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

Carers FIRST Young Adult Carers Events

Carers FIRST Essex are holding a number of events for young adult carers, and are looking for people aged 18-24 who help look after someone to attend.

The events are as follows:

Saturday 12th October 2019 12pm – 6pm Adventure Island, Southend
Thursday 31st October 2019 7pm – 8.30pm Ghost Walk, Maldon
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November 2019 Residential Weekend
Wednesday 11th December 2019 6.30pm – 9pm Jack & the Bean Stalk panto, Harlow Playhouse

If you know someone who would enjoy any of these events, please contact Carers FIRST on 0300 303 1555.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

United in Kind

Monday 23rd September will see the launch of #UnitedInKind, which seeks to tackle social isolation and loneliness in Essex.

“Working together to make Essex the kindest county in England”

This social movement enables you to promote your events and activities by working together with others across the county. Through kindness, the aim is to develop personal connections within our communities, our families and our friendship groups. With this movement we hope to combat loneliness, connection by connection. You will continue to have complete ownership of everything you do for any United in Kind activity.

How we can make an impact together

We all know there is no quick and easy solution to tackling social isolation and loneliness. United in Kind believes that Essex communities have a crucial role to play in bringing people together and providing support to those in need. They want to connect with what the third sector is already doing and spark new ideas to create one United in Kind movement across Essex.

How you can be involved

There is already a wealth of activity and individuals tackling these issues within Essex. By using the United in Kind brand, together we can collaborate, amplify messages, share resources, encourage greater communication and reach more people across Essex communities.

How can I find out more?

Follow the conversation online using #UnitedInKind

If you’d like to get involved, click here to view the partner’s toolkit and click here to open the Google Drive folder and find the assets available for your event or activity.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Equalities training available for Essex

The Equalities and Partnerships Team have been providing Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) training for partners throughout Essex looking to learn best practice approaches to considering the impact on protected groups within their organisation’s decision-making process.

Tailored training is available from Essex County Council to support teams to demystify the EqIA process, understand what is required by law, evaluate existing processes, ask questions and seek support to initiate new practice.

Training can be provided on:

  • Equality Act 2010
  • What is an EqIA
  • When to complete
  • How to complete
  • Supporting evidence.

To discuss your training requirement please contact the Equalities and Partnerships Team [email protected]

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Essex Community Foundation’s new five-year strategic plan

Essex Community Foundation have published a summary of their new five-year strategic plan.

The plan aims to help them to grow as an organisation and develop new programmes of work.  It also hopes to enable them to further improve their understanding of the wide range of issues affecting local communities and the support needed by the voluntary sector to tackle those issues.

You can read the plan here.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Organ donation law in England is changing

Content originally from NHS

The basic facts

What is changing?

From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an ‘opt out’ system. You may also hear it referred to as ‘Max and Keira’s Law’.

This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor or not when you die.

Why is the law changing?

The law is being changed to help save and improve more lives. Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant.

What do I have to do?

We are asking everyone to:

  1. Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register
  2. Tell your family and friends what you have decided

If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call our dedicated line: 0300 303 2094

When is the law changing?

The opt out system in England will come into effect from spring 2020. The law around organ donation in England will remain ‘opt in’ until this time.

Who will the changes affect?

These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the following excluded groups:

  • Those under the age of 18
  • People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action
  • Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily
  • People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Calling Essex to Action for 2020 Celebration

Content originally from Essex Futures

At the Essex Assembly you’ll learn more about the exciting opportunities on offer as part of Essex 2020.

A collaborative celebration, Essex 2020 will provide an opportunity for hundreds of individuals, organisations and businesses from across the county and beyond and we want you to be a part of it. The programme and its outcomes belong to everyone.

Anglia Ruskin University’s successful bid to host the British Science Festival in September 2020 was the catalyst for creating a year-long festival of STEAM-related activities in Essex – A Year of Science and Creativity by Essex Partners.

On Tuesday 17th September you’ll hear from Gavin Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Essex County Council, and Richard Freeman, Chief Executive Officer of always possible, about the opportunity to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and how your organisation can connect communities, and access resources to celebrate our history and create a new narrative for the county.

If you would like to book on to Essex Assembly and have not received an invite please contact [email protected]

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

An Invitation to Essex Prevents

Content originally from Essex Futures

Essex Prevents, the homelessness workstream of the Essex Vision, would like to invite you to a presentation of their work prior to the Essex Assembly on 17th September.

Essex Prevents, led by Dawn French CEO Uttlesford District Council is a sector wide partnership made up of: District councils, ECC, Unitary councils, Voluntary sector, PFCC, Health, Voluntary sector, Jobcentre Plus,  Essex University, night shelters, Housing providers and others.

Our work over the last year has been to look at interventions that would reduce the number of homeless households and rough sleepers and improve the life chances of those that find themselves in this damaging situation.

Our work has included:

  • Increasing affordable accommodation in Essex
  • Introducing an Essex hospital discharge protocol
  • Implementing an Essex prison release protocol
  • Understanding what services are needed in Essex to prevent rough sleeping
  • Using data analytics to gain insight into homelessness needs in Essex
  • Agreeing an MOU on how we work together as a sector and with customers.

We would really love to tell you about our work, and our plans for the future. We recognise that your time is precious so we have arranged this presentation to take place before the Essex Assembly on Tuesday 17th September at 10:30am, Chelmsford City Racecourse.

If you would like to book on to Essex Assembly and have not received an invite please contact [email protected]


Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Communities Creating Change

Content originally from Essex Futures

The Essex Local Delivery Pilot is part of a national pilot to create population level changes in physical activity. Over the past 30 years traditional approaches by lottery funders and sport and physical activity organisations has not shifted the stubborn levels of physical inactivity, hovering between 25% and 30% of all adults. As we all know, child obesity is also worsening across the country. A new approach is required.

The Essex LDP has decided to put system change at the heart of all its work and Asset Based Community Development is proving a valuable tool in the work. ABCD challenges the traditional deficit-based approach by demonstrating that local assets (people, physical assets etc.) and individual strengths are key to ensuring sustainable community development, and that people have a life of their own choosing.

So far, the impact has been significant. The work has been led by Chris Chinnock from Nurture Development, who has trained and mentored more than 300 people already involved with the LDP. Chris explains: “Too often, organisations assume they know what local communities need. They focus on what’s wrong, not what’s strong. Adopting an ABCD approach is uplifting for everyone. It focuses on the passions of local people and the power of social networks; where public sector organisations are equal partners in any new developments, not in control. In many cases the solutions are already present within communities, often hidden from organisations who have been too focussed on finding problems to fix, rather than working alongside communities already creating change for themselves”.

The LDP is now playing to the ABCD tune, seeking out ‘unusual suspects’, working hard at building relationships and trust, co-producing ideas and projects, and embracing innovation, risk and failure.

Chris and the LDP will be running a workshop at the Essex Assembly for those keen to learn more about ABCD.  If you would like to book on to Essex Assembly and have not received an invite please contact [email protected]

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

How to use Instagram’s new Donate Sticker

Content originally from Media Trust

Instagram have announced the rollout of the Donate Sticker in the UK. Previously only available in the US, the sticker can be added to Instagram stories by anyone to allow donations to be fed directly into a campaign or organisation.

This toolkit will equip you with the next steps, best practice and a walk through guide to make the most of this exciting new feature.

Learn more with Media Trust’s next Digital Skills Training event with Google coming up in London on 10 October 2019

Find out more and register here

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News

Last Chance to Join our Steering Group!

This is an exciting time for us, as we look to publicly launch The Essex Map and review how we work with charities, social enterprises, and community and voluntary organisations across the county.

To help us maximise our effectiveness, we are currently looking for people with a passion for connecting communities in Essex to join our Steering Group.

If you’d like to join us, and help shape how we build our community of communities, please complete the form below. Once completed, this will be reviewed by our existing Steering Group members at our next meeting on 6th August 2019.

Application Form

Author: Steering Member
Categories: News