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We are hiring: Head of Development

4th October 2018

We are looking for a dynamic Head of Development with passion and commitment to make a difference to the lives of local people in Essex, by increasing philanthropic giving to support local charities and voluntary organisations. 

With responsibility for income generation, you will devise and implement a development strategy that will generate new business and new contacts. You will have a strong track record of achievement gained at a management level in either fundraising, sales, marketing, finance or business development.  In addition, you will have first class relationship-building and interpersonal skills, with the capability to be recognised as a trusted adviser across a range of sectors and communities. 

We are looking for someone who will bring energy, tenacity and drive to build on and grow our success. In return, this role offers an unrivalled opportunity to join a highly regarded and reputable organisation that helps to improve the lives of local people.

How to apply

To download the Application Pack, click here. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 29 October.

Please note that the interview will be two stages, taking place on both the 15 & 16 November.

If you have any queries about the position, please call Caroline Taylor or Jo Macaulay on 01245 355947 for a confidential conversation.

Chelmsford supports its cultural community

4th October 2018

A grant of £8,000 has given a vital boost to a project that helps women who do not have English as their first language to integrate into their communities.

The grant has been given by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF) so that free drop-in English language sessions, run entirely by volunteers, can continue to run three times a week.

The cross-cultural group ‘English for Women’, meets at the Chelmsford YMCA, on Victoria Road, and has classes to suit all abilities, including a beginners’ group for those who speak very little to no English.

Volunteers also offer a supervised play area for children, so that the women can focus on learning.

The project first began in 2015 to help three women from Afghanistan. It now teaches over 100 women from more than 30 nationalities.

Most members are from Chelmsford, but some travel from Witham, Brentwood, Billericay, Maldon and Braintree to take part.

One woman who has benefitted from the group sessions said: “I have learnt a lot of new words and that has given me more confidence. I also learnt a lot about British culture, history and law.

“I had a problem with my health and thanks to this class, I was able to explain what my problem was to my doctor”.

Susannah Owen, leader of the project, said: “Over the last few years I have seen these classes help so many women to improve their English and forge invaluable friendships.

“Learning to speak English not only helps the women to feel more confident, it also makes a considerable impact on their families' lives, helping them to integrate with the local community and be less isolated.

“Having the ability to have simple, yet important conversations with their children’s teachers and doctors is hugely empowering. Everyone should be able to participate in their community and access local services free of concern that they won’t be understood.”

English for Women welcomes all women of any culture, religion or nationality. The sessions run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings during school term-time.

Can you help?

More volunteers are needed for the project. If you are a fluent in English, with a clear accent and are able to commit to one morning a week during term-time, please e-mail:

(Pictured: A group of volunteers)