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External Job Opportunity: Changing Pathways

External Job Opportunity: Changing Pathways

6th July 2020

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. We have recently expanded to include services in Brentwood, Epping Forest and Harlow. They have been awarded a new five-year contract delivering support and advocacy for survivors of domestic … Read More

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

5th June 2020

Independent Age Grants Fund (UK) Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people, has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus. The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round, Independent Age … Read More

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Stay at Home, Grow your Own in Chelmsford!

Stay at Home, Grow your Own in Chelmsford!

5th June 2020

To support the wellbeing of Chelmsford residents, the Chelmsford Community Voluntary Services and Abberton Rural Training (ART) are working in partnership to bring a new community initiative to encourage residents to ‘Stay At Home, Grow Your Own’ Deputy Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Cllr Marie Goldman, Portfolio Holder for Connected Chelmsford, said: “Staying at home … Read More

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Chelmsford Mayor’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019 Winners Announced

Chelmsford Mayor’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019 Winners Announced

4th June 2020

Local volunteers received a surprise to their doorsteps during the lockdown as Awards, Certificates and Commendations for Outstanding Contribution to volunteering in 2019/20 were delivered to local people by staff at the Centre Supporting Voluntary Action on behalf of the Mayor of Chelmsford. Chelmsford Awards for Voluntary Service were formed seven years ago by the … Read More

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A Letter from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex

A Letter from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex

29th May 2020

We wrote to Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex to tell her about the amazing support volunteers are offering across Chelmsford communities and the fantastic work of the new COVID-19 Support Groups. She has written back to all of the Volunteers across Chelmsford! Please see the letter below where she also describes her experience of … Read More

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COVID-19: Support for Community Sports Groups & Organisations

COVID-19: Support for Community Sports Groups & Organisations

1st May 2020

If you are a community sports club or organisation and require additional support during this unprecedented time, Active Essex has created a page on their website full of guidance and support for you. The page is being regularly updated and will have the most up to date information. You can find out about funding opportunities, … Read More

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External Job Opportunity: Changing Pathways

External Job Opportunity: Changing Pathways

1st May 2020

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. They have been awarded a new five-year contract delivering support and advocacy for survivors of domestic abuse living in Essex as part of the EViE (Ending Violence in Essex) … Read More

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COVID-19: Organisations Still Operating

COVID-19: Organisations Still Operating

30th March 2020

In these uncertain times lots of organisations have had to shut their doors to encourage social distancing, however this doesn’t mean that we have to socially isolate ourselves. Many organisations are taking their services online or utilising phone calls. Below is a list of organisations that are still operating, just in a slightly different way. … Read More

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Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties

Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties

20th March 2020

Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties is available. The Boshier-Honton Foundation aim to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, by making grants to organisations providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs. The Trustees are experienced in … Read More

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Funding for Environmental Projects

Funding for Environmental Projects

20th March 2020

The Trust provides funding of between up to £5,000 to support environmental and conservationist projects. The Trust supports projects that cover the following areas: Renewable Energy / Nature Conservation / Sustainable Communities / Recycling and Repair / Science and Education / Community Energy ‘start up’. Click here for more information.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

18th March 2020

We are monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and taking necessary precautions for staff, volunteers and service users in line with the most up to date advice provided by the World Health Organisation and national bodies. For the welfare of all we are implementing recommendations in all of our working practices as advised which includes avoiding non-essential face … Read More

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Funding from Tesco

Funding from Tesco

16th March 2020

Community groups can now apply for funding of up to £2000. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every three months. The winning project will receive up to £2,000, second receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500. Click here for … Read More

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Love Essex Fund

Love Essex Fund

18th February 2020

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 … Read More

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External Job Opportunity: North Avenue Youth Centre

External Job Opportunity: North Avenue Youth Centre

11th February 2020

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 … Read More

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People Power – less is more

People Power – less is more

10th February 2020

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 … Read More

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City of Chelmsford Mencap Upcoming Events

City of Chelmsford Mencap Upcoming Events

17th January 2020

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 … Read More

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External Job Opportunity – Hearing Help Essex

External Job Opportunity – Hearing Help Essex

13th January 2020

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 … Read More

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Community Safety Development Fund (Essex)

Community Safety Development Fund (Essex)

10th December 2019

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 … Read More

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Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

18th November 2019

Grants of between £10,000 to £50,000 are available from the Nationwide Community Grants Programme to support projects tackling housing issues. For more information about the grant, click here.

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Mental Health First Aid Training: January 2020

Mental Health First Aid Training: January 2020

4th November 2019

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 … Read More

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Mental Health First Aid Training: January 2020

Mental Health First Aid Training: January 2020

4th November 2019

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 … Read More

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Get Ready For Brexit

Get Ready For Brexit

30th October 2019

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 … Read More

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What Happens If One Of Your Members Gets Hurt?

What Happens If One Of Your Members Gets Hurt?

28th October 2019

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 … Read More

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Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

26th October 2019

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 … Read More

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Community Funding Scheme

Community Funding Scheme

25th October 2019

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 … Read More

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CXK Community Grants Round 2

CXK Community Grants Round 2

30th August 2019

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 … Read More

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Active Chelmsford Physical Activity and Sport Grants

Active Chelmsford Physical Activity and Sport Grants

5th July 2019

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 … Read More

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Starlight Walk

19th June 2019

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 … Read More

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Annual Civic Service

14th June 2019

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 … Read More

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Community Film Screening!

15th March 2019

We’re bringing the cinema to you! Join us for a sing along to Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (PG). Where: Beaulieu Community CentreWhen: Friday 12th April, 5:30pm Film screening of Mama Mia starts at 6pm Buffet & Disco start at 8pmPrice: Screening Only: £2 per person (Families welcome) Screening, Buffet & Disco: £8pp or … Read More

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External Job Opportunity: Changing Pathways

15th March 2019

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 … Read More

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Chelmsford Science Festival 11-15 March 2019

18th February 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 … Read More

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Join the North Avenue Christian Centre Premises Management Team

13th February 2019

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 … Read More

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ALL EARS – LIVING WITH HEARING LOSS

8th February 2019

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 … Read More

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Local Charities Day 2018

14th December 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 … Read More

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Kids Inspire Christmas Appeal 2018

26th November 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 … Read More

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Message from Roger Hirst PFCC for Essex – Policing Precept Survey

12th November 2018

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 … Read More

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Embracing Risk Management

2nd November 2018

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 … Read More

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Could you be the Chelmsford Museum Volunteer Coordinator?

21st September 2018

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 … Read More

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Mental Health First Aid Training

12th September 2018

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 … Read More

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Showcasing Healthcare this September

5th September 2018

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 … Read More

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External Job Opportunity: Age UK Essex Nail Trimmers

3rd September 2018

Age UK Essex is an ambitious local charity with a proud history of improving the lives of older people. They are currently seeking Nail Trimmers to join their growing team. They provide a comprehensive training programme in partnership with the NHS so no experience is required and they offer flexible working hours. You will be based … Read More

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Marvels of Mid Awards

31st August 2018

Do you know an individual or group that has gone above and beyond in helping local people Live Well? Have they had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of residents across mid Essex? Mid Essex CCG’s Marvels of Mid Awards (MOMAs) are back for a third year to celebrate the outstanding contributions of … Read More

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External Job Opportunity: Families In Focus

13th August 2018

Families In Focus are a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 25) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.  An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Saturday Co-ordinator required for our very … Read More

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5th Mid Essex Showcasing Healthcare Event

26th July 2018

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 … Read More

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Putting multi-agency reviews into practice

23rd July 2018

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board and the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board in conjunction with the Essex Social Care Academy, Essex County Council are hosting a workshop on putting multi-agency reviews into practice – professional curiosity and themes from reviews. The aims of the workshop are to give you an opportunity to shape practice, … Read More

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Do you care?

9th July 2018

Plastics are affecting our waterways, rivers and oceans. Dawn Wood (aka Smiffy) a former resident of South Woodham & a student at William de Ferrers School, does care. She has taken on this initiative as her personal challenge to raise awareness of the problems affecting our oceans. How is she doing this? …she plans to … Read More

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Walking for Health!

6th July 2018

Heart and Sole is Chelmsford’s very own healthy walking scheme. Could you help our community put it’s best foot forward? As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us great stories about … Read More

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

29th June 2018

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 to recognise exceptional contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. Do you know an exceptional volunteer group positively impacting the lives of others in your local community? Learn more about … Read More

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When Women Rule – National Democracy Week

27th June 2018

When women enter politics, they make a difference. So why are so few in the highest ranks of power? World Leaders have pledged to achieve women’s equal participation in politics by 2030. But there are concerns that progress is too slow to reach this United Nations goal. Currently only 23% of national parliamentarians are female. … Read More

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Epilepsy Family Fun Day

21st May 2018

Join Epilepsy Action for their Family Dun Day on Saturday 2 June from 10:30am to 4pm at Springhouse Sports and Social Club. Meet other families, epilepsy nurses and doctors and join in the fun! Activities on the day will include Volleyball, badminton, swingball, face painting, table tennis, pool, a dedicated teenager space, welly womping, egg … Read More

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

29th March 2018

The Community Sport and wellbeing Team at Chelmsford City Council will be running two funding workshops on Monday 30 April led by Kerry McDonald a highly successful bid writer, who has accessed hundreds of thousands of pounds for community groups across the country. These workshops will be for not for profit, clubs or organisations that have … Read More

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ESAB Training 2018/2019

27th March 2018

The Essex Safeguarding Board have a brand new Training Brochure available. To see the full list of courses on offer click here. Some of thew upcoming training in Chelmsford includes: Safeguarding Adult Basic Awareness Training | 23 April This course is aimed at anyone working with adults in any setting. On completion of this course … Read More

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Limbless Association Race Night

26th March 2018

The Limbless Association (LA) are hosting a fundraising evening, the LA Race Night at Reids Bar, Billericay on Friday 6 April 2018. This year the Limbless Association are proud to be celebrating 35 years of supporting amputees and to have 5 runners representing them in this years London Marathon. It will be fun-filled evening with … Read More

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Small Charities – Self Assessment Tool and other FAQs on GDPR

5th March 2018

If you are tempted to do nothing about GDPR please first read the ICOs recently published FAQs and take the Self Assessment Tool as soon as possible. This will clearly indicate if GDPR applies to you and your next steps. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new, Europe-wide law that replaces the Data Protection … Read More

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Keep Warm, Keep Well During Cold Weather

26th February 2018

As colder weather sweeps across Essex this week, NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) is urging local people to take extra care. Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with long term conditions. Dr Caroline Dollery, a local GP and Chair of MECCG said: … Read More

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Safeguarding & Reporting: Are you prepared?

21st February 2018

It is near impossible to miss the headlines relating to our sector at the moment, but whilst it might be easy to consider these as ‘big charity’ issues, the problems surrounding Oxfam present important lessons for smaller members of the sector too. All charities operating at an international, national or local level, have a duty not … Read More

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External Job Opportunity: Braintree District Mencap CEO

14th February 2018

Braintree District Mencap Society is an independent charity, celebrating 62 years of supporting people with a learning disability and their families. We provide services, information, social events and general support for children and adults. Working within the community, the organisation is active across the Braintree District, including Halstead, Witham and the surrounding villages. Braintree District … Read More

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Anglia Ruskin Newsletter- Spring edition

5th February 2018

Anglia Ruskin have released their Spring Newsletter, jam packed with loads of interesting and free events for the next few months. The Essex Book Festival runs from 1 March to 30 March and Anglia Ruskin are hosting a number of exciting events with various speakers attending the Chelmsford campus. You can view the full newsletter below.

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NHS STP Consultation Summary

31st January 2018

“We all want the very best health and care for you and your family.” While there are many examples of excellent care in mid and south Essex, the NHS Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) know they could do better. In this consultation, they are facing up to these challenges with an … Read More

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We need Cycle Riders!

29th January 2018

Are you a keen cycle rider? Do you have a passion for cycling and want to get involved with rides in your local community? If so Chelmsford City Council and Women Time need your help! They are looking for volunteer Ride Leaders for their cycle rides that take place on a Tuesday and Saturday morning. … Read More

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World Cup Wine Tasting

24th January 2018

Kids Inspire are hosting a World Cup Wine Tasting fundraising event at Ingatestone Hall on Thursday 22 February. With wines from around the world, all supplied by Ingatestone Wines and delicious artisan cheeses provided by Abigail’s Deli it’s an event you wouldn’t want to miss! For more information have a look at the poster below, … Read More

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Become a Volunteer Walk Leader…

22nd January 2018

Heart and Sole is Chelmsford’s free health walk scheme. Throughout the year their trained volunteer leaders take group walks around local parks and green spaces. Without their volunteer walk leaders, the Heart and Sole walking scheme would not be possible. The training is FREE and will give you all the skills you require to act … Read More

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

19th January 2018

InterAct are running a Youth Mental Health First Aid training course. The course is for you if you want to learn new skills and strategies, enhance your CV and if you care for or work with vulnerable young people (age 8 upwards). What you say, how you say it , and how well you listen … Read More

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SECE Mind are calling for volunteers!

18th January 2018

“South East and Central Essex Mind (SECE) is such a well-known local charity that I became excited when I read about the IES voluntary roles on the website. I have been volunteering for just over eight months now and have really enjoyed my time at Mind. I have grown in confidence both professionally and in … Read More

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Dementia Adventure are looking for a Social Media / PR Officer

17th January 2018

Dementia Adventure are looking for a new team member. Are you an experienced PR professional with social media experience? Do you have an instinct for a good story and know how to use a variety social media platforms to maximum effect? Dementia Adventure are looking for a special person to strategically manage and co-ordinate our … Read More

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Need help and information managing your Type 2 diabetes?

12th January 2018

Do you need help and information about managing your Type 2 diabetes? Diabetes UK are holding a free one day event on Tuesday 30 January 2018 from 9:30am at Hamptons Sports and Leisure Meeting Room. Full details can be found on the poster below.

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InterAct Activity Programme January – March 2018

8th December 2017

InterAct’s new January – March 2018 Programme is here! InterAct supports some of society’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. From leisure and social activities, parenting and relationship support, to community connection and volunteering. From hand drumming to Spice Girls and the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide to pamper evenings, they are … Read More

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Job Opportunity: Recruitment of Community Agents

8th December 2017

Community Agents Essex is a countywide network of agents and volunteers who will support older people and their informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their local community. The service is delivered through a community and voluntary sector partnership, bringing together four well established organisations: Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE); British … Read More

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Future leaders for the voluntary and community sector

10th November 2017

ASPIRE is a 12 month leadership development programme that will bring 15 people from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Essex together to create a strong cohort that will learn together through an accelerated development journey. The programme has been commissioned by the Essex Partnership in recognition that growing the skills and capabilities of a … Read More

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Make sure you’re protected against flu – get your jab now

3rd October 2017

NHS Mid Essex CCG is reminding people to be on the lookout for invitations to get their flu jab if they’re in the ‘at-risk’ groups. The invitation letters, from our local GPs, are being sent to adults aged over 65; those with long-term health conditions such as severe asthma or heart disease; carers; pregnant women; children … Read More

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Job Opportunity: Projects & Communications Assistant at Families InFocus

8th September 2017

An exciting new job opportunity to join the Families InFocus team. Hours 28-37 per week (flexible) Salary: FTE £20,456pa to £22,434pa (Depending on experience) Families InFocus are looking to recruit a highly motivated, experienced individual to join the team and provide effective project, communications and administrative support to maintain and develop the efficient running of … Read More

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New Guide to Adult Community Learning

31st August 2017

ACL Essex offers a wide range of day time and evening adult learning courses to help you improve your job prospects, learn a new skill or simply inspire you. Some of courses lead to qualifications, some don’t, but they all give you the chance to learn something new. They have popular courses like pottery, languages and cake decorating. … Read More

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Silver Sunday

30th August 2017

Silver Sunday is a national campaign to help prevent loneliness and tackle the problem of isolation for older people by organising fun activities for them to join in on this day.  Click here for more details. Essex County Council are planning to hold an afternoon tea party in the library, with entertainment from a singer … Read More

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Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator at Dementia Adventure

21st August 2017

Dementia Adventure is an innovative charity working to make sure that people living with dementia have access to nature and the outdoors on a regular basis. They provide training, research and consultancy services. Dementia Adventure also provide adventures and short breaks for people living with dementia and their carers across the UK. They depend on … Read More

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Foster carers change children’s lives

21st August 2017

Foster carers with Essex County Council help build better, brighter futures for hundreds of children across Essex every year. Could you provide a loving, safe, stable home and a nurturing environment to support the most vulnerable children in our county grow in confidence and achieve their potential? You don’t need any specific qualifications to foster, … Read More

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Spare Change or Real Change?

11th August 2017

When we see someone in distress, our first instinct is to help. Giving spare change seems like a kind, easy way to help. But it’s often the opposite. Every person begging has a different story to tell. People end up on the street through all kinds of problems, often building up over years. At some … Read More

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Nominations open for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!

25th July 2017

Do you know of a volunteer group that devotes it’s time to helping others in your local area and deserves a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service? The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups, recognising the outstanding work they perform within their communities. Go to https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ and submit … Read More

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Doctors and health care leaders announce a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.

21st July 2017

In recent months, two main options for change have been discussed with patients, staff and stakeholders. Both options would have seen significant changes to the way the three A&E departments at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend hospitals operate. Having studied the available evidence and listened carefully to the views of local people, patients and stakeholders, clinicians … Read More

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Exciting new opportunities to join the team at Families InFocus (Essex)

26th May 2017

Families InFocus are recruiting for the following positions: FAMILY SUPPORT ADVISER 25-37 Hours per week (flexible), FTE Salary £23,166-£24,717pa Experienced practitioner, to join our valued team, to provide quality information, advice and practical/emotional support to families/young people including disability related benefits, education and reforms, health and social care. The ideal candidate will be committed to … Read More

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Beat the queues in A&E – The Pharmacist Will See You Now

13th April 2017

Traffic on the roads at Easter is challenging and it can be just the same in A&E – so why not be smart and beat the queues in Mid Essex this Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14 – 17 April 2017). Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential … Read More

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 Parkinson’s UK share our charity shop!

10th April 2017

  The Chelmsford 4 Good charity shop in Chelmsford is being shared with Parkison’s UK between the 10 April and 13 April. Come to the shop to find out more about what they do, and how you can help them! Find directions to the shop below. We offer a weekly share of our City centre … Read More

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Do you want to make a difference to health and care in Essex? 

13th February 2017

Have you got what it takes to ensure that Healthwatch Essex is a thriving ‘independent voice for the people of Essex, helping to shape and improve local health and social care services’? A full role-profile, highlighting the main responsibilities of their Trustees, as well as the knowledge, skills, attributes and experience required, is available here: https://goo.gl/MzVYRo   Further details … Read More

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Culture in Essex – Small Grants funding available

23rd January 2017

If you’re an individual or member of a voluntary organisation or community group with a vision to host a community arts or heritage activity in Essex this year, then you could receive much needed funding from our ‘Culture in Essex – Small Grants Scheme’. A fund of £25,000 is now open for grant applications and will award grants of between £250 and £2,500. Over … Read More

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Childhood Illness Workshops – back by popular demand

23rd January 2017

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 … Read More

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Chelmsford Start Co-operative Charity of the Year

11th January 2017

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 … Read More

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Dry January #dontbottleitup

9th January 2017

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 … Read More

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Chelmsford Awards for Voluntary Service | Get your nominations in!

9th January 2017

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 … Read More

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Essex Trading Standards | Illegal Tobacco

13th December 2016

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 … Read More

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NEW woMEn TIME activities for January 2017

13th December 2016

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! … Read More

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Employment Research Project for people with sight loss in Essex

11th November 2016

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 … Read More

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Lung cancer is curable – if you catch it early enough

11th November 2016

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. … Read More

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The FRSB has now formally closed

11th November 2016

The 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 … Read More

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SOUP Evening, Chelmsford Library | Wednesday 16 November

4th November 2016

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 … Read More

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Childhood Illnesses Event, Chelmsford

4th November 2016

To reserve your place at the Chelmsford Events please follow the links below: Chelmsford (Afternoon): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-to-do-when-your-child-is-illworkshop-tickets-28784739932 Chelmsford (Evening): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-to-do-when-your-child-is-illworkshop-tickets-28785298603

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MacMillan Coffee Morning – 30 September 2016

30th 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 … Read More

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Opportunity for Chelmsford based charities

23rd September 2016

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 … Read More

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Reminder | 3rd Annual Showcasing Health Care Event next Thursday

9th September 2016

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 … Read More

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Fundraising & Communications Officer | External Job Opportunity

5th September 2016

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 … Read More

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

25th August 2016

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 … Read More

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Awful Animals Alphabet for Adults

16th August 2016

EWAG will be publishing later this year the Awful Animals Alphabet for Adults, The poems have been written by George Courtauld and the artist is John Holder. This may be a useful stocking filler for Christmas!

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Fundraising Regulator launches

15th August 2016

The Fundraising Regulator, the independent self-regulator for charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom, was launched formally on 7 July 2016. Established following the Etherington review of fundraising self-regulation (2015), the Fundraising Regulator’s purpose is to strengthen the system of charity regulation, improve practice and restore public trust in fundraising. The role of the Regulator is to: … Read More

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Essex Leadership Collaborative – Learning Opportunity

11th August 2016

The Public Sector Reform Unit issued out application forms for the above programme on behalf of the Essex Partnership Board.  I attach a Briefing which explains how the Collaborative Opportunity has developed.  The application forms and further information can be found below. As a Sector, we now have a great opportunity – to put forward potential applicants for the programme. They are looking … Read More

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2016 – 2017 FREE and Chargeable Working Together Training programme

11th July 2016

The new 2016 – 2017 FREE and Chargeable Working Together Training programme and E-Learning Opportunities is now available. From July 2016 there is a new self-serve system called ‘LEARN’ which allows you to book and record your own Learning and Development. The Training Programme which contains details of all the courses with dates and locations and … Read More

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Essex Energy Switch

1st July 2016

The Essex Energy Switch is a community energy switching scheme, which aims to help as many residents as possible to switch providers and secure a better deal on their gas and electricity bills. Community energy switching works by bringing together large groups of residents who want to switch energy providers into one ‘auction’. The major … Read More

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Children and Young People’s Plan 2016

24th June 2016

The Essex Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership brings together representatives from the different agencies in our County who work with children, young people and their families. The Partnership discusses what are the most important issues and problems for children, young people and families in Essex and decides what we are going to do about them. The latest version … Read More

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High Sheriff gives recognition to local people and charities

10th June 2016

People who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex were recognised and thanked at the High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford.  More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented this year and trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,541, were presented by the outgoing High … Read More

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Book Now for the Mid Essex Showcase

10th June 2016

Following the tremendous success of last year’s Mid Essex Showcasing Healthcare event at Broomfield Hospital, we are pleased to announce that this year’s event will be held on Thursday 15 September. For further details and booking, please download and complete this form (click here). Deadline for booking is Friday 17 July 2016.

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Funding Officer | Job Opportunity

1st June 2016

Funding Officer | £30,000 per annum | 35 Hours Thurrock CVS have an exciting opportunity for a new role of Funding Officer in their team. They are seeking a Trusts, Grants and events Fundraising Officer, to support Thurrock CVS in maximising revenue to support the work of the voluntary sector, especially in its support for achieving stronger communities … Read More

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Reducing Reoffending Workshop | 3 June 2016

24th May 2016

Reoffending has a significant impact on the public – both on victims of crime directly and on public confidence and feelings of safety. It also has an impact on public sector services, drawing heavily on resources.  There is no single agency response to the issue and, as a result, agencies must work together to develop … Read More

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Colchester MIND Job Opportunities

5th May 2016

Colchester MIND have two job opportunities available. Please see below for a brief outline of each of the job roles: Helpline Service 20 hrs per week (evenings) based in Maldon. £25,528 p.a. pro rata  Support Time and Recovery Worker 37.5 hrs (job share considered) based in Maldon. £16,956 p.a. Closing Date: 12 May 2016      Interview date: 25 May 2016 … Read More

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VST in May 2016

3rd May 2016

Coming up in May! How to raise your profile  – PR & Communication – 6th May Emergency First Aid at Work – 10th May Volunteer Recruitment – 11th May Data protection (Webinar) – 17th May Delivering Outstanding Customer Care – 19th May How can your Charity make money with its Website? – 23rd May Financial … Read More

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New Job Opportunities with Hearing Help Essex

3rd May 2016

Are you interested in helping hard of hearing people in Essex with information on equipment, advice on benefits and much more?  Are you outgoing and confident about talking to small groups? Hearing Help Essex wish to recruit two outreach workers. Home based, the outreach workers will deliver practical help and advice at drop-in sessions, by … Read More

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Are you late filing your accounts?

22nd April 2016

Have you filed your charity’s accounts yet? On 15 April the Charity Commission reported that 11,928 charities had not complied with all their filing requirements. If your charity’s income is over £25,000, your accounts must be digitally filed with the commission. The commission takes failure to file very seriously and it can affect not only your status … Read More

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Healthwatch Neurological Focus Groups

15th April 2016

Heathwatch Essex want to shine a light on the experiences of people with a neurological condition including brain injury, epilepsy, Huntington’s Disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or stroke. They want to find out how diagnosis could have been improved, what would have been the best way for them to have been … Read More

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Chelmsford and Maldon PREVENT conference

4th April 2016

“PREVENT is part of the UK counter terrorism strategy preventing people from becoming involved in extremism, radicalisation or supporting terrorism. As with many safeguarding issues PREVENT sits within the counties high level priorities, royal assent was given to the new …………….. Act in June 2015 meaning that local authorities and partner agencies have a duty … Read More

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Essex County Council Direct Payment Consultation

30th March 2016

Essex County Council is running a consultation looking at the contracts we have for services that help people to use their Direct Payments. These are services that help people with: – Writing their Care and Support Plan – Payroll for Personal Assistants who they employ – Accounts Payable, helping people to pay bills and invoices … Read More

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Devolution Event Cancelled

30th March 2016

We regret to inform you that the Event on Devolution booked for the 4th April is postponed for the foreseeable future. This is because the Government have, subsequent to the Budget, issued an East Anglian Devolution Agreement attached which is essentially an offer to Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk but not Essex. While we are assured … Read More

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‘Who Will Care?’ Awards 2016

10th March 2016

People across the county are being asked to nominate individuals, voluntary organisations and charities that they feel deserve recognition for their volunteering efforts and commitment, for going that extra mile and making a difference for this years ‘Who Will Care’ Awards. For more information on the ‘Who Will Care?’ Awards 2016, click here.

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Connect Well Providers Needed

7th March 2016

Connect Well   New community focused direct referral project seeks local community providers for mutual attraction and connecting with local people! Connect Well, the new social prescribing project in Mid Essex has just been launched!  The project aims to raise awareness of the excellent support that exists in our local communities from self-help groups, to … Read More

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‘Tackling Hidden Harms Together’ – County Conference in Colchester

2nd February 2016

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Safer Essex and the Essex Community Voluntary Services network held their fourth joint conference at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday 26th January 2016. The event brought together representatives from Essex Police, voluntary and community groups and public sector organisations from across the county to explore … Read More

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Stay Well This Winter – Now’s the time to get your free flu jab!

15th January 2016

All those in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab. Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged 2 – 7; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible. Centre Supporting Voluntary Action and Essex County Council are backing the reminder, which is being issued by NHS England, Public Health England, … Read More

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Get your group noticed!

14th January 2016

We are delighted to welcome Tom Bage, Community Content Co-Ordinator from the Essex Chronicle to talk about the essential components of what to and what not to include when writing a compelling Press Release and more importantly how to get noticed!  The Essex Chronicle is looking to develop the Community News sections within their editions by including more news on smaller events being run … Read More

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Help with planning Chelmsford’s future

21st December 2015

Chelmsford City Council is consulting on a new Local Plan, its Sustainability Appraisal and a Draft Statement of Community Involvement – Have your say! The consultation has been running from 19 November 2015, and runs until 4:45pm on Thursday 21 January 2016. If you want to have your say, read and comment on the documents … Read More

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Chelmsford CVS Website Update

3rd December 2015

Here at the Centre Supporting Voluntary Action we will be upgrading our servers as well as performing an update on our current site at midnight tonight, 3 December 2015. This may result in us being unable to access emails and our website may be temporarily unavailable during the morning of 4 December.  Please note that the potential down time for our … Read More

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It’s time to get Volunteering!

23rd November 2015

It’s time to get volunteering. I myself have recently joined the Chelmsford Volunteering team after deciding that I want to gain credible work experience, and skills through volunteering. If you are looking to gain skills, work experience, andadd to your CV for potential employers then why wait? Join us today! There are common misconceptions about … Read More

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Official Launch of Volunteer Essex Website

19th November 2015

Come and join us on Thursday 14 January in Remembrance Square, Chelmsford Central Library for the official launch of Volunteer Essex. The Chairman of Essex County Council and the Mayor of Chelmsford will be cutting the ribbon at 11a.m. Volunteer Centres across Essex will be launching the website in their localities at the same time, … Read More

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The High Sheriff’s Volunteer Centre Essex Award

19th November 2015

Why not nominate the organisation you volunteer with for the opportunity to win a cash prize of £1000? The High Sheriff’s award is given to the organisation which best demonstrates the use of good practice in providing encouragement, support, training and supervision to volunteers. Last year the prize was awarded to Friends of the Flitch … Read More

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Second PCC Annual Awards for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety’ | Nominate your community safety hero!

5th November 2015

You are invited to nominate unsung heroes in your community – from the professional or voluntary sector, who go above and beyond to support vulnerable people, prevent crime and make their communities safer. The process is simple to complete, and winners will be recognised at the PCC Annual Conference on 26th January 2016. The deadline … Read More

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Essex Voluntary and Community Development Conference – Thursday 26th November 2015 10am – 3pm at Zinc Arts, Ongar.

29th October 2015

Essex County Council is keen to improve the way in which we work proactively with the voluntary and community sector to improve the lives of the citizens of the communities we serve. This conference is an opportunity to further develop our ongoing dialogue. For more information about the conference, the objectives and agenda, click here … Read More

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Essex Prose and Poetry Competition 2016

29th October 2015

Age UK Essex want you to tell them your story…Choose from one of these inspiring categories: On the Buses, Betrayal, or Family Pets. Winners will be announced at our annual awards presentation. All entries will be preserved by the Essex Record Office as a legacy for the people of Essex. For an application pack please … Read More

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Will you be taking part in #Stoptober next month?

27th September 2015

Centre Supporting Voluntary Action joins Essex County Council in urging Essex Smokers to sign up to Stoptober. With data showing that almost 19% of residents in the Essex smoke, Essex County Council is urging smokers to sign up to Stoptober – the country’s 28 day mass quit attempt from Public Health England – to receive support and encouragement every … Read More

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Festival for the Senses

16th September 2015

Tickle your taste buds, prick up your ears, smell lovely aromas, open your eyes and feel your way around our festival. Anglia Ruskin University are holding a FREE, interactive, fun packed sensory festival and experience a range of family activities for all your senses, including: circus workshops, climbing wall, African dance and drumming, henna tattoos, photobooth … Read More

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Heritage Heroes for Essex

14th September 2015

Have you ever visited a historic house, old church or ancient monument? Heritage Watch aims to protect historical sites and artefacts around Essex from crime. Do you live in a heritage property, involved in the management of a heritage property/properties, asset or attraction, place of worship (all denominations), museum or gallery; have a passion for our … Read More

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NHS Patient Engagement Community grants

14th September 2015

Has your community or voluntary group been working to involve patients and the public in improving health care services? Have you got some good practice to share? NHS England is seeking to make grant awards to showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare. They want to do more to share and learn … Read More

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2016/2017 Corporate Aid Scheme is now open to applications.

14th September 2015

Chelmsford City Council Corporate Grant scheme is now open, application forms, guidance notes and policies can be downloaded from the Chelmsford City Council website: http://goo.gl/lWygA0. Alternatively a hard copy of these documents can be requested by emailing: grants.funding@chelmsford.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is the 15th of October 2014 at 4:30pm.

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Headway Essex Carers Day – 18 September

7th September 2015

For families and carers of adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Hear from relevant experts in the field of brain injury rehabilitation on Friday 18 September 9.30 – 15.00 at Springfield Parish Centre. Cost: £10 including refreshments. Limited places: please book by calling 01206 768797 or e-mail communitysupport@headwayessex.org.uk  Download the full programme for the day: a4 … Read More

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New Small Grants Award 2015

7th September 2015

Are you a small volunteer led organisation with an annual income of less than £25,000? Do you have an interest in delivering projects in Braintree, Chelmsford or Maldon that will benefit the health and wellbeing of your community? Essex County Council value the contribution that the voluntary and community sector make to improving the lives … Read More

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Bank Holiday Pharmacy Information

21st August 2015

Information about health services over the bank holiday If you are feeling poorly and need to access local health care services, please: Visit your local pharmacy Call NHS 111 See an out of hours GP (by calling NHS 111) You can access health care and advice at any pharmacy. Pharmacies in your area are listed … Read More

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Healthcare for mid Essex across August bank holiday

21st August 2015

PRESS RELEASE MID ESSEX CCG 21st August 2015 There are a range of NHS services available to make sure you get the right treatment at the right time throughout the upcoming August bank holiday weekend. If you’re unwell, you can access a variety of treatment and care by making sure you ‘choose well’ and use … Read More

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Planning for Retirement Event 2015

21st August 2015

Centre Supporting Voluntary Action, in association with Fairey Associates Ltd, will be hosting a Planning for Retirement Fair amongst the stately settings of Hylands Estate in Chelmsford on 6 October 2015. To book your place at this event, please click here. We are excited about this event and believe this is a unique opportunity to meet with organisations which will appeal to … Read More

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Alcohol Awareness Campaign

7th August 2015

Centre Supporting Voluntary Action supports the new alcohol awareness campaign With a quarter of people in England now drinking at hazardous levels a new alcohol awareness launches tomorrow. The campaign is being run by Essex County Council and is supported by Centre Supporting Voluntary Action. Alcohol is now the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking … Read More

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Chelmsford Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report & The Non-Technical Summary

6th August 2015

Chelmsford City Council has published the Chelmsford Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report and the Non-Technical Summary for consultation.  The consultation runs until 11 September 2015. The Sustainability Appraisal (SA) will appraise the environmental, economic and social effects of a Local Plan from the beginning of the preparation process to improve its contribution towards sustainability. … Read More

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Keep It Clear Campaign

6th August 2015

Hotbin Compost Bin – “hot composts” all year round to recycle your food and garden waste faster so that you can expect compost every 90 days without forking or tumbling.  Also available Bokoshi bins and wormeries.  Find our more at: www.awdirect.co.uk/hotbin  

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Sanctus Juice Bar – 28 Broomfield Road

29th July 2015

A new social enterprise project for community regeneration in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University & The Students Union has opened at Sanctus Cafe, 28 Broomfield Road. Help support this local homeless charity and your health by purchasing freshly prepared Superfood Smoothies & Juices. All profits go to Sanctus Charity. The Juice Bar has a variety … Read More

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New Charity Shop Share

22nd July 2015

Chelmsford 4 Good charity shop opened its doors on the 17 July at 22 Market Road as a local charity shop with a difference. The ethos is on raising money for two local charities and also offering a share of the space to other good causes that support Chelmsford community. ‘The shop will raise much … Read More

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Join Chelmsford and Central Essex RSPB and hear about the UK’s most threatened birds (10 Sept) or listen to David Lindo the ‘Urban Birder’ (12 Nov)

22nd July 2015

Chelmsford & Central Essex RSPB Have Lots Of Talks & Events To Encourage Us To Appreciate & Help Wildlife In Our Area Saving the UK’s Most Threatened Birds Thursday 10 September 2015.  Writtle College – Northumberland Theatre.  (NOTE: Theatre is very close to Wilkins Tea Room; not on the main college site).  Ample free parking adjacent … Read More

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Broomfield Hospital Open & Fun Day 8th August 2015

17th July 2015

Mid Essex Hospitals Trust  – Charities Foundation Open & Fun Day Take a look behind the services and see how Broomfield’s theatres, world class burns unit, helideck and robotic surgery really work.  Take a tour of the award winning grounds. Saturday 8th August 11am – 4pm at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET Free entrance … Read More

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Book now to see ‘Midsummer’ – a play with songs. The story of a great ‘lost weekend’ of bridge burning, car chases, wedding bust ups, midnight trysts and hangovers.

14th July 2015

Midsummer 28th July – 1st August 2015 Chelmsford Theatre Workshop – The Old Court Theatre, Springfield Road, Chelmsford (opposite the prison).  Midsummer is  a play with songs – a modern romantic comedy – first performed at the Edinburgh fringe festival 2008.  It is set in Edinburgh and is about  a man and a woman – … Read More

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Kids Inspire have a free summer session club for 11-13 year olds

8th July 2015

The Summer Sessions For 11-13 Year Olds Come and experience something new. Like Taekwon-do, Street Dance, Spray Can Art, Photography & Film Making. The club is FREE: Every Thursday 30th July until 27th August from 10.30AM – 1.00PM. Includes LUNCH! To book a place, call Dee on tel 01245 348707 or email: admin@kidsinspire.org.uk Kids Inspire, Fox Crescent, … Read More

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Support 4 Sight will soon expand their network of support to people who care for visually impaired relatives or loved ones.

3rd July 2015

Supporting your loved one with sight loss? Support 4 Sight have been helping people in Essex with sight loss for the last 20 years. They are now expanding their network of support to people who care for visually impaired relatives or loved ones. The advice they can offer includes guidance about the day to day supporting of someone with sight loss, financial … Read More

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Advice on how to cope during this hot weather

1st July 2015

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! NHS Choices have issued ‘Heatwave Be Prepared’ with lots of useful tips and advice for cooling in this hot weather! Please see:  http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx

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Last chance for a Capacity Grant for training or accreditation

30th June 2015

Last chance for a Capacity Grant Funding is available of up to £1,500 for Capacity Building. This can be used for: Training for staff and volunteers in 3rd sector organisations on mainstream routes to employment and training: (For example, this might include PTTLs/IAG) Actions to support the development of delivery and accreditation arrangements in-house: (this … Read More

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The Chelmsford River Festival Sunday 26 July!

29th June 2015

Chelmsford River Festival is on Sunday 26th July from 10.00-4.00 at the Springfield Basin and Wilkinsons Jetty. There will be the following attractions: Chelmsford Canoe Club Kayak Sprint Races at 10.30 Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust J’s Hospice Dragon Boat Race The Chelmer Canal Trust and the ‘Susan’ Trust Enviroment Agency Essex and Suffolk Water Essex … Read More

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LGB&T Participation in Football Survey Open Now

26th June 2015

Essex County Football Association are committed to making football accessible to all, and the cooperation of players, clubs, referees, coaches, administrators and volunteers is sought in completing a new survey to gather information which will help ensure everyone in grassroots football is treated fairly. The survey aims to identify the barriers and motivation for football from … Read More

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Could you volunteer with the Children’s Burns Club – they have a training day at the Wilderness Foundation 4th July

17th June 2015

Volunteer with the Children’s Burns Club! The Children’s Burns Club (CBC) supports children and young people with burn injuries, and their families. They are running a training day for people interested in supporting the charity on: Saturday 4th July 2015 – 09:30am to 5.00pm @ The Wilderness Foundation, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, CM3 3FE It will be a … Read More

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Essex Sight have a mid-Essex community support worker vacancy

17th June 2015

Community Support Worker – mid Essex Essex Sight has a vacancy for someone to join our Community Support team to work in the mid-Essex area.  The successful candidate will provide an Eye Clinic Liaison service at Broomfield Hospital, helping people with vision impairment who have been newly diagnosed. Working from home, the successful candidate must … Read More

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If you have views about Independent Living Communities, or might consider moving to one, Essex County Council would like to hear from you!

17th June 2015

Independent Living Survey To help ensure Essex County Council include the views of Essex residents when they develop plans and deliver services they are asking for your feedback about Independent Living communities. What are Independent Living Communities? Independent Living communities are for people who want to enjoy healthy, active and independent lifestyles in their later years. Anyone can be … Read More

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Recruitment opportunity with Adfam – Family Service Development Co-ordinator closing 6 July

16th June 2015

Adfam is the national umbrella organisation for families affected by drugs and alcohol. They wish to recruit a Family Service Development Co-ordinator to work across the Central Essex (Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon and surroundings) region to Deliver fortnightly public information sessions aimed at family members affected by someone else’s substance misuse Support the training of family members … Read More

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Trustee Opportunities with J’s Hospice

12th June 2015

J’s Hospice is a hospice at home service for young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, aged 16-40, and living in Essex. They are seeking new Trustees with a broad range of skills and experience, those with skills and knowledge in fundraising, high value networks, commissioning, data protection and retail (charity shops) would be particularly welcome. … Read More

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NHS Continuing Healthcare Consultation – still time to respond

12th June 2015

NHS Continuing Healthcare At Home: A Consultation On Proposed Policy Review NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned Enable East to run a consultation on its behalf on proposals regarding how NHS continuing healthcare (sometimes also known or referred to as CHC) is provided at home. Such care is provided to someone aged … Read More

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Volunteering Opportunities on Patient Reference Groups at Mid Essex CCG

12th June 2015

As part of the way the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) is reshaping the way they engage with local communities they have the following voluntary opportunities on their Patient Reference Group (PRG). There are two ways you, or someone you know, can get involved.  They are looking for volunteers who live, work or use health services … Read More

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Join Healthwatch Essex & NHS England at the Learning Disability Health Day today 11am – 3pm Central Baptist Church

12th June 2015

Staying Healthy When You Have A Learning Disability Come along to the Learning Disability Health Day Healthwatch are organising in partnership with NHS England in Chelmsford on Friday 12th June from 11am to 3pm at the Meeting Place Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford CM1 1LN. The day is for people with learning disabilities, … Read More

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training with InterAct

11th June 2015

Free Mental Health First Aid Training Could you help your customers, your colleagues, yourself and your family or friends in a mental health crisis? Interact’s Mental Health First Aid Training course is over four weeks starting on 24th June. Course Dates: 24th, 1st, 8th, 15th July 2015 from 10.00 to 1.30 Venue: Moulsham Mill Parkway … Read More

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Free Training For Small Charities 30 September

11th June 2015

Free Training For Small Charities: 30 September The FSI is organising free training in Huntingdon, Cambs so that small charities can build the skills they need to become self-sustaining. Topics include: Strategy Development & Trustee Role in Fundraising – 2 half day workshops for charity Trustees and CEOs. Community & Event Fundraising – ideal for … Read More

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The 2015 Heatwave Plan has been published

3rd June 2015

2015 Heatwave Plan The 2015 Heatwave Plan for England has been published, and the Met Office will issue Heatwave Alerts from 1 June to 15 September 2015. The Heatwave plan provides guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a heatwave which can affect everybody’s health, but particularly the most vulnerable people in society. … Read More

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Family Fun Day to encourage families of children with sight loss to meet and have fun – 31 July Broomfield Village Hall

28th May 2015

Funtastic Family Fun Day! On Friday July 31st 2015, Support 4 Sight will be holding its first ever FUNTASTIC FAMILY FUN DAY from 10.00am – 3.00pm at Broomfield Village Hall, 158 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7AH. Come and join Support 4 Sight to celebrate 20 years of supporting local communities in Essex. The day will encourage families … Read More

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Anglia Singers Summer Concert In Aid of Farleigh Hospice 19 June

28th May 2015

Summer Concert – Memories, Melodies & Mandolins The Anglia Singers are holding a summer concert in aid of Farleigh Hospice on Friday 19 June at 8pm Music to include songs from the Shows – Mary Poppins and Sound of Music With Guests, Moonlight Mandolin Orchestra, Conductor Anna Langley. The venue is The Atrium, Michael Ashcroft … Read More

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New Deaf Achieve Job Club at Chelmsford Library

26th May 2015

The Royal Association for Deaf people are starting a new project called “Deaf Achieve”, this is a three year Big Lottery funded project that will deliver job clubs, workshops, health groups and one to one support for the deaf community aged 18-65 across London, Essex and Suffolk. The Job Club will be at Chelmsford Library … Read More

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Essex Police Challenge Event June 9th at Epping Forest College

26th May 2015

The next Essex Police Challenge Event hosted by the Police and Crime Commissioner will be held at The Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3SA on Tuesday 9th June 2015 starting at 7.30pm. It is a key part of the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable of … Read More

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Risk-Avert Launch Free Event 3rd July Chelmsford

26th May 2015

Risk-Avert Launch Event 3rd July 2015 – 9:30 – 12:30 at Chelmsford Central Baptist Church On the 3rd July Essex County Council and The Training Effect will be holding a launch event for Risk-Avert for the 2015/16 academic year. It’s open to all secondary schools and relevant professionals in Essex and will highlight the current … Read More

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Come and meet the Shedders at Chelmsford FC June 15

15th May 2015

Meet the Shedders Date: 15 June 2015 Time: 10.00 AM  to  4:00 PM You are warmly invited to join us for the East of England ‘Meeting the Shedders’ gathering at Chelmsford Football Cub on Monday 15 June. The morning is for leaders of existing Sheds and people wanting to start a new Shed. At lunchtime representatives from … Read More

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Free training for those working within children and adult services in Essex

14th May 2015

Essex Social Care Academy have a range of FREE working together courses. The courses are open to multi-agency / partners working within children and adult services. Topics are listed below together with a link for further information on each course and a booking form.  Engaging with Families – Engaging with Families Flyer To Share or Not to Share? – To … Read More

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Book your ticket to the ‘Families InFocus’ Quiz night – 23 May

7th May 2015

Back by popular demand!!! Families InFocus (Essex) QUIZ NIGHT with excellent Quiz Master James Hutchon Tickets are still available for what is always a fun and enjoyable evening! To be held on Saturday 23rd May at Chelmsford City FC, Salerno Way, Chelmsford CM1 2EH 7.30pm for 8pm start. Teams of 6-10.   Tickets: £6 per person. To book … Read More

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‘Child Poverty: A Call to Action’ – book your place at Mid Essex Children’s Partnership Board event at Hylands House on 22 June 2015

1st May 2015

Child Poverty: A Call to Action “Living in poverty significantly impacts on family resilience and family stability. With a negative effect on the emotional and physical wellbeing of parents and carers, persistent poverty has serious effects on the life chances of children from birth, inhibiting physical, social and emotional development and meaning poorer children are … Read More

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New job opportunities at Mid Essex Mind – Support Time & Recovery Workers

27th April 2015

Support Time & Recovery Workers Salary £16271.00-£19,268.00 per annum (NHS Agenda Band 3) Mid Essex Mind is looking to appoint Support Time & Recovery (STaR) workers to facilitate psychological recovery for clients from common mental health issues working closely with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in Mid Essex.  The Support Time and … Read More

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Pre-register now to ‘Walk for Life’ for Farleigh Hospice and help support local families affected by life limiting illnesses.

23rd April 2015

The 23rd annual Walk for Life for Farleigh Hospice Sunday 10th May 2015! The ‘Walk for Life’ is a sponsored event. Farleigh Hospice relies on walkers raising as much money as possible towards their caring work in the local community. The sponsorship money raised by this event will be transformed into specialist care that makes … Read More

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Book now for the 5th South East & Central Essex MIND ‘Mental Health Conference’ 18th June

23rd April 2015

South East and Central Essex Mind – 5th Mental Health Conference Mental Health and Education 18th June 2015—Saxon Hall Southend on Sea Confirmed Speakers Jane Theadom – Head of Learning, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Stephen Lay – Principal Southend Adult Community College Rita Wall — Manager, Kids Company Confirmed Workshops: Mindfulness in Schools Project Education and Therapy … Read More

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New job opportunity at Rural Community Council of Essex

17th April 2015

PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER Circa £24,000 pro rata for 2 days/week (£9,600) Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) is a leading charity working in Essex for over 85 years. RCCE is looking for a motivated and organised individual with proven excellent administration skills to assist in supporting its partnership work. You will produce detailed minutes for the … Read More

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Deaf 19+ and live in Essex? RAD have a range of free workshops

14th April 2015

The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) have a range of FREE workshops for those aged 19+, deaf and living in Essex. Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS Workshop) – Learn about health and safety on a building site.  16th April 2015 10.30am -1.30pm.  Chelmsford Library, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1LH. For a poster please see RAD-CSCS … Read More

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Current Vacancies with Action for Family Carers

2nd April 2015

Action for Family Carers is currently recruiting for:- Macmillan Carers Service Manager Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, you will manage the Macmillan Carers Support service and team.  The role will involve: Ensuring the service meets challenging performance targets and quality standards Demonstrating a positive impact for Carers of people at the end of … Read More

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New peer support project for people with Type 2 diabetes

1st April 2015

Type 2 Together Type 2 Together connects you with other people who have diabetes near to where you live. Relaxed and informal group sessions will be led by trained volunteers, creating a network of information and support hubs across the UK. The service is available to anyone living with Type 2 diabetes in the Chelmsford, … Read More

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Easter weekend pharmacy opening times

31st March 2015

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MID ESSEX CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP Health care for mid Essex across Easter Weekend There is a range of NHS services available to make sure you get the right treatment at the right time throughout this Easter bank holiday weekend. People can access a variety of treatment and care by making sure … Read More

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Mindful Self-Compassion Training starting April 2015 in Chelmsford

16th March 2015

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is an 8 session, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.  MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult experiences in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.  Three key components of self-compassion are: self‑kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. … Read More

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Honour Based Abuse Training & FGM Training from the ESAB and ESCB!

12th March 2015

Training opportunities from the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) and Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board (ESCB)! Honour Based Abuse Training This half day course is aimed at professionals who come into contact or might come into contact with a potential victim or survivor of Honour Based Abuse and/or Forced Marriage. By the end of this course … Read More

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Nominations invited for the Essex Who Will Care? Awards 2015

12th March 2015

Who Will Care? Awards 2015 The ‘Who Will Care?’ Awards is the first county-wide volunteer awards for Essex and will take place on Wednesday 13th May at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester. Nominate a volunteer, business or charity that has made an impact on your community and improved the lives of others. This is … Read More

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Fund launched to support women and give them the confidence to speak out against abuse and child sexual exploitation within their communities.

9th March 2015

Women’s Empowerment Fund Launched in England The Government has launched a one-off £250,000 Fund to support women and give them the confidence to speak out against abuse and child sexual exploitation within their communities. The newly launched Women’s Empowerment Fund is directed at voluntary sector organisations, including faith groups, who work with women in the … Read More

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Engagement Opportunity for the Upcoming East Anglia Rail Franchise

4th March 2015

Consultation Invitation Mott MacDonald Ltd are undertaking a study for the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), who are working in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) to embed the industry’s sustainable development principles into the upcoming rail franchise competition in East Anglia. The scope of work involves identifying through research and engagement, key socioeconomic … Read More

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Nature Writers Workshop – 20 March at the Wilderness Foundation

3rd March 2015

The Wilderness Foundation is hosting a Nature Writers Workshop on Friday 20th March at their Education Centre in Chatham Green. The workshop is being led by Bob Baron, acclaimed author, publisher and ex-chairman of partner organisation WILD. There will be the opportunity for open discussion and questions with Bob, as well as short talks on … Read More

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Resilience & Early Intervention Courses & Workshops from InterAct

19th February 2015

InterAct Courses & Workshops InterAct have a suite of resilience and early intervention courses.  Training is delivered by qualified trainers and people with real life experience.   Topics are covered in a friendly and supportive environment, alongside others who understand and give peer support. Topics include: Safe early intervention strategies for children’s challenging behaviours – Break-Point. … Read More

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The Royal Association for Deaf People have a range of workshops in British Sign Language

19th February 2015

The Royal Association for Deaf People have a range of workshops in British Sign Language. Healthy Living Workshops are held at: RAD, Century House South, Riverside Office Centre, Colchester, CO1 1RE Clacton Library, Station Road, Clacton, CO15 1SF Topics include: prostate cancer (March 25th Colchester), meningitis and depression.  For a poster see: RAD Workshops Health Living NHS … Read More

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New Tuesday Morning Street Market at Anglia Ruskin University

19th February 2015

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are hosting a new weekly street market selling everything from vintage clothing to fresh food, treats and goodies. The ARU Street Market will take place every Tuesday from 17 February, from 10.30am until 3.30pm outside the Lord Ashcroft Building. There will be stalls selling vintage clothing, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes … Read More

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Could your charity be the Chelmsford Star Co-op Charity of the Year?

13th February 2015

Chelmsford Star Searches for it Next New Charity of the Year! Local Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star has embarked on its annual search for its next ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2015/16. Pauline Dodd, Society President said; ‘The Board of Directors are currently looking for local registered charities to put themselves forward as potential candidates backed … Read More

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Could you volunteer to join the trustee management team at The Laughter Specialists?

10th February 2015

The Laughter Specialists have a vacancy for an experienced member of the public to join their Trustee Management Team.  For further information, please see their advert below. TRUSTEE POST (VOLUNTARY) The Laughter Specialists Charitable Trust is a registered charity based in Essex.  The Trust was founded in 2007 with the aim of training and funding specialist entertainers/performers … Read More

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Voluntary Opportunity for Prison Monitors with the Independent Monitoring Board

4th February 2015

The Independent Monitoring Board have asked us to cascade the following: Prison Monitors (voluntary) for the Independent Monitoring Board  Location Essex, Greater London Job Type Voluntary Category Advice, Information, Policy/Research Sectors : Human Rights Job Description Board Member and Prison Monitor (voluntary) – Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMPYOI Chelmsford Ref: 250/Chelmsford/2015 Where … Read More

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Free Event – ‘Politics: what is it good for?’ Saturday 11 April at Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford

28th January 2015

Free Event ‘Politics: what is it good for?’ Saturday 11 April at Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford This event is a joint initiative between The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the Question the Powerful project. It will take a fresh look at political ideas and practices and aims to explore what makes politics both fascinating and indispensable … Read More

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Professional Training Schedule 2015 from The Ministry of Parenting CIC

27th January 2015

Professional Training Schedule 2015 from The Ministry of Parenting CIC The Ministry of Parenting is a Community Interest Company that works with parents and professionals to provide an integrated approach to supporting families and individuals through the provision of information, support, guidance, group programmes, supported signposting and training across Essex and the Eastern Region counties. … Read More

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Free Safegarding workshops for the voluntary sector

27th January 2015

Voluntary and Community Sector Workshops-Safeguarding and Inter-agency Working Essex Safeguarding Children Board, Essex Safeguarding Adult Board, Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Services, your local Essex Children’s Partnership Board and the Safe Network are pleased to invite colleagues from the voluntary and community sector (VCS) to a FREE safeguarding, information sharing and interagency working workshop. The workshop … Read More

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Are you #SteppingUp to create a stronger City? Look forward to seeing you at High Chelmer Shopping Centre 27-30 January

23rd January 2015

#SteppingUp to create a stronger City A new campaign comes to Chelmsford on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week (January 27-30) focusing on how local people can ‘step up’ to create stronger communities. The #SteppingUp campaign puts the spotlight on five simple steps people can take which can have a hugely beneficial effect personally, … Read More

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Need advice? Please note Chelmsford CAB’s new telephone number – going live 26 Jan 2015

23rd January 2015

CHELMSFORD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU NEW ADVICE LINE TELEPHONE NUMBER Chelmsford Citizens Advice Bureau is upgrading its telephone system and will have a new telephone number from 26th January 2015. If you need advice, please call: Advice Line 01245 205656 All other contact details will stay the same. Chelmsford Citizens Advice Bureau, Burgess Well House, Coval Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1FW … Read More

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The Mid Essex Mind Support Time & Recovery (STaR) Service

21st January 2015

Mid Essex Mind IAPT STaR Service and Self-Referral Support and Information Clinics for 2015 Mid Essex Mind has been working in partnership with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) as part of the national initiative to deliver Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in Mid Essex. The Mid Essex Mind Support Time & Recovery … Read More

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PCC launches new Essex Victims Gateway website

21st January 2015

Essex Victims’ Gateway VICTIMS in Essex now have direct access to support, information and advice at the click of a button thanks to a new website launched by Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. The website, www.essexvictimsgateway.org offers access to the many local support groups for people who have been subjected to crimes … Read More

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CHOICES Service delivered by Open Road and EYPDAS (Essex Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service)

14th January 2015

CHOICES Service delivered by Open Road and EYPDAS (Essex Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service)  Alcohol And Drug Recovery Workers, using the case management approach, providing assessment, brief and extended brief interventions and signposting to other recovery & support centres. Also housing, employment and training advice Can provide support for clients with complex needs such … Read More

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The South East & Central Essex Mind Bulletin is now available & includes details on Mental Health Training.

15th December 2014

The 9th Edition of the South East & Central Essex Mind Bulletin has been released. Features include:– Crisis Care Concordat Mental Health Training Workshops Volunteer Recruitment To view a copy see: Mind Bulletin 009  Training courses available include: Basic Mental Health Training (MH1) MindBasicTrainingPosterAug2014 Intermediate Mental Health Training (MH2) MindIntermediateTrainingPosterAug2014 Anger Management Training mind anger management trainingB South East and Central … Read More

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Childcare Vacancy Opportunities At YMCA Chelmsford

17th November 2014

      YMCA Chelmsford are expanding their Out of School Clubs and are looking for committed and self-motivated people with a minimum of NVQ3 in childcare. BC Unit Manager x2 7:15 – 9.00am –  39 or 52 weeks per year. £9.15 per hour BC Early Years Educator x2 7:15 – 9.00am –  39 or … Read More

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Part Time – Community Support Worker With Headway Essex

14th November 2014

Part Time – Community Support Worker (Essex) Headway Essex – A Charity providing Brain Injury Care and Support is looking for an experienced support worker to provide brain injury information, advice and support to adults with acquired brain injury, their families and carers in Essex.  You will predominantly be supporting people who live in the … Read More

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Do you have a nomination for the PCC community safety award?

13th November 2014

Nick Alston, Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex, is inviting nominations for individuals, volunteers and groups across the county who have made an Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety.  The new award aims to recognise those people or teams who go the extra mile. This could include volunteers who support and protect vulnerable people or to … Read More

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National survey of charities and voluntary organisations 2014

13th November 2014

The biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations of the year has been launched by a coalition of charities to find out more about the help charities need. The survey’s findings will be used to lobby key decision makers and funders about the support charities and voluntary organisations need. Please join us and take part … Read More

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Help YMCA Chelmsford Continue To Support Children, Young People & Families By Becoming a Friend Of YMCA Chelmsford

22nd October 2014

YMCA Chelmsford is continuing to provide services and programmes to help children, young people and families build their lives, hope and futures. As part of their ongoing plans to increase fundraising as well as provide communication updates to supporters and networks, they have established a Friends of YMCA Chelmsford group. The objects of the Friends group are … Read More

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Can you help Essex Mind & Spirit identify all faith/belief led or infused mental health provision across the County of Essex?

16th October 2014

Essex Mind and Spirit (EMS) is a voluntary community organisation whose remit is to highlight and encourage dialogue between the Faiths sector and voluntary and statutory care of, and recovery from, mental health issues, and it seeks to identify and showcase examples of good practice and ongoing projects in this area. To help with this … Read More

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Community Support Worker Vacancies at Headway Essex

13th October 2014

Part Time – Community Support Worker x 2 (Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon – Essex) Headway Essex – A Charity providing Brain Injury Care and Support is looking for experienced support workers to provide information, advice and support to people with acquired brain injury and their families in Essex.  They are looking for two support workers to … Read More

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Helpline Staff Needed At Mid Essex Mind

7th October 2014

Mid Essex Mind have vacancies for helpline staff.   NERIL HELPLINE WORKER Salary £14,294 – £17,425 (pro-rata to full time) (Band 2 NHS Agenda for change) NERIL (North Essex Resource and Information Line) is an established out-of-hours telephone support service which provides information, signposting and general support to crisis prevention and intervention to the public (over the age … Read More

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Expressions Of Interest Sought For The Provision Of Day Opportunity Services For Vulnerable Adults

2nd October 2014

Please see the latest correspondence from Essex County Council on Day Opportunities and Redesign Events. Dear All/ Providers, ECC Day Opportunities Re-design – You Said, We Did “We last contacted you in May 2014 to ask for involvement from you and your service users in the public consultation for Day Opportunities. Consultation with current day opportunities … Read More

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Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence for the Eastern Region

2nd October 2014

Disability4Sport has been given a licence from the FA to run a Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence for the Eastern Region. There is only 8 in the country. Within this licence they cater for 12-15 years old (youth team) then 16+ (adult team). They NEED HELP to identify players who may be eligible to trial for … Read More

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Carers Support From Action For Family Carers

2nd October 2014

Free Counselling For Unpaid, Family Carers Action for Family Carers has received funding to provide a free, confidential counselling service where carers can receive individual counselling sessions from qualified counsellors in Essex. Carers may wish to explore their feelings around: Transitions – going into care, beginning or end of caring role Depression, anxiety, worries or … Read More

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Join The Conservation Volunteers To Make A Difference To An Area Near You

1st October 2014

The October / November 2014 Activity Programme and Newsletter is now available from The Conservation Volunteers.   TCV Essex PROGRAMME October – November ’14 email TCV Newsletter October 2014 TCV Tree Nursery Newsletter Oct 2014 For further details please call the office on: Tel 01206 764470 Mob 07740 899 575 The Conservation Volunteers, The Old Cemetery Office, Colchester Crematorium, Mersea Road, Colchester, Essex … Read More

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New Vacancy For A Funding Research Assistant With Action For Family Carers

26th September 2014

Action for Family Carers is an expanding charity providing information and support to Carers who have unpaid caring responsibilities for others. Based in Maldon they deliver services across Essex including information, advice, advocacy and respite day care. They have an exciting opportunity to gain data analysis and research experience, working with our Funding Coordinator to produce high … Read More

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Manager Vacancy at Cara

23rd September 2014

CARA, a Colchester-based charity supporting women, children and young people who have experienced sexual violence, is seeking a Manager, 28 hours per week.  Salary £26,000 p.a. pro rata.  Duties include general running of the office, supporting the staff team, budgeting and preparation of reports. This vacancy is open to women only (Schedule 9, part 1 … Read More

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Hearing Help New Monthly Drop In Service For Chelmsford

23rd September 2014

Mid-Essex charity, Hearing Help Essex, is to open a new drop in service for the hard of hearing in Central Chelmsford. The first session will be held on Friday 3rd October at Sadlers House, 2 Legg Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1AH and run between 10 – 11.30 am.   Hearing aid wearers will be able to … Read More

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The NHS Summary Care Record – You need to make a choice.

16th September 2014

The NHS in England is now using an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR), which is being used to support patient care. Introduction to Summary Care Records All the settings where you receive health care keep their own medical records about you. These places can often only share information from your records by … Read More

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Chelmsford’s Audio News & Information Service For Blind Or Partially Sighted People – Chelmsford Talking Newspapers

8th September 2014

Chelmsford Talking Newspaper – For blind or partially sighted people reading is a major undertaking, even with magnifying equipment, and may be impossible.  Many people begin to lose their sight as they grow older and find small print documents such as newspapers particularly difficult to read.  As a result they may lose track of local … Read More

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Essex County Council invites Expressions of Interest – Day Opportunities Tender

1st September 2014

Day Opportunities Service 2015 Essex County Council has now completed the Day Opportunities review and is about to commence the procurement process to implement a Day Opportunities Framework Agreement. Essex County Council invites Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced organisations to provide Day Opportunities Services for vulnerable adults under a Framework Agreement via a Best … Read More

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Victim Support celebrates 40th anniversary

28th August 2014

Victim Support celebrates 40th anniversary Victim Support, the independent charity is celebrating 40 years of helping victims of crime and their families. The charity is holding a celebratory event on Sunday 28th September 2014 at Parklands, Quendon Hall for staff, volunteers and guests. From humble beginnings as a local community project, Victim Support has grown … Read More

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Consultation on North Heybridge Garden Suburb Draft Strategic Masterplan Framework

13th August 2014

Maldon District Council Council is now inviting representations on the North Heybridge Garden Suburb Draft Strategic Masterplan Framework. Consultation on the North Heybridge Garden Suburb Draft Strategic Masterplan Framework commences on 14 August and closes at 5pm on 30 September 2014.  A public engagement event will take place on Tuesday 16 September, 2-8pm at Plantation … Read More

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People Commissioning and Early Intervention

13th August 2014

Essex County Council People Commissioning  Important Information: Early Intervention Since 2013 Essex County Council (ECC) has commissioned Early Interventions for children, young people and families by way of grants through the Family Innovation Fund (FIF).  The latest FIF grant funded projects are due to complete by 31st March 2015. Essex County Council are issuing this notice … Read More

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Community Safety News For Essex

1st August 2014

The latest edition of ‘Watch Out‘ magazine is now available – Community Safety News for Essex. Articles include: a special article from Cllr Roger Walters on scams against the elderly gas safety – the importance of safeguarding against rogue fitters and ensuring regular boiler checks in your home.  With the holiday season upon us, not all … Read More

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NHS Mid Essex CCG Consultation

25th July 2014

NHS MID ESSEX CCG The Way Ahead – What’s your view? NHS Mid Essex CCG have launched a public consultation seeking views on their five-year plan, the two-year financial recovery plan and a few areas where they are proposing changes that have a significant impact on patients – including immediate care. The five-year plan sets … Read More

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Essex Compact and the Voluntary and Community Sector Framework

22nd July 2014

The Chair of the Essex Compact Steering Group Canon John Brown is recommending the draft text of a new Essex Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Framework. “The VCS Framework represents a revised approach for public sector partners in their relationship with the VCS. In line with Compact principles it sets out some expectations that each sector … Read More

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555 Mental Health Project

22nd July 2014

The ‘555’ project aims to make the voice of Essex mental health services users heard by the people who commission the service.  Please see the webpage at http://www.ecdp.org.uk/555 In partnership with Healthwatch Essex, ecdp is running focus groups across Essex to gather the lived experience of people who have used, or are using, mental health services. … Read More

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Healthwatch Essex – Annual Report

11th July 2014

Healthwatch Essex have recently published their first Annual Report. You can download a copy here: http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/sites/default/files/hwe_annual_report_13_14_lo_res.pdf  Extract:- “Our vision is to be an independent voice for the people of Essex, helping to shape and improve local health and social care services. This includes doctors, hospitals, disability and mental health services, home care services, support for carers, care for children, … Read More

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PCC ‘Victims Commissioning Newsletter’

10th July 2014

Please find attached the latest edition of the PCC’s Victims Newsletter with updates on the current and ongoing work to support victims, and the commissioning of Victims Services in Essex. VICTIMS COMMISSIONING NEWSLETTER 090714 FINAL (2) If you have any questions or require further information about this work please contact Greg Myddleton, Assistant Director for … Read More

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Grants for Mid Essex Health Related Projects

2nd July 2014

Grants Available for Local Charities Press Release from Essex Community Foundation “Health-related projects in mid Essex run by voluntary and community groups are being offered thousands of pounds in the latest round of grants from the Provide Foundation. The aim of the ambitious and innovative grants programme, run by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), is to help … Read More

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Essex Savers – Short Term Loan

30th June 2014

ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY BACKS ESSEX SAVERS’ AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO PAYDAY LOANS Essex Savers are a financial co-operative which provides a range of ethical financial services to the whole of Essex.  For a copy of their newsletter see: Essex Savers June 2014 NEWS Press Release from Essex Savers “The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has backed Essex Savers’ … Read More

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Funding Available For Local Charities

26th June 2014

Press Release from Essex Community Foundation “An independent charitable trust, awarding grants totalling £1.5 million each year, is inviting voluntary and community groups in Essex to come forward and apply for funds to help with their work. Essex Community Foundation (ECF), which is based in Chelmsford and covers the whole of the county, including the … Read More

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ecdp Ask Young Disabled People What Matters

26th June 2014

94.1% of people believe more role models are needed. Press release from ecdp. “In January and February 2014 ecdp delivered a series of Future Focus events to discover the experiences and opinions of young disabled people in Essex.  We were funded and supported by Healthwatch Essex for this work. We held 4 focus groups across Mid Essex, North … Read More

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Short Breaks for Disabled Children in Essex

25th June 2014

Essex County Council provides short breaks across the county for Disabled Children. They hare produced a newsletter which can be viewed below for further details: Shortbreaks Newsletter 2014

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Volunteering Opportunities With Essex Police

30th May 2014

Independent Custody Visiting The Independent Custody Visiting Scheme enables appointed volunteers to visit police stations to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed. Regular unannounced visits will be made to local police stations by pairs of custody visitors. After each … Read More

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Galleywood Heritage Centre

16th May 2014

Heritage Rooom – The heritage room ( Archive group) is open Tuesdays from 1.30pm –3.30pm and Sundays 11.00am to 1.00pm, this is run by some very knowledgeable people who are keen on Galleywood history and family trees. So if you would like to know more about Galleywood please pop in. Contact is Wendy Cummin email: wendy.gf@blueyonder.co.uk Galleywood … Read More

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Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) – Working Together Training

8th May 2014

Working Together training is available to partners who support and work with children, young people and families and also those who are working and/or supporting adults where children are present within the family. The Working Together Website contains useful information and resources relating to partnership working. As well as details of the various training options … Read More

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Free Training – Essex Coastal Wardens Scheme

29th April 2014

The Conservation Volunteers – Essex Coastal Wardens Scheme Whether it’s collecting litter when walking with family or organising your own beach cleans the support of local communities can make a big difference to the environment. The Essex Coastal Wardens Scheme aims to involve local communities in learning about and helping to protect the wildlife and … Read More

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Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery

29th April 2014

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex wrote an article in December about modern slavery and concerns that, as with other forms of ‘hidden harm’, it is happening in Essex. The article (http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2013/12/its-happening-here-modern-slavery-in-essex/) followed the announcement of the government’s Modern Slavery Bill and spoke of his intent to explore the impact and scale of … Read More

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NAVCA Independent Commission

29th April 2014

On 31 March NAVCA launched an independent Commission to look at the future of local infrastructure. From March – October this evidence-based inquiry will examine existing local voluntary and community infrastructure and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years. The Commission will gather evidence from current infrastructure providers, charities … Read More

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Supporting Essex Women and Girls

17th April 2014

ESSEX girls have come up smiling in the ongoing struggle against their negative stereotype. A light-hearted book called Essex Girls’ Limericks is proving females of all ages in the County can take a joke – and even have the last laugh – as the book will raise money for a special fund supporting women’s charities … Read More

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Referrals Now Open For Kids Inspire ‘Healing Connections’ Project

26th March 2014

Healing Connections is a new and exciting project funded by Essex County Council. Kids Inspire Healing Connections Poster It has been designed to work with; • Families of children with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs. • Children and young people who are excluded or at risk of exclusion from school. Including children and young … Read More

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Make A Life Change – Fostering Solutions

17th March 2014

There may be nothing we can do about the earlier chapters of a child’s life, however as a foster carer you can make a difference to the rest of the story. Fostering Solutions are one of the UK’s leading fostering agencies and will give you outstanding 24-hour support and expert training. To learn more about … Read More

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Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG)

5th March 2014

Violence is one of the primary barriers to women’s equality. 1 in 3 women worldwide will experience gender-violence in her lifetime.  Soroptimists have used education, empowerment and enabling opportunities to prevent VAWG and support victim/survivors. The state of VAWG across the world is shocking,  but change can, and does happen. Please see the following film … Read More

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Free Counselling For Unpaid, Family Carers

5th March 2014

Action for Family Carers has received funding to provide a free, confidential counselling service where carers can receive individual counselling sessions from qualified counsellors in Essex. Carers may wish to explore their feelings around: • Transitions – going into care, beginning or end of caring role • Depression, anxiety, worries or stress about the past, … Read More

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Safer Places Through The Eyes Of A Very Committed Volunteer

28th February 2014

Safer Places and my Role as a Volunteer By Maggie Lloyd Having worked as a volunteer with a domestic abuse charity, for almost three years, I have heard many terrible tales of the suffering and abuse endured by women. I have discovered that domestic abuse is no respecter of age, social class or professional status. … Read More

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Supporting Asperger Families in Essex – Development Worker Vacancy

27th February 2014

The charity SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex) currently has a vacancy for a Development Worker. This paid position is a part-time, freelance contract. The Job Advertisement and Job Description/Person Specification can be found below: SAFE DEVELOPMENT WORKER Advert Feb 2014 safe-network-autumn-network-meetings-2013-East  SAFE – Supporting Asperger Families in Essex • Registered Office: 5 Pitfield, Great … Read More

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Victim Support Appeal For Volunteers

27th February 2014

Can you help someone pick up the pieces? Domestic Abuse – Affects I:3 women and 1:5 men. Victim Support is looking for volunteers in Essex to help people recover from the trauma of abuse. Are YOU that person?  Do you have good listening skills? Are you empathic? Do you have an awareness of the impact of abuse? … Read More

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Applicants Invited for Essex County FA Inclusion Advisory Group

21st February 2014

DIVERSITY EMBRACED BY NEW GRASSROOTS PANEL Could you play your part in ensuring local grassroots football fully embraces all its diverse disability, ethnicity, faith and GLBT communities? Essex County FA Inclusion Officer, Mark Healy, is currently recruiting members for a brand new voluntary Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG). English football’s ‘Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan’ addresses … Read More

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New Workshops from The Royal Association for Deaf People

6th February 2014

The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) have new workshops for the deaf community. British Sign Language Healthy Living Group Meet once a month and learn about Health Information in BSL. FREE for Deaf people living in Essex. The venue is: Chelmsford Library, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH April 24 – Thyroid UK May 29 … Read More

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New Finance & Accounting Practice Workshops

28th January 2014

The Community Accounts Service from Colchester Community Voluntary Services has developed an exciting range of workshops for 2014.  These include:- Roles & Responsibilities of Trustees – essential information that every trustee should know, including the preparation of the Trustees’ Annual Report Understanding Financial Statements – understanding  the importance of each section of the Financial Statements … Read More

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Chelmsford Community Transport, Dial-A-Ride

14th January 2014

Chelmsford Dial-A-Ride is a door to door service for anyone who cannot access mainstream public transport with ease. They operate from 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday throughout Chelmsford District. There is a yearly membership fee of £5 and a small fare to pay for each journey. Miles Contribution SINGLE JOURNEY RETURN JOURNEY 0-1 £2.00 £4.00 1-2 … Read More

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The Draft North Essex Mental Health Joint Commissioning Strategy

14th January 2014

The Draft North Essex Mental Health Joint Commissioning Strategy has been produced following the production of the North Essex Mental Health Commissioning Statement of Ambition in late June 2013 and subsequent consultation.  This draft strategy sets out to describe the vision for the commissioning and delivery of mental health services for North Essex over the next three … Read More

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Share Your Experiences Of Central Essex Community Services

19th December 2013

THE QUALITY CARE COMMISSION NEED TO HEAR YOUR EXPERIENCES OF THE CENTRAL ESSEX COMMUNITY SERVIVES Do you help service users to access the services provided by Central Essex Community Services? Do you accompany them to appointments or support them to use the health services? Do you receive feedback, comments or complaints about the services they … Read More

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The Stroke Club

12th December 2013

A stroke is the third most common cause of death and the major reason for severe disability in the country. It can happen to anyone, at any age; every year there are 10,000 strokes in people of working age. At any time, in any Health District, there are over one thousand five hundred disabled stroke … Read More

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Family Innovation Fund

10th December 2013

Please find attached here:  FIF4GuidanceDecember2013 a communication giving advance notice of Essex County Council’s intention to run Family Innovation Fund (FIF) 4, a one year grant to enable voluntary and community sector organisations working with children, young people and parents/carers to deliver a range of innovative projects to support individuals and families. Funding will be for the … Read More

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South Woodham Ferrers (SWF) Healthcare 2000 Group

11th November 2013

South Woodham Ferrers (SWF) Healthcare 2000 Group was established in 1999 as a Millennium project. It was started by the GPs in the Town who were concerned that the healthcare facilities and services which were promised in the 1970s hadn’t materialised. By 2004 it had grown to include all organisations and people involved and interested … Read More

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Hearing Help Essex Walk-In Hearing Sessions

5th November 2013

Hearing Help Essex have released the latest details of their Walk-in Hearing Help Sessions where trained volunteers will be available to: •Clean and retube your NHS hearing aid •Talk about specialist equipment •Offer help and advice For full details please see: Hearing Help Sessions 2014 – table format Hearing Help Essex Registered Office: Sadlers House, 2 Legg Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AH … Read More

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Chelmsford Carer Support with Action for Family Carers

31st October 2013

Evening Carers Support Group Chelmsford Come and meet other Carers at the Angel Pub, Broomfield Road, Broomfield CM1 7AH Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month 6:30 – 8:30pm Come and join us for information and support and to meet other carers–pub meal optional Join Action for Family Carers for Support and Information at Chelmsford Carers … Read More

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Age Concern Chelmsford – 2 Course Lunch £4.00

17th October 2013

A Warm Welcome Awaits All Senior Citizens Age Concern (Chelmsford) is a small independent charity first established over 50 years ago to provide a Day Centre, Luncheon Club and the opportunity to participate in other social activities. These include: • bingo twice a week, (Tues and Fridays) • arts and craft classes, • a number … Read More

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New Community Reuse Fund for Essex – up to £7000 available launched today

23rd September 2013

Essex County Council have just launched The Reuse Community Fund. The Fund gives up to £7,000 to projects to help communities produce less waste by promoting reuse. Full details are available on http://www.recycleforessex.co.uk For further details and a copy of the application form:- ECORRN Community Reuse Fund 2013_14 Essex Community Reuse and Recycling Network (ECORRN)

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Lobbying Bill

19th September 2013

NAVCA the National Association for Voluntary & Community Action believe the Lobbying Bill is a direct threat to the independence of charity campaigning. It creates a new lobbying register and widens the definition of ‘non party campaigning’ close to elections. In response to widespread opposition, the Government has agreed to amend the Bill. However, there … Read More

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Kids Inspire are taking referrals across Essex including Chelmsford

18th September 2013

Kids Inspire  ~  Family Bridges Project in Chelmsford, Essex Target Group: Families of children with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs who have difficulty accessing services. Children and Young People  who: Have experienced Trauma Live  within a household where adult mental health issues impede personal development Live with Domestic Abuse (past present) Find it difficult to … Read More

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Marketing Consultancy Projects – Anglia Ruskin University

12th September 2013

Each year Anglia Ruskin students have the option of undertaking a Marketing Consultancy module, working with real companies on live projects. They encourage charities and social enterprises in the area to be among the companies helped in this way. If you are interested please complete the following form:-ARU Client Brief Template Please email  your completed form … Read More

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North Avenue Youth Club New Opening Times

11th September 2013

North Avenue Youth Centre is open to children and young people from the age of 8 years upwards.  NAYC provides a safe place for children and young people to socialise and learn new skills. Their new Junior Club starts on Tuesday 10th September, 5.30-7pm. During this session, the children will enjoy a time of team … Read More

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Are You at Risk from Flu?

10th September 2013

Please assist in promoting this year’s flu campaign  – getting the flu jab is quick, safe and free. Each year, the Government sets targets for achieving vaccination in target groups in an attempt to achieve the best protection for the at-risk population. Last year, and including in Essex, most of those targets were missed, leaving … Read More

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Guide to key people working in health, wellbeing and care

2nd August 2013

Who’s Who Guides for the Regions Regional Voices for better health have produced a Who’s Who Guide to key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, CQC, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch.  To view … Read More

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Essex Mediation Free Drop In Clinics

29th July 2013

Many divorcing or separating couples are unaware that they can still claim Legal Aid to help with mediation. Mediation has been proven to help those facing divorce or separation to settle practical matters such as issues around finances and children. It has increased in popularity over the last 5 years, with more and more couples … Read More

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Royal Baby Born 22 July 2013

23rd July 2013

Everyone at the Centre Supporting Voluntary Action Chelmsford City would like to sincerely congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.  

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Access to the Essex Funding Team

3rd July 2013

The Essex Funding Team have a regular and helpful Funding Bulletin with funding opportunities for community organisations. You can sign up in two ways:- on twitter through @essexfundingtm stream or for those unable to access twitter, they are gathering the tweets together and issuing them as an e-bulletin service.  To sign up to the e-bulletin please follow this link: http://ebulletin.eventbrite.co.uk/# Both are free to … Read More

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Support 4 Sight free Listening, Advice, & Counselling service

27th June 2013

Are you anxious about your sight loss? Help is available! Support 4 Sight can arrange a free Listening, Advice, & Counselling service for people with sight loss. Counselling and emotional support may help you to talk through your fears and adjust to life with sight loss. This service is arranged through Visionary – linking local … Read More

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‘Support 4 Sight’ Website Accessibility Check

4th June 2013

It is very difficult for many disabled people, including people with sight loss, to access websites. This is because very often the text is too small and uses the wrong colours for people with reduced vision. Frequently websites are incompatible with speech and magnification accessible software used by blind & partially sighted people.  Although it … Read More

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Snapshot Survey of the Voluntary Sector in Chelmsford District

31st May 2013

Please can you spare five minutues to complete and return to us the following snapshot survey :- Valuing_the_Voluntary_Sector_in_Chelmsford_Survey_2013 The responses will help us view the social and economic value of charities, voluntary and community groups in the Chelmsford district.  So whether you are big or small, local or country wide you views are important to us.  … Read More

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£300 Bursaries Available for IT Support & Web Design

14th May 2013

Essex Online is a social enterprise ICT provider brought together by the RCCE (Rural Community Council of Essex),  Suffolk Acre and Suffolk Online.  A limited number of bursaries have been made available for qualifying organisations towards the cost of IT support packages and website design. For further information and application packs see: www.essexonline.net

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North Essex 111 replaces NHS Direct

29th January 2013

The soft launch for NHS 111 in north Essex has been delayed. NHS Direct (the provider of NHS 111 in North Essex) has requested a later date, so that lessons from other NHS 111 service launches can be learnt and acted on.  Services in north east Essex, mid Essex and west Essex should carry on … Read More

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Computer giveaway! First come first served

29th January 2013

Essex County Council is replacing their ICT user equipment (laptops and PCs) with newer devices that meet their business needs. As a result, they will disposing of a large number (approx. 200) of older devices which have been refurbished, and charity licenced software loaded ready for re-use. For more information about the scheme, type of equipment … Read More

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Find out more about your local NHS

17th October 2012

Find out more about the new leaders of your local NHS – Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group by clicking here: http://www.midessexccg.nhs.uk/Downloads/About%20us/10511%20NHS%20MECCG%20Leaflet%20final.pdf The changes aim to empower patients with more choice, better information and more control over their care. It puts clinicians in control of commissioning decisions on behalf of patients. This will enable the health services … Read More

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