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

Essex Wellbeing Service

We support people in the community and at work with a range of health, wellbeing and day to day needs. We help people access information and support to stay healthy, safe and well from help to quit smoking, to supporting families adapt to ‘new normal’.

We also coordinate requests and referrals for everyday tasks and connect them to our volunteers.

The Service is commissioned by Essex County Council and delivered by Provide CIC in partnership with Priority Digital Health.

https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk/

Need help? Call us on 0300 303 9988

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Being Uniquely You During COVID19

During this 2-hour workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn all about connecting with others during COVID19

About this Event

Led by Sarah Andrews of Spiral Change & Lesley Holt, this FREE two-hour workshop will aim to cover the following objectives:

• How your thoughts, feeling and behaviour are interconnected

• How we project our thoughts onto others

• To appreciate what might be happening for others

• How people push each other’s buttons

• What is important about being connected

• How to step back from our own thoughts and focus on other people

• The art of being present with others

Sign up here.

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Advice Worker 2 – Citizens Advice Essex

Organisation: Citizens Advice Essex
Part-time, 30 hours per week
Salary circa £26 – 27K (pro rata where applicable) dependent on LCA
Location: Colchester
Deadline: 7 April, 2021

Citizens Advice Essex is the lead agency of consortium activities carried out by the network of local Citizens Advice (LCA) in Essex.

On their behalf, and due to our ongoing expansion and extension of some key contracts, we wish to appoint several key staff that will contribute to our extensive fuel poverty alleviation offer.

Advice Worker (Family Energy Advice)
Salary circa £26 – 27K (pro rata where applicable) dependent on LCA
Part-time, 30 hours per week
Colchester – 30 hours per week
Funded till October 2022.

We expect that postholders will have experience working with individuals to resolve problems relating to their welfare benefits and, more widely, their overall financial situation. Ideally, this will have been by delivering welfare benefits advice and casework in the not for profit advice sector. However, experience from other sectors could be relevant. If not already in possession, postholders will be supported to attain the City and Guilds qualification in Energy Advice.

 

Read more about how to apply here.

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Advice Worker – Citizens Advice Essex

Organisation: Citizens Advice Essex
Full-time, 37 hours per week
Salary circa £26 – 27K dependent on LCA
Location: South Essex
Deadline: 7 April, 2021

Citizens Advice Essex is the lead agency of consortium activities carried out by the network of local Citizens Advice (LCA) in Essex.

On their behalf, and due to our ongoing expansion and extension of some key contracts, we wish to appoint several key staff that will contribute to our extensive fuel poverty alleviation offer.

Advice Worker (Energy Advice and Engagement)
Salary circa £26 – 27K dependent on LCA
South Essex – 37 hours per week
Funded till September 2022

We expect that postholders will have experience working with individuals to resolve problems relating to their welfare benefits and, more widely, their overall financial situation. Ideally, this will have been by delivering welfare benefits advice and casework in the not for profit advice sector. However, experience from other sectors could be relevant. If not already in possession, postholders will be supported to attain the City and Guilds qualification in Energy Advice.

 

Read more about how to apply here.

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Expression of Interest for partnering in Essex

Maximus UK Services are seeking expressions of interest from organisations keen to explore a collaboration in response to the forthcoming Community Wellbeing and Resilience Service being commissioned by Essex County Council.

Maximus UK is a trusted partner of UK and Scottish Government, CCGs, local/combined authorities, and employers.  We support over 2 million UK residents each year transform their lives through digitally enhanced employment programmes, mental health support and health assessments.

Our health and wellbeing expertise empowers individuals to change their lives, including demonstrable achievement and maintenance of improvements in lifestyle related behaviours as well as improving participant knowledge, skills and confidence through a range of interventions including health coaching and patient activation.

You can find out more about us here.

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Discontinuing Alliance forum and formal membership

It was discussed in the last Steering Group meeting that it was time to discontinue the forum which is part of the Alliance membership due to lack of use. The forum hasn’t been used since 2019 and we thought it was time to develop the Alliance more therefore from next week the forum will no longer be accessible. However, we will be looking into starting a private Facebook group which will be linked to the Essex Alliance Facebook page

Any updated information on the private Facebook page will be announced on the ‘news’ section of the Alliance website.

As well as the forum, we will also be removing the official sign up membership process. After a few years the Essex Alliance has become more of a community, a platform where you can share voluntary sector news and information with all newsletter sign ups. Therefore, instead we will only ask that you sign up to our newsletter if you’d like to stay up to date with any sector news within the Essex area.

If you have any information which you would like shared on the Essex Alliance newsletter please email [email protected]

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More support for voluntary sector to deal with Covid-19 impacts

Extra funding of £4.45m is being distributed to the voluntary and community sector (VCS) across Essex to help contain and respond to Covid-19.

Voluntary organisations and community groups across Essex have since March 2020 been helping to meet residents’ need for practical, financial or emotional support through the pandemic. Food projects, advice services, mental health and domestic abuse charities and local projects helping people to shield, self-isolate, get tested or get vaccinated have all played their part (see examples below)

As we emerge from lockdown, needs are expected to grow and change again as residents hit by the pandemic pick up the pieces. People will be dealing with the mental and emotional impact of what they’ve been through and the changes and uncertainty ahead.

£1m goes to Essex Community Foundation for grants up to £20,000 for voluntary organisations

Essex County Council will distribute £1m directly in grants up to £50,000 for medium-sized frontline organisations.

 

Read more here.

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Charity Excellence Funding Finder

NCVO’s Funding Central funding database has been free to very small  charities (under £100k) and very cheap for larger ones (£20), but will close at the end of this month.  The Charity Excellence Funding Finder is the only completely free UK non-profit funder database and, whilst it’s hugely popular, with 3000 logins a month, I fund everything myself and can’t afford to pay for marketing to make charities aware of it.  Help me help others, by including a link on your website, sharing this with your network, in your newsletter and/or by posting on social media.  A post is below.

Charity Excellence Funding Finder is not only a completely free funder database, but also one that finds 100’s of other free funder databases and online funder lists, making funding research simpler and quicker, and giving you click through to a huge range of funders.  Updated weekly, it also has the latest Covid funders and 120+ core funders, plus the 50 Charity Excellence downloadable funder lists; everything is free.  To access it, register at www.charityexcellence.co.uk

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SSE’s biggest UK programme

Want to join the 10th year of SSE’s biggest programme?  Looking to start, build or scale your social impact organisation in 2021?  Register interest in The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.  Free learning, a grant, a mentor.  Plus you’ll learn alongside others in similar roles and become part of the amazing School for Social Entrepreneurs family.

 

You’ll need even greater resilience, skills and networks to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Register interest and they’ll email you when applications open.

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Magic Little Grants

2020 was our biggest programme to date, seeing us distribute £500 grants to 938 charitable organisations delivering sports or physical activities across the UK. With the support and contributions from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. 45% of groups who received Magic Little Grants were brand new organisations to our platform.

We are delighted to announce that our 2021 programme promises to be even bigger and better than ever. This programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021 (application deadline). Not only are we partnering with our usual funding trust, Postcode Community Trust, but we are also partnering with 5 additional funding trusts to distribute £1m pounds worth of funding to 2,000 charitable organisations on Localgiving.

To apply click here.

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