Community360 News 14th December 2018

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Braintree Lunch and Learn 25th January 2019. An opportunity for you to meet other organisations working in the Braintree and Witham area, and hear about their services and network. The sessions are free to attend. They will be hearing from Cheryl Huggins Healthwatch Essex from 12 noon to 1pm at the Community360 office the college at Braintree, Church Lane, Braintree CM7 5SN. To book a place please contact us on 01206 505250 or 01376 550507 or email
Four pictures numbered 3, 10, 11 and 12 with a part of a christmas tree and different decorative ornaments.

School and Community Christmas Trees

When you visit Colchester Castle this Christmas make sure you take a moment to appreciate the twelve beautiful Christmas trees that are on display. These rather special trees have been dressed with decorations hand made by local schools and community groups adding plenty of festive cheer to any visit! Community360 have a purple and gold themed Christmas tree displaying decorations made by staff and volunteers. We have been and will continue to share photos of our decorations on social media throughout December.

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District to Benefit from £100million Plus Investment

Council investing in Health, Homes, Journeys and Jobs

A £100 million plus investment plan led by Braintree District Council for the benefit of residents and businesses in the district has been announced.

Council leader Cllr Graham Butland made the announcement to an audience of the district’s businesses and partners at an event at Braintree Town Hall on Wednesday, November 28.

Horizon 120

During the event it was revealed that Braintree District Council has now exchanged contracts to buy a 65 acre site in Great Notley which will be the location for a brand new business and innovation park called Horizon 120.

The council’s vision for the business and innovation park is to create an exemplar business community attractive to a number of sectors including professional services companies, research, digital and development sectors and advanced manufacturing. The site is likely to be of particular interest to companies working with Stansted Airport.

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Dementia Friendly Cream Tea at Braintree Town Hall Friday 18th January 2019 2pm to 4pm Scones, Cream, Jam and Coffee. Tickets 3 pounds 50 pence per person. Subsidised by the Braintree Dementia Alliance. Tickets available from Braintree Town Hall in advance. 01376 557776
Dementia friends coffee morning at Foxburrow Grange Nursing home, opposite the surgery, second Tuesday of every month. Next coffee morning Tuesday 8th January 2019 10.30am-12.30pm. This is a drop in coffee morning run in association with Abbey Field Medical Centre for people living with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Meet new friends, share experiences and build a support network. Speak to Christine from the Alzheimer's Society about accessing support in your area. We can also arrange a one on one session if you'd like to speak privately. Speak to the community 360 team about community transport help getting to the doctors, shops and visiting friends and access to social clubs in your area. Speak to Margaret or Sean from Foxburrow Grange about dementia friendly events we would welcome you to come along to. Elvis, Frank Sinatra and more.
Are you a caregiver in Essex? We need your views please. Who. If you're 18+ and spend time after helping someone with a long term physical or mental illness or disability severe drug or alcohol problems, or problems related to old age, we'd really like you to share your thoughts. Why. Essex County Council and NHS groups are working together to better identify and support people who look after family or friends. The range of support is as varied as people who help others from information and signposting, to respite care or sitting services. To help us shape our plans, we need your honest views. What. A short, anonymous online survey will help us build a picture of caregiving in Essex so we can plan for your needs. We know you have little time so we've kept it short and it will take 10 minutes. Your views however will have an impact for years to come. Please complete the survey by 21st December 2018 at if you don't have internet access call 01273 704502 to request a paper survey.

Let’s Talk Good Finance

When: 9.30 to 12.30 on Thursday 17th January 2019
Where: Braintree, Essex

Let’s Talk Good Finance is an informal opportunity to learn about social finance from peers who will share their journey to social investment. The event is aimed at social enterprises and charities who are interested in social investment and work in Essex or the East of England.

If, like one attendee at our event in Cambridge, you want to “know about the pros and cons of social investment” this could be the event for you.
The agenda will include case studies, the opportunity to hear from peers who have successfully gained social investment, the latest updates on the world of social finance and time for networking.

Come along armed with questions and challenges.

Book here

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

A new fund has been announced by the government to support VCSE organisations that help children and young people with their mental health.

Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 15 February 2019.

Projects should:

  • adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
  • particularly support children and young people through life-changing events
  • have strong local connections already in place
  • be delivered by the VCSE sector
  • be co-produced with service users and stakeholders.

Through this programme, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are working with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities. You can find out more about this fund, including dates for a series of ‘meet the funder’ webinars here.

Wellbeing in the workplace training subsidised taster session. Tuesday 22nd January 2019 Colchester United Stadium. Mid and North East Essex Mind are offering subsidised wellbeing in the workplace training for voluntary organisations. Places are available for a donation of 10 pounds per person with a maximum of 5 people per organisation, for more information or to book please call Steph on 01206 764600 or email
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Safety for Lone Workers

22 January 2019
9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Working alone carries specific personal safety risks. Health and Safety law requires employers to assess these risks and to take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. Employees too have a responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and others affected by their work. This course will help you understand the risks and consider steps to reduce and control them.

Click here for more information

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