Highlight of the Week
We need your help, to help you!
As part of the work we are doing for A Better Start we have a group of parents (4-6) that would like to carry out a group volunteering activity, the challenge is they can only do Friday evenings. If you have something they could support with either Friday 26th, Friday 2nd, 7th June and Friday 9th June. If you can support please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Emily on 01702 356060.
Premises for Hire
Would anyone like to hire premises conveniently located near Southend High Street? Club 50+ is located at 1b Queens Road, Southend-on-Sea above the Toys n’Tuck toy shop and opposite what was the side entrance of W H Smith and the club’s premises are available for hire at weekends and on weekdays after 4pm. The premises are on the first floor (a lift is available,) cover c.330 sq.m. (c.3,600 sq.ft) and include a dance floor, table tennis room, half-size snooker table and kitchen facilities. There is also a lift. The cost of hire is £20 per hour but please contact David Ward (07770 590 216) for further information and to discuss an individual price for your event.”
Essex Watch Out Magazine
Foster Care Recruitment campaign!
It’s Foster Care Fortnight and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Foster Care Team is on the look-out for amazing new foster Carers. They have launched a new promotional video and Facebook campaign to promote the great work that Foster Carers do in the area. Please share this with your members and anyone who may be interested in fostering. There is also a recruitment event on 18 May in the Civic Centre between 6 and 8 pm. For further information or to register please contact email@example.com/01702 212155.
To visit their great new promotional video click here https://vimeo.com/209900288/a6764b80b3
DIAL in Southend is Open
Dial is open Monday to Thursday 10am – 3pm, Shop Mobility is opening up it’s summer times and will be open 10am – 5pm. Outside these times and at weekends, people will have to book an appointment, email DIAL at firstname.lastname@example.org
VST Summer Programme Released
Charities, community groups and local businesses can sign up for a range of training opportunities throughout Essex run by local, not for profit, provider Voluntary Sector Training (VST). The newly published Summer programme will provide expert training on topics including first aid, bid writing, recruiting volunteers, dealing with aggressive behaviour and trusteeship.
In addition to face to face training, VST can now also offer a range of online training courses, including interactive classroom sessions.
Tracy Rudling, VST’s CEO said “Our new programme will help charities and other local groups to enhance their skills and knowledge and make them even better placed to provide the best possible support to local communities. Early booking is advised!”
To find out more about what’s on offer, or to book, just visit Voluntary Sector Training’s website on www.voluntarysectortraining.org.uk or phone the office on 01371 876747.
Introduction to Excel
Southend Adult Community College
1pm – 4pm 28 June 2017
A Microsoft Excel course for beginners, focusing in particular on formulas. Learn the basics of sorting A-Z, how to format cells and print area. Towards the end of the workshop learners may get the chance to develop more intermediate skills such as creating graphs.
Fee: £15 per person (member organisations), £20 per person (non-member organisations)
Please note this course is being held at Southend Adult Community College in Ambleside Drive.
First Aid At Work
You can now get your accredited Emergency First Aid at Work training for just £70 per person. We think that is really great value and, unlike others, our trainer has real experience of voluntary sector issues and always receives glowing feedback.
“The content of the course was explained in depth and thoroughly explored. I have gained an immense amount of knowledge. Thank you”
Delegate from Open Door on January’s course in Thurrock
Open Arts BAME course
Starts 15 June – places still available.
Events and Meetings
Trust Links May Fayre
13 May 11am – 2pm
Silk River Project: Communities Brief
Southend Borough Council and Kinetika will be holding a workshop on May 19th in Southend. We aim to facilitate a discussion around the town’s identity – past and present – drawing upon lived-experiences in order to inform the narrative (to be displayed on the scroll). Our ambition is to put forward a nuanced representation of our area, and thus participants of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
We have limited spaces, due to the size of the venue, and thus it is important to register your interest with ourselves first. Please contact Sidney Patrick (SidneyPatrick@Southend.gov.uk) with the following details:
- Contact Number
More Information here
Heritage Lottery Fund
Wednesday 31 May
1-on-1 Advice Sessions
Southend in Transition Community Allotment
Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.
Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome
Sun 14 May 10am – 2pm
Enjoy some gardening and Poetry on the plot. Bring your favourite nature related poem, write something and present or just listen to others reading.
Sun 28 May 10am – 2pm
Enjoy some gardening and compost making.
Other events locally:
Creating a Positive Revolution in Southend – course starting 11th May Thursday
May Fayre – Sat 13 May 11am to 2pm, Growing Together Westcliff
Transition Drinks – 25 May 7pm Olde Trout Tavern
Southend United Community Sports Club Trials
3 June and 10 June
Rotary Quiz night
Funding & Contracts
Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People
Deadline 1 June 2017
Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council’s Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training. The funding is available to help young people aged 14 – 18 (25 for those with special needs) attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage – health, mobility, deprivation or financial. One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses. Visit http://www.field-studies-council.org/about.aspx for more information.
Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings
Deadline 15 June 2017
The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites. The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. Through the programme, two levels of grants are available. Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million; and grants of between £2million and £5million. Visit https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-enterprise for more information.
Co-operative Pitches Opens for Applications
Deadline 16 June 2017
The Co-op invites existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative to put forward their ideas or innovative solutions in a bid to win a cash prize of up to £2,000. Alongside the cash prize, up to 4 days business support is on offer. Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel at Congress on Saturday 1 July in front of an audience from across the co-operative sector. The runner-up will also win the business support package. The competition is open to UK residents only and all entries must be submitted via the online application form with only one entry permitted per group, organisation or association. Visit https://www.uk.coop/co-operative-pitch for more information.
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
Deadline 30 June
Special schools as well as coaches, clubs, disability groups, associations and individuals can apply for grants from the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis. Funding of up to £1,500 is available for groups and clubs and up to £500 for individuals. Individuals can receive support for a sports wheelchair, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/Coaching courses. Groups can apply for wheelchairs, court hire, coaching fees and equipment packages which will include, rackets, balls, mini net, and coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines. In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required; for individuals the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to provide a deposit of £250 per chair. Visit http://www.danmaskelltennistrust.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant.html for more information.
The William and Jane Morris Fund
Deadline, 31 August 2017
The fund accepts applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896. The Fund offers grants of between £500 – £3,000 towards work concerned with the conservation of decorative features such as stained-glass windows; sculpture; furniture; internal monuments and tombs; and wall paintings; etc. The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible. Visit https://www.sal.org.uk/grants/morris-fund-conservation-grants/ for more information.
Funding for Financial Literacy Projects
Re-opens 1 September – deadline 29 September – only first 40 applications considered
The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted community-based groups for projects to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues. Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 (in exceptional circumstances £10,000) are available. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. Each funding round is based on teaching financial life skills within the context of different themes. The themes for the next funding round will be bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement. Visit http://www.msecharity.com/how-to-apply for more information.
Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged Young People
Deadline 1 November
The Wessex Trust awards grants to registered charities (including schools and PTAs) that help, support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21 years. Applications from self-help organisations and charities requiring seed corn funding or pump priming for the development of more extensive fund-raising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals. Visit http://www.wessexyouthtrust.org.uk/grant-applications.php for more information.
Market Engagement – Greater Essex Transforming Care Partnerships (TCP) Programme (1:1 Workshop Sessions)
In line with the national Transforming Care programme the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Transforming Care Partnership have agreed over the next 12-18 months to re-procure a number of specialist contracts for Adult provision across health and care services. These services are aimed at people with LD and / or autism at risk of or already demonstrating behaviours that Challenge that can sometimes lead to very poor outcomes, including admission to in-patient health, contact with the Criminal Justice System or poor physical health outcomes. The purpose of the engagement is not only to support providers to better understand the requirements of the Essex commissioners but also to use the knowledge of the market to design services which are in the best needs of our service users, their families and carers. An initial workshop was held on 4th April 2017 and feedback was received from both social care providers who work with the more challenging and complex individuals with LD and / or autism along with specialist LD healthcare providers. These further workshop sessions will consist of 1:1 sessions with LD health providers only, as this is the first contract that will be re-procured. These will further refine the healthcare component within the wider future system. These sessions will be held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd May in Chelmsford, Essex. Providers are asked to invite no more than five delegates to attend. Visit https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/6355cfe9-d461-4942-870c-cadc06a65dd6?p=@NT08=UFQxUlRRPT0=NjJ for more information.
Spot Provider Framework for Care and Support at Home
Deadline 12 June 2017
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council invites electronic Tender Responses for the provision of Care and Support at Home services Spot Provider Framework. Providers who pass all elements of the selection criteria and meet the quality thresholds by scoring at least 50% on all of the Technical Questions combined will be included on the cross-borough Spot Provider Framework. The Council has declared the rate for the provision of Care and Support at Home services. The Council has commissioned a Care and Support at Home Service to cover its four Locality Areas. In the first instance care packages will be offered to the main Locality Provider / Community Support Provider in the locality where the person resides. If they are unable to take on the referral the Spot Provider Framework will be used to allocate work to an alternative approved provider. Providers awarded a place on the Spot Provider Framework for Care and Support at Home will be required to provide care and support services across the locality areas between the hours of 07.00 and 22.00 daily. Visit https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/133958f1-9a66-4962-a9a9-e02f6488632e?p=@NT08=UFQxUlRRPT0=NjJ for more information.
Dementia Network Co-Ordinator
Please see the link below for another position within the new Dementia Community Support Team
Chief Executive Officer
We are currently recruiting for a new Chief Executive – Full details, including a job pack, can be found on our website, here: http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies/
If you would like more details or an informal chat with the current CEO, Dr Tom Nutt, please contact the office on 01376 572829
Deadline for applications is 19 May.