Childhood Illness Workshops – back by popular demand

Parents across mid Essex are invited to a second phase of free NHS workshops aimed at providing information and advice about common childhood illnesses.

Mid Essex CCG are running another series of workshops between 6th and 10th March 2017 and would like to invite local parents, grandparents and anyone  caring for children aged 0 -11 to come along. Your local workshop will be held at Marconi Social Club, Chelmsford on Monday 6 March from 7pm until 8:30pm and at Chelmsford West Children’s Centre on Tuesday 7 March from 10am until 12pm.

To book your place click here.

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Chelmsford Start Co-operative Charity of the Year

Since 2006, Chelmsford Star Co-operative has supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for staff fund raising. Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, they have raised over £283,000 which has benefited the Essex Air Ambulance, Helen Rollason Heal Cancer, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support,  Families InFocus(Essex), Canine Partners, Essex Dementia Care, The J’s Hospice & MIND.

This year Chelmsford Star Co-operative are working with Kids Inspire.

How can you support?

  • Donating to collecting tins at their many till points
  • Donating 1p or more from your change at till points in their food stores
  • Buying raffle tickets for prize draws offered in their stores throughout the year
  • Buying tickets for events held in their department stores (see events)
  • Gifting

How to become our Charity of the Year

If you are interested in applying to be Chelmsford Start Co-operative’s Charity of the Year partner please read the information below to ensure that you meet the criteria.


  • You must be a bona fide charity with Essex coverage
  • They raise on average £30,000 for their charity partner and you should provide information on a specific project they can help fund.
  • They have over 45 branches from Braintree to Southend-on-Sea. You should be able to supply not only 150 collecting tins, but fund raising ideas and opportunities. You will be required to make contact with their individual stores and assist in local initiatives as and when required.

The selection process for 2017:

  • Applications must be received by the Society by Sunday 12th February 2017.
  • Up to 6 charities will be selected from the applications and invited to present in March.
  • 3 charities will be short-listed and will go forward to the staff vote in April.
  • The winning charity will be notified and introduced at Chelmsford Star Co-operative’s Annual General Meeting around May time.

How to apply

Interested parties for 2017 should email Pauline Dodd, President at or write to her at 220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LS by 12th February 2017. A succinct summary (maximum of 2 pages of A4) of your charity’s work would be helpful including why your charity should be considered and what you require the funds for.

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Dry January #dontbottleitup

As the festive season comes to a close Chelmsford CVS and Essex County Council are urging people to get their 2017 off to a positive and healthy start by signing up for Dry January.

Dry January is a national initiative run by charity Alcohol concern, which encourages people to sign up to go alcohol free for 31 days.

To sign up for Dry January visit

If you are concerned about your drinking, Essex County Council has also designed an online tool which can tell you if your drinking is risky. DBIU is an innovative alcohol screening, advice, intervention and referral website, leading the field of online alcohol interventions in the UK. Visit for information and to take the alcohol test.

For tips to help you cut down on your alcohol intake, head to:

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Chelmsford Awards for Voluntary Service | Get your nominations in!

Would you like to acknowledge the outstanding work of your volunteers? There is still time to nominate someone for the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Voluntary Service.

The Awards raise awareness of the thousands of local people who give their time to help others by volunteering and in particular those who have made an exceptional contribution to local voluntary action in Chelmsford City, its villages and South Woodham Ferrers.

Nominations for this year’s prestigious Mayor’s Award for Voluntary Service Outstanding Contribution to Voluntary Service (any age or activity) must be received by 10am on Tuesday 31 January 2017Please click here to complete the application form (Please note: application forms must be printed off and posted)

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Essex Trading Standards | Illegal Tobacco

Essex Trading Standards is currently undertaking a wider initiative on tobacco control, covering the reduction in the sale of tobacco to children and inhibiting the supply of illegal tobacco.  The important message that we want Essex residents to take from it, is that cheap tobacco can be potentially unsafe, it damages the local economy and positively we want to promote a safe and healthy Essex.

View the video here:

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NEW woMEn TIME activities for January 2017

woMEn TIME is all about providing opportunities for women to be more active or try a new sport, in a friendly and non-competitive environment. This project is funded by Sport England to get more women active. The project is aims to get females aged 14 and over to chat, laugh, be active and  have fun! Here are our NEW activities on offer from January 2017  . . .

Get Back Into – Netball – Tuesday 10 Jan – 7 Feb from 8-9pm at Chelmer Park, Beehive Lane

Self-Defence – Sunday 15, 22 and 28 Jan from 10-11.30am at Dovedale Sports Centre

Ladies Rec Morning – Every Monday from 10am – 12pm at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre.

On one Monday every month there is an extra taster activity including Self-Defence, Rounders, Futsal and Walking Netball!

Park GYM – Friday 27 Jan, 24 Feb and 24 March from 12-1pm meeting at the Marconi Plaza Square off Fairfield road (CM1 1JG)

Cricket – Sunday 8 Jan – 19 March from 7-8pm at Moulsham High School, Brian Close, Chelmsford CM2 9ES

Orienteering – Saturday 14 Jan – 18 Feb from 10.30am-12pm at Admirals Park, Rainsford Rd, Chelmsford, CM1 2PN (the Car park opposite Tower Av.)

For more information or to book please go to or call 01245 606206.

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Employment Research Project for people with sight loss in Essex

Only 27% of working-age, sight impaired people have employment, which represents a decline from 33% over ten years ago.  At a time when more people have employment than ever before*, Support 4 Sight believes that this matter must be addressed to make Essex a fairer place in which to live and work.

Understanding the local issues which prevent people from gaining employment is the first step in a research project  that Support 4 Sight are undertaking with Anglia Ruskin University concerning the barriers people with sight loss experience when finding employment in Essex.

Two focus groups are planned to take place in Chelmsford on Saturday 3 December. They are looking to recruit working age, job seekers or employed sight impaired people to participate and join the discussions.

For more information please see: Leaflet for Focus Group

*(Source: Office of National Statistics, 2015)

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Lung cancer is curable – if you catch it early enough

Survival rates for lung cancer are lower in mid Essex compared to the national average.

That’s why, at the start of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout November, Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to encourage everyone locally to be aware of signs and symptoms and to help improve rates of early diagnosis.

Dr Elizabeth Towers, a Macmillan and local GP and the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Cancer, explained: “One year lung cancer survival for people living locally currently stands at just under 31 per cent – we need to improve this and early diagnosis is key.

“We know that around seven in 10 patients will survive their disease for at least one year if it diagnosed early, compared to just over one in 10 diagnosed at the latest stage.

“We want people to know the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to get checked out if they have any changes to their health or body that are unusual or won’t go away.”

What should you look out for?

·         A cough that won’t go away

·         A change in a cough you have had for a long time

·         Being short of breath

·         Coughing up blood

·         An ache or pain in your chest or shoulder

·         Unexplained tiredness or weight loss

·         Loss of appetite

Maria Curtis, Macmillan Information Service Team Leader at Mid Essex Hospital Trust,  said: “If you have symptoms, don’t ignore them, see your doctor. If you do have cancer, the sooner it’s found, the better.”

If you need support or just want to talk pop into the Macmillan Information Pod in the atrium at Broomfield Hospital (Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm). You can also call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit

Anyone can develop lung cancer but smoking is the main cause and is linked to more than eight in 10 cases in the UK. It’s never too late to quit and people in mid Essex can access free help and support by calling 0800 085 2113 or visiting or for more information about the stop smoking service.

To find out more information about lung cancer, visit or

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The Discovery Festival 2016

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The FRSB has now formally closed

FRSBThe FRSB has now formally closed and has passed on the regulatory duties to the new Fundraising Regulator in recent months. They have now issued cheques refunding membership income to over 1,800 members organisations who had paid membership fee beyond 31 July 2016.

As part of the winding up process, once the organisation’s accounts are finalised, there is expected to be a residual surplus in the region of £20,000 which is being donated to the Small Charities Coalition (SCC). This decision has been made by the FRSB to assist the SCC in supporting and enabling small charities to gain access to affordable training, resources and one-to-one support for fundraising and governance.

Further information is set out in their final press statement which can be found here: FRSB Closure Statement 10 November 2016

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SOUP Evening, Chelmsford Library | Wednesday 16 November

SOUP is a relatively new concept to these shores after beginning in the United States of America. So far SOUP events across Essex have raised more than £14,500 towards local grassroots projects seeking to make a real difference in their community. These are just ordinary people and local community groups looking to improve where they live, work and study. SOUP was a popular part of last year’s Art of the Possible festival and we’re looking to feature even more this year.

How does SOUP work?

Well it’s simple… local groups or individuals come along and pitch their idea to their local community. Each person listening to the pitches has made a donation on the door, normally £5, and for this they get to hear the pitches, enjoy a hearty bowl of homemade soup (yes that’s where the SOUP comes in!) and enjoy a social evening.                         

Once they’ve heard all the pitches they vote, with their spoon, for the idea they’d like to see take the donations paid at the door. The idea with the most votes then wins the money.

But there’s more to it than just winning, it’s also about making connections, sharing resources and getting involved. Youth football teams get new strips donated, new foster homes for cats offered, new volunteers recruited and donations increased to foodbanks.

Why is it so successful?

This is a real example of local communities making funding decisions on grassroots projects in their communities. So far more than 75 local ideas have been pitched at SOUPs across Essex.

If you would like to be one of the three charities/organisations that will pitch their charity then please fill in the below form and send it to  If you have any questions please give Christina a call at Chelmsford library on 01245 492758.

SOUP Application Form

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Childhood Illnesses Event, Chelmsford

Childhood Illness Chelmsford

To reserve your place at the Chelmsford Events please follow the links below:

Chelmsford (Afternoon):

Chelmsford (Evening):

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Chelmsford Happy Dance for Make a Difference Day | Friday 28 October


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Stakeholder briefing from Mid Essex CCG and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trus

A&E for those who really need it

As many as two in every three people who go to Broomfield Hospital A&E do not need to be there – leading to longer waits for patients needing urgent care.

Before the start of this year, about 220 patients went through A&E every 24 hours – but by spring 2016 numbers were frequently far higher. On one day in April, an unprecedented 314 people came to A&E – and last month (September), daily figures often exceeded that. On 26 September 2016, for example, there were 334 patients in A&E.

The higher numbers are largely made up of people who would get the right care from a GP, pharmacist or even through self-care. Up to two thirds of Broomfield’s current A&E patients do not have a serious or life-threatening condition – but the long waits in A&E are not putting them off walking in with minor ailments.

This is making it harder for our doctors and nurses to cope. The situation has become so serious that immediate action is needed.

From next week, patients going to A&E with conditions that are not serious or life-threatening may be redirected to other services.

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEHT) and other healthcare partners to direct patients to more appropriate care.

Dr Bob Ghosh, Medical Director at MEHT, said: “Patient safety remains the priority – no one will be ‘turned away’ until a senior nurse has seen them and advised on what they need to do. But people with a minor condition should not expect to be seen in A&E. We want the public to help us ease this pressure and really think first about what care they need – help us keep A&E for those who need it.”

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, said: “This new initiative is being supported by health and care professionals across our patch. To help people get the right care, we are working with our GP practices to make sure appointments are available.

“People often say it’s too difficult to get a GP appointment – but when the CCG last audited them, more than 700 appointments at GP practices across mid Essex went unused on one day alone.”

“On top of this, we know that some of our practices have between 20 and 30 appointments a day that get wasted because people don’t turn up and they don’t cancel.

“We really need people to think wisely about how they use our health and care services so that we can provide the best and most appropriate care.”

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MacMillan Coffee Morning – 30 September 2016

There are lots of different MacMillan Coffee Mornings happening across Chelmsford City today, we have pulled together a list of ones you could visit.

M&S Coffee Morning @ M&S Chelmsford High Street from 10am. Find out more here.

Nationwide Building Society’s Community coffee morning @ Nationwide Chelmsford High Street from 10:00am. Find out more here.

Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale @ Central Baptist Church from 10:30am. Find out more here.

Fisher Jones Greenwood @ Fisher Jones Greenwood 16 Baddow Road from 10am. Find out more here.

A ‘cup of tea and a slice of cake!’ @ The Salvation Army Chelmsford from 10am. Find out more here.

To find more MacMillan Coffee mornings happening across Chelmsford, look here.

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Opportunity for Chelmsford based charities

The Meadows Shopping Centre is offering an exciting opportunity for charities at this December. They are currently seeking a charity partner to work with them over the Christmas period with exclusive access to fundraising opportunities.

Commenting on the search, Sue Patel Centre Manager at The Meadows said;

“We receive many requests to support charities throughout the year and try and assist as many as we can. Christmas is a special time of year and we thought it would be a great idea to partner with a single charity to allow them to really make the most of the busiest time of the year. The charity will support us with some special events we have planned but also be allowed to use the centre for their own fundraising ideas as well. We’re looking forward to seeing who comes forward and hoping to raise a lot of money for a good cause.”

For their chance to become The Meadows official charity for the Christmas period charities need to email your completed application form (please find below) to

PDF DocumentThe Meadows Charity Partner Application Form 2016

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Reminder | 3rd Annual Showcasing Health Care Event next Thursday

Don’t forget our 3rd Annual Health Event is taking place next Thursday 15 September at Broomfield Hospital from 11am. There will be stands located throughout the main atrium showcasing over 40 voluntary healthcare organisations. 

The event will be followed by Mid Essex Hospital Services Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Medical Academic Unit (MAU) from 6:30pm until 8pm (6pm for refreshments).

All members of the community are warmly welcomed to attend any events on the day.

Please be aware that parking is limited on the day, we strongly recommend the use of the Chelmer Valley Park & Ride bus service which now stops outside the Hospital entrance.

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A message from Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

“One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public.For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well being for all.

The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas.

Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime.

Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place.

I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence.

Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of our public meetings, or contact me with your thoughts at the dedicated email address.
Online survey

You can also write to:
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way
Essex CM1 1GU”

The engagement process for the new Police and Crime Plan will end on October 7, 2016. An updated Police and Crime Plan will be taken to the Police and Crime Panel for their final comments at the end of October. It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016.
The full schedule of PCC public meetings can be seen here:

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Fundraising & Communications Officer | External Job Opportunity

The Limbless Association – a leading national charity supporting amputees.

The Limbless Association are a small national charity based in Chelmsford with a history spanning over 30 years. As a user led organisation they are passionate about delivering their services to support all amputees whatever their stage of limb-loss and with approximately 130 new amputees per week, and unfortunately numbers growing, there is an increasing demand for our services. They are seeking an energetic and highly motivated Funding and Communications Officer who can make a tangible contribution to the growth and reach of this long standing charity. The LA is in the process of an exciting transformation which presents multiple opportunities and potential for the right applicant.

Please take a look at the Job Description/Person Spec and our website: The deadline for receipt of applications is the 9th September 2016 at 12pm.

Job description – Funding Communications Coordinator

Limbless Association application form

Candidates for interview will be notified by 16th September and the interview date is set for 26th September 2016.

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What matters to you and your family for your future health and care?

The Mid and South Essex Success Regime is supporting one of the largest ever transformation programmes in local health and care. This includes proposals to rearrange hospital services across sites at Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend.

This is your chance to be involved at an early stage, before proposals are developed for public consultation later in 2016/17. 

Meet health and care leaders and tell us how you see things. We will be talking about:

  • How emergency care could be provided in future across Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals
  • How the 3 hospitals could develop centres of excellence and what that might mean for patients
  • How we can improve access to GPs and how practices could work together with other community services, offering more joined-up care
  • How we can get more emphasis on prevention and early treatment

To book your place, please RSVP to or call 01245 351888

Find the official invitation below:
PDF DocumentChelmsford CVS Invite

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