Community360 News 11th January 2019

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Recognition for local mentoring/befriending project

Community360 (C360) has recently achieved the Approved Provider Standard (APS), recognising the excellent work of their mentoring/befriending projects.

Tracy Rudling, Chief Executive Officer of C360 says “this is a huge accomplishment for us and is a reflection on the C360 team – without everyone’s dedication and commitment, we could not have achieved this quality mark”.

The Approved Provider Standard (APS) is the national quality standard designed specifically for mentoring and befriending projects. APS is managed and delivered by NCVO, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

APS aims to support safe and effective practice in mentoring and befriending. Organisations that achieve the standard have been assessed and found to exemplify good practice in:

  • Their management and operation, including their commitment to safe working practice
  • Their processes for identifying service users and assessing their needs
  • The way they manage their mentors and befrienders, who are usually volunteers
  • They way mentoring and befriending relationships are managed and the results they achieve

This quality marked could not have been achieved without the valuable contribution of a dedicated team of volunteers across C360 befriending projects. Gary Larkin joined as volunteer in 2018 and says, “It has given me the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of new people, some of whom I’ve supported, and some have supported me. Volunteering has been brilliant at allowing me to develop my skills”.

The Approved Provider Standard is the only quality standard that focuses on good practice in mentoring and befriending.

Further information about APS can be found on

The Standard improves the management and delivery of mentoring and befriending projects. Though rigorous, is designed to be simple to implement and not to generate large amounts of paperwork.

Community360 (C360) was formed in May 1968 and this year is celebrating serving residents in Essex for 50 years. A registered charity and company limited by guarantee, C360 exists to build ‘thriving local communities’. They do this by serving as a voice for the local voluntary sector – working with over 300 different community groups each year, many of which only exist to serve local residents and are run by volunteers. Further information can be found on


Friday 18th January 2019 is Essex Dementia Day. Colchester Dementia Action Alliance will be working with members, including Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Borough Homes, Thompson Smith and Puxon, Bluebird Care, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers First and Age Legal Services to offer information and activities at the One Colchester Shop and the Colchester Market.

At the shop and stall, partners will be on hand all day to talk to anyone who wants to find out more about how their services can support someone living with or affected by Dementia.

Exclusively in the shop, the Alzheimer’s Society will be running a ‘Singing for the Brain’ session in the morning and Colchester Borough Homes will be facilitating a Dementia Friends session at lunchtime.
The shop is open 10am-3pm Monday-Friday for general enquiries and is located at Unit 81, Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF.

Please let us know if you would like to get involved and what you may be planning for Essex Dementia Day.

Community Voices 2 to 3 pm One Colchester Shop, Unit 81, Culver Street East, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LF. Please come and join us to learn about organisations in your area. Speakers will provide information on their organisation and are encouraged to include wants and needs, sharing how other organisations can help in order to promote collaborative working. 2019 dates: 21/1 C360 Winter Resilience 25/2 Community Support Worker 29/4 Voluntary Sector Training 24/6 to be confirmed 23/9 to be confirmed 25/11 to be confirmed. If you would like to book a space to attend or be a guest speaker, please call Community 360 on 01206 505250 or email

St Helena – My Care Choices Register

A different kind of planning for 2019

There are lots of phrases around the subject of planning:
“Failing to plan is planning to fail”
“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
And what would a new year be without any plans or resolutions?
But what about plans around the type of care you would like to receive towards the end of your life? Is it something you have considered? Maybe not for you but for someone you know? Or perhaps the thought of it is enough to stop you reading this article, after all it’s not in vogue to talk about death and dying unless you really have to.

I must confess that it isn’t a subject I would have chosen to discuss openly before I started work at St Helena, but the whole reason St Helena exists is to support those who face incurable illness and bereavement, helping people to die with dignity and choice. Consequently it has become a more natural conversation for me to have and I’ve been able to chat to my parents about some of their wishes and even convinced my mum to join me for a coffee at a ‘death café’!

For those who find the subject harder to broach, St Helena has produced a booklet, which can help to start the conversation. The My Care Choices Record looks at what is important to you now and in the future. Anyone can access the booklet and have the conversation with loved ones but only those people living in North Essex with an incurable illness, dementia or frailty who can request to have their details added to the My Care Choices Register. Once on the register, the person’s details can be accessed by all their relevant healthcare professionals.

If you think that advance care planning would be a good one to add to the 2019 resolution list for you or a loved one, you can find out more information by visiting or speak to your healthcare professional.

Sally Thompson – marketing team, My Care Choices Register

Essex rural skills project. Free practical training for those aged 45 and over who are currently not working can be receiving benefits or not. Friendly and relaxed environment. Learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. Help build your confidence and self esteem with wellbeing support. Pick up points from across North Essex. Other courses also on offer including carpentry, horticulture, woodlands and countryside and environment. Bases at Wormingford, Colchester and Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Maldon. Contact us now on 01787 228269 or 07919536610 Funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund, the courses are free to people who are not working and over 45.

Rural Ramble. Walk 1,4 or 10 miles or simply explore the gardens and enjoy a cream tea. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Explore Easton Lodge. Saturday 13th April. The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BD. 10 mile walk and garden visit adults 15 pounds children 8 pounds Family ticket 38 pounds. 4 mile walk and garden visit adults 10 pounds children 5 and over 5 pounds family ticket 25 pounds. 1 mile walk and garden visit adults 8 pounds children 5 pounds family ticket 21 pounds. All walks include a complimentary cream tea. To register visit or call 01245 380719

The Essex Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the ‘Essex Fund’, managed by Essex Community Foundation, to support the work of local voluntary and community organisations. Funding applications can be made for core costs, project costs or capital costs.

All applications must demonstrate at least one of the following areas of work:

  • Support to carers
  • Improvements to the environment
  • Provide community resource
  • Help and activities for young people (including projects that increase awareness and participation in activities which explore culture and heritage)

To read the criteria and to apply to this fund, visit: The deadline is 5pm on Friday 18 January.

Lets Talk Good Finance

Social Enterprise East of England is working with Big Society Capital to bring their Lets Talk Good Finance events to Braintree, Essex. This event aims to demystify social investment and enable organisations to share their experiences.
Why attend?

  • To meet social enterprise and charity leaders who have already accessed social investment
  • To be able to ask questions in a safe and non-judgemental space
  • To meet potential social investors
  • To learn about new social investment initiatives
  • To understand more about when social investment is not suitable or appropriate

The venue will be: The Archers Community Centre, 28-32 East St, Braintree CM7 3JJ. And it will take place from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Coffee and tea will be served at 9.30, followed by a series of presentations, an opportunity for questions and networking.

Please click here to book.

This event is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Connect Fund.

Making Every Contact Count Training. MECC training is suitable for health professionals or anyone with service user facing occupations who can offer health and wellbeing advice and signposting. Learning Outcomes: To have an awareness of the effects poor lifestyle choices can have on health. To have an understanding of behaviour, conditioning and learning theory. To enable delivery of brief intervention to patients, carers and staff on health and wellbeing issues (Ask, Advise, Act). To know how to refer service users into Essex Lifestyle service. To be aware of health and wellbeing services available in Essex. Community 360 are pleased to be offering the above training to all professionals and volunteers. 24th January 2019 9.30am to 12.30pm Held at: Greenfields House, Charter Way, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8FG. If you are interested in attending please contact Community 360. Telephone 01206 505250 email

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