well as through fundraising or providing services and expertise. Volunteers Week is the perfect time to celebrate this support because we know that when we do come together, we can make a real difference to people with a disability in our community,” says Tiwa Odukoya, Communications and Community Fundraising Officer.

*Published on Bishop’s Stortford Independent