BDVSA E-Bulletin – 9th May 2017

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Innovation in Walking and Cycling Competition – deadline to register 7th June

Department for Transport will fund up to £470,000 for innovative projects that lead to more walking and cycling. Innovations may include, for example, technology, infrastructure, manufacturing or behavioural change.

The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations. It has 2 phases. Up to £170,000 is allocated for phase 1, and up to £300,000 for phase 2.

Phase 1: proof of concept. Projects should last up to 15 weeks and range in size up to a total cost of £25,000 each

Phase 2: demonstrator projects. Projects should last up to 9 months. They can range in size up to a total cost of £100,000 per project

Community Support Grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation

Grants are available for charities that help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment.

Charities delivering 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.

Deadline for Small Grant applications is 16th June and a Large Grant is 3rd July.

Community, Maintenance and Repair Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust currently has a number of grant programmes open including:

Community Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects that include toilets and catering facilities are prioritised. The closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.

Repair Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. The closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.

Loan Sharks Cash Made Available to Local Groups

Local charities, community groups, organisations and schools are being encouraged to bid for up to £5,000 of proceeds of crime money, to spend on a project of their choice which will help combat unscrupulous loan sharks.

For more information go to: and to receive an electronic application form, please email

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th June 2017.

Men in Sheds

You may have heard about Men in Sheds and wondered what it’s all about. The idea started first in Australia and since then has spread across the globe. Shed projects are designed to connect men, often older men, who are looking for company and who enjoy working with their hands. The sheds are community workspaces where men can do practical things of their own choosing and at their own pace.

Community360 is looking to see if we can set up a Men in Sheds project in the District. There are shed projects in the Chelmsford and Maldon areas and there is a wealth of expertise we can draw on to set one up in the Braintree area.

We would like to set up a meeting with interested people in the Braintree District, so if you would like to find out more about become a shedder, please contact the Community360 office on 01376 550507.

Is your Group Running Safely and Effectively?

Remember that Community360 can provide your group with all kinds of advice to ensure that you operate safely and effectively. Community360 can provide advice and support with funding and governance, volunteer recruitment, volunteer policies and procedures. Ring the office on 01376 550507 to discuss your organisational needs.

Voluntary Sector Training

Courses coming up include:

  • The Role of the Chair on 6th June in Colchester
  • Helping Others Deal with Change on 14th June in Chelmsford
  • Effective Report Writing on 16th June in Chelmsford

For a full list of courses available go to

Small Charity Week 2017 19th – 24th June

Small Charity Week is the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisations with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. Events include:

  • I Love Small Charities Day: Three social media competitions to win funds for your charity.
  • Big Advice Day: Free advice on any charity topic of your choosing from experts across the sector and business leaders.
  • Policy Day: Local and national events will be held to support engagement between small charities and policy makers and influencers.
  • Fundraising Day: Take part in free competitions and initiatives to raise vital funds for your small charity and join events to improve your knowledge on fundraising topics.
  • Small Charity Big Impact Day: Showcase your small charity and the fantastic impact it makes by applying for the FSI’s Small Charity Big Impact Awards.
  • Celebration Day: Get involved and run an event to help raise awareness of and celebrate your amazing work.

To get involved, or for more information visit

Compact Forum and AGM 18 May

The event will be held at Essex Fire HQ, Kelvedon with registration at 9.30 am for 10 am start.  Topics include a presentation from Essex County Council on their new initiative ‘Economies, Localities and Public Health’ and the recent Review of the Essex Compact.  Places need to be booked by 11 May.  Please contact the Community360 office on for a booking form.

Dementia Awareness Week 15th – 21st May – Dementia Friends Sessions

To support Dementia Awareness Week, Fusion Lifestyle will be offering FREE Dementia Friends sessions for anyone to go and learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help those with dementia. No need to book – just turn up.

  • 15th May Witham Leisure Centre 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • 17th May Braintree Sport & Health Club 2.30 – 3.30pm
  • 17th May Halstead Leisure Centre 4.30 – 5.30pm

Local Pharmaceutical Services Survey

Essex County Council is carrying out a survey on pharmaceutical services (provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors, internet pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors) in the Essex area.

The results from this survey will contribute towards the production of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for Essex and assist in determining what services are required to meet the needs of the local population.

Link to survey

Dying Matters Week 8th – 14th May

People across Essex are being asked to celebrate life by sharing their favourite images of friends, family or pets who have died in a bid to start conversation about why dying matters.
The online campaign, called Die Well Essex, is being supported by health, social care, charities and voluntary groups across the county in this national awareness week.

For further information go to


The new Community360 website should be operating later in May



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Tel 01376 550507 Email:

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