All children need love and a child with disabilities is no different

23rd October 2020Community, News

You can enhance a child’s life from as little as a weekend a month alongside a full-time job to providing full-time foster care. Essex County Council best match children to your family, offer bespoke local training and 24/7 professional support. Nicola and Tony Hascomb say fostering a child with disabilities is the best thing they … Read More

Culture in Essex – Small Grants funding available

23rd January 2017Funding Opportunities

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

Dry January #dontbottleitup

9th January 2017Chelmsford CVS, Health

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

Essex Energy Switch

1st July 2016Chelmsford CVS

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

New “Families Included Prize” launches across Essex to help isolated families

17th May 2016Health

The ‘Families Included Prize’ which aims to reduce the social isolation and loneliness of Essex families with children aged 0-5 was launched at County Hall today.  Essex County Council, working with Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, will deliver the first ever, local government challenge prize* and is encouraging people across the county to enter. The … Read More

Essex County Council Direct Payment Consultation

30th March 2016Events/ Opportunities

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

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

29th October 2015Events/ Opportunities

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