Chelmsford CVS E-Update #241 – Fabulous, Funding & Foster Carers

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HealthWatch Essex Fund (Essex)

Voluntary groups and local charities in Essex working to improve information, advice and guidance in health and social care are being urged to apply for new funds to support their work.

Established in 2016, the HealthWatch Essex Fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation and has to date awarded grants totalling £150,000 to support a wide range of local healthcare projects.

Voluntary organisations and local charities can apply for grants at two levels:

  • Small grants of up to £10,000 and larger grants of up to £35,000.
  • Large grants are awarded to strategic projects which will significantly improve access to local services at a county level or develop new ways of working.

Organisations that have previously received support include:

Action for Family Carers for their outreach service and Brentwood Community Print which supports people with mental ill-health.

The next deadline date for applications is the 22nd September 2017.

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Foster carers change children’s lives

Foster carers with Essex County Council help build better, brighter futures for hundreds of children across Essex every year.

Could you provide a loving, safe, stable home and a nurturing environment to support the most vulnerable children in our county grow in confidence and achieve their potential?

You don’t need any specific qualifications to foster, just patience, time and a commitment to improving children’s lives.

To find out more, visit the website, like the Facebook page or come to one of Essex County Council’s local events where you can hear first-hand from experienced foster carers, find out more about the children that need foster care and ask a social worker questions.

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The MOMA’s are back!

Last year, Mid Essex CCG launched the Marvels of Mid Awards (MOMA’s) as a way of saying thank you and celebrating the stars of our community who help people to Live Well.

They are hoping to uncover some fantastic and worthy winners this year. Nominations could be for a member of staff; a local project, school or someone you know who helps look in on neighbours – anyone who goes ‘above and beyond’ to help people stay well mentally and physically.

The MOMA categories for 2017 are:

  •  Primary Care Award
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Individual Participant of the Year
  • Patient Participation Group (PPG) of the Year
  • Start Well Award
  • Be Well Award
  • Stay Well Award
  • Age Well Award
  • Die Well Award
  • Connect Well Award

The criteria for each award can be found, along with online nomination can be found below or by contacting the CCG on 01245 459372 to request a nomination form.

Nominees will all be invited to an awards ceremony at the Mid Essex CCG Annual General Meeting, on the evening of 28 September 2017, Chelmsford City Football Club, when the winners will be announced.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 8 September 2016.

Nominate Somebody!

Essex Community Foundation Phone-in Funding Surgery

Wednesday 16 August, 10am to 12noon

Are you a voluntary or community organisation which is working to improve information, advice and guidance in health and social care?

If so, Essex Community Foundation are 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 a grant.

This phone-in event will be held on Wednesday 16 August between 10am to 12 noon.  ECF grant officers will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your funding options. Please call them, on the day, on 01245 356018.

If you cannot get through on the day because the lines are busy, please leave a voicemail message with your name, the organisation you are calling from and a phone number that they can contact you on. They will call you back as soon as possible.

Essex Community Foundation is an independent charitable trust which manages funds on behalf of individuals, companies and public agencies for the benefit of local communities.

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MSE Charity Grants

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017.

The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted community based groups for projects to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues. Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 (in exceptional circumstances £10,000) are available. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. Each funding round is based on teaching financial life skills within the context of different themes.

The themes for the next funding round will be:

  • Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Retirement
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Homelessness
  • Offenders
  • Resettlement.

The closing date for applications will be the 29th September 2017, however each grant round is limited to the first 40 applications, so please apply early.

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Anglia Ruskin University and SEEE’s annual conference: Leading Questions

12 September in Cambridge

An array of exciting speakers and informative workshops, and only a limited number of delegate spaces, so please book soon to avoid disappointment!

Opening Plenary What is leadership and where can it take us?

Vicky Browning (Chief Executive, ACEVO)
Clare Morris (Managing Director, Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership)
Rebecca Birkbeck (Director, Community Engagement, the Co-op)

Workshops (repeat sessions you just need to choose your top three and we will allocate you to your choices if possible)

  1. Making private sector partnerships work (Birketts)
  2. Governance for turbulent times (Karen Anderson, Cambridge Social Ventures)
  3. Leading collaboration in the third sector (Mutual Ventures)
  4. Digital leadership: what it means and how to do it (TBC)
  5. Change management (Ella Forums, Natacha Wilson)
  6. Campaigning for change (New Philanthropy Capital, Charlotte Lamb)

Closing Plenary Developing your leadership skills, and developing leaders.
Mona Shah (Founder, Harry Specters)
Debra Allcock Tyler (Author of It’s Tough at the Top; CEO, Directory of Social Change)

You can find the event flyer here, please feel free to pass on.

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