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ECF’s Charity Golf Day 2018

13th December 2017

ECF Charity Golf Day - Thursday 14 June 2018

Following the great success of previous years’ events, which have raised more than £50,000 to support local community and voluntary organisations, we are again holding a Charity Golf Day at Chelmsford Golf Club.

We are grateful to Carole Golbourn and her husband Alan for hosting the Golf Day for us. This will be our 9th Golf Day, which raises awareness about the work of ECF and provides money to support local charities and voluntary organisations.

We have many regular supporters of the day, but we are also keen to welcome new people who may wish to enter a team of 4 people (amateurs only).  It will be a stableford competition with full handicap allowance over 18 holes.

Bacon rolls & coffee will be served on arrival and following the golf there will be dinner and prize giving. As well as team prizes there will be prizes for ‘nearest the pin’ and the drive ‘nearest the line’.

Download entry form click here (word version)

Download entry form click here (pdf)

We are restricted to 22 teams so please enter early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to enter a team, donate a raffle prize, sponsor a hole or make a donation to this worthy cause, contact Jo Macaulay on 01245 355947 or e-mail jo@essexcf.org.uk.

Community fund makes a splash

13th December 2017

Voluntary organisations to receive an early Christmas present from the Essex & Suffolk Water Community Fund.

Grants totalling nearly £9,000 have been awarded from the Fund to seven charities and voluntary organisations in Essex, Suffolk and East London. The Fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Essex & Suffolk Water established their community Fund with ECF in 2003, to give support to a wide range of local projects and organisations now and in the future. The Fund has since awarded over 125 grants, totalling more than £95,000.

Organisations to benefit from the 2017/18 round of grants are:

  • BATIAS Independent Advocacy Service, Basildon - £1,800 to run monthly information mornings on personal safety for people with learning disabilities, helping them to live independently.
  • Melbourne Project, Chelmsford – £1,000 to support a homework club for local children and an older people’s club.
  • Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Maldon - £1,000 towards a new permanent heritage exhibition focusing on the role of women in WWI.
  • Thurrock Mencap Society - £2,000 to run a new healthy lifestyle programme for members with special needs.
  • The ARC (Adult Resource Centre), Thurrock – £1,000 to help purchase sensory and activity equipment for a group supporting adults with special needs.
  • Palgrave and District Community Council, Suffolk – £1,500 to buy new equipment for community playing field.
  • Aanchal Women’s Aid, Redbridge - £500 for service that supports women rebuilding their lives following domestic and sexual violence.

Angie Cahill, of BATIAS, said: “People with a learning disability can often be the victims of hate crime and bullying. Having this peer support group, where people will listen to you and help you to think of ways of keeping safe in the future, can mean the difference from staying home and isolated to being able to feel confident about going out in the community”.

Shirley Robinson, of Thurrock Mencap Society, said: “On the surface, running a healthy eating and fitness course for our Members may seem like a nice activity. But in reality, food awareness and being active regularly is a big problem for people with special needs, particularly for those with Down’s syndrome. This grant will help our Members to gain a healthier approach to life, whilst having fun”.

Ian Flint, CEO of the Aerodrome, said: “We are always seeking new ways to interest and inform people, of all ages, on the Air Campaign during WWI. We are delighted to receive this funding as it means we can install a new, permanent exhibition. This unique heritage attraction will focus on the roles of women in the early 20th century, and the immeasurable impact of their actions during the Great War, both at Stow Maries and other locations”.

Grant applications are considered by an employee committee and all projects supported are related to either the environment, health and wellbeing or providing community support.

Michael Page, External Communications Consultant, Essex & Suffolk Water said, “Water is one of the most important commodities in our lives and we are very aware of the essential service we offer to our customers.’’

“We also strive to make a positive contribution to the communities that we serve on a daily basis, and our long-standing partnership with Essex Community Foundation is one of the ways we endeavour to do this.

We are very proud to have awarded grants to seven fantastic organisations and I hope that this support will give them a real boost to help them continue their inspiring and much needed work.”

For information on how to apply for a grant to support your charitable work, click here or call the friendly ECF grants team on 01245 356018.

Donate your Winter fuel payment

7th December 2017

ECF is accepting unneeded Winter fuel payments to help people in Essex stay warm and well during the colder months.

All donations will support local charities and voluntary organisations working hard to help elderly and vulnerable people in their communities.  

Organisations which have previously received grants include:

  • Basildon Emergency Night Shelters - £225 to open local churches up for 5 nights a week to provide beds for people who are homeless and living on the streets.
  • The Diamond Club - £700 to throw a Christmas party for older, isolated people in Basildon.
  • Braintree Area Foodbank - £1,000 to support additional demand on the foodbank during the winter months as people have to choose between heating and food.
  • Wyvern Community Transport - £1,000 to provide an additional Saturday community transport service during Winter for the elderly. 

If you don’t receive a Winter fuel payment but would like to support this cause, you can still make a donation of any size.

How to donate:

Cheque – Some supporters choose to send a cheque and donate an amount equivalent to their own Winter fuel allowance if they do not need it themselves, or give an alternative amount of their choice. Please make it payable to 'Essex Community Foundation' and post it to 121 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT.

Online – You can donate online via our Just Giving page. To access this, click here

BACS Transfer – Please call a member of the ECF team on 01245 355947 who will be happy to pass on the necessary bank details.  

Please don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you can, the Gift Aid form can be accessed here

New Annual Review and Survey

5th December 2017

Our latest Annual Review, grant supplement and our Annual Report and Financial Statements are now all available for you to view online. Please click here, to access these.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback and invite you to complete a short online survey, which can be accessed here.

The survey will only take a few minutes and your comments will help us to plan and shape the content of future publications.

If you would like to receive a copy of these documents by post, please e-mail Kate Cornish at kate@essexcf.org.uk.

Grants awarded to six local organisations to improve information and signposting

5th December 2017

Six Essex charities are set to benefit from additional funding for their information and signposting services, thanks to the Healthwatch Essex Fund, in partnership with the Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Organisations from the community and voluntary sector were asked to bid for the funding and were awarded the grants based on how they would improve people’s experiences of health and social care in Essex through improved provision of information, advice and guidance.

The pioneering sight loss charity Support 4 Sight was awarded £8,652 to support the Eye Clinic Information Desk at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and provide an Eye Clinic Liaison Officers to help people deal positively with their condition and work towards achieving independence, restored self-confidence, emotional wellbeing, sense of identity and quality of life. They will also help develop a support system, where people can talk to others about their concerns, including opportunities for social interaction and experience-sharing with peers.

Mind in West Essex was awarded £7,000 to employ a Community Awareness and Information Officer to provide advice on mental health issues across Epping Forest. The role will ensure more information about mental health is made available via libraries, GPs, colleges and aims to improve uptake in people accessing early support for their mental health in turn leading to improved recovery.

Teen Talk (Harwich) has been given £7,000 to expand an outreach service from three to four sessions a week, providing information, advice and guidance to young people on issues affecting their health and wellbeing. The current service reaches young people who present with issues relating to sexual, physical and mental health.

St Helena Hospice will look to update their clinical literature with the £5,000 awarded to provide guidance and advice for families across north Essex. The main benefit will be widening access to hospice support through better information that is easy to understand and is more accessible to people when they need it. This project will ensure that patients, families and healthcare professionals have a better understanding of what the hospice can offer and how it can be accessed.

Citizens Advice Rochford and Rayleigh (CAB) was awarded £9,890 to provide an advice service about social care funding and payments. People will be able to make face-to-face appointments to get holistic and independent advice on a wide range of issues including debt, housing benefits, relationships and family issues.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest has been given £6,832 which will help train and mentor volunteers to reach more people in the community, especially those in deprived and isolated areas.

David Sollis, Chief Executive at Healthwatch Essex said “One of our key roles is to provide first-class signposting and information services to the public. We do this by forging close links with the voluntary and community sector which has specialist knowledge of their communities. This funding will allow them to assist people more effectively and we are really proud to be able to support them.”

The Healthwatch Essex Information service is available to anyone who needs to access health and care services for themselves or their friends or family in Essex.  Since launch, it has helped 5,000 people, averaging 220 calls a month.

People can contact the Information Service on 0300 500 1895 or at info@healthwatchessex.org.uk or leave a review of local health or care services in the Feedback Centre.

To speak with a member of the ECF team about how you can apply for grant to support your charitable work, call 01245 356018 or e-mail grants@essexcf.org.uk.