Massive game for Colchester as Tottenham come to town

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The FA Cup returns this weekend with Colchester taking on Premier League big boys Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The match offers the U’s an opportunity to forget about their precarious league position and test themselves against a side that has only lost three times in the Premier league this season. Victory for Colchester would arguably […]

Tender Opportunity – Southend’s Advocacy For Adults With Mental Health Issues (Inclusive of Mental Health, IMHA, IMCA & IMCA DOLS)

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Southend’s current Mental Health Advocacy contract incorporates advocacy for people with Asperger’s. The service was commissioned in 2013 to meet the statutory requirements for Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) and IMCA DOLS . This contract ends 31st March 2016. Southend’s Integrated Commissioning Team is inviting expressions of interest to deliver […]

Care Quality Commission (CQC) Five Year Strategy

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking views on its plans for the next five years as it develops its approach to regulation. CQC has changed the way it works over the past three years and in its consultation document Shaping the future, published today, it sets out a vision for the future regulation of […]

Media release: European Parliament & EDF work together for the implementation of UN’s human rights recommendations

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Brussels, 27 January 2016 |  EDF participated in the European Parliament’s Public Hearing focusing on the UN’s recommendations to the EU on how to better promote the rights of 80 million people with disabilities. For the first time in history, last year the EU was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons […]

Our New Venture

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Last year we won the competition to name the new Barchester Care Home being built on Turner Road, Colchester.  It was called “Woodland View” because it is located very close to Highwoods Park.  We were invited to the official opening of the home in a naming ceremony performed by the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Theresa […]

Charity Accounts – Legal Update

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Keeping up with the SORPs Nearly all UK charities’ annual reports, and many charities’ annual accounts, have to comply with the statement of recommended practice for charity accounts (charities SORP). For financial years starting before 1st January 2015 the 2005 SORP applied. For financial years starting in 2015 (i.e. the annual accounts and reports you […]

Do you enjoy gardening?

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Rayleigh Town Council are seeking volunteers to join the Gardening Club. Members will assist with the maintenance of public flowerbeds. If you are interested in joining please contact the Town Council Office or email the Town Clerk clerk@rayleightowncouncil.gov.uk. Further Reading Rayleigh Town Council

Rayleigh Town Council Floral Sponsorship 2016

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£30.00 – Hanging Basket £30.00 – Half Lamp Column Baskey £60.00- Whole Lamp Column Basket £30.00 – Mew Sponsorship Plaques High Street Flowerbeds, Barrier/Promande and Station Planters are available for Sponsorship. Please contact the Town Council office for further details. Further Reading Rayleigh Town Council

Event Essex January newsletter

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Welcome to our January newsletter, we hope you are having a good start to 2016! We have plenty of updates to kick-start the new year. Essex Book Festival We are delighted to once again be hosting key events in the prestigious Essex Book Festival programme. Vince Cable, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and […]

National Family Carer Network Bulletin

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This bulletin is designed to let you know what’s going on in England that could be of interest to you and others. Contents of this bulletin include: Car parking concessions – who is eligible Learning Disability England – your input appreciated The new Learning disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Changes in SEN and disability education Learning Disability Diversity & […]

We’ve Launched A New Sports Page To Encourage Clubs To Promote Access for Disabled People

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We’re encouraging sports venues in Essex to check their provision for disabled fans as we launch our new sports pages. Here at Dancing Giraffe we manage an innovative Internet community website that informs, supports and challenges those with disabilities and their carers. Now we are encouraging our users to watch more sport and take part […]

Targeting inflammation “could help treat Alzheimer’s disease”

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BBC News reports “blocking brain inflammation ‘halts’ Alzheimer’s disease”. Inflammation has long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, however whether inflammation causes Alzheimer’s or is a by-product of an underlying factor is unclear. A study was carried out by researchers at the University of Southampton and Lancaster University, funded by the Medical Research Council and Alzheimer’s […]

The Ironmonger’s Company Grant Programme (deadline 31 July 2016)

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The Ironmongers’ Company has grants available of up to £10,000 to registered charities to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Projects must meet all of the following criteria: Be for children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged; include educational activities that […]