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Monday 21st January 2019
2pm – 3pm
Guest Speaker: Amanda Findley – discussing Community360 Winter Resilience work

Working in partnership with a number of voluntary and statutory partners across the Borough, C360 is promoting the message “Stay Well, Stay Warm, Stay Connected. The aim is to help those residents who might be vulnerable during a prolonged period of bad weather.

Activities include:

  • roadshows, with representation from various statutory and community groups where information and advice on various issues such as how emergency heating can be accessed
  • community outreach – door knocking for those most at risk of fuel poverty
    representation at flu clinics and surgeries
  • One Colchester shop (nb free coats, hats, gloves + clothing by referral) etc
  • grants to voluntary sector projects targeting at risk groups
    handing out winter packs (torch, warm clothing, blanket, flask, hot drink sachets, hot water bottle and tea/coffee/long life milk)
  • winter packs aimed at vulnerable residents of Colchester
  • Main 4 groups we’re targeting: Students, Families with low income, the Elderly and people with long term health conditions.

We are pleased to be working with organisations such as Colchester Foodbank; Beacon House; the Zone Wardens; Enform; Age UK Colchester; Colchester Citizen’s Advice Bureau; Colchester Borough Council Warmer Homes Project; Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to name just a few.

Please come along to find out more about the project. We would welcome contact with any groups who work with people who may benefit from advice or support. You can help if you have ideas of how to make sure our practical support (winter packs or clothing) gets to the people who need it most. We would also love to hear from you if you may be interested in applying for a grant for your own projects.

Future Community Voices dates:

  • 25th Feb – Community Support Worker, Early Interventions team – Adult Operations
  • 29th April – Tina Bullen – voluntary Sector Training
  • 24th June – Speaker to be confirmed

Starting Monday 28th January

Meet up Monday for parents and guardians. Mondays 11am to 12.30pm. One Colchester Shop, Unit B1, Culver Street East, Colchester, CO1 1LF, (Near Primark). Community360 are hosting a bumps and Babies group, welcoming parents and guardians with babies from 0 to 1 years. Parents, guardians, bumps and babies are all welcome for a cup of tea and a chat. Pre-school sinlings are welcome. For more information contact 01206 505250 information@community360.org.uk

Leading the fight against dementia. Alzheimer's Society. Alzheimer's Society Old Jewellery Appeal. Do you have any unwanted jewellery? It could be an odd cufflink or earring, necklace that you no longer wear or anything which is broken or beads, stones, missing and costume jewellery. This year they are hoping to raise £120000 from the Old Jewellery Appeal. To put this in perspective this amount could pay to run a local Side by Side service for two years. This service helps people with dementia to keep doing the things they love with the support of a volunteer. This makes it easier for people with dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, to remain active and continue to feel part of their local community. Community360 are collecting jewellery on behalf of Alzheimers Society at the One Colchester shop, 81 Culver Street East, Colchester, CO1 1LF.

Young Adults 18 to 30 Mental Wellbeing Hub. We are looking to create a new Young Adults Mental Wellbeing Hub. We will be holding three workshops in January 2019 where professionals, service users and young adults can voice their ideas and suggestions for the forthcoming weekly Young Adults Wellbeing Hub. Tuesday 15th January at 2pm to 4pm. Tuesday 22nd January at 2pm to 4pm. Tuesday 29th January 2pm to 4pm. Please come along to Mid and North East Essex Mind, The Constantine Centre, 272a Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 8QZ or contact Annabelle Day: email annabelle.day@futuresinmind.org.uk mobile: 07864 689343 Thank You. Futures in Mind 01376 316126 www.futureinmind.org.uk

Winter Wellness Event. Braintree Quadrant. Thursday 31st January 2019. 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Many struggle in the winter months and are unaware of the opportunities and services available to make their lives a little easier. If you or someone you know find this time of year particularly tough, why not come along to our Winter Wellness Event? Meet lunch clubs and other social groups. Discover organisations who provide local services. Hear from local charities, health and wellbeing services. Advice on activities, hobbies, volunteering and more. Free refreshments. Includes: Essex Fire and Rescue. Braintree district council. Action for family carers. British Red Cross. Community Agents. Carers first. Alzheimer's Society. Co-op funeral directors. Healthwatch Essex and more! Free admission. All Welcome. For more information contact Bridget Tighs on 01206 505250 or 01376 550507.

Do you have sight and or hearing loss? and live in Tendring? Would you like to get out more? Want to take part in an inclusive and accessible activity? Working in collaboration with Active Essex and the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain www.taoist.org/uk. The Candlelight Project will provide all adults who meet the eligibility criteria with return transport to the Society's Bounsted Road, Colchester facility to take part in a series of eight beginners classes held at 10:30am Thursday mornings starting on the 10th January. This is completely free of charge. Tai Chi can be enjoyed by all adults regardless of disability or fitness level and is based on a series of gentle, internal movements. All instructors will make an effort to ensure the classes are accessible. A Colchester based pan-sensory group recently took part  in a Tai Chi taster session, with all leaving with a smile on their face. Everyone taking part can be assured of a warm welcome and the assistance of current members. An initial four months membership of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain is included to help you continue your Tai Chi journey. To register your interest or if you have any further questions please contact Keith Playell: By email on keith@captainsensory.co.uk or by phone on 07722 72563

Sport for confidence. Boccia Mondays 1.30 to 2.30 pm. Multi sports Wednesdays 12.30 to 1.30 pm. Indoor Football Wednesday 2.30 to 3.30 pm. All sports 2 pounds 60 pence per session. Starting 14th January. Come along and try something different, meet new friends and learn new skills. Where: Leisure World Colchester, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH. This programme is developed in partnership with a skilled health professional and coaching team. For further information please contact Tom Doughty via email at tom@sportforconfidence.com or by telephone on 07701 330146.

North East Essex Health Forum Local Health Matters Colchester. Come along to hear the latest North East Essex developments and take part in donations that could lead to changes. Open to all. Free. No booking necessary. When is it? Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Where is it? Stillwater Centre, House Heath Business Park, Whitehall Road, Colchester CO2 8GU (next to Bannatyne's Health Club). Topics to include. Plans for improving community health services in North East Essex. A review of the current situation facing hospital and community services across North East Essex and what can be done in the future. Psychiatric Liaison. Information on Mental Health services for adults in north east Essex. Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle Services. Find out about services offered by Provide including smoking cessation and weight management. Coping with Winter Pressures at Colchester Hospital. Plus an Open Forum to give you a chance to contribute to discussion. For more information on either this meeting or the Health Forum in general contact Paula Martin, Patient Engagement Officer on 01206 918707 or by email; paula.martin4@nhs.net. North East Clinical commissioning Group.

Click here to download the Local Health Matters questionnaire.

When you are with people who have been through the same, you can relax and be who you are. Headway Essex Young Persons ABI group. Young persons Acquired Brain Injury Group starts 11th January 2019 Leisure World and various community venues in Colchester. To enquire about this group, call or email: communitysupport@headwayessex.org.uk or phone 01206 768797

Click here for more information.

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Projects to Help Young People with their Mental Health (England)

Voluntary and Community groups and organisations in England are being invited to apply for funding to help children and young people with their mental health. Applications are invited from organisations with existing mental health schemes that wish to trial new approaches. These should focus on adopting a community and person-centred approach and support children and young people through life-changing events. The funding is being made available through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20: Children and Young People’s Mental Health. A total of £510,000 over three years is available per applicant and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 15th February 2019. Match funding from a statutory partner, e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP), Local Authority (LA), must be secured. Click here to apply.

InterAct. Mental Health First Aid Training. This course is for you if you want to learn new skills and enhance your CV, if you care for or work with vulnerable young people or adults, if you are thinking of volunteering or seeking paid employment. What you say how you say it, and how well you listen can have a profound impact on someone who is emotionally distressed or having a difficult time. Everyone can learn and benefit from MHFA skills. Mental Health First Aid training is an interactive and practical training course to help you spot the early signs of a mental health problem. It will equip you with tools and techniques to help you, your friends, family and colleagues. The course runs over 2 days: 9:30 to 4:30. Dates 5th and 12th April 2019. Venue: Community 360 Winsley's House High Street Colchester CO1 1UG. We require a contribution of 30 pounds to cover course materials and to book your place payable on the first session via cash or cheque. Refreshments are provided but not lunch. Please park in the local car parks. phone 01245 608201 email training@interact.org.uk website www.interact.org.uk

InterAct. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. This course is for you if you want to learn new skills or strategies or enhance your CV, if you care for or work with vulnerable young people age 8 upwards. What you say how you say it, and how well you listen can have a profound impact on someone who is emotionally distressed or having a difficult time. Everyone can learn and benefit from YMHFA skills. Youth Mental Health First Aid training is an interactive and practical training course to help you spot the early signs of a mental health problem. It will equip you with tools and techniques to help you, your family, friends and colleagues. The course runs over 2 days: 9:30 to 4:30. Dates 9th and 16th April 2019. Venue: Community 360 Winsley's House High Street Colchester CO1 1UG. We require a contribution of 25 pounds to cover course materials and to book your place payable on the first session via cash or cheque. Refreshments are provided but not lunch. Please park in the local car parks. phone 01245 608201 email training@interact.org.uk website www.interact.org.uk

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Working with Vulnerable Clients

29 January 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Winsley’s House, Colchester, CO1 1UG

This one day course looks at practical skills and information to help staff or volunteers better support the vulnerable clients with whom they work. There will be a focus on practical skills and techniques that will build confidence and skills.

Click here for more information.

Home is where the heart is. Do you like supporting people? Can you help get patients home from hospital? Our Home from Hospital project supports patients who have been discharged home, but may be vulnerable and need a little extra help. We need volunteers to assist with basic tasks like. Have a cuppa and keep someone company for a few hours. Help with practical tasks like shopping and collecting prescriptions. Help by linking with our transport scheme to support patients with follow-up and therapy appointments. Crucially your support will help patients who would otherwise be readmitted to hospital. What is in it for you? A sense of achievement that you are giving something back to your community; reducing someone's sense of loneliness and isolation having a sense of belonging and being valued. We will provide. Full introduction training including an introduction to volunteering as well as the importance of safeguarding. Continuous support and supervision. Reasonable out of pocket expenses. Please note a DBS check is essential. If you are interested in being a volunteer driver and would like to receive 45 pence per mile in expenses please call on the number to follow for further details 01206 505250 hfh@community360.org.uk


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