Love Essex Fund

Love Essex is an umbrella brand that acts on behalf of the Essex Waste Partnership and The Cleaner Essex Group to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle their rubbish as best as possible. We want to help make Essex a great place to grow, live and work by securing sustainable development and protecting the environment.

The Love Essex Fund offers grants of up to £500 for inspiring projects seeking to reduce waste. The fund is aimed at projects which consider the waste hierarchy; those projects which aim to reduce waste from being created will be prioritised over projects which aim to recycle. The projects can centre around a variety of different topics, including zero-waste shops, educational activities or a community fridge to name a few examples.

This is the second round of funding which will be open for applications until the 2nd March. For more information or to apply, please click here.

In addition to the fund, we’ve created a new Facebook group titled ‘Essex Eco Groups – Admin’. The aim of this group is to link together all the fantastic groups and projects working in Essex to raise environmental awareness and reduce waste, so we can share ideas and support each other. If you would like to join, please request to join on Facebook and I will add you to the group. Hopefully, you’ll find this additional support useful.

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External Job Opportunity: North Avenue Youth Centre

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, promoting their personal and social developments.

They are currently looking for two new members of staff to join their team: A Deputy Manager and Youth Support Worker. Find the job descriptions below.

Deputy Manager Job Description

Youth Support Worker Job Description

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People Power – less is more

Weight management: give away power and reach more people

CVSs across Essex have been working with Essex County Council and Anglian Community Enterprises to design and deliver a new collaboration that maximises ‘people power’ to significantly increase the number of people successfully losing weight across the county. We are absolutely delighted that this work has been Shortlisted in the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2020. Pictured are Adrian Coggins, ECC Head of Wellbeing & Public Health Commissioning and Lorraine Jarvis from Chelmsford CVS after attending the live judging in January!

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City of Chelmsford Mencap Upcoming Events

City of Chelmsford Mencap have released information about their upcoming dates for the Community Lunches and Gateway events throughout the year.

Community Events

Gateway Clubs

The Gateway Clubs’ 2020 programme, Around the World in 40 Days, is inspired by the adventures of Phileas Fogg, who went around the world in eighty days in a hot air balloon!  City of Chelmsford Mencap will be exploring countries around the world in 40 days, on a virtual trip to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and they will be enjoying fun art, music, dance and sports sessions and community trips!

City of Chelmsford Mencap’s youth club, Gateway Juniors, for 16 to 25 year olds, meets on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, at Mencap Centre.  CCM’s social club for people with a learning disability aged 19+, Gateway Club, meets on Thursdays, 7-9pm, at Mencap Centre.  Both clubs are currently welcoming new members.

For more information, click here.

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External Job Opportunity – Hearing Help Essex

Hearing Help Essex are seeking to recruit a new member of staff to support the growth of their NHS Hearing Aid Support Service.

This post is a jobshare with an existing member of staff.

Please click below link to open a PDF of the Job Description & Person Specification.

Please note: The closing date for applications is Midday on Thursday 27th January 2020.

HASS Coordinator Job Description

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Community Safety Development Fund (Essex)

The Community Safety Development Fund for 2019/20 offered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex aims to ensure that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which success and well-being for all are built. The Fund offers grants of up to £20,000 from a total pot of £300,000 to community projects that help to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex. All projects supported will meet one or more of the Police and Crime Plan priorities which are:

  • More local, visible and accessible policing
  • Crack down on anti-social behaviour
  • Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
  • Reverse the trend in serious violence
  • Tackle gangs and organised crime
  • Protecting children and vulnerable people
  • Improve safety on our roads

The next and final closing date for applications is the 31st January 2020.

For more information click here.

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Mental Health First Aid Training: January 2020

InterAct is holding Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training for those looking to learn new skills, enhance your CV or wanting to become a certified mental health first aider.

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.

The course will be taking place over two days on the 13th and 20th January 2020. For more information and to book your place click here.

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Get Ready For Brexit

The government has launched a public information campaign to ensure that UK citizens, businesses, civil society organisations, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU are fully informed about how Brexit will affect them and the practical steps they will need to take to be ready.

The campaign is available at and includes the latest advice and information on Brexit and outlines the steps that can be taken to prepare via a short online checker.

NCVO and DCMS held a free webinar on the practical steps you need to take to prepare. It can be found online here.

For more information, please click here.

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What Happens If One Of Your Members Gets Hurt?

Are your volunteers Insured? Are you covered if one of your group members injures another group member? Running a charity or small community group can be a risky business! Even the smallest of organised activity needs to be properly assessed and covered by appropriate procedures, policies and insurance.

The session from industry experts will include up to date information on Trustee Liability, Key worker Insurance, how you can make sure your volunteers are properly covered and how to mitigate other risks associated with running a charity or voluntary group.

Trustees, management committee members and staff are invited to a FREE learning, information and connection session in Chelmsford at 4.30 on Tuesday 5 November 2019. Call 01245 351888 to book your place.

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Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

Grants of between £10,000 to £50,000 are available from the Nationwide Community Grants Programme to support projects tackling housing issues.

Essex Community Foundation will be holding two Phone-In Funding Surgeries to speak with potential applicants on:

– Tuesday 29 October from 2pm to 4pm

– Friday 1 November from 10am to 12pm

To take part, please call Essex Community Foundation on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance. For more information about the grant, click here.

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Community Funding Scheme

Chelmsford City Council has been undertaking a review of its grant giving processes, the result has been the creation of the Community Funding Scheme.

The Scheme combines the discretionary funding previously granted under the Corporate Aid Scheme with the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Neighbourhood Fund. Please read the guidelines on the website.

The new fund will have a similar scope to the previous schemes, but will share a single portal through which groups can complete an online Expression of Interest.

To find out more, click here.

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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.

This is an open rolling programme.

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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