CXK Community Grants Round 2

CXK have announce further grants for VCSE and small organisations available across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

New grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 will shortly be available to third sector organisations of any size, and small organisations from other sectors, which support unemployed or inactive adults. This will be the second round of funding in Kent, Medway, Essex and Thurrock, awarded by the ESFA under their Community Grants Scheme via European Social Fund funding (ESF)

Across Kent, Medway, Essex and Thurrock the allocation of grants is being managed by CXK Ltd. The money is for organisations that help people progress into employment or learning and training. This may be through first contact engagement activities; projects which improve confidence, motivation and social integration such as sport, gardening, music or art; the development of local networks and groups to support people to get a job or access learning; or softer skills development.

The grants are particularly targeted towards organisations that help four key priority groups. This includes people over 50s, individuals with disabilities, people from ethnic minorities and females.

Applications will open on 2nd September 2019, closing on 30th September 2019.

If you wish to receive full details about the grants and how to access them please send your contact details to, or visit

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Active Chelmsford Physical Activity and Sport Grants

No more couch potatoes in Chelmsford!

Working in partnership, Active Chelmsford want to create opportunities and resources to reduce inactivity and develop positive attitudes to health and wellbeing in communities across Chelmsford.

Grants of up to £500 are available for projects or work aimed at engaging inactive people in Chelmsford district. These small grants could be used to encourage more people to be more active by:

• Introducing new physical activity projects.
• Running training courses to upskill your workforce.
• Buying new equipment.
• Creating new sporting opportunities.
• Developing new club sections/teams e.g. a new junior section.

For more information click the relevant links below.

Closing Date for Grant Application: Friday 13th September 2019.

Before completing the application form, please read the Guidance Notes.

If you need assistance with completing the form or have any questions about its content, please email Antony Bensley, Community Sport and Wellbeing Manager at Chelmsford City Council or phone 01245 606978.

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Evaluation Form

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Starlight Walk

Be part of something special in aid of Farleigh Hospice. Are you ready to be a #FarleighStar? Sign up for Farleigh’s first ever Starlight Walk. Join hundreds of inspiring men and women, as they step into the night and light up the streets of Chelmsford.

Join them for a 6km or 11km walk through the night. Starting and finishing at Essex County Cricket Ground on Saturday 10 August.

This is a sponsorship event, so registering here will help Farleigh Hospice to provide doctors, nurses, therapists and counsellors to help local people in their time of greatest need.

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Annual Civic Service

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Bob Massey would like to extend a warm invitation for you, your guest and as many members of your organisation to join him for the annual Civic Service at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday 30 June 2019 at 11.15am.

Upon arrival at the Cathedral please enter through either the West or the South Doors. The service will start at 11.15am and you are requested to take your seats by 11.00am. At the end of the service you are asked to remain until the clergy and civic procession has left. The service will last approximately one hour, after which you are invited to join the Mayoral Party for light refreshments in the North Transept of the Cathedral.

Please could you confirm whether or not you will be able to attend by Tuesday 18 June 2019 either via e-mail or telephone 01245 606269. If you have any specific mobility requirements, please can you indicate these with your RSVP. 

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A Record Number of Essex Voluntary Groups receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2019

Nine voluntary groups from across the county who work in the community have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Of the nine groups, we are especially delighted to congratulate two Chelmsford CVS members:

· Essex Search and Rescue – 74 highly trained volunteers who respond to calls from the police to search for vulnerable missing persons 365 days a year.

· Hearing Help Essex – alleviates isolation and loneliness for thousands of people who suffer hearing loss across the county.

They are amongst 281 charities, social enterprises, and volunteer-led groups to receive the prestigious award this year across the UK. The number of awarded groups have increased again this year, demonstrating the continuous expansion and value of the voluntary sector in today’s society.

This award is given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.

Helena Goodwin, Vice Chairman, Essex Search and Rescue, said:

“Essex Search and Rescue are extremely proud and honoured to receive recognition by receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. We are professionally trained volunteers responding 24/7 to help the police search for high risk vulnerable missing people, predominantly in Essex”.

Sophie Biebuyck, Chief Executive Officer, Hearing Help Essex, said:

“We are immensely proud to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in recognition of the hard work of our volunteers and staff, without whom we simply could not provide the range of services for those living with or affected by hearing loss. To see the life changing work our charity provides has been given national recognition is a tremendous honour”.

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex said:

“I am delighted that nine extremely deserving groups, who are providing a wide range of services to our communities have been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen. I look forward to presenting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services to each of the groups over the coming months and to be able to celebrate their success with their volunteers and many who receive their excellent service”.

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Community Film Screening!

We’re bringing the cinema to you!

Join us for a sing along to Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (PG).

Where: Beaulieu Community Centre
When: Friday 12th April, 5:30pm
Film screening of Mama Mia starts at 6pm
Buffet & Disco start at 8pm
Price: Screening Only: £2 per person (Families welcome)

Screening, Buffet & Disco: £8pp or a Family Ticket for £28.

Event closes at 11 pm. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To buy a ticket:

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External Job Opportunity: Changing Pathways

Changing Pathways is a place-based domestic abuse support charity that has been supporting survivors and their children in South Essex and Thurrock for over forty years.

There are currently three available positions:

Domestic Abuse Practitioner (Community) – Full Time

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) – Full Time

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Team Leader – Full Time

EViE (Ending Violence in Essex) is an ambitious partnership of three domestic abuse support charities who have each operated in Essex for over forty years. As of 1 April 2019, The Next Chapter, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects and Changing Pathways will be responsible for part of the delivery of high risk, community and accommodation based support  services for survivors of domestic abuse as part of the recently commissioned Essex Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (EIDAS) contract.                                                                                  

Following this contract award, they have opportunities for highly motivated and empathetic individuals to fulfill roles in both North and South Essex supporting survivors of domestic abuse. The roles available are:

• IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) based in either North or South Essex (£21,635-£24,313)

• Community DAP (Domestic Abuse Practitioner) based in either North and South Essex (£21,635-£22,848)

• Team Leader positions in either North or South Essex (£25,969-£27,905, dependent upon role)

As a partnership, their approach to supporting survivors of this devastating crime is holistic; assisting the survivor to address their immediate safety needs whilst setting them on a pathway to recovery from their traumatic experiences; more positive outcomes in their lives and the lives of their children; and a sustained exit from domestic abuse.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are committed to helping survivors to break the cycle of domestic abuse and support their recovery.

To apply, please contact 01268 729 707, stating the position/s and the geographical area in which you wish to apply and the relevant application pack will be sent to you or alternatively please visit either  (South Essex) or (North Essex)

For an informal discussion of the roles available in North Essex please contact Sally (Community & Partnerships Manager) at or 01206 500585.

For an informal discussion of the roles available in South Essex please contact Philippa on or 01268 729 707.

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Chelmsford Science Festival 11-15 March 2019

With the exciting announcement that Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are hosting the BSA British Science Festival in September 2020, they are delighted to bring to you Chelmsford’s first week-long Science Festival in March 2019.

Join them for a whole range of FREE events exploring the science of Medicine, Engineering, Psychology, Sport, Chelmsford’s scientific heritage and much more. Award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince, presenter of the BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage with be here during the festival.

For the full itinerary of events and to book your FREE tickets, please visit the ARU website.

You can view the full programme here.

All events start at 7.30pm and are free to attend (excluding Robin Ince). Booking is essential, as tickets are limited.

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Join the North Avenue Christian Centre Premises Management Team

The North Avenue Christian Centre are currently seeking someone to fill the role of Premises Manager – the ‘go to’ person for use of the NACC buildings in North Avenue, Chelmsford, CM1 2AL

This is a part-time role for around 15 hours a week

Pay will be in the range £10- £12 an hour depending on skills and experience

If you think that this is you, please contact Rachel Tufnell on 01245 261711 or email

Applications should be sent by noon on 7 March to Rachel Tufnell

Interviews scheduled for Friday 22 March.

Appointments are subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure.

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Thursday 14th February 2019

A free to attend All Ears, Living with Hearing Loss event will take place at Christ Church, Chelmsford on Tuesday 14th February from 2.30pm-4.30pm, inviting people with hearing loss and who wear NHS hearing aids to attend.

The informative session will cover living with and managing hearing loss, acclimatising to wearing hearing aids, lots of useful advice and tips, practical advice, assistive equipment, the latest advancements in technology and the wide range of support services that are available.

People who are new to NHS hearing aids will find it particularly beneficial, though established users, friends and carer’s are welcome to attend and find out more.

The event, delivered by Hearing Help Essex, a Chelmsford based charity, supports many people in Essex living with acquired hearing loss, to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation it can bring. Hearing loss impacts on people’s lives in all sorts of ways, with practical, social and emotional challenges being faced on a daily basis.

Places are free and must be booked in advance. Phone: 01245 496347, Text 07950 406173 or email:

Further events are planned throughout 2019, so if you are unable to make this date, there will be repeat sessions run on 16th May 2019 and 19th September 2019.

Hearing Help Essex are pleased to provide the following services for the residents of Essex living with hearing loss:

• Information, advice, and guidance sessions – various locations countywide. Dates and locations found on:

• A Hearing Aid Support Service is open to NHS Hearing Aid User’s needing help with re-tubing and routine maintenance. Dates and locations found on:

• Hearing Aid Batteries: Users of NHS Hearing Aids can obtain new supplies of hearing aid batteries from Libraries across the county, available daily at Reception Desks, on presentation of NHS Audiology Record Book, or new style card as proof.

You can view the event poster here.

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Do you work with young people who need to build social skills, self-confidence and independence?

InterAct’s new programme for January to March 2019 is here! They have lots in store for you in 2019. There are lots of exciting things going on during February half term including Mamma Mia, the musical, Southend Adventure Island and London Zoo! You can view the programme for January to March by clicking here.

The bookings for half term and the overnight break are now open. For more information click here.

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External Job Opportunity: North Avenue Youth Centre – Youth Support Worker

North Avenue Youth Centre is based in Chelmsford and works with young people aged 8 – 18 (25 with additional needs) in the area. They aim to engage young people in a range of activities both within the Youth Centre and in the community. Through these activities North Avenue Youth Centre aims to develop meaningful and positive relationships with young people, based on mutual trust and respect, helping young people reach their full potential. Previous experience working with young people would be beneficial but not essential

Responsible to: Youth Centre Manager

A youth worker will:

• Work as part of a team, with other youth workers and volunteers, under the direction of the Youth Centre Manager to develop and deliver a varied programme of activities for the young people, including crafts; sports; drama; gardening; young leader training; youth club; and other projects

• Prepare and supervise particular activities and deputise for the Youth Centre Manager, as agreed

• Be a responsible and positive role model for young people. Interact with the young people in a positive way, ensuring young people are listened to. Encourage young people to join in with activities or be part of planning activities of events

• Work in the tuck shop serving refreshments, taking money and ensuring the kitchen is left tidy

• Work at the entrance taking admissions, ensuring the young people sign in for the sessions

• Work with young people to promote a safe and unprejudiced environment

• Take part in meetings as required, subject to availability

• Carry out other responsible activities as requested by the Youth Centre Manager or the administrator

• Follow the code of conduct at all times, promoting the best outcomes and experiences for young people

Person specification


• Be reliable and honest

• Be ready to commit to regular term time working

• Be understanding of the issues and pressures faced by young people

• Enjoy working with young people

• Be prepared to undergo necessary training e.g. Safeguarding of children and young people

• Be a positive role model

• Be committed to empowering young people to achieve their potential

• Be prepared for occasional flexible working hours


• Leadership skills

• The ability to ensure relevant Health and Safety under the guidance of the Youth Centre Manager

• Be observant, patient and enthusiastic

• Have the ability to work as part of a team with the other members of staff and the volunteers

• Possess good listening skills and the ability to communicate and engage well with young people

• Have the ability to work on own initiative

Identity / Character

The successful applicant will be subject to the relevant health, social services and police checks.

Satisfactory references will be required.

Those interested in this position should contact Charlie Newton ( via email to arrange an informal chat or ask any questions. To apply, please send a CV with a covering letter by email.

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Local Charities Day 2018

Local Charities Day builds on the work of our recently published Civil Society Strategy, where the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committed to enhancing relationships between businesses, charities and local areas, to help communities grow.

This year, the DCMS are highlighting the importance of giving by encouraging people to pledge their time to a local charity, alongside championing the phenomenal and life-changing work of local charities, while shining a huge spotlight on local charity champions – the unsung heroes who always go the extra mile for their charity, the people and causes they support.

Join the conversation on social media

With four weeks to go and as we countdown to Friday 14 December, we will also be highlighting the work of a variety of local charities via this blog.

Today, Friday 14 December is #LocalCharitiesDay, be sure to follow the DCMS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for more information and updates about the day.

Celebrate the work of charitable organisations and share why you’re supporting the day alongside the #LocalCharitiesDay hashtag.

Get involved

Use the interactive map to find local charities near you. Run a local charity? Add your details to our map and show your support for the day

#PledgeYourTime to a local charity

• Nominate a Local Charities Champion

• Add the #LocalCharitiesDay Twibbon to your social media channels

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Kids Inspire Christmas Appeal 2018

Kids Inspire are once again warmly welcoming your Christmas gift and hamper donations for their Christmas Appeal 2018.

All of the donations will be distributed to children and young people who, without Kids Inspire and you, may not have an extra-special Christmas, so please give generously!

Please see the flyers below which detail all that you can offer in support this Christmas.

For more information see the Kids Inspire website here.

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Public consultation on Essex Future Library Services Strategy (2019-2024)

Essex County Council recognise that library services play a unique and valued role in our society. But in the last five years use has slumped: loans have almost halved and fewer than one in five Essex residents use libraries. The current service needs to change to fit the way we live now and in the future.

Earlier this year Essex County Council asked for people’s views on library services. They have listened to what Essex people have told them and they have come up with a set of proposals which are set out in a draft strategy. Their five-year plan in that draft strategy is for a service that:

  • Keeps books and reading at the heart of our library service offer
  • Embraces digital technology and e-library services
  • Has a smaller number of libraries which better meet community needs
  • Works in partnership with communities to run library services.

It is vital that Essex County Council operate a service that is viable to run and is relevant to people’s lives. The proposals therefore include some significant changes to the current service. Essex County Council want to get your views on these proposals.

You can find more information about the proposals and complete the survey at You can complete the survey as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

If you need help to complete the survey, would like it in large print, or would like a printed copy of the EasyRead versions, please ask at your local library or call 0345 603 7639.

During the consultation, Essex County Council will also be holding information drop-ins at every library providing a further opportunity to ask questions, complete the consultation and find out more.

If you are from a community group or organisation please publicise the consultation to your members or service users. If you would like copies of publicity material please email

The deadline for completing the consultation survey is 20 February 2019.

All the responses from the consultation will be analysed and findings published on the consultation website. These will be available on request for those without internet access.

Any changes proposed will be considered when the strategy is finalised in summer 2019.

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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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