BDVSA E-Bulletin – 6th June 2017

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Essex Community Foundation Braintree District Phone-In Funding Surgery 7th June – Don’t miss this opportunity for a one to one session

Are you a voluntary or community organisation operating in the Braintree District and do you need funding? ECF will be holding a phone-in funding surgery to help you identify if there is support available for your work and talk you through the process of applying for grants. The event will be held between 10am to 12 noon.

Fran and Jill, ECF grant officers, will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your funding options. Please call them on 01245 356018.

If you cannot get through on the day, please leave a message with your name, the organisation you are calling from and a number that they can contact you on.

Community and Voluntary Sector Health Summit –Friday 23 June 1pm to 4 pm Chelmsford

Representatives from VCS organisations across Mid Essex are warmly invited to attend this event which runs throughout the afternoon.

The Summit aims to bring together key partners, commissioners and providers from the public, private and voluntary sectors to explore what the future holds for the whole system and how we can best work together to mobilise and co-ordinate support for those most vulnerable in our communities.

Space is limited so please book your place early via the link below, where you will also find the agenda.

Funding Opportunities

Wooden Spoon Society – Capital Grants Programme

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects. Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Community Support Grants

Community Support grants are available for charities that help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment. The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to thousands of people in need and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families are most concerned. Charities which deliver community support or research can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000). Charities that have an annual income under £500,000 are encouraged to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less

The next deadline for small grant applications is 16 June 2017.

Children in Need – Main and Small Grant Programmes

The Children in Need grant programmes are open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year (small grants) and over £10,000 per year (main grants) for up to 3 years. Grants are available to projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The next deadline for applications is 1 September 2017 for small grants and 13 September for grants from the main programme.

Garfield Weston

The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference. A wide range of causes and charities are funded and the grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken. The following areas are supported:

  • Arts
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Faith
  • Museums and heritage
  • Welfare
  • Youth

Full details available at:

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

The Foundation provides funding to charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) in England and Wales through the following two programmes:

  • Invest – a flexible, long-term core funding programme for charities delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people. These grants are from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.
  • Enable – a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively. These grants are up to a total £15,000 over two years. The Enable grant programme now accepts applications on an ongoing basis. There are no deadlines.

The Invest programme welcomes applications from charities that are registered with the Charity Commission, with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million and operate mainly in England and Wales.

Charities must be supporting people aged 17 years and older who are facing multiple disadvantages through one or more transitions points. The only exceptions are young people who are under 17 years of age and young parents or looked after children and disabled young people moving into independent living.

Please see their website for comprehensive information on this fund:

The Social Investment Readiness Programme

The Programme has now launched and runs from September 2017 to March 2018. Social enterprises and charities are invited to apply for support by e-mailing Eligible organisations must have been running for at least two years, have an annual turnover of at least £100,000 and generate a quarter of its income from trading. The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 June 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

Consultation Dates for Braintree District Council Draft Local Plan

20th June – Braintree Town Hall (Fairfield Road, Braintree, CM7 3YG), 2-8pm

22nd June – Halstead – The Queens Hall (Chipping Hill, Halstead, CO9 2BY), 2-8pm

26th June – Coggeshall – St Peters Church (Church Green, Coggeshall, CO6 1UD), 2-8pm

28th June – Kelvedon Institute (78 High Street, Kelvedon CO5 9AA), 2-8pm

29th June – Witham Public Hall (Collingwood Road, CM8 2DY), 2-8pm

1st July – Marks Tey Village Hall (CO6 1EJ) 9.30am – 230pm 5th July Braintree Town Hall (Fairfield Road, Braintree, CM7 3YG), 2-8pm

6th July – Great Saling – Millennium Hall (Piccotts Lane, Great Saling CM7 5DW), 2-8pm

If you wish to to be added to the consultation database please email: with your name and address.

Find out the Latest Plans for the Manor Street/Victoria Street Regeneration – 15th June

Braintree District Council will exhibit its refreshed plans for the area behind the Town Hall in Braintree during a public exhibition next month (Thursday, June 15th). At the event the Council will unveil its latest thinking and concept proposals, which looks set to be home to a modern primary healthcare facility (to replace the existing Mount Chambers surgery), a pharmacy, a new bus interchange and new high-quality public realm. This will be a chance for businesses and residents to see the latest concepts from award-winning architects AHR who have designed successful, high-profile town centre regeneration schemes in many towns and cities across the UK. Following the exhibition, a paper will go to a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet in the Autumn, to agree investment in the project. From there it is expected that a planning application will be submitted by the end of the year.

The public exhibition, will take place at Braintree Town Hall from 3pm until 7pm on Thursday, June 15th. There is no need to register or book, simply drop in anytime between 3pm and 7pm.

Dementia Action Alliance Dementia Café at Church Lane Surgery Braintree

Following the success of the first gathering the next session will be held on 8th June 2 – 4 pm then on the 2nd Thursday of the month thereafter.
Either the carer or cared for wishing to attend must be registered with Church Lane Surgery

George Yard’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week 13th – 16th June

A number of events will be taking place under the bandstand
13th June – Art Zone – an opportunity for kids to join in

14th June – Braintree Rethink Art Group – demonstrating their activities and displaying some of their work

15th June – Braintree Community Centre will be launching their Summer School Programme

16th June – Farleigh Hospice

Shalford Great Get Together

The William Bendlowe’s Charitable Trust is organising the event for all ages at Shalford Village Hall on Saturday 17th June from 2pm until 5pm to coincide with the National GREAT GET TOGETHER – IN HONOUR OF JO COX

For more information visit:

or call Sally Welsh on 07785 235000. Entry to the event is free with a small charge to take part in a Beetle Drive game and light refreshments available to purchase.

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