Covid-19 Response Small Grants Adult Grassroots Clubs & Activities Fund

This grant is designed to support small, local, not-for-profit voluntary groups and clubs for adults. The grant can cover Covid19 associated costs with the reopening of these groups and clubs for up to £5000.

The application window opened on Monday 3rd August 2021 and will remain open until all funds are allocated. All funds will be awarded for re-opening as and when the club has been risk-assessed, and it is safe to open.


What Can These Costs Include?

  • Covid19 related hygiene costs (e.g. hand sanitiser, soap, face masks, gloves, increased venue cleaning and equipment costs).
  • Covid19 related infrastructure costs (e.g. plexiglass screens, wall-mounted dispensers, signage and increased venue hire costs to comply with social distancing).
  • Covid19 related volunteer training costs
  • Subs money covered for one term (up to £40 per child/young person) for families struggling to pay subscription fees to voluntary, not-for-profits children’s/ youth clubs who are affiliated to a national or Essex based governing body.​


Who Can Apply?

Small grassroots, local not-for-profit adult groups and clubs in Essex (excluding the Southend & Thurrock unitary authorities) who do not have the support of this kind available through local or national affiliated bodies. For instance, this might be community-based and not-for-profit clubs, uniformed organisations, sports or physical activity groups, musical theatre groups and many more!

Please complete the application form below and return it to [email protected].


Covid19 Adult Grassroots Application Form

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Digital Fundraiser – Age Concern Colchester and North East Essex

What are we looking for?

Job Description:

  • To create a robust digital fundraising strategy and campaign with appropriate comms to increase income reach
  • Develop strategies for growing income and delivering an excellent supporter experience through email, paid social and other digital marketing channels
  • To carry out our advertising, executing digital campaigns through email marketing and banner advertising
  • To develop and maintain Google Ads to expand the reach of Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex.
  • Recruit and coordinate fundraising volunteers, companies, community groups, etc for fundraising on our behalf
  • Manage and monitor and create engaging content for all of our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. as well as other marketing and communication materials (including our website)
  • Work across-team to ensure coordinated and cooperative fundraising approaches
  • Improve the integration of online and offline channels
  • Source direct delivery branded products and create WooCommerce store
  • Write press releases and be the main contact point for press engagement with the CEO.

Skills and experience

  • Experience working in a digital fundraising/marketing and/or communications role.
  • Proven track record of digital fundraising, income generation, social media, and use of google analytics and SEO
  • Educated to a degree level ideally in, Digital Fundraising, Marketing and/or Communications
  • Have demonstrable experience in producing high-quality written content, presenting compelling cases for support and impact information
  • Maintaining and developing successful donor relationships through timely and appropriate communications and engagement
  • Planning and managing digital fundraising and marketing activity
  • Ability to write clear and jargon-free copy reflecting the brand and values of Age Concern Colchester; to edit and proofread to a high level of accuracy.

Personal Qualities:

  • Self-starter, motivated, results-driven
  • Friendly with a positive attitude
  • Be passionate about all things digital, with a focus on e-commerce
  • Able to work independently, manage deadlines and prioritise work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good at working as part of a cross-functional team
  • Flexibility in responding to urgent requests, whilst maintaining and adjusting work schedules.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, producing accurate work

Desirable, not essential:

  • Experience using Adobe Suite and WordPress, Buffer, Mailchimp, and Facebook Business Manager, Google analytics, Dotdigital. Experience in film & Podcasts.

This is a permanent role for a maximum of 20 hours a week between Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Salary dependent on experience and hours to be worked.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

To join a high-performing team in a charity with a great current and future growth plan apply today.

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The Art Ministry is looking for a Trustee

The Art Ministry is currently seeking new trustees. A trustee at The Art Ministry is not a passive role, as we have no salaried management team, so you will help to actively manage The Art Ministry.

You will engage with our 5 salaried group leaders, 35 volunteers and 100+ service users, as well as other organisations operating in our sector. It’s a great opportunity to broaden your horizons, develop new and/or use existing skills and to make a contribution to a very worthwhile local charity.

Trustee meetings are held quarterly, usually on a weekday evening. Each trustee has a specific remit, such as Fundraising or Volunteer Management, and they all share in general management and responsibility for completing the action points that result from the trustee meetings.

Please click on the appropriate text to see the role descriptions:

Trustee Role Description

To download an application form click here: Trustee Application Form

Please feel free to contact us or your local volunteer centre to find out more about our opportunities.

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Community360 in Callout for Mobile Vaccination Support Volunteers

More volunteers are desperately needed to support a mobile vaccination service across Colchester.

Community360 (C360) are supporting various local sites across Colchester with the COVID-19 vaccination programme and are looking for volunteers to support this, as the NHS attempts to vaccinate as many people as possible over the summer period.

They have been asked to support the vaccine bus team in the Colchester area. The bus will travel to various locations such as superstores, colleges and at large events.

Read the full story here:

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Mental Health Practitioners Q&A Event

Mental Health Practitioners

Come along to an online recruitment Q&A event

Thursday 5 August 3:30-5pm

Learn about the exciting roles throughout Herts and West Essex to join Mental Health Support Team in Schools

Register at: [email protected]

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Community groups invited to bid for free devices

Voluntary and community groups, charities, higher education institutes and not-for-profit groups are invited to bid for free pre-owned Samsung Galaxy tab A tablets.

These devices have been returned to factory settings and can be used by people with minimal technology skills and could be used to connect older people, people with disabilities, people with physical or sensory needs or to improve mental health.

Each organisation in the Essex County Council area can bid for up to 50 devices for the use by adults over 18. Bids will open from 1 August and close on 31 August 2021. Bidders should demonstrate how they would use the devices to promote one or more of the following:

• Digital inclusion
• Digital skills
• Prevent, reduce, delay social care need
• Tackle social isolation

An evaluation of the bids will be undertaken by a panel and successful bidders will be notified week commencing 20 September 2021.

Devices will need to be collected by the successful organisations from an agreed location and organisations will be required to provide a case study within three months illustrating how the devices have been used to benefit users.

Councillor John Spence, Essex County Council’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations and individuals to benefit from technology which will really make a difference to your community. They could be used to reduce social isolation and loneliness or to improve digital skills. We would love to hear your ideas!”
For more information visit Living Well Essex or email [email protected]

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Find Your Active Community Connector – WECAN

Due to Covid-19, physical activity is now positioned as essential to health and wellbeing, Active Essex and Essex County Council are taking the bold step of creating a major new campaign called Find Your Active to ensure physical activity is a top priority for everyone.

The ‘Community Connector’ role will provide the eyes and ears on the ground for Active Essex. Working within local communities and alongside United in Kind Coaches, to map physical activity where it already exists and help facilitate it where it doesn’t. The post is fixed term for 12 months.

To apply for either post email your CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the job specifications to [email protected] by 6th August 2021

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Wellbeing Connector – WECAN

Do you have a proven track record of community coordination and developing community relationships? Would you like to
deliver an exciting new project in West Essex over the next year?

If you have previous experience of working in the health and wellbeing arena and understand the benefits of building community
interventions, we would love to hear from you.

This exciting new role will build partnerships that tackle health inequalities through a series of projects over the next twelve months.

To apply for either post email your CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the job specifications to [email protected] by 6th August 2021

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Rainbow Services are looking to recruit another enthusiastic member of
staff into our Community Builder Team. Working to reduce loneliness and
social isolation, this post will have a particular focus on people living with,
and carers of people living with Dementia.

We are looking for someone that has a passion for supporting people and
increasing dementia friendly, social activity.

If you feel you could jump straight into this exciting post go to our website
for more information: Current Vacancies – Rainbow Services – Harlow

To apply email your CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the job
specifications to [email protected]

Closing date is Monday 2nd August, with interviews being held on
Wednesday 4th August.

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Is your organisation listed on The Essex Map?

New to The Essex Map

The Essex Map is a FREE tool designed to bring our communities closer together by helping you to find the services, groups and activities available in your area.

It was created to promote the work of organisations and individuals who work hard to make our communities better, rather than just looking to make a profit.

To add your FREE listing on to The Essex Map please register here.


Already listed on The Essex Map

If your organisation is already listed on The Essex Map, please ensure the information on your listing is kept up to date.

You can do this by logging into your account OR if you see your organisation is currently listed you can ‘claim’ this listing as your own.


If you have any further questions or enquiries please email [email protected]

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