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Community360 and Voluntary Sector Training to merge

Community360 and Voluntary Sector Training (VST) are excited to announce that they will be merging from the 1st September 2017. The Board of Trustees of both charities have agreed that, by coming together, they will be able to offer an enhanced training provision to the voluntary and community sector across Essex, with a more sustainable future.

Together the organisations will merge under Community360, and will immediately take advantage of some new opportunities to benefit groups to access training. The opportunities include access to newly refurbished training facilities in central Essex to support learners, as well as more on-line based learning in partnership with Healthwatch Essex.

Tracy Rudling, CEO said “We are very excited about VST team becoming part of Community360, which will bring opportunities and strength for both organisations. We are particularly looking forward to building new relationships with charities and other voluntary groups and looking to see how we can improve even further the range of services we deliver that benefits the communities we serve.”

The merger will not impact on planned services, but seek to enhance additional capacity. VST’s Autumn programme has already been released to offer a wide range of courses, from volunteer management to trustee training and finding funding.

Chris Jullings, Chair of the VST Board of Trustees said “VST has a long history of providing high quality affordable training to the sector, the Board of Trustees and staff are delighted this will continue and grow through the merger with Community360, a trusted partner”.

Tackling Loneliness in Colchester

Community360 is working with partners in order to provide people, who find themselves alone, with opportunities to ‘Find a Friend’.

‘Find a Friend’ Events:

Every Friday 11am – 1pm: I-Tea Sessions at Firstsite. Have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and, if you’d like to, let our volunteers show you how to make the best use of your tablet or phone. These sessions are open to all age groups and are very social gatherings so don’t worry if you don’t need IT help, just come along for a chat.

On Tuesday 5th September the STaR Service Support & Friendship Group was launched At the Batte-Lay Tea Room, The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE This is another group open to all ages where people are a bit lonely and as a result are feeling a bit down.

Monday 2nd October 12 noon – 2pm: The Monday Club at the Abbots Activity Centre is open to over 50s Come along and have lunch for £4.95 plus take part in activities such as bingo or a quiz for £1.00 per session.

No need to book for these events, just turn up!

Lunch & Learn

Monday 18th September 12.00—1.00pm at C360, Winsley’s House This month’s guest speaker is to be confirmed.

As usual, we will provide refreshments in the form of tea, coffee and biscuits and feel free to bring your lunch or we will send you details of the menu from Level Best Art Café nearer the time. You can order direct and pay on the day.

The format of the session will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session and that all important networking. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in attending this session please contact us to add your details to the attendees list.

To book please contact the Admin team at Community360 on 01206 505250 as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

AFiUK Building Community Family Fun Day

14th October 12noon – 5pm at Firstsite African Families in the UK (AFiUK)CIC for the benefit of African and other Black Minority Ethnic groups (BME) in Colchester & Tendring as well as AFiUK aims at bridging the gap between BME communities and access to local & public services. In a joint venture with other local organisations, they are running a festival during Black History Month which is celebrated in UK every October. It is a time dedicated to celebrating the contributions of minorities both to the economy and to the social and spiritual landscape of Colchester and Tendring.

Activities include;

1. Jungle book play for the children to give them a life time experience of going into an auditorium/theatre.

2. Food will be on sale from different cultures

3. There will be a market place for curios

4. Dancing, Singing, Poems,

5. Workshops

6. Displays by different organizations

7. Children’s Activities

8. Youth Zone

Simon Day of Safer Colchester Partnership will deliver a workshop to adults on drug gangs, and Neil Monk of Victim Support will deliver a workshop on Hate Crime. These two workshops will provide a unique opportunity for voices to be heard on some crucial topical issues that affect the communities. Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE CIC) will have a mobile clinic where they will be giving tests on diabetes and high blood pressure – our communities of South Asian, African Caribbean, black African and Chinese descent and those from lower socioeconomic groups are particularly at risk from these conditions. Click here if you are interested in booking a stall for a fee of £30.

Volunteers Tea Party to say thank you for all they do in the community

C360 hosted a celebration thank you tea party for 23 volunteers on 29th July at the Batte Lay tea rooms (Minories). Jackie Fairweather and Amanda Woods, Community Development Team members, were delighted to see so many volunteers who support the organisation in many ways (Home from Hospital, IT support, Time Bank members, Knit and Natter group, Wednesday Elders group, Community Outreach support, C360 admin support)

“It is always a pleasure to be able say thank you to our volunteers for all the support they give us throughout the year. Some of our volunteers have been with us for many years and some are just starting their volunteering journey – each and every one of them plays a vital part in the community” said Jackie and Amanda.

The event was held in the garden and we were very fortunate with the weather as the rain held off until we packed away!

Members were treated to a savoury buffet and Weston’s bakery provided some very lovely sticky creamy buns. Thanks also to Sainsbury’s who donated fruit, jam and cream for the scones and to Bills Restaurant who gave us a bag of goodies. The goodies were raffled and 10 lucky volunteers won a selection of chutneys, jams and sweet treats.

Lilian, a long standing Time Bank member said “thank you for all the hard work you both put in on Saturday to enable all of us to have such an enjoyable time.”

Finance News

Making Tax Digital reporting requirements -charities exempt but trading subsidiaries will be affected

The Government will introduce legislation to exempt charities from the Making Tax Digital requirements. This is a welcome and pragmatic decision that will protect smaller charities and those with limited digital capability. However, it is important to note that charities are simply exempt from these new reporting requirements and the CTG are seeking clarification from officials on the process for charities managing their existing ongoing tax reporting requirements, including the submission of nil-returns. Other online reporting mechanisms, for example for the Apprenticeship Levy (where relevant), PAYE and Charities Online, will continue to be in a digital form, and the CTG await further guidance on the interplay between this and Making Tax Digital.

However, the Government has decided that charity trading subsidiaries should be within the scope of the Making Tax Digital obligations. CTG had called for trading subsidiaries to be included within the exemption as a charity will often use a subsidiary to make its activities tax effective or to accommodate any trading activities. This is often a requirement dictated by administrative, legal and financial practicalities. The charity is responsible for the administration of the subsidiary and processes and staff resources will often be shared across the organisation. Therefore, if a charity subsidiary was required to comply with these rules, it would mean that the charity would have to operate two systems (which adds complexity) or consider maintaining digital records for the whole charity group, undermining the proposed exemption. CTG also questions how this will work with a charity registered with its subsidiary in a VAT group, with potential for extra complexity. CTG will be looking to raise these concerns again with officials.

If the decision is taken to require charity trading subsidiaries to maintain digital records and update HMRC at least quarterly, CTG believe it would be sensible to introduce some form of transitional period and consider a size threshold to protect smaller organisations.

CTG is also hopeful that the Government will take forward recommendations to consider options to integrate Gift Aid operations for both charities and donors (including higher rate relief through Personal Tax Accounts) as systems develop as part of the Making Tax Digital agenda.

Read more.

Volunteering News

Event Volunteer – 21st/22nd October Mind, Body and Spirit Festival

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is the main benefactor of the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival which is on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October at Marks Tey Village Hall. The charity runs a raffle and sells tickets for the workshops. Volunteers will be provided with a charity t-shirt to wear and are free to attend the event after/before their volunteering shift. Previous experience in working with the public and good customer service. View here.

Clerical Support to Volunteer Coordinator – Colchester

A volunteer opportunity has arisen with the Volunteer Recruitment service based in Colchester. This is an opportunity for someone to learn about Volunteer Coordinating and access good training opportunities to improve their clerical skills. The main part of the role is to update Excel spreadsheets and travel with the Volunteer Coordinator delivering training and meeting with Volunteers. Full training will be provided. View here.

Community360 Champion

Community360 attend a variety of community events throughout the year to promote our services and highlight the impact that voluntary groups can have on people’s quality of life. We are looking for friendly and approachable people with good communication skills to attend these events. Your role will involve signposting people to services that can help them improve their health, wellbeing and daily lives. This includes Community360’s range of services, such as Community Transport, My Social Prescription, Time Bank and Volunteer Centre. View here.

Stage Props Volunteer

The Headgate Theatre is a small community based theatre in the centre of Colchester, with a lively and varied programme of drama, music and specialist events. It operates almost entirely with volunteers. The venue is used by local and touring performance groups and our own production company. View here.

Local News

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

EPUT was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT). EPUT provide community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approximately 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, and Suffolk. They employ more than 7,000 staff across 200 sites. The organisational vision is: working to improve lives The vision is backed up by the values they operate under: – Open – Empowering – Compassionate

EPUT services include:

Mental Health Services – They provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community, in secure and specialised settings. A number of their specialist services have achieved accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Community Health Services – their diverse range of community health services provides support and treatment to both adults and children. They deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in their patients’ homes.

Learning Disabilities Services – they provide crisis support and inpatient services and their community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

As part of their commitment to driving up quality in services for people with learning disabilities they are proud to say that they have signed up to the Driving Up Quality Code.

Social Care – They also provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

EPUT is a Foundation Trust. This means that local people have greater involvement in the way they develop and run their services. It also gives them more flexibility in the way they can manage and invest their finances, allowing them to be more responsive to the needs of local communities. Click here for more information.

St Helena Hospice Cycle Ride

Sunday 8th October

If running or walking is a step in the wrong direction and pedalling is the route for you come and join the Cycle Ride event in October. The routes are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a fair weather cyclist, a family looking for a fun day out or an avid rider looking for a new challenge!

Brand new rides have been routed and marked up this year – cycle 10, 25, 50 or 75 miles through the picturesque north Essex countryside. Your journey will take you through the areas that St Helena Hospice provides care in – all starting and finishing at Monks Farm in Dedham. For more information click here.

Firstsite Exhibition – Lubaina Himid: Warp and Weft

Open until 1st October 10am – 5pm

Warp and Weft is a survey of works by the 2017 Turner Prize nominee, Lubaina Himid.

A key figure in the Black Arts Movement, Lubaina Himid first came to prominence in the 1980s when she began organising exhibitions of work by her peers, who were under-represented in the contemporary art scene. Her diverse approach disrupts preconceptions of the world by introducing historical and contemporary stories of racial bias and acts of violence inflicted upon oppressed communities.

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Wear it Pink on Friday 20th October

Across the country, thousands of people will be wearing it pink at work to raise money and make life-saving research happen for Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity. Will you?

Click here for more information.

World Alzheimer’s Day

Date: 21st September 11.30 am- 3.30pm

Location:Witham Leisure Centre, CM8 1EP

For those with dementia, dementia carers or anyone who wants to learn more – come along & try a new activity, meet others & learn about services available to you. Activities include: Dementia Friends Sessions; Dance Session; Singing for the Brain; Dementia Friendly Swimming; New Age Kurling; Boccia. All activities are free.

No need to book, just turn up.

Braintree District Council Review

Braintree District Council is carrying out a whole District Community Governance Review that focuses on 2 areas:

• Proposals from Town and Parish Councils

• Overall Town and Parish governance of new and proposed Development sites

Growing Leadership in the Voluntary and Community Sector

A new 12 month leadership opportunity is commencing November 2017 offering a personal programme for fifteen senior professionals working in the social sector

  • Personal diagnostics and coaching
  • Group learning, including a launch workshop and action learning sets
  • Bespoke development aligned to your personal goals and leadership vision
  • Placements/research trips in the social and public sector
  • A learning network and events to share your work

Apply now until 16th October 2017

For more information email

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Essex PCC to take over governance of fire service

The Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd MP, has announced that Essex will be the first area in the country to move to joint governance of the police and the fire and rescue service.

This means that from October 1st, Roger Hirst will become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex. While this is a significant change it will not alter his ongoing commitment to policing and community safety in the county and will indeed provide new opportunities to improve the services the people of Essex benefit from.

This decision will help both services build on the existing strong relationship they have and ensure even closer working in the future. While each organisation will retain their own identity and their own chief officer, by implementing joint governance the strategies of both organisations will be able to be aligned to help deliver a better service for the public.

The Local Business Case developed to look at the possible benefits identified £23 million over the next ten years which could be reinvested in front line services. At the same time a more joined-up response to incidents, providing crime and fire prevention advice, creating community safety hubs and sharing buildings and some enabling functions will be able to further improve both services.

Read more.

Local surgery tea parties prove a tonic for self-care in the community

Something rather special is taking place at local surgery Creffield Medical Centre whose Patient Participation Group (PPG) has recently introduced regular tea parties and social events to support their patients.

Chris Manning, Chair of the PPG Tea Party Committee, wanted to bring local people together, who can sometimes be lonely and isolated, for a cup of tea, biscuit and a chat. The events have become so popular that Chris and her Committee, a group of PPG volunteers, now run monthly tea parties which are a chance for patients to come together, talk and listen to a variety of guest speakers such as St Helena Hospice, Social Services and Trading Standards.

The further tea party took place recently at the surgery with guest speakers from Essex County Council Adult Social Care whose Social Care Advisors gave advice on people who go into crisis. The team promotes independence by providing people with the tools to help resolve issues. Colchester Borough Council Health and Housing Project Officer, Frances Moor, who deals with all defective housing conditions, also provided advice on adaptations to homes, trip hazards, assisted bin collections and much more.

The next tea party will be held at Creffield Medical Centre on the 14th September from 11am – 1pm when Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police will talk about all the work they are doing in the community to support local residents.

If you are interested in these events please contact Chris on 07952 051216.

Click here for the full article.

Lake-side tonic for critical care patients

On a warm summer’s day, it’s not only staff and visitors who can sit and relax by the lake outside the main building at Colchester General Hospital. If they are well enough, patients on the Critical Care Unit are wheeled there in their beds by nurses to enjoy the great outdoors. One recent example has been Stuart Edwards, aged 62, of Colchester, who was on the unit for 33 days after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves.

Read more.


Apply for your place on the BFI Film Academy in Colchester.

Join Signals to develop your skills, learn from the pros in our filmmaking masterclasses and build a career in the film industry.

Saturdays 14th October – 16th December 2017 £25 – Bursaries available Application deadline Thursday 5th October – 5pm

Download the application form from our website

For more details email or call 01206 560255

The Supplier Recognition Awards

Deadline: 5pm on 29th September 2017 Have you gone above and beyond? Does your company demonstrate forward thinking innovation, excellent use of digital technology, an excellent contribution to corporate social responsibility, or are you just the ‘best local SME’? If yes, you can nominate yourselves and other suppliers that contract with Essex County Council to be considered for an award for 2017.

There are four award categories, which are as follows:

  • Forward Thinking Innovation
  • Best Local SME (Small-Medium Enterprise)
  • Best contribution to corporate social responsibility
  • Best use of Digital Technology and IT to improve services.

You can apply for as many categories as you wish, please use a separate Nomination Form for each category. The Awards are open to all suppliers that contract with Essex County Council. The opportunity to nominate is open to all. For more information contact

Community organisations benefit from ACT funding

Fourteen community organisations which help improve people’s health and care are celebrating after gaining a share of nearly £40,000 made available by Colchester-based charitable organisation, Anglian Community Trust (ACT).

ACT was set up in January 2014 by community healthcare provider, Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE). As a social enterprise, ACE can use a percentage of any profit it makes at the end of every financial year to invest in the local community. ACE will provide funding each year that it makes a profit to ACT, enabling it to support community and charity projects through oneoff funding. ACT closed its latest funding round in April, inviting bids from charities and voluntary organisations, and its Board of Trustees has now agreed how funding will be allocated. Click here to visit the ACT website.

New campaign to help Essex healthcare professionals take action against domestic abuse

Healthcare professionals across Essex are to be given information by independent charity Crimestoppers to help them reach out to individuals who may have experienced domestic abuse. Aimed at NHS dentists, pharmacy managers and opticians, the campaign highlights ways to talk to possible victims and advises the practitioner on how to signpost in the right direction to get help. The new campaign, which is funded by the Percy Hoskins Trust*, has been developed by Crimestoppers in Essex in partnership with Medics Against Violence (MAV), whose mission is to reduce levels of violence and injury. It works on a four-step principle called AVDR** Read more.

HelpForce – A New Social Programme

Helpforce is a new social programme that will contribute to the health and wellbeing of the nation. HelpForce will harness the resurgence of compassionate communities and individual volunteers, and the growth of social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, digital technology and data management. The Chair and founder of HelpForce is Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, who is also the Chair of Chelsea & Westminster hospital trust, and Convener of Chairs for all NHS teaching hospitals

Helpforce will provide the NHS with additional support through greater use of volunteers, volunteer-led initiatives, and the voluntary sector – integrated with health and social care systems and staff. The programme will be driven locally and coordinated and supported centrally. Find out more here.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks

Join a team of thousands of walkers across the country who are uniting against dementia this Autumn. The aim is for 110,000 people to take part in Memory Walk in 2017, to help raise over £9m to support Alzheimer’s Society’s work.

225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. Alzheimer’s Society would like to invite you to walk with them and raise funds to defeat this devastating disease. Memory Walk takes place in more than 30 locations, with the option for a short stroll or a longer walk.

Find out more or sign up online here.

Or contact

The Herbert Protocol

Nothing is more worrying or distressing than when a loved one or friend goes missing or doesn’t return home when expected. For people living with or caring for someone with Dementia, this may be quite common. The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by Essex Police and other police services across the country. It encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with Dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing. Read more.

The Pantomime Horse Race

Colchester’s First Panto Horse Race will be taking place on Sunday 17th September on Colchester High Street. The event is being organised by Age Concern Colchester and offers a big opportunity for charities to raise funds and awareness. Stalls are going fast, with just over 10 left – these require a £30 deposit returned after the event. Enter your own sponsored Panto Horse (easily made or hired). Races will be fairly short, fun and exciting. You get a Briefing and Fundraising Pack from the organisers – and a video on how to make a horse has just been made by the Gazette, click here to view.

To enter, contact: Jonathan Moore 01206 368420 or email

National News

Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support

Earlier this year the Government announced its intention to publish a Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health. The paper will set out plans to transform services in schools, universities and for families with extra mental health staff training. By 2021 the aim is put an end to the practice of children being sent away from their local areas to receive care, treatment and support.

Half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14, rising to 75 per cent by age 24. One in ten children aged 5 – 16 has a diagnosable problem. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health makes clear that by 2020/21 there will be a significant shift towards prevention and transformation of care. Key actions from NHS England include ensuring that people have greater access to care; services are designed in partnership; inequalities are reduced; care is integrated across physical, mental and social needs; and prevention strategies are prioritised for key moments in life.

Work is already in happening to secure input on what robust standards for children and young people, including crisis and perinatal care, should look like. There is a growing consensus that strong partnerships between the education sector and mental health services can help improve the provision of care for children’s mental health and well-being. With significant variation in the quality of the links between schools and colleges and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in the level of financial support, the Government is committing sufficient resource and building on the CAMHS link pilots to ensure that effective services can be established in all parts of the country.

Read more here.

Community Life Survey 2016 – 2017

The Community Life Survey (CLS) is a survey for adults (16+) in England.

The survey tracks trends across areas that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities, such as: Volunteering and charitable giving, Neighbourhood (views about the local area, community cohesion and belonging), Civic engagement and social action, and Well-being.

This nationally representative survey provides data on behaviours and attitudes to inform policy and action in these areas. The survey provides data of value to a range of users, including government departments, public bodies, external stakeholders and the public.

Respondents were asked whether they had participated in formal volunteering, defined as providing unpaid help through groups, clubs or organisations. They were also asked about informal volunteering, defined as providing unpaid help as an individual to people who are not a relative. A respondent is considered to have undertaken ‘any volunteering’ if they have done any formal and/or informal volunteering.

– In 2016-17, 63% of respondents in England had taken part in any volunteering1 during the previous 12 months, while 39% had participated at least once a month.

– For annual volunteering rates, respondents are more likely to take part in informal2 volunteering (52%) than formal3 volunteering (37%). A less pronounced pattern can be seen in the monthly volunteering rate (27% and 22% respectively).

Read more.

NVCO – PQASSO bulletin August 2017

This month, Nadeem Razvi is talking about negotiation…what does it mean, what does it actually entail, what’s the purpose, who should “win”? Nadeem is the PQASSO Programme Manager at NCVO. He was previously a senior manager in various charities for 10 years, and is experienced at managing the challenges facing charities in a changing economic climate. Read more.

NVCO – Charity Governance Code launched 13th July 2017

NVCO has launched a new Charity Governance Code. This tool has been developed jointly to provide a clear set of governance standards which charities and their trustees can aspire to and work toward. This offers all charity boards an opportunity to reflect on and improve their governance. There are seven principles which make up the new code. These build on the assumption that a charity is meeting its legal and regulatory responsibilities as a foundation.

What are the priorities for health and social care?

As the dust settles on the first weeks of the new parliament and ahead of the party conference season, The Kingsfund assess the state of health and social care and set out the big issues facing the government. Rising demand for services due to an ageing population and years of underfunding have left adult social care services in crisis. An 8 per cent real-terms cut in spending by local authorities between 2009/10 and 2015/16 means that the number of older people accessing publicly funded services has fallen by more than 400,000. The introduction of the Council Tax precept and the £2 billion in additional funding over the next three years announced in the Spring Budget have provided some breathing space for overstretched local authorities. However, the sector still faces a funding gap of £2.1 billion by 2019/20. Read more.

Demonstrating the impact and value of vision rehabilitation

Vision rehabilitation services are crucial to ensuring blind and partially sighted people remain as independent as possible. Now, new independent research commissioned by RNIB, with support from the Department of Health, has identified that the cost of providing vision rehabilitation services is dwarfed by the financial benefits. Independent research by the Office for Public Management (OPM) and based on a case study of services provided by Sight for Surrey has shown that the financial benefits of good vision rehabilitation services significantly outweigh the actual costs of delivering this service. In fact in the case study site, over £3.4 million of health and social care costs were avoided, reduced or deferred annually based on a service which cost an estimated £900,000 a year to deliver. Read more.

Relicensing AHSNs will make the NHS centrepiece for innovation

NHS England has confirmed its plans to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks. This follows a report from National Director of Strategy and Innovation Ian Dodge, which highlights the AHSNs’ significant impact and outlines how this can be the launch pad for an even more influential future role as the NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’. The AHSNs are seen to have ‘proved their worth’ and are now regarded as an integral part of the long-term future of the NHS architecture. Since they were set up in 2013, the AHSNs have benefited 6m patients, spreading over 200 innovations throughout 11,000 locations and leveraging more than £330m in investment. The new five-year license period will start in April 2018 allowing us to continue our work in the East of England, connecting people and organisations, and identifying innovative ways to do things differently, better and cheaper. Read more.

Anglia Ruskin is one of the first universities to offer degree apprenticeships in nursing

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the first English universities to receive approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for its Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship in child, adult or mental health nursing. The new apprenticeship will help to address shortfalls in nursing staff by allowing current healthcare employees to study for a nursing degree. The course begins in September and will run alongside the Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship as Anglia Ruskin responds to the growing demand for nurses in the East of England and beyond. Read more.

Constructive Voices – Helping Charities tell their Story

The voluntary sector has so many positive stories to tell and practical solutions to offer across a huge range of issues. NCVO wants to help you make sure your voice is heard in the public arena, so the vital work you carry out is recognised and can be harnessed for the benefit of society. NCVO is working to link charities and journalists and to encourage constructive journalism – a more solutions-focused approach to news coverage. Instead of negative news, NCVO wants to help create a more rounded picture that examines solutions as well as problems.

Read more.

Funding News

Stop Disadvantaged Young People Committing Crime and ASB

Deadline: 21st November 2017

The William Wates Memorial Trust is inviting applications from registered charities and not-for-profit enterprises working with the most disadvantaged 8 – 19 years olds to enable them to fulfil their potential and thus to avoid anti-social behaviour and criminal activity. The Trust primarily supports projects in London and the southeast. However, they will also consider nationwide projects. Visit the website here.

Arts Funding for Libraries

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Through the programme public libraries and organisations / local authorities managing public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 for projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations to encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities. Visit the website here.

Ernest Cook Trust

Deadline: 21st January 2018

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants programme (grants in excess of £4,000). Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. Previous projects supported include Fleet Infant School in Hampshire which received a grant of £1,495 to buy Numicon teaching resources to raise numeracy levels for the school’s 300 pupils; Rook Lane Arts Trust in Frome, Somerset which received a grant of £8, 500 to develop a project with 17 local schools and family centres to inspire literacy skills in children aged 8 to 11 – particularly boys; and Swiss Cottage School which received a grant of £7,272 towards an art tutor and resources for an out-of-hours learning project, ensuring learning throughout the year for its 237 special needs pupils. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2018. Visit the website here.

Training News

Effective Marketing for Small Organisations

Where: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Date: 19th September 2017

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Overview: Good marketing is so important for any organisation. It’s how you attract and retain supporters – and get them to donate or back your cause. Small charities don’t need to have a small voice. Sign up for this course to get a complete overview of how you can use marketing successfully to raise awareness, support and income for your organisation.

From the best ways to profile, segment and target your audiences to putting together a marketing strategy and writing good copy, this is an essential day for everyone working in small charities.

Speak With Impact – In Depth Presentation Skills

Where: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Date: 28th & 29th September 2017

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Overview: Are your presentations merely functional and unexciting? Would you like to be able to confidently add humour, emotion, passion and flair? This two-day fully interactive course will take your presentations to the next level, teaching you everything you need to make your presentations sparkle. Whether a speech, PowerPoint presentation or corporate pitch, you’ll learn the vital techniques for engaging and even moving your audience. You’ll put together your own presentation over the two days using what you’ve learned and leave with renewed confidence for getting your message across to a live audience.

To book a place or for more information on these courses and more click here.

Voluntary Sector Training

Click here to visit the website.

Training for local charities, community groups & volunteers

Don’t miss these courses coming up this Autumn – 10% off early booking discount available – Book now!

Book your place now online at:

How to assess the outcomes of funded work

Where: NCVO Conference Suite, London

Date: 20 September 2017

Time: 9.45 – 16.30

Overview: Does your money make a difference? This course is designed for trusts, foundations and commissioners who provide funding to organisations and want to become better at assessing the outcomes and impact of the projects they fund. The course will enable you to put in place an outcomes and impact-focused system to demonstrate the effectiveness of your funding.

The high performance board: using the code

Where: NCVO Conference Suite, London

Date: 22 September 2017

Time: 09.30 – 16.30

Overview: A new Charity Governance Code was published in July 2017 which is endorsed by the Charity Commission. This practical course will help you to embed the principles set out in the Charity Governance Code in your organisation. It explores effective systems and processes but also the importance of behaviours as a driver of good governance. The course will look at how to achieve a strategic focus and productive relationships between board members, staff and volunteers.

Implementing PQASSO

Where: NCVO Conference Suite, London

Date: 26–27 September 2017

Time: 09.45–16.30

Overview: This course provides a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing PQASSO. You will leave the course with a good understanding of PQASSO and the self-assessment process as well as a comprehensive plan of how to implement quality within your organisation. There will also be the opportunity to consider the next steps for your organisation if you decide to apply for the PQASSO Quality Mark.

To book a place on any of these courses click here.

Leading Questions: Leadership for Social Impact

Where: Lord Ashcroft Building Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Date: 12th September 2017 Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Overview: 3rd Sector Futures and Social Enterprise East of England are pleased to invite you to Leading Questions, a conference all about leadership for social impact.  The keynote speakers will be Vicky Browning, CEO of ACEVO, Clare Morris of Anglia Ruskin Health Partners and Debra Allcock Tyler, Author of “It’s Tough at the Top” and CEO of Director of Social Change.

To book a place or for further information please click here.

How to write Successful Grant Applications

Where: London

Date: 28th September 2017

Time: Half day (pm)

Overview: This practical half-day training course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and preparation in order to write a successful grant application.  The course provides a start-to-finish look at how to give your application the best chance of securing those vital project funds. The course is designed for anybody with responsibility for writing grant applications – whether totally new to the process or in need of a refresher.

To book a place or for further information please click here.

Useful Contacts


111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Confidential health advice and information for you or your family

PALS (Patients Advice & Liaison Service)

Free Phone 0800 783 7328 For advice and concerns you may have or when you don’t know where to turn.

Colchester General Hospital

01206 747474 Turner Road, Colchester

Essex County Hospital

01206 747474 Lexden Road, Colchester

Walk-in Centre

01206 314015 Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester

Essex Police, Non–Emergency

101 instead of 999 10 Southway, Colchester

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

01376 576000 Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham

Dental Helplines

If you are seeking a new dentist contact 0845 063 1188 In an emergency please contact for advice 0845 602 5238 Crimestoppers 0800 555111 Victim Support 0808 168 9111 CAB 0344 477 0808 Blackburn House, Crouch Street, Colchester

Colchester Borough Council

01206 282222 Out of Hours: 01206 918700 Severalls Business Park, Colchester

Essex County Council

0345 743 0430 County Hall Chelmsford

Anglian Water

0845 714 5145

National Grid

0845 835 1111

Highways Incident Line

0300 123 5000

Recycling and Rubbish Collection

01206 282700

Council Tax

01206 282300

Colchester Library

0345 603 7628


0843 902 2172

TV Licensing

0300 790 6165


0871 200 22 33

Trading Standards Consumer

0345 404 0506

Trading Standards Business

0345 603 7626

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