BDVSA E-Bulletin – 18th July 2017

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Below are details of 4 funds which have deadlines approaching:

The Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund

The fund, managed by Essex Community Foundation, provides voluntary and community organisations with the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £40,000 (distributed over a time period of up to three years) to support projects which help to either improve health and wellbeing, increase aspirations and opportunities of young people or develop skills through training. The deadline for applications is 31 August. To read the specific criteria for this Fund and to apply, click here.

The Ford Britain Trust

The Trust pays special attention to projects focusing on education, environment, children, disabilities, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to their UK locations. The Ford Britain Trust particularly encourages applications from Ford employees, but is open to all, provided that the qualifying organisations meet their selection criteria.

There are two types of grants to apply for:

  • Small grants for amounts up to £250, available four times each year. The current small grant application window closes on 31 July. The next one runs from 1 September to 30 October 2017.
  • Large grants for amounts over £250 and up to a maximum of £3,000. The next Large Grant application window closes on 31st July.

Click here for further information.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan’s Supporting You to Help Others Grant Programme helps give people affected by cancer the opportunity to use their experiences to support others, while also receiving support themselves. The grants can cover:

  • Start up funds – to support the start up of a new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer.
  • Development funds – to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer.  User Involvement Grants – to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.  Individual Development Grants – to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others.

Applications are welcomed from:

  • Individuals or groups of people affected by cancer
  • Organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

You can find out more about the grants and how to apply by downloading the guidance notes. The next deadline is Friday 4 August.

Allen Lane Foundation

The current beneficiary groups are:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

The Foundation’s current funding priorities are:

  • Provision of advice and information and advocacy
  • Arts activities where the primary purpose is therapeutic or social
  • Befriending or mentoring
  • Mediation or conflict resolution
  • Practical work, such as gardening or recycling, which benefits both the provider and the recipient
  • Self-help groups
  • Social activities or drop-in centres
  • Strengthening the rights of particular groups and enabling their views and experiences to be heard by policy-makers
  • Research and education aimed at changing public attitudes or policy
  • Work aimed at combating stigma or discrimination
  • Work developing practical alternatives to violence

There is a long list of exclusions for the type of work the Trust will not fund, so please read the website very carefully. The maximum grant is £15,000 and the average grant size is around £5,000 to £6,000. Applications received up to the beginning of August will be considered at the October panel.
Full details available at:

Free Explorer Orienteering Events in Braintree District for all the Family

Xplorer is the perfect outdoor activity for primary and pre-school children and their families.
Using a simple map the aim is to find a number of markers that are located around the park. At each marker children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends.

Older children will have fun competing against their friends or other family members whilst younger children will enjoy the excitement of successfully finding the markers.

Xplorer is perfect for children as they can have an adventure whilst running around in a safe and friendly environment. No experience of map reading is necessary and parents are encouraged to join in the fun!

Please take any food or drink for the day with you.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates, times, and locations:

  • Wednesday 26th July, 11am-1pm, Witham (Town Park)
  • Wednesday 26th July, 2-4pm, Witham (Town Park)
  • Tuesday 1st August, 11am-1pm, Halstead (Public Gardens)
  • Tuesday 1st, August 2-4pm, Halstead (Public Gardens)
  • Wednesday 9th August, 11am-1pm, Braintree (Weavers Park)
  • Wednesday 9th August, 2-4pm, Braintree (Weavers Park)
  • Tuesday 15th August, 11am-1pm Witham, (Town Park)
  • Tuesday 15th August, 2-4pm, Witham (Town Park)
  • Wednesday 23rd August, 11am-1pm, Halstead (Public Gardens)
  • Wednesday 23rd August, 2-4pm, Halstead (Public Gardens)
  • Tuesday 29th August, 2-4pm, Braintree (Weavers Park

Free Fire Home Safety Visit

Essex Fire and Rescue recommend that each floor of your home has a working smoke alarm fitted. These should be tested on a monthly basis and batteries replaced if necessary.

Smoke alarms can be provide free of charge by requesting a Home Safety Visit.

To keep yourself and your family safe contact 0300 303 0088

Marvels of Mid Awards

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?

The Marvels of Mid Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of people, organisations and schools across Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon who are transforming people’s lives, improving health services and putting patients, service users, carers and communities at the very heart of health and wellbeing in mid Essex.

To find out more about the categories, criteria and how to nominate click here.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities.
Any group doing voluntary work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit they bring to the local community.

Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

To be nominated, the group should do work that:

  • Provides a service that meets a need for people living in the local community
  • Is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • Is run locally

Volunteer groups should have been running for three years or more to be nominated.

Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service can be made online at Guidance notes can be found at and nominations also require supporting letters from two independent people.

Nominations can come from:

  • Someone who benefits from the work of the group
  • Someone who is aware of the work of group

The closing date for nominations is 15 September 2017.

A New Programme for 15 – 24 year olds who are not in Education, Employment or Training

Start date 31st July – 29th August.

A free course being held at Seetec, Fairfax House, Colchester CO1 1RJ providing:

  • Job-related training leading to recognised qualifications
  • Support with CV writing, interview techniques and more…
  • Information, advice and guidance on next steps
  • Access to apprenticeship, work experience, further education and employment opportunities

Alongside functional skills in English and maths, learners will work towards a Level 1 qualification in either Customer Service or Digital Media (Social Media for Business).

To refer a young person email: or call 0845 030 5074.

Braintree District Community Transport are Recruiting Volunteer Drivers

Have you got a spare day or half day per week and live in the District?

  • Do you like to help others?
  • Do you like to meet new people?
  • Would you like to be involved in your community?
  • How about volunteer driving? In your own car or one of our minibuses
  • You choose how often
  • You choose when
  • No regular commitment necessary
  • Benefits and pensions are not affected
  • Out of pocket expenses reimbursed

To join the friendly and enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers call Tracey Corcoran on 01376 557896 for an informal chat or email

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