Chelmsford CVS E-Update #239 – Transport, Trust, & Tele

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BBC’s The One Show – Public Transport

The One Show is making a film looking at some of the issues people with disabilities face when using public transport including trains, trams, buses, taxis, the tube and planes. They are looking for people to record short videos on their phones or cameras when they genuinely encounter a problem; for example no help getting off transport (even though pre-booked); accessible toilets being out of order, luggage being left in spaces for wheelchair users or ‘talking’ signposts or buses not working etc.

Anyone interested in finding out more or sending a video can contact Laura Pennington on 0161 335 8902 or

WHSmith Community Grant (UK)

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates. There are two application rounds each year.

The deadline for the current funding round is the 30th September 2017.

Join Essex Wildlife Trust for an evening with Chris Packham!

Saturday 16 September – from 7.30pm

At Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Advanced bookings only.

Chris Packham is a hugely respected wildlife campaigner and broadcaster, who has presented BBC Springwatch for several years.

Come along to a bespoke event with Chris Packham where he will share some of his stories, thoughts and views on wildlife including some of our special Essex species: Nightingales, Brent Geese, Water Voles, Otters, Barn Owls, Bluebells and more.

Tickets are Adults £18 and Children (under 16) £10, bookable via 01621 862964 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) or via their website. Gates open at 6.30pm, with the event starting at 7.30pm and an interval at approximately 8.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Advanced bookings only – book early to avoid disappointment. Please note this event will take place in a marquee on the lawns of Abbotts Hall Farm

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Colne Community Builders Fund is now accepting applications

This Fund supports charitable projects and community organisations whose work enables people to live more independently. 

There is a preference for smaller grants, for example under £5,000, and for groups that work in areas where Colne Housing operates – Babergh, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring and Uttlesford.

An example of a project previously supported is Bright Lives, in Colchester, which was awarded £2,000 to train a regional Makaton Tutor to work with the adults who attend a day centre for people with Learning Difficulties.

Groups should call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018 or email to discuss their work in advance of applying. The deadline date is 31 July.

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