This is a place where you can find out about opportunities that are available to your organisation. From funding streams to events and training, The Essex Alliance will keep you informed.
Free online workshop for charities and community groups
11.00am on 30th July 2020
Tim Larden, Ladbrook Insurance
As we emerge from the country-wide lockdown and more charity and voluntary groups are returning back to full operation, we know that groups understandably, facing increasing uncertainty. Some groups entirely ceased activities during the lockdown while others stepped in to provide new support to the vulnerable in their communities. Other groups had to immediately adapt, with remote working and other factors changing the way that services were delivered. In some cases, buildings remain closed or have been closed for some time.
This unique set of circumstances has bought new risks to the fore in the third sector. We will look at how to manage some of these risks and why risk management at this point in time, is more important than ever. How do groups operate safely as we emerge from lockdown. What are your responsibilities?
The session is led by Tim Larden of Ladbrook Insurance. Tim has 20 years of experience working in the insurance sector and runs Ladbrook, an award winning, specialist insurance brokerage that only works with clients in the third sector.
To book a place please contact [email protected]
To help guide the session, feel free to provide areas or questions you would like more information on in advance.
To seek west Essex stakeholder feedback on investment opportunities for suicide prevention.
NHS England is investing £25 million nationally on suicide prevention. Local health systems have been funded in waves with Hertfordshire & West Essex being in wave 4 with funding available from 1 st April 2021. The priority areas are set by NHSE (see below).
Hertfordshire and West Essex response
HWE will be funded from 1 st April 2021 and has funding for 3 years. The value of the fund is £303,000 for each of the 3 years. HWE will have to submit its proposals for approval by NHS England in December. The HWE wave 4 planning group is keen to seek feedback from local stakeholders as to the best ideas for spending the fund.
Priorities set by NHS England
Proposals must focus on:
- Men (highest risk group is middle aged men)
- Self-harm (all age)
- Primary Care (general practice)
- Secondary Mental Health Care quality improvement initiative
Bereavement/post vention is excluded as there will be a separate funding stream for this.
Proposals may focus on suicide crisis or underlying risk factors; from research and local audit:
- Men are more likely to take their own life than women (3:1).
- Middle age men are most likely but also peaks in older men and young adults.
- A quarter of people who take their life are known to mental health services.
- Stressful life events can also play a part; these include:
- the loss of a job;
- debt (including gambling) and financial insecurity
- living alone, becoming socially excluded or isolated;
- family breakdown and conflict including divorce and family mental health problems;
- Other characteristics for vulnerability to suicide include
- self harm;
- specific occupations such as doctors, nurses, veterinary workers, farmers and agricultural workers;
- known to the criminal justice system
- survivors of abuse or violence, including sexual abuse;
- people living with long-term physical health conditions;
- people with untreated depression;
- people who are especially vulnerable due to social and economic circumstances;
- people who misuse drugs or alcohol;
- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people;
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and asylum seekers.
- Stigma, prejudice, harassment and bullying can all contribute to increasing an individual’s vulnerability to suicide.
Examples of spend from the wave 1, 2 & 3 sites include:
We welcome your feedback by 19th August. Please send to Sinini Newton – Business Support Assistant [email protected]
Please tell us you / your organisation, your priorities & proposals for investment, which of the 4 priority groups your proposal is about.
All the responses will be collated along with responses from Hertfordshire engagement and presented to the Herts & West Essex Mental Health Programme Board on the 8th September for discussion.
N.B Suffolk and North East Essex were in wave 2, and Mid & South Essex in wave 3. This engagement is for West Essex (& Hertfordshire). Organisation with pan Essex interests can give feedback but any suggestions taken up will be delivered in West Essex only.
A ‘State of Life’ weekly tracker has been launched in Essex supported by Active Essex and University of Essex. The survey aims to track how the current situation under Covid-19 is affecting our experience of work, health, money, other people, and life in general.
The objective is to create an agile tool and data set to inform decision making at this crucial time.
See the results or take the Weekly Tracker Survey here.
BBW CVS are interested in understanding the local impact of Covid-19 and ask that local voluntary, community, faith & social enterprise organisations complete the survey below to tell them about the impact it has had on your organisation.
Essex Councils for Voluntary Services (ECVS) are co-ordinating the offer of a small team of Employee Volunteers from Essex County Council with bid-writing experience to help complete funding applications for VCSE organisations in Essex which have been adversely affected by the impact of Covid-19 on their activities and income and are at risk. If you would like to be considered for this support please complete this Expression of Interest and an ECVS member will be in touch with you to discuss further. This is at present a time limited activity so we ask that you put your details forward as soon as possible to enable us to assess your requirements against the time, skills and experience of the team providing the support and schedule in as many requests as possible.
The application form is here: https://forms.gle/BgY1C89u1QBL8DtR9
The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme has re-opened for new applications from 1 June. It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19. The Foundation says: “We understand that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. We are keen to be as flexible as can be in our support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.”
The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.
Sport England is looking to support innovative projects that remove barriers to being active during the coronavirus pandemic for those communities that are currently least well-served. Already existing inequalities are currently being exacerbated by the pandemic and those most affected are not able to access sports and activity and are missing out on the health benefits.
Further information and an online application form are available on the website of Sport England.
Applications can be submitted until noon on 24 June 2020.
Alastair Gordon, Head of Profession: Research and Citizen Insight at Essex County Council, is looking for feedback from volunteers who support statutory organisations across Essex.
The note below sets out an invitation to participate in primary research examining their experience of volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a core element of the TCG’s research into statutory agencies’ involvement of volunteers during the pandemic, and they would be grateful if this is shared with relevant volunteers and volunteer groups.
An invitation to share your views and experiences of volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic
Partners from across the public and voluntary sector in Essex are undertaking research to better understand how the public bodies have involved volunteers prior to and during the Covid-19
We want to gather views to help us improve what we do in the future.
We would like to understand your experiences of volunteering during the pandemic whether your offer to help was taken up or not. The support or helping hand you’ve offered could range from
helping a neighbour with their shopping to holding a formal voluntary role within an organisation, or it could be anything in between!
We would like you to talk to one of our professional research team (via video or telephone call) share your views and experiences volunteering both before and since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Areas of discussion could include:
- What prompted you to volunteer?
- How effectively public services have involved you, or used you time and skills?
- What would lead you to sustain voluntary activity into the future?
- What can public services might do to make it more likely that you will volunteer in the future?
We hope that discussions can take place between 15th June and 10th July. We will arrange discussions at a time that is most convenient for you. Taking part in this research is completely voluntary, and you will be able to stop at any time.
If you are happy to take part, please provide some information about you and your household by completing this short survey below. This will help to make sure we talk to a wide range of Essex
residents in this research.
Complete the survey
If you would like support to complete this survey over the telephone, please call 03330 321086 between Monday to Thursday 10am – 3pm.
Please note we will be speaking to a limited number of people, and unfortunately this means we will not be able to speak to everyone who expresses an interest.
If you have any questions about the project, we will be more than happy to speak to you, please contact [email protected]
Any information you share with us a part of this project will not be identifiable to individuals or organisations in our final report.
Essex County Council fully complies with information legislation. If you would like the full details of how we use personal data, and the rights you have about its use, please go to
www.essex.gov.uk/privacy-community or call 03457 430430
Charities may be able to access local authority funding via either the small business grant or retail and hospitality grant.
The Small Business Grant provides a one-off cash grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses, to help with ongoing business costs.
The Retail and Hospitality Grant provides a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property, depending on the rateable value, if your organisation operates within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors.
Eligibility for these varies by local authority, but the small business grant will take precedence over the retail and hospitality grant – we suggest you look into the uses of your premises to see which you are most likely to be successful for.
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. Loans are available for £100,000 – £1.5 million, for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years.