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Grants available to keep fit and healthy

30th April 2018

A golden opportunity is being given to voluntary and community groups in North Essex needing funds for activities to help people of all ages to live healthier and happier lives.

Grants are being made available for such organisations from the Tinneveld Family Fund which is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

The family fund was established with ECF thanks to the generosity of Joy Tinneveld and her late husband, Theo, who was born and lived in Holland.

The couple were married for 48 years and ran a farm in Elmstead, following a tradition established over many generations by Joy's family, the Harveys.

As she grew up Joy was fully involved in farming and she also developed a love of dance.  After graduating from college, she opened her own dance studio in Clacton and her business “grew like Topsy.” 

She taught in Brightlingsea, Dovercourt, Elmstead and Wivenhoe and ran keep fit classes in Colchester.  Joy also ran a riding stable for children of all abilities and became an active member of the local WI.

Recalling her romantic first meeting with Theo in 1962, Joy said: “I was travelling home after teaching a ballet class in Dovercourt and this handsome man came and sat near to me. He had missed his boat train after being held up at customs.

“We started chatting and got on well, so we decided we would write to each other.”

Theo, whose family ran a smallholding in Holland, had been on one of his regular visits to England to improve his English. He and Joy had a two-year courtship and were married in 1964 at St Peter's Church in Colchester.

“We had a very busy life together running the farm and I still had my dance studio and classes,” said Joy, who now lives in Wivenhoe.

“As well as managing the farm Theo developed an interest in stocks and shares. Finance was his passion and he became a member of Lloyds of London.

“We were very blessed in many ways and were involved in several different aspects of the community.

“I am very pleased that our fund with ECF will be doing some good in the places where we lived and worked, and I think Theo would have been very proud of that too.”

Joy and Theo's happy and successful life together has provided the means for the fund to be established with ECF in their name.

It will give ongoing support to local voluntary groups and organisations involved in activities to promote physical and mental wellbeing for people of all ages.

Apply now

ECF are now inviting applications from organisations that are providing guidance and activities related to healthy living, dance and keep fit.

To find out more about making an application call ECF's grants team on 01245 356018.

Your Data

20th April 2018

You will likely be aware of the increased focus on data protection and the way in which organisations process and use your personal information.

Much of this activity is driven by the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come into force on 25 May.

We want to assure you that ECF has always taken your privacy and the security of your information seriously and will continue to do so.

We have used this change in regulation as an opportunity to review our approach and update our privacy policy, which you can view by clicking here.

We believe that ECF has, what is termed, a legitimate interest in staying in contact with its donors and grant recipients to keep them updated on our progress and activities. We will therefore, continue to do this. If however, at any time, you would like us to stop contacting you, we will immediately respect your request. We will only hold any data that we need to keep for legal reasons (i.e. financial transactions).

We will only send you electronic marketing (e.g. our e-mail newsletter) with your explicit consent and we will be in touch with about this in the near future.

If you have any questions about the data we hold on you or how we use it, please do not hesitate to call Steven Mackenzie via e-mail or by calling 01245 356018. 

Provide gives healthy support to local charities

19th April 2018

Dementia Adventure and the Maldon And Dengie Stroke Support & Carers' Group are among 14 local charities that are celebrating after receiving a healthy funding boost from the Provide Foundation.

Grants totalling £88,905 were awarded from the Fund which is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).  Set up in 2012, the Provide Foundation gives support to voluntary and community organisations that are delivering projects which improve the health and well-being of local people.

Dementia Adventure based in Chelmsford and working across Essex received the top award of £20,000 tosupport their work helping people living with dementia, and their carers. 

Lucy Harding, co-founder of Dementia Adventure, said “We are ecstatic to have received this significant funding boost which will enable us to run workshops to educate and equip people who are caring for someone with dementia.  We aim to give them the information and tools to improve the quality of life for both themselves and the person they care for.

She added, “The courses will help loved ones and carers, to better understand dementia, build on their communication skills and learn the benefits of connecting with nature.”

Maldon And Dengie Stroke Support & Carers' Group received £10,000 to continue the services that they offer to people affected by Stroke, and their carers, to ensure well-being and reduce isolation.   

The Rural Community Council of Essex and Essex Central Remap, a charity which designs and makes inventive equipment for disabled people, also received grants of £5,000 each.

Peter Livingstone, chairman of Remap, said: “We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Provide Foundation.

“Restoring independence and enabling anyone, regardless of their disabilities, to live their life to the fullest is at the heart of what we do. This funding will be used to ensure people have the equipment they need, so that they can leave hospital and get back into the comfort of their own homes”.

Provide is a community interest company (CIC) which delivers a wide range of community health services across Essex and in Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Suffolk and Norfolk as well as the London borough of Waltham Forest.

Derrick Louis, Chairman of Provide said: “At Provide, we recognise that supporting local charities and voluntary organisations is a very important part of our work and helps to underpin the social and care services that we offer. 

“As a CIC organisation we happily accept our obligation to re-invest part of our surpluses back into the communities we serve. Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary organisations whose work complements our own. 
“Having established the Provide Foundation with ECF we can do this in the most efficient and effective way and we are committed to awarding grants year on year to support the voluntary sector in Essex.”

As an independent charitable trust, ECF can give Provide impartial information on the organisations involved, helping their Members and staff to make decisions, with confidence, knowing that the money will be directed to where it is needed most.

For more information about ECF and how to apply for funding, call the grants team on 01245 356018.

A full list of grants can be accessed, here

More photos from the event can be viewed here

County Council supports local charities

18th April 2018

Local voluntary and community projects which provide support to vulnerable children, day care and meals for elderly people, training for those with learning difficulties and a drama production for young people, are among those who have been awarded funding in the latest round of grants from the Essex Millennium Fund and the Essex County Council’s Chairman’s Fund.

Grants totalling £75,080 were presented from the two funds to 22 Essex-based charities and voluntary organisations at a ceremony held at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

The funds, managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), provide support for community and voluntary organisations whose good work enhances the lives of people living in Essex.

At the presentation event Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council, commended the contribution these organisations make across the county.  He said, “It has been one of the most satisfying areas of my role and a privilege to visit many charities and voluntary groups to discover more about their work.”

“I have received the warmest of welcomes and I have been most encouraged to see local people coming together with a common aim of improving the lives of others less fortunate, or making their communities a better place to live and work”.

The Essex Millennium Fund was established as an endowed fund within ECF by members of Essex County Council to celebrate the Millennium. The Chairman’s Fund was established with ECF in 2007.  The funds provide an annual income for a grants programme, awarding grants to voluntary and community groups working in the priority areas of carers, community support, enhancing the environment, young people and activities which explore culture and heritage.

Cllr Aldridge said, “Time has moved on since we established the two funds and it was felt that bringing them together under one identity would be more appropriate.

“I am pleased to announce, that going forward, although the criteria for the funds will remain the same and continue to be managed by ECF, they will be combined under one name – The Essex Fund.”

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive of ECF said: “The Essex Millennium Fund and the Chairman’s Charitable Fund were set up to support voluntary and community activity in Essex and together they have awarded grants totalling £1.2 million. 

“Combining them now under the one name makes perfect sense.  We will manage The Essex Fund in the same way, building on all that has been achieved and providing grants to local voluntary and community organisations to support their work, in perpetuity.”

For information about how to apply for a grant, please call the grants team on 01245 356018.

Among those to receive awards are:

  • PARC Braintree, which will recieved £3,300 from the Essex Millennium Fund to employ a mentor at a charity shop providing work experience for young people with additional needs. Emma Frearson, Shop Manager and Mentor at PARC, said, “Working in our charity shop gives young people with additional needs some valuable and practical work experience. This helps them to increase their skills and build confidence. She added “The scheme has proved to be far more popular than we expected.  This funding boost will help us to employ someone who can provide day-to-day support for the young people who work with us”.
  • Colchester Chinese Culture Society were awarded £3,000 from the Essex County Council's Chairman's Fund. Simone Xue, Chairperson of the Society, said: “The £3,000 grant from the Chairman’s Fund will help us to bring Chinese cultural puppetry workshops to young children in Colchester, Tendring and Harlow. This is a fun and unique way for the children to learn new skills and increase their understanding of different cultures and the need for mutual respect”.
  • 3rd Brentwood Scouts. Dominic Foley is a Scout Leader, he said, “We are thrilled to receive £3,000 from the Essex Millennium Fund to help us buy new camping equipment and storage racking. We sadly lost all of our previous equipment in a fire. Thanks to this grant we will be able to buy everything we need and organise family camps, so that parents can share in the great activities our young people get involved with.”
  • Trust Links. Rick Olver, Chairman said, “We are delighted to receive a grant of £4,500. This will support our therapeutic gardening project in Thundersley for adults with mental ill health. The garden gives people a safe space to come together in a supportive and welcoming environment. He added, “Being outside and being active, gardening and harvesting vegetables, improves our clients’ wellbeing and helps them to progress into training and employment.
  • Ormiston Families received £3,000. This will contribute towards their “Breaking Barriers” prison outreach service that supports children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a parent or carer. Louise Cordery, development officer, said: “The young people we work with are aged from 4 to16. For this age group, the absence of a parent is particularly impactful and as a result, their emotional, mental and educational attainment is likely to be less than their peers. We provide these young people with one-on-one counselling sessions, attend the prison for visits with them, if needed and help them to cope with their feelings

For a full list of grants awarded, click here.

To view more photos from the event, click here

Harwich Haven Authority supports grass-roots initiatives

17th April 2018

Harwich Haven Authority today announce the opening of a new £75,000 community fund that will be managed on behalf of the Authority by both the Essex and Suffolk Community Foundations.

Each year the Authority will make available £50,000 to support educational, environmental, maritime and community initiatives in and around Harwich, Dovercourt and Suffolk locations along the Rivers Stour and Orwell. In addition the Authority will also invest £25,000 yearly into an Essex-based endowment fund.

Established by act of Parliament in 1863, Harwich Haven Authority is the largest trust port in the East of England. As a not for profit organisation, with no shareholders, income is generated from pilotage and conservancy services that it delivers to ships visiting the Haven ports.

“As one of Harwich’s major employers we are very much at the heart of the community,” says Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority.

“Many of our employees live in and around the Haven and the Rivers Stour and Orwell - and we already support many great, grass-roots initiatives.

“We were, however, very keen to make our community giving strategy more cohesive to benefit as many groups and initiatives as we could in and around our area of jurisdiction. By drawing on the knowledge and experience of the Essex and Suffolk Community Foundations will enable us to maximise our giving programme to our stakeholders in the Haven.”

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive of ECF said, “We are delighted to be working with Harwich Haven Authority, a locally-based company which is taking the lead through its community giving strategy.  Working with ECF in this way will enable them to not only meet the needs of communities today, but provide a long-term financial resource to support the work of voluntary organisations tackling local issues the future.”

Suffolk Community Foundation added: ‘We are delighted to be working with Harwich Haven Authority to ensure vital funding reaches our many charities and community groups working tirelessly to tackle the hidden needs of Suffolk. On behalf of those groups we are really grateful for the ongoing commitment which will help make a real difference to so many’.

Further details about how to apply to the new Harwich Haven Authority Community funds can be found at If you are a community or voluntary organisation in Harwich, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018 to discuss your work and funding needs.

Introducing the new High Sheriff

12th April 2018

Modern-day issues are high on the agenda for Bryan Burrough in the year ahead, as he takes on an historic role, becoming the 838th High Sheriff of Essex.

Bryan, who lives in Ulting near Maldon, is looking forward to travelling all around the county as the new High Sheriff.

He will be meeting as many charities and volunteers as possible to promote and encourage the sterling work they are doing in the community to support law and order and tackle crime and social problems.

He will also be promoting the High Sheriff's Fund, which is run by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).  Grants are awarded by the Fund to voluntary organisations and groups to support initiatives concerned with community safety in the county.

The role of High Sheriff is a self-funding, voluntary one and Bryan is prepared for a busy year.

“It is a unique opportunity and is almost a full-time job,” he said. “Today's High Sheriffs take on a rather different role from the original High Sheriffs’, who were responsible for raising taxes.

“But I feel that the role is even more relevant in this day and age. Austerity has had a wide-reaching effect on the judicial system and many issues are now being dealt with by the voluntary sector. The High Sheriff can give these voluntary organisations recognition and encourage them to interact.”

Bryan is particularly keen to give prominence to organisations working with young men in Essex to try to steer them away from destroying their future prospects and damaging others with destructive behaviour.

“Young men like this can be on a slippery slope which leads to offending and spending time in custody,” he said.

“I believe there should be far more focus on why people turn to crime and how we can prevent them from doing so. There are many issues involved, including literacy and having positive male role models.

“There are some great organisations in the county doing very good work and I am looking forward to singing their praises. The High Sheriff can play an important role in thanking the unthanked.”

Bryan, who has lived in Essex for 22 years, retired from his career in the City in November 2017. For the past 25 years he was an investment manager specialising in investing for charities.

His family firm, James Burrough, has made gin since 1863 and he has followed in his father’s footsteps to become Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

Although not Essex born and bred, Bryan has huge enthusiasm for the county and is relishing the prospect of seeing more of it as High Sheriff.

On many occasions he will be accompanied by his wife Philippa, an avid gardener whose family came from Maldon.

The couple have two sons Leo, who is at Edinburgh University and George, who will be going to University this year.

Bryan said: “Outside my family the loves of my life are National Hunt horse racing and Scottish Rugby.”

He has high regard for ECF which he rates as “one of the best in the country” and wants to highlight its work which aims to improve the lives of people in Essex.

“We have a fascinating and very varied county and, in the visits I have already made, I have found that people are very helpful,” he said. “My Sat Nav is ready and I want to meet as many people as I can around the county during the coming year.”

Building support for local charities

11th April 2018

Two charities providing vital support to help young people living in Colchester and Tendring are to receive grants totalling £5,296 from the Mersea Homes Charitable Fund.

The Fund, which was set up in 2010, is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and to date has awarded nearly £23,000 to support local voluntary and community organisations working in Essex.

The organisations benefiting from this latest funding boost are Colchester & Tendring Youth Enquiry Service which is receiving £2,500 to help young people who are at risk of becoming homeless and Lads Need Dads, based in Clacton, which is receiving £2,796 to continue their programme of activities for boys who do not have a positive male role model in their lives.

Stuart Cock, Managing Director of Mersea Homes, said, “We are pleased to support these two very worthwhile causes with grants from our charitable fund with ECF. As a local business we are committed to giving long-term support to voluntary organisations which are providing vital services to people in need in their communities.”

Colchester & Tendring Youth Enquiry Service (Y.E.S) works with vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 6 and 25 offering services to include crisis intervention, counselling, family meditation, young parent support and debt, housing and homelessness advice.

Jane Blomeley, chief executive of Y.E.S, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will help us to support the rising number of young people who are street homeless or at risk of this.  

“This can be a very stressful and worrying time and many of the young people we work with have additional mental health needs.  By providing tailored support, we can help them to rebuild their lives and move towards a more stable future.”

Lad’s Need Dads is based in Tendring and helps boys aged 11 to 15 who are missing a father-figure in their lives. Through a long-term open-ended male-led group mentoring programme, the boys learn to tackle life’s issues and understand their emotions whilst learning practical life-skills and engaging in outdoor activities and volunteering.

Sonia Shaljean, Managing Director of the organisation said, “This grant will be used towards the costs of our programme which was set up to equip, engage and inspire boys who do not have a positive male role model. Our work, which includes community volunteering opportunities and hands on confidence and resilience building activities like bush-craft survival, helps them to achieve their full potential and move positively into adulthood”.

In addition to the grants awarded from the Mersea Homes Charitable Fund, ECF was able to provide additional grants totalling £9,430 from other funds under its management.

ECF currently manages 150 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and public agencies.  By matching the grants monies available from the various funds, local voluntary and community organisations have a greater opportunity to access the money they need to continue their work.

For more information about ECF or funding opportunities, call the team now on 01245 356018.

Supporting families in Essex

3rd April 2018

An Essex charity that provides support and practical help to vulnerable families with young children, has been awarded £35,000 from the Healthwatch Essex Fund.

Home-Start Essex will receive the grant over the next three years to launch a programme, assessing the current advice and guidance available to parents affected by antenatal mental health issues. The charity will recruit and train parents to become peer researchers, with the aim of developing an improved model to help as many people as possible.

The Fund, which is administered by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), was set up in 2016 and to date has distributed over £200,000 to support the work of voluntary and community organisations working across the county.

David Sollis, Chief Executive at Healthwatch Essex said: “One of our key roles is to provide first-class signposting and information services for the public. Through this funding our aim is to reach every parent in the county affected by peri/postnatal mental health, so they can share their experiences of accessing local health and care to ultimately help shape future support services. We are proud to be supporting this critical piece of work.”

Home-Start Essex also works with families who are struggling with physical health problems, bereavement, isolation and many other issues. This support is delivered through volunteer home-visiting, peer group support, targeted programmes and counselling.

Amie Craven, Development Manager at Home-Start Essex said: “We have seen an increasing demand for our services and are delighted to receive this support from the Healthwatch Essex Fund. Caring for children, particularly if you are a new mum, is not always easy and can, at times, be very stressful. Most parents can recall days when they would have liked to chat things through with a friend or to have someone to provide that extra pair of hands. Home-Start volunteers, who are mostly parents themselves, understand that need and are available to offer help.

She added, “Empowering parents who have accessed peri/postnatal services themselves, is vital to assessing how they can be improved. No-one should feel that they are alone and appropriate information, advice and guidance needs to be accessible, meaningful and useful”.

The work of this charity compliments the Healthwatch Essex Information service, which is available to anyone who needs to access health and care services for themselves or their friends or family in Essex. Since launching, it has helped 6,000 people, averaging 220 calls a month.  

People can contact the Information Service on 0300 500 1895 or at or leave a review of local health or care services in the Feedback Centre at

For more information about ECF and how to apply for a grant, please call 01245 356018.