Message from Roger Hirst PFCC for Essex – Policing Precept Survey

Police funding is an important topic both nationally and particularly in Essex. There is always a demand for greater police visibility by the public. The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has to set a budget for Essex Police that enables the Chief Constable to deliver the best possible policing service that the public of Essex deserve.

Funding for Essex Police comes from two sources – central Government and local Council Tax. Taking these two funding sources into account, Essex Police receives the second lowest funding per resident of any police force in the country and has one of the lowest Council Tax precepts for policing. Next year we are also expecting significant additional costs from increases in police officer pay, higher insurance costs and changes to police officer pensions. There will also be costs as a result of extending the police’s Airwave radio system due to delays in the roll out of the National Emergency Services Communication Programme.

Last year, the PFCC carried out a public survey which received more than 5,000 responses. Approximately two thirds of the people who answered (65 per cent) said they would be prepared to see the police element of local Council Tax increased by more than two per cent so more money could be made available for policing in Essex. More than half were prepared to pay up to £20 more per year.

In light of the results from last year’s survey, the PFCC raised the policing element of the Council Tax by up to £12, or £1 a month, for a Band D property. This increase, as part of the £450 million in police funding secured nationally from the Government last year, allowed Essex Police to recruit 150 more frontline officers, bringing the total amount of Essex Police officers to at least 3,000. These additional officers are being recruited and trained and will be arriving in local communities by February 2019.

Prior to the setting of the policing precept for 2019-2020, the PFCC is asking for residents’ views to help inform my approach. This survey was launched on Tuesday, November 6.

You can fill in the survey online here.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 27.

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Embracing Risk Management

Charity update on Tuesday 13 November

All charities, large and small, are exposed to risk.

Trustees are ultimately responsible for managing these risks and for deciding how much risk their charity should take.

Never forget that with risk comes reward! Risk management is about getting the right balance between innovation and change on one hand and the avoidance of shocks and crises on the other – this is not always easy!

In this short session we will explore:

• The role and responsibilities of Trustees for risk management
• A simple ‘How to…’ guide for managing risk in your charity
• The benefits of ‘embracing’ risk management – making it work to your advantage
• Where to go to learn more

The session will be delivered by Colette Dark, Director ALARM. With over 30 years experience, Colette has assisted organisations from many sectors embed robust and practical approaches to risk management. She is most well-known for her expertise in insurance liability risk, local and central government, NGO and Third Sector organisations. A frequent speaker at conferences, she has contributed to several thought leadership publications in risk management. During a long association with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), she has chaired the institutes training committee, authored accredited training programmes and served on the Board as a non-executive director. In 2016 she was invited to join the Board of Alarm; a membership organisation that supports risk professionals and those that deal with the management of risk within organisations that provide services to, or support, our communities and citizens.

Where: Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus

When: Registration, networking, coffee, tea and biscuits from 4pm
Session starts at 4:30pm

Book: Reserve your place with a £5 registration fee here.
All welcome, but please book early as places are limited.

Supported by:

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Could you be the Chelmsford Museum Volunteer Coordinator?

An exciting and new role has been created at Chelmsford for an enthusiastic Museum Volunteer Coordinator to enhance the participation of our community in the history of Chelmsford and the Museum.

The Museum has been progressing significant change since 2016 and following the awarding of funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Summer 2017, Chelmsford Museum is undergoing a £2.2 million transformation, covering all aspects of the visitor experience. To support this major transformation, Chelmsford Museum is looking for an individual to lead the development of exciting new volunteer opportunities at the Museum, and take responsibility for growing a strong volunteer network.

There is already a fantastic and very active volunteer group, but with so many exciting projects coming forward, we know that more people want to be involved in what we do. The post holder therefore will also be required to work with the Chelmsford Volunteering Centre in the attraction, recruitment, induction, training and retention of a growing team of volunteers.

This is a fun and interesting role for an individual who is keen to open up the history of Chelmsford to a wide range of audiences, to inspire them and create memorable experiences whilst helping to shape the future of Chelmsford Museum.

Interviews will be held week commencing 8th and 15th October 2018.

Chelmsford City Council is committed to safeguarding vulnerable groups and expects all employees to share this commitment. This includes obtaining references and ensuring compliance with the Disclosure and Barring Service process.

For more information about this role, please click here.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

What you say, how you say it , and how well you listen can have a profound impact on someone who is emotionally distressed or having a difficult time. Everyone can learn and benefit from MHFA skills.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is an interactive and practical training course to help you spot the early signs of a mental health problem. It will equip you with tools and techniques to help you, your friends, family and colleagues.

This course is for you if you want to learn new skills and enhance your CV, if you care for or work with vulnerable young people/adults, if you are thinking of volunteering or seeking paid employment.

This course is free for people aged 19+, the course runs over two days from 9:30am until 4:30pm.

The course is put on by InterAct and is available on the 13th and 20th September and the 22nd and 23rd October at Moulsham Mill, Parkway, Chelmsford, CM2 7PX. InterAct require a contribution of £30 to cover course materials and to book your place.

Further MHFA and Youth MHFA training courses are to be scheduled across Essex.

To book your place on either of the dates, click here.

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Showcasing Healthcare this September


It’s just over a week until the 5th Mid Essex Showcasing Healthcare event at Broomfield Hospital.

Last September we held our largest ever multi agency Health & Wellbeing Showcase attended by commissioners, professional, practitioners, health providers and representatives from local charities working in the field of health and social care. The event was very well received by the hospital, its staff and the 40 plus charities that attended found it very worthwhile in terms of valuable networking opportunities and meeting key clinical staff.

This years event will be taking place in the public areas of the Atrium at Broomfield Hospital on Thursday 13 September 2018 from 11am to 4pm.  Click here to download a guide to the day and map of the atrium.

The Trust will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting on that day and will be inviting members of the public to join their event and gain an insight into the business of the hospital and learn more about a range of services provided and their world class care.

We’re very much looking forward to seeing you on the day!

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External Job Opportunity: Age UK Essex Nail Trimmers

Age UK Essex is an ambitious local charity with a proud history of improving the lives of older people. They are currently seeking Nail Trimmers to join their growing team.

They provide a comprehensive training programme in partnership with the NHS so no experience is required and they offer flexible working hours. You will be based in their Chelmsford office and provided with a company vehicle to visit clients in their own homes and travel to venues across Essex, Thurrock and Southend.

A full UK manual driving licence is essential and due to insurance purposes you must be 25 years or over.

For an application pack click here or email:

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Marvels of Mid Awards

Do you know an individual or group that has gone above and beyond in helping local people Live Well? Have they had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of residents across mid Essex?

Mid Essex CCG’s Marvels of Mid Awards (MOMAs) are back for a third year to celebrate the outstanding contributions of people, organisations, schools and community groups across Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon who are making a difference – transforming people’s lives, improving health services and putting patients, service users, carers and communities at the very heart of health and wellbeing in mid Essex.

There are 11 categories, and you can nominate as many people, teams or projects as you wish (but you need to complete a separate form for each nomination) – you can even put yourself or your team forward if you’ve got something great to shout about.

Mid Essex CCG Accountable Officer Caroline Rassell said: “With the NHS turning 70 this year, there has never been a better time to recognise the stars of our local community and say thank you for the great work that is being done to support the NHS and community health services right here in mid Essex.”

If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them for a MOMA today!

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 7 September. To nominate click here.

The awards are presented at Mid Essex CCG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September. It is a great way to say thank you to someone who should be recognised and to celebrate the everyday local heroes. All nominees will be recognised by the CCG. Those shortlisted will be invited to our AGM on 27 September at Chelmsford City Football Club.

Mid Essex Community Awards 2018

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External Job Opportunity: Families In Focus

Families In Focus are a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 25) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Saturday Co-ordinator required for our very popular activity club for families of children/young people with SEND.

The ideal candidate will be able to organise, attend, prepare, facilitate and regularly engage with children and young people (with support from volunteers and specialist coaches) and their siblings, alongside their parent/carers, to provide a rewarding and stimulating experience for all.

Knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, preferably in the not-for profit sector, with a genuine interest in the issues that face disabled children, young people and their families.

Location:   Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, CM1 2EH
Annualised contract up to 220 hours pa

Core Working hours: Saturdays 3pm to 6pm, across c44 weeks (flexible)

Salary: £9.30 per hour

You can downloaded the Job Pack from the Families InFocus website here.

Email  or phone 01245 353575.

Application forms (no CVs please) should be submitted no later than 3pm on Thursday 6 September 2018.

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5th Mid Essex Showcasing Healthcare Event

Last September we held our largest ever multi agency Health & Wellbeing Showcase attended by commissioners, professional, practitioners, health providers and representatives from local charities working in the field of health and social care. The event was very well received by the hospital, its staff and the 40 plus charities that attended found it very worthwhile in terms of valuable networking opportunities and meeting key clinical staff.

I am delighted to confirm that the Chair, Chief Executive and Trust Board of Mid Essex Hospital Trust have once again kindly agreed to allow Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action to hold a fifth charity exhibition showcase in the public areas of the Atrium at Broomfield Hospital on Thursday 13 September 2018 from 11am to 4pm.

If your work supports the health and wellbeing of local people and you would like to showcase your organisation in a hospital environment please download the booking form here and return it to us as soon as possible, but by Friday 10 August at the latest. This event is extremely popular and there is always a high demand by exhibitors – spaces are limited. In response to feedback from last year we will not be occupying some of the lower footfall areas so the number of stands will be less than in previous years – 30 only.

As the event is taking place on a normal working day when the site is fully open to the public, we will need to comply with the health and safety requirements of the hospital, therefore it is essential that all stands are set up by 10.30 am and are not taken down until 4 pm.

The Trust will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting on that day and will be inviting members of the public to join their event and gain an insight into the business of the hospital and learn more about a range of services provided and their world class care.

Once we have exhibitors confirmed we will release more detailed information about the format and timings for the day. In the meantime, if you have any questions please call Peter Brooks Charity Engagement Manager on 01245 351888.

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Putting multi-agency reviews into practice

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board and the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board in conjunction with the Essex Social Care Academy, Essex County Council are hosting a workshop on putting multi-agency reviews into practice – professional curiosity and themes from reviews.

The aims of the workshop are to give you an opportunity to shape practice, a chance to reflect, share good practice and learning, make a difference to how we work together, and to respond to need and risk.

The workshop is for anyone who has involvement with domestic abuse and safeguarding in their role and with the ability to influence practice within their organisation.

Dates available throughout October/November 2018 – find out more and book your place here.


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Do you care?

Plastics are affecting our waterways, rivers and oceans.

Dawn Wood (aka Smiffy) a former resident of South Woodham & a student at William de Ferrers School, does care. She has taken on this initiative as her personal challenge to raise awareness of the problems affecting our oceans.

How is she doing this? …she plans to row solo across the Atlantic. The challenge primarily is to raise awareness about the amount of discarded plastics in our oceans and how this is affecting the marine ecosystem. Dawn is also talking to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to develop a way of filtering sea water during her Atlantic row to determine how micro-plastics are affecting our oceans.

Dawn will be training on the River Crouch throughout the coming months. If you see her in ‘True Blue’ her very distinctive small rowing boat, give her a wave and shout some encouragement!

We sincerely hope that school children and local communities along the Crouch will be able to witness for themselves a dream being put into reality by a local lass.

This young lady is no stranger to ‘salt’ water. Dawn is a yacht master and skipper with the Essex Police Marine Unit. She’s made several trips to China as part of a team to train Chinese students in preparation for their own Ocean row.

The Challenge will commence in January 2019 when ‘Smiffy’ will leave Gran Canaria, to row solo unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados, a crossing of 3000 miles.

For more details on all aspects of this Solo Atlantic Challenge please visit

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Walking for Health!

Heart and Sole is Chelmsford’s very own healthy walking scheme. Could you help our community put it’s best foot forward?

As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us great stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking. Plus you’ll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people.

All it takes is enthusiasm and a little time, as we will supply the training. You will only be asked to commit to covering at least two walks a month, but more if you are able. As a leader you will join a team of leaders who take regular groups of people walking around the beautiful parks and gardens Chelmsford has to offer, often finishing with a cup of tea! All walk leaders will be required to attend a one day Walk leader Course.

The next course is Thursday 13 September at Chelmsford City Council.

For more information, including how to apply, please contact Sally on 01245 250731 or email

PS. Why not combine your new healthy walk with our friendly Weight Loss Programme?  Find out more by contacting the Volunteer Centre.

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 to recognise exceptional contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

Do you know an exceptional volunteer group positively impacting the lives of others in your local community?

Learn more about the award and how you can nominate by visiting:

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When Women Rule – National Democracy Week

Image may contain: 3 peopleWhen women enter politics, they make a difference. So why are so few in the highest ranks of power?

World Leaders have pledged to achieve women’s equal participation in politics by 2030. But there are concerns that progress is too slow to reach this United Nations goal. Currently only 23% of national parliamentarians are female.

Join Chelmsford City Life for a screening of ‘When Women Rule’ followed by a panel discussion as part of National Democracy Week across Essex.

The documentary, produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was created in an effort to understand the structural, legal and social barriers women face when entering public life, following women who went against the grain to become politicians.

Tickets are FREE, but registration is essential, click here for more information.

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Epilepsy Family Fun Day

Join Epilepsy Action for their Family Dun Day on Saturday 2 June from 10:30am to 4pm at Springhouse Sports and Social Club.

Meet other families, epilepsy nurses and doctors and join in the fun! Activities on the day will include Volleyball, badminton, swingball, face painting, table tennis, pool, a dedicated teenager space, welly womping, egg and spoon races and more.

This day gives families a chance to meet each other and make ongoing friendships; exchange what works for them; helps the children to talk to each other and to the professionals; have fun and games; meet the professionals in an informal way; find out about support available locally.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This event is open for all families affected by epilepsy, a £5 booking fee per family applies.

To book your place click here, or contact Marie Edgar, South East Manager on 01708 479536.

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Funding to Support the Development of Small Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)

The Fore Trust has announced that the next funding round to support the development of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies will open for registrations on the 3rd April 2018 at 10 am.

The Trust is offering development funding of up to £30,000 and business support to expand the capacity of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. To qualify applicant organisations will need to have a turnover of less than £1 million per year).

To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Numbers for each round are capped and registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed. Once successfully registered, organisations are invited to submit a simple application.

The closing date will be the 30th April 2018 with funding decisions announced on the 13th July 2018.

Examples of previous grants awarded include:

  • Street Doctors who received a grant of £30,000 to enable the organisation to transition from being a small-scale student voluntary organisation to a national movement.  The funding enables the organisation to employ a part time CEO and to develop the infrastructure to formally contract with Youth Offending Institutions and Teams.
  • Art Against Knives which uses art as a tool for communication and personal development for 16-25yr olds received a grant of £27,510 to help fund the strategic development of the organisation to strengthen its longer-term sustainability.
  • Circle Crew for Change which is the UK’s first youth mutual organisation owned by young people, led by young people and for young people received a grant of £30,000 to fund a part-time Project Development Manager to drive the organisation at the critical transitional period in its development.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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Would your club/organisation like to access grant funding to increase the physical activity levels of the local community?

The Community Sport and wellbeing Team at Chelmsford City Council will be running two funding workshops on Monday 30 April led by Kerry McDonald a highly successful bid writer, who has accessed hundreds of thousands of pounds for community groups across the country.

These workshops will be for not for profit, clubs or organisations that have a committee and constitution and who would like to implement a project to increase physical activity levels in Chelmsford.

The three grant funds they will focus on are: The Big Lottery FundSport England Small Grants and Comic Relief Core Strength

The workshops will be held in the Marconi Room at the Civic Centre in Duke Street (on the corner of Broomfield Road and Coval Lane.

To attend one of the workshops please send an email to with the following information:

1. The name(s) of any attendees.

2. Your contact details – email & mobile number

3. The name of your club/organisation and what it does

4. Which workshop you wish to attend.

Please also send in answers to the following 3 questions:

1. What do you want to do?

2. How will this increase physical activity?

3. What will you spend the money on?

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ESAB Training 2018/2019

The Essex Safeguarding Board have a brand new Training Brochure available. To see the full list of courses on offer click here.

Some of thew upcoming training in Chelmsford includes:

Safeguarding Adult Basic Awareness Training | 23 April

This course is aimed at anyone working with adults in any setting. On completion of this course you will, be aware of legislation relevant to safeguarding, explore what is abuse including signs and symptoms, be familiar with the procedures for reporting abuse, discuss good practice procedures if someone discloses abuse, explore factors that may lead to abusive situations and or poor practice, know how deal with disclosures, preserve evidence and how to record incidents according to policy requirements.

Informal carers and safeguarding | 7 June

This course will look at the role of informal carers, how they can be supported in order to reduce safeguarding concerns as well as dealing with issues that have arisen.

Unwise decision an safeguarding | 21 May

This course will examine the perceived tension in adult safeguarding between the protective element – and people’s rights to control their own lives and choices.

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Limbless Association Race Night

The Limbless Association (LA) are hosting a fundraising evening, the LA Race Night at Reids Bar, Billericay on Friday 6 April 2018.

This year the Limbless Association are proud to be celebrating 35 years of supporting amputees and to have 5 runners representing them in this years London Marathon. It will be fun-filled evening with opportunity to have a flutter on some pre-recorded horse races that will be projected onto the big screen! You will have the chance to win cash prizes on each race.

For more information about the event and to book your tickets click here.

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Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Working with Unpaid Carers 

The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Development grants programme is noon on the 3rd May 2018.

During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations working with unpaid carers, The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation’s income will not be reduced. Grants are available for up to £80,000 over three years with a maximum of £35,000 in year one.

The Trust also holds a separate funding round for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders. This is due to open for applications in October 2016.

Previous projects supported include:

  • A grant of £49,405 over three years to Carers of Barking to fund IT improvements to both the organisation’s website and the monitoring and reporting systems to improve efficiency, professionalism and ultimately the sustainability of the organisation;
  • West Norfolk Carers which received a grant of £37,082 to diversify its income and is using Triangle funding to cover the cost of a part-time Income Generation and Marketing Manager.

For more information see The Triangle Trust’s website.

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