This is where we’ll post third sector news and important updates that are useful for your organisation.

A project to increase connection for vulnerable people and minority groups in West Essex – Digital Inclusion Project

This exciting new two year project is intended to support individuals and families impacted by the COVID-10 pandemic across West Essex, through loss of income, illness, need to self-isolate and who have limited or no access to digital devices/data in order to be able to access services such as employment support, skills for life, online shopping, banking, socialising and health interventions and appointments.

The project intends to address four key elements of digital exclusion:

  • Lack of recognition of being “in need” or digital inclusion support;
  • Lack of access to digital services;
  • Lack of access to affordable digital connectivity, mobile and fixed broadband;
  • Lack of access to the digital skills needed for life and for work;

The project will be working in close partnership with key statutory and VCS agencies across West Essex who support marginalised and vulnerable groups, to ensure there is widespread knowledge of its existence and easy referral routes in.

The project will also be playing a particular emphasis on providing tailored support to access digital for people experiencing poor mental health and those from minority ethnic communities.

We have commissioned the development of a purpose built digital platform that will enable people to donate and receive donations of equipment and data and that will enable us to provide training and skills development resources, as well as a volunteer management and coordination system.

For further information on this exciting new project please contact Ali Firth – Digital Inclusion Project Lead on 07578 665659 or by emailing [email protected]

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Funding Opportunity: Provide Foundation

Provide is an Essex based social enterprise owned by its staff members and delivers a broad range of community health services in the County and beyond.  The Provide Foundation is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), with the aim to improve and increase access to community health projects and services by supporting voluntary and community organisations working in Essex, Southend, and Thurrock.

This year, the Provide Foundation would like to support organisations or projects that have a clear link to health and social care, and meet one of the following:

  • Continue to adapt well to help the community during the pandemic
  • Support those who are socially isolated, particularly those most vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic

Links to health and social care ought to include one of the following:

  • To help keep people out of hospital
  • To help people leave hospital more quickly
  • To help people stay healthy in their community
  • To improve health and wellbeing in the community


Grants of up to £20,000 for one year are available


The Panel is interested in:

  • How your project compliments their own work or whether you have contact with Provide’s services. For example, if you receive referrals from their staff. Please do include this in your application. For more information about Provide and their services click here.
  • How your work compliments statutory provision and where your organisation is addressing gaps in the community.


Please complete your application here and submit your supporting documents by Friday 4 February. The Provide Foundation will award grants in early April.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your organisation’s funding needs, then please contact us. You can reach us on 01245 356018 or [email protected]. You can also set up a time to speak with a member of the grants team here using the General Catch Up option.


Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Arts and Cultural Fund

Supporting the arts, culture and creative industries in Essex.

Now open for applications. The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural fund has been designed to help organisations and practitioners to deliver a broad and exciting range of work and activity to engage with and bring communities together.

The arts, cultural and creative projects, such as festivals and exhibitions, all contribute to helping communities recover from the pandemic and play an integral part in enabling the objectives of Essex County Council’s wider objectives as set out in Everyone’s Essex.

Creative and cultural sectors are at the forefront of economic and social regeneration in our region. One of the aims of the fund is to provide a boost for the creative and cultural sector which will enable organisations and practioners to develop long term and sustainable future for arts and culture in the county.

Now open for applications, the ECC Arts and Cultural Fund will offer artists and cultural organisations grants from £2,500 to £30,000 to deliver projects to help support and rejuvenate the Essex arts and culture sector, as well as the county’s towns and city high streets.

The fund will support projects, which will contribute to ECC’s Everyone’s Essex: The Plan for Essex 2021-2025 within the music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, including festivals and carnivals, museums and the wider creative sectors.

The Arts and Cultural Fund will support revenue programmes only, not capital. A full list of what the Fund cannot support can be found in the guidance.

Examples of eligible organisations include:

• Individual artists or artistic cooperatives

• Community groups

• Charities or trusts

• Community interest companies

• Social enterprises

• Public sector organisations (not local authorities)

• Private sector organisations

• Organisations that are part of a local authority’s direct provision will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Read the full guidance document here.

Read the Fund FAQs here.

Apply now here.

Apply now

Online applications are open now.

Click here for the application form as a PDF.

Click here for the application form in word.

You must fill in the application form and apply via email.

Read the full guidance before you apply.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

A quick guide to charity videos


Read the full article here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Webinar: Social media for charities 101 – Charity Digital

Social media marketing sounds like it should be easy. But it rarely ends up being that way. For charities, it can often feel like it isn’t worth investing your time and money, but with more than half the world’s population using social media daily, it’s almost impossible to ignore.


In our upcoming webinar, we aim to make things easier. Nick Wyatt, Charity Digital Growth Marketing Executive, aims to help your charity start their social media marketing journey, examining how social media can improve fundraising, service delivery, and so much more.


The webinar will cover, among many other things, the different platforms you should be using, the various advantages and disadvantages of each platform, how to pick the platform that best meets your audience’s needs, and how to make the right content or the right platform.


Register here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Helping communities celebrate Platinum Jubilee through culture and creativity

Essex Community Foundation, along with the community foundations network across the UK, will be distributing the ‘Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund’.

This is a £5 million programme that will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

The programme is made possible with funding from the National Lottery, whose players raise £30 million for good causes every week. The Fund’s distribution will be managed by UK Community Foundations on behalf of their community foundation members across England.

Applicants will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000, and are encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities, ensuring that The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations give people throughout England the chance to experience the best of the country’s culture while also celebrating an important milestone in our national history. You can find a list of established artists here on the Arts Council website.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “We’re giving people across the country the chance to come together to experience the joy of culture and creativity in celebration of this historic milestone. With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee taking place alongside the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival and the Unboxed festival of UK creativity, next year is set to be a magnificent celebration of our nation’s artistic achievements.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO at UK Community Foundations said “UK Community Foundations is proud to partner with Arts Council England to deliver the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund. Our members look forward to working with local groups and artists who will create imaginative and innovative celebrations to mark this historic occasion, and strengthen cultural involvement and opportunities in their communities.”

How to apply

The application guidelines for the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund can be found on the UK Community Foundations website here. Large print and easy read options available on there too.

Complete the online application form here. The deadline to submit your application is 28 February.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a grants officer at ECF in advance of applying, please call us on 01245 356018 or book a time slot here.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Self-Employed IAPT Modality Therapists – Mind in West Essex

We are looking for Self-Employed IAPT Modality Therapists

Base  –  Venues throughout West Essex

Hours – Various

Salary – £32 per hour

Please see the attached job description here

To apply for this position please contact [email protected] by the closing date of Friday 25th February 2022.

Interview date TBC via zoom

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Head of Operations – Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex

Overview for Head of Operations

Age Well East (formerly Age Concern Colchester & North-East Essex – current rebrand running) has gone through exponential growth. Since 2017 the focus has increased from Colchester to North-East Essex and now across Essex and Suffolk. This growth is driven by unmet needs and this growth requires strengthening with a Head of Operations within the senior leadership team to maintain the current operation and manage future growth. The Head of Support Services, Head of Operations and CEO form the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and complement the established base of Operations Managers, Team Leaders and the frontline staff that underpin excellent operational delivery.

The Head of Operations will grow an established operations unit to develop first-class frontline services that change lives. A key element of this role is maintaining existing operations, embedding recent contract wins for April 2022 and then developing services based on new major contract wins.

The organisation, due to high growth, will have direct reports, team leaders and operations managers reporting in. Over time, and as the department and income settle, this will restructure to a more traditional structure of operations managers reporting lines. Therefore the right individual will be comfortable managing at different levels until the full structure is in place.

Role for Head of Operations

  • Strategic Leadership as part of a close-knit SLT
  • Stakeholder Management; commissioners, NHS, Local Government
  • Developing a high calibre operations unit
  • Experience operating to and maintaining ISO standards
  • Adept at budgets and P & L accountability
  • Operational excellence in line with agreed quality and governance processes
  • Monitor and lead legal, safeguarding, risk assessment, H & Safety, data protection, and EDI operationally
  • Drives a positive culture, highly focused on people and living and promoting the values of Age Well East
  • Developing commissioning and grant income awards from NHS and Local Government (major contracts)
  • Contract management inclusive of sub-contractors and matrix leadership with partner organisations
  • Able to develop major contracts from the ground-up
  • Delivery of the five-year business plan, partnering closely with the CEO and Head of Support Services

Scope for Head of Operations

  • Two operations managers initially
  • 25 employees rising to 40 by April 2022
  • 350 volunteers rising to over 600 in 2022
  • P & L £750k year 1, rising
  • Engagement in relevant Trustee Sub-Committees
  • Deputise for the CEO as required

The Individual for Head of Operations

  • Highly people focused
  • Must have a growth mindset
  • Able to identify, qualify, convert, monitor and manage major contracts
  • Well networked in Essex in local government and the NHS (client-side)
  • Very strong team player in relation to SLT working
  • Strong communicator
  • Cultivates internal and external relationships
  • Excellent leadership qualities
  • Intelligent, emotionally intelligent and highly adaptable

Skills for Head of Operations

  • Degree or equivalent or experience commensurate with the role
  • Higher management or professional qualification (desirable not essential)

If you are a passionate leader looking to take a high growth operation to new heights we welcome your CV and covering letter and to meet in person. We are building something special at Age Well East and we are looking for a high calibre Head of Operations to lead the frontline team.

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.

Further Information


Age Well East supports and empowers individuals to become happier and healthier.


  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Community
  • Excellence
  • Courage

Apply today and we look forward to discussing what we can achieve together.

Apply here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

UK Giving Report With Catherine Mahoney – Charity Chat Podcast

In this episode we speak with Catherine Mahoney about the recent UK Giving Report from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

1. Giving is up but givers are down

It’s a little disconcerting to hear that there are so many fewer donors here in the UK compared to previous years, we’re not sure if this is also being seen in other countries too.

However, total giving seems to have gone up, showing that those who are giving seem to be giving more. What we don’t know is why. If we look at the growing wealth gap in our society, and the job losses that have come from the pandemic, the vast furlough scheme which has given many people less over much of the last two years, this might give us some idea.

2. Would could charities do to overcome giving fatigue?

So while the pot may not be getting smaller, the loss of so many donors suggests that competition for support may be on the increase. It would be useful to understand more from charities about whether their funds have gone down or whether their supporter numbers have gone down and they are just seeing larger average gifts. We also don’t know how the emergency appeals of the pandemic will continue to perform, some believe that giving fatigue is setting in, or will do in the short-term.

What does this mean for charities. Well one thing is that we need to continue to find ways of establishing long-lasting and thereby cost-effective relationships with supporters. Providing an authentic personal interaction, along with a reciprocal donor-centred approach to fundraising to help bring supporters into our cause and to live the passion that we, and our colleagues hold for it. With less resource, funding, time and energy this serves to be big challenge for many of us. And so, we must seek out within ourselves and from those around us the support we need to remain resilient, innovative and passionate.

3. The UK Giving Report from CAF

The UK Giving Report from CAF –

This episode of Charity Chat has been brought to you by our platinum sponsor, fundraising platform Work for Good and the festive Small Business Star match funding campaign. This year there is a £50,000 match funding pot available. Head to to sign-up for free!

Listen to the podcast below. 


Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News