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.
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 gov.uk/brexit 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or phone 01245 606978.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01245 606269. If you have any specific mobility requirements, please can you indicate these with your RSVP.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.hearinghelpessex.org.uk
• 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: www.hearinghelpessex.org.uk
• 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.
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.
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
• 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 (CharlieNAYC@gmail.com) via email to arrange an informal chat or ask any questions. To apply, please send a CV with a covering letter by email.
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 Twitter, Facebookand Instagramfor 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.
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 www.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation. 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 email@example.com.
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.