Become a Trustee for Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Welcoming Expressions of Interest:
Essex Cultural Diversity Project Seeks New Trustees

About us

Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) aims to break down barriers and promote cultural harmony in Essex and the wider region, through an exciting programme of public facing events, commissions and projects, and creating opportunities for artists.

We are a registered charity working across various cultural sectors, building partnerships with artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries to promote culturally diverse work. Our scope is broad, and includes commissioning and showcasing work from visual and performing arts as well as literature and heritage. Our work has ranged from performances and festivals, to world music and artist development opportunities, nurturing and supporting diverse talent and encouraging work from BAME artists. We are also working more closely with LGBT and disabled artists and arts organisations, extending our role as leading on artistic diversity.

Seeking New Trustees / Board members

As a strong advocate for the Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity, we are very proud to now be included in the Arts Council’s list of National Portfolio funded organisations 2018-22.

We are therefore seeking new Trustees to increase the skills and experience of our Board, who can support our growth and ambitions over the next four years in line with our new NPO status, and who are passionate about reaching new audiences and energising cultural diversity in the arts and heritage sectors. You will help shape strategy and provide invaluable guidance to ECDP’s staff team, to help them realise our vision.

Whilst we welcome expressions of interest from all candidates, we are particularly keen to hear from applicants with knowledge of or experience in any of the following areas:

  • The arts
  • Heritage
  • Fundraising
  • Diversity
  • Education and/or community engagement

We are also looking for the following qualities:

  • Demonstrate a passion for the arts, culture and heritage
  • Dynamic and collaborative approach
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to think strategically

The minimum time commitment will be:

  • Five board meetings each year, including the AGM
  • Assisting at occasional events
  • Additional meetings based on sub-group membership
  • Attend and report on a selection of ECDP events

Interested in joining us?

If you are interested in joining our team, then please email us at [email protected] with a little more information about yourself, outlining your experience and how you feel you can contribute to the development of ECDP, and we will send you a Trustee Information Pack.

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Greater intelligence sharing among charities is needed post-pandemic

Charities and their community partners need to bolster intelligence-sharing and coordination at both a local and national level to improve responses to emergencies, according to a report into civil society’s support for communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report also calls for collaboration that is built on a diverse range of voices that is reflective of society.

In addition, government needs to work closely with charities to increase their resilience and support wider recovery, according to the Lasting Connections report by the VCS Emergencies Partnership, which was set up in 2017 to coordinate community and charity responses to the Grenfell tragedy and other UK emergencies.

Read more here.

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Reflective Practice sessions for senior managers

Free online session for chief officers and senior staff in Essex based voluntary sector organisations.

Tuesday 18th May @ 1pm

For the link and more information follow the link below >






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Healthwatch Essex Trustees

We are looking for someone passionate about making health and social care across Essex as good as it possibly can be, to join our Board of Trustees. We would love to hear from you if you have qualities that can add value to the governance of the charity and have experience in finance/accounting. Closing date 3rd May 2021.

Trustee Roles & Responsibilities
Vacancy Information

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Here For You webinar

Date: 25 May 2021
Time: 10:00 AM  to  11:00 AM

Here for you is a service which prioritises staff needs, signposts to the right help at the right time, provides a priority referral if needed and helps rebuild resilience levels. Here for you is run by experts in the mental health field and confidentiality is paramount.

This service is available to staff and volunteers who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector in Essex or Hertfordshire.

Staff are facing the toughest time to date and resilience is running low. They can call us 24/7 to confidentially talk through any problems they’re facing, whatever they may be, on 0344 257 3960.

Find out more

To find out more about this service for your staff and volunteers and to speak to advisors about what support you can offer local staff and  volunteers come along to a short webinar to meet the team

Tuesday 25th May, 10am on Zoom

Here for You Webinar

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Opening Schools Facilities

Active Essex is proud to announce that we have been successful in our application for Opening Schools Facilities funding from Sport England.

The funding, which has been provided by the Department for Education, will help secondary schools across Greater Essex deliver extra-curricular activities and open their facilities outside of the school day during evenings, weekends and school holidays. However, large scale capital/building works aren’t eligible items for this funding. This investment comes at an important time given the impact coronavirus has had on the activity levels of children and young people and will enable secondary schools in particular to support the health and wellbeing of young people and their local communities.

Click the links below to download the Opening Schools Facilities Resources:

Attach the completed form file to an email and send to: [email protected]

Click the link below to read the latest Press Release:

Contact Information:

For any queries or questions around the Opening Schools Facilities Funding please contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07921 396982

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Active Braintree Foundation Application Form

Are you in need of support for a Sports & Physical activity project that you want to develop? Click the link below to find the latest application form for the recent funding opportunity!


Apply here.

If you have any questions please contact: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Open ended




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FREE webinar on roles and duties of trustees following the Kids Company judgement

Following the recent Kids Company Judgement, the spotlight has been again on the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees. Now, as government support winds down and with demand for services continuing to increase, many charities, both small and large, will enter difficult and testing times. For trustees, understanding their role and managing risk has never been more vital.

Citizens Advice Essex is proud to be supporting this essential and timely webinar. They’re working with FRP Advisory alongside friends at Russell-Cooke Solicitors, to bring trustees of the many local charities operating in Essex and regionally, an online event with the latest updates and insights into their roles and responsibilities, at this time of unique challenge and uncertainty.

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Collaborating with Maximus on the Essex Community Wellbeing Service Webinar Invite

Maximus UK Services are hosting a webinar on Thursday 29th April at 12pm in recognition of the forthcoming Community Wellbeing Service being commissioned by Essex County Council.

Following on from the recent market engagement event and publication of the draft specification for the new service, Maximus is keen to share with potential partners and stakeholders our approach and aspirations for the new service. The event will conclude with a short Q&A session.

Along with myself, our speakers will include:

  • Dr Nick Zygouris – Director of Mental Health
  • Becky Powers – Business Development Manager
  • Lynn Baker – Solutions Architect

We would welcome attendance from organisations across the public, private and VCSE sectors – of all sizes – who are keen to find out more and collaborate with us on this opportunity.

Please complete the Event Registration to join us on the day. By working together, integrating services and developing this innovative approach, we can have a positive impact on local communities long into the future.

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FREE training for Professionals working with young people

Talking to young people about their sexual health can be a daunting experience. With over 55 years of expertise of talking to young people about their sexual health, Brook provides a variety of training sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of the information that you need to know in order to work effectively in this area.


*Please note, this training is FREE for professionals working with young people in Essex*


To receive a copy of our current training brochure please contact [email protected]

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Categories: News