Community360 Newslink – 13th October 2017

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Colchester Housing Intervention Project Volunteering Opportunities

The Colchester Housing Intervention project offers support and guidance to families who are at risk of eviction or having difficulty sustaining their tenancy.

Their volunteers offer advocacy, transport to appointments, mentoring , help with moving house, practical tasks such as house clearance or garden clearance, support during day trips/planned activities.

They are looking for Volunteers who are passionate about making a difference to vulnerable individuals within the local community. Your role as a volunteer will be tailored to your experience and Catch 22 will also support volunteers to develop new skills.

Full training will be provided and an Enhanced DBS will be required (this will be funded by Catch 22). For further information please contact: Kayleigh Migliorini via Email: or phone on 07850 927811.

Halloween Half-Term Workshop

Signals is a centre for creative digital learning. It specialises in film education and uses digital production for social, learning and creative outcomes.

They are a multi award winning arts and education charity that provides courses, workshops and projects across the region.

Bring out your inner ghoul at Signals this October half term with their creative workshops. Create an eerie animation or spine tingling thriller, all under the guidance of our expert filmmaking tutors in our specialist studio right in the heart of Colchester. If you would like more please go to the Signals website.

This October is Stoptober Month

Stop smoking for 28 days and you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. From nicotine replacement therapies – like patches, gum and inhalers – to prescription tablets, there are loads of options to help with cravings.

Get free expert advice, support and encouragement to go smoke free and help you stay on track to quit for good. All the support you need. From our free app and daily emails, to face-to-face expert support and much more – we’ve got loads of support to help you quit, so choose the combination that’s right for you. Please click here to find out more.

Event Steward for Colchester Presents Christmas Event and Light Switch On

Volunteer Essex are organising Colchester Presents Christmas – a festive day of entertainment and the Big Light Switch On and are seeking some volunteers to help us with stewarding.

The event is on Sunday 26th November in Colchester Town Centre. The day of entertainment starts at 11am and culminates with Santa riding into town at 4pm, a spectacular surprise showcase outside Fenwick ahead of the Big Light Switch On at 4.30pm marking the official launch of Christmas in Colchester.

Volunteer Essex are looking for people to assist with stewarding – directing visitors, siting and assisting entertainers, marshalling, manning operations room etc.

Volunteers are needed to arrive at 10am for the event briefing and be on site until 5.30pm helping steward and join in the festive fun. Please click here for more details.

North Essex Diabetes Service

North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS) is committed to providing high standards of care for ALL patients, with GP practices being supported by a diabetes specialist team which is led by a consultant. Their aim is to provide more care across a range of community settings, reducing the need for hospital visits and providing services closer to home.

GP practices will provide most of the care and will carry out annual reviews with each patient. They will make referrals, where required, to the diabetes specialist team. Once stable, patients will be discharged back to the care of their GP practice.

For more information please visit the NEEDS website.

Grow Your Tenner

Grow Your Tenner will kick off on Tuesday 17th October at 10am and runs until the match funding runs out (or midday on Thursday 16th November – whichever comes first).

This is the sixth consecutive year of Grow Your Tenner – the campaign that turns your tenners into twenties.

Since 2012 Grow Your Tenner has raised over £6 million for local charities and community groups across the UK over the last five years. Grow Your Tenner 2016 raised over £1 million for more than 1,300 Localgiving members.

This year there is a special emphasis on monthly giving – the aim being to help local groups attract long term supporters. Regular donations are hugely important for small, local charities, helping them to stabilise their finances and plan for the future. For more details please click here.

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