Accessible public websites and mobile apps become a reality in Europe

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The EU just adopted a directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile apps The European Parliament adopted today the ‘Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies’ (Web Directive). From now on, all websites and mobile applications, including the electronic documents and multimedia, of public authorities in Europe have […]

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

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The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund returns next month for 2016/17 The awards, now in their sixth year, will be donated over a 17-week period. Applications to the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund from local charities, organisations and people are now open. The GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund re-launches on November 7 2016. Through the Fund, seventy awards […]

High Sheriff Invites Applications

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Local voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants from the High Sheriff of Essex Awards Scheme. Grants of up to £1,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and the money will be awarded to groups working to make their communities safer. The High […]

Sport for Confidence

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An Essex-based organisation have been achieving great results using their own unique approach to help the disabled. Sport for Confidence is a project aiming to support people with and without learning disabilities to access positive opportunities to engage in an inclusive sport and physical activity programme. It is run by a growing group of healthcare […]

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Creates Training Place For Disabled Conductor

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A disabled composer and conductor has been offered a training place with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. James Rose will be joining the Orchestra for 18 months commencing in June 2017. During this period James will have the opportunity to assemble and conduct a disabled-led orchestra and to deliver a series of performances and workshops across […]

Folk like us

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The Folk like Us Project continues to help people aged over 65 living in Southend break isolation and loneliness. Recently the Hub which is open Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, received its 1000th visit. Jack Bailey was the lucky 1000th visitor and  received cake and a certificate to acknowledge the milestone. Jack said “I feel less isolated when […]

Supporting new groups : Little Heroes

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SAVS work to support new and emerging groups in Southend who begin at a grassroots level. Little Heroes is a new, emerging group run by a group of parents who voluntarily support families with children that have an autism spectrum disorder in the Southend area. Through their membership of SAVS they became a constituted voluntary […]

Braintree Autism Support Group

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Drop in Coffee Morning every Tuesday at The Archer Community Centre, East Street, Braintree CM7 3JJ Support for parents/carers with children of any age on the Autistic Spectrum For further information contact Jane on 07816 869522 or email janedelderfield@btinternet.com

Braintree Rethink Art and Social Group

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The Braintree Rethink Art and Social Group started just over seven years ago for all those that live and cope with mental illness every day. The group meet once a week and for many of them, that is the only social gathering they have. They create some amazing pieces of work and are helping themselves […]

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Firebird Fund Grants

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The Firebird Fund, managed by Essex Community Foundation, supports people with mental health issues in Southend and South East Essex. The Fund Panel consider organisations who are working to improve the wellbeing of those with mental health difficulties. Applications are now being accepted until 21st October (extended from 14th). Organisations should follow ECF’s standard guidelines and application […]

Do you need external support?

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Through our Chelmsford 4 Good project we have been approached by a large company to set up an employee volunteering day for a Chelmsford charity. The team represent senior management and are looking to do a voluntary project on 1 November inside. The company are prepared to provide materials to the value of £100. If you […]

Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016

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Partnering with Anglia Ruskin University, Changing Chelmsford are hosting our sixth Ideas Festival from October 19th to November 1st … and once again hosting an exciting and diverse range of events with something for everyone. There are some great new events, prestigious speakers and lots more venues. This year we are partnering with the RSA […]

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Seasonal food

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One-third of all the food we produce in the UK never gets eaten! So why not try eating more local, seasonal and misshapen food? By eating seasonally you can reduce the environmental impact of your food. The produce will be fresher, more nutritious and sometimes tastier. What is in season? Apples, cabbage, pumpkin, blackberries, pears, […]