Community360 News 21st December 2018

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Community 360 wish you a merry christmas. Snowflakes on gold background

Coat Donation

A huge thank you to staff at Colchester Borough Homes for their donation of adult and children winter clothing and coats in support of Winter Resilience.

If you have any items that you are able to donate please visit the One Colchester shop, Unit 81, Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF

The shop is open Monday – Friday from 10am to 3pm

All are welcome to browse through the winter clothing at the shop and take any items. There are further items in the stock room so please do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

For more information contact 01206 505250 or email

“Community Voices”

2019 will see a newly transformed Lunch and Learn, with a less formal approach to sharing information about services.

There will continue to be a different guest speaker each month, but speakers will now be encouraged to include “wants and needs” during sessions, sharing how other organisations can help in order to promote collaborative working. Everyone can enjoy refreshments together, whilst continuing to share solutions to requests.

The sessions will take on the new name of “Community Voices”. and will be moved to the later time of 2pm – 3pm and located at One Colchester Shop, Unit 81, Culver Street East, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LF.

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Community Voices 2 to 3pm.
One Colchester Shop, unit 81, Culver street east, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LF.
Sessions are held on a bi-monthly basis.
Each sessions will be led by a guest speaker.
Professionals and volunteers working in the local area for the benefity of the community are invited to attend.
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.
Everyone can enjoy refreshments together whilst continuing to share solutions and opportunities.
Dates of sessions can be found on the Community 360 website.
If you would like to book a space to attend or to be a guest speaker, please call Community 360 on 01206 505250
or email

Christmas Grotto

Four pictures. Top left with raindeer and lady dressed in red christmas coat with a companion. Top right two ladies next to christmas tree. Bottom left christmas tree and presents. Bottom right man and two ladies with various christmas decorations.

On Friday 14th December, Community360 hosted a Christmas Grotto at Colchester General Hospital for the children of the staff and volunteers. Mrs Claus was the star of the event, speaking to all the children, making note of Christmas present lists to pass on to Santa, and handing out presents. She also brought two reindeer along with her, which was a great addition and appreciated by all those that visited the grotto.

I Tea Support Every Monday 11am to 1pm 7th January 2019 to 8th April 2019 We provide free help and support using and setting up laptops, tablets and phones for emails, internet browsing, shopping online and social media platforms. Bring your own device or use ours. The Reading Room, High Street, Great Yeldham, Halstead, CO9 4ER, For further details contact 01376 550507

Community unite for Christmas concert in celebration of the NHS

The community united for a Christmas concert in celebration of the NHS at Colchester Town Hall on Wednesday (December 12).

The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance were proud to present the Big Sing Festive Event, an opportunity for staff, family and friends of the emergency services, plus the Colchester and Tendring community, to join together at the end of the NHS’s 70th year.

There was a fun-filled singalong to seasonal songs, with traditional carols and more modern family favourites, together with choir The Colchester Singers, directed by the Honorary Borough Organist Ian Ray.

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‘Change that Counts’ to help those who are sleeping rough in the Braintree district

A new partnership has formed between homeless charities Hope House and The Salvation Army, and supported by local organisations Community 360, Phoenix Futures, First Stop Centre, Tesco and Braintree Community Safety Partnership, to offer help to those who are sleeping rough in the district.

The ‘Change that Counts’ campaign was launched on Tuesday 18th December and not only provides those who are sleeping rough with support and services to help get them off of the street, but also aims to help members of the public understand how they can provide effective help.

People end up sleeping rough due to a range of complex issues and need a network of support from agencies working together in the district. If members of the public would like to help those in need they can donate money to the ‘Change that Counts’ campaign by visiting Money raised will be donated to two local homeless charities: Hope House and The Salvation Army, and will go towards shelter, food, toiletries, and vital support such as welfare and counselling to help individuals make a positive change.

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Stock up to Stay Well This Winter

CLINICIANS at North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG) are calling on people in the Colchester and Tendring districts to Stay Well This Winter by keeping their medicine cabinets fully stocked.

The national NHS Help Us Help You Stay Well This Winter campaign – which is backed by clinicians – offers sensible advice to help people keep themselves and their family healthy over the coming months.

During the winter period last year, Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments throughout the county experienced unprecedented demand due to many people attending with minor illnesses.

This year, clinicians are advocating self-care to help relieve the pressure on General Practitioners (GPs) and A&E departments.

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Braintree Area Foodbank

Christmas Opening Days/Times

Braintree Foodbank offices are closed from 12 noon on Monday, 24th December to Tuesday, 1st January, inclusive. This means that there will be no emergency cover in Braintree during this period.

Christmas and New Year Centre Opening days and times are as follows:
Friday, 21st December – Christ Church Braintree (10am to 2pm) and Witham Methodist Church (10am to 12noon) are open as usual.
Monday, 24th December – Halstead centre will be open from 10am to 2pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed – Braintree Baptist Church will be closed
Friday, 28th December – Christ Church Braintree (10am to 2pm) and Witham Methodist Church (10am to 12noon) are open as usual.
Monday, 31st December – Halstead centre will be open from10am to 2pm
Wednesday, 2nd January Braintree Baptist Church (11am to 2pm).

Fire & Rescue Plan

There is still time for people who live or work in Essex to have their say on the proposed priorities in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.

Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is developing a Fire and Rescue Plan that sets out his vision and priorities for the delivery of fire and rescue services in Essex. The plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.

Over the summer, Mr Hirst has been working with fire and rescue service employees, Essex partners, representatives from local authorities and other blue light organisations, such as the ambulance service and the police, to develop the themes and priorities the draft plan includes.

He now wants to know what the public thinks and is urging people to complete an online survey at

The survey is open until January 15.

Action for family carers supporting carers across Essex. Feeling Good, Caring Well. Our new initiative to help support Carers with their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Coming to an area in Essex near you. Activities include stress reduction techniques, head and or neck massage light physical fitness, reflexology, outdoor activities. Action for family carers 03007 708090

ACL Mental Health Wellbeing and Recovery Colchester January 2019 Courses are free to attend and open to all Managing Anxiety Monday 7th January 6 weeks 10am to 12.30 Learners will be able to learn strategies to enable them to have more control over day to day life and wellbeing including self care, identifying triggers, coping with anxiety, keeping mood diaries. Building Self Confidence Tuesday 8th January 6 weeks 10am to 12.30 This is for learners wishing to build their self confidence and will help with techniques for assertiveness, positive thinking, negotiation, communication skills. Lifestyles Monday 7th January 6 weeks 1pm to 3.30pm Learners will be able to explore stategies around everyday living so that they feel more confident about building routines, decluttering, organisation skills, finance and budgeting, community engagement Next Steps Tuesday 8th January 6 weeks 1pm to 3.30pm Learners will be able to put the strategies learnt from previous MHR courses to identify what their next steps are and engage in Job searching and CV writing, volunteering, community groups, education and learning Adult Community Learning Colchester, Wilson Marriage, Barrack Street, CO1 2LR To enrol please call 0345 603 7635 or book online at Enquiries

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.

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2019 Courses

Time keeps marching on and so do we!
Lots of new courses are beginning to pop up on the website for January through to March and are ready to book whenever you are.

January Courses:
22nd January, Colchester, Safety for Lone Workers
This course is for managers and lone workers and provides practical and helpful guidelines for both
29th January, Colchester, Working with Vulnerable Clients
This course provides practical skills, techniques and information for staff or volunteers that will build confidence when supporting vulnerable clients
31st January, Chelmsford, Train the Trainer
What delegates say about Train the Trainer: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and content and found the trainer very encouraging and engaging”

Please click on the link for details and to book.

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