Essex Community Foundation
“This grant will help us to deliver food to the most vulnerable and ensure the elderly and disabled can keep attending their hospital appointments.”


Maldon Up!

Maldon Up!, run by All Saints Primary School PTA, is an intergenerational community project that brings together school children with members of a local care home for mutual benefit. A grant of £3,600 from the #iwill Fund has helped to connect children with older people and given them the opportunity to learn about different generations and form valuable friendships.

Dementia Adventure - Anne

Dementia Adventure are a charity dedicated to supporting people with dementia and their families, to live better lives, connect with nature and their community, and to retain a sense of adventure. Anne is a client who cares for both of her parents. 

Bishop Stephen Cottrell

Bishop Stephen Cottrell spoke about the importance of communities and bringing people together. This was at our Spring Reception at Ingatestone Hall in 2018.

Southend Vineyard - Donna

Southend Vineyard are based on the Queensway Estate. They have supported the local community for more than 20 years and provide a free cafe, foodbank and much more. A previous client of theirs, Donna, shares her story at our Ingatestone Hall event in March 2019

Supporting Asperger Families in Essex (SAFE)

SAFE is a support group for individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism in Essex. In this video, you can learn about the various workshops and clubs that they offer.

Carers Choices

Carers Choices supports a number of elderly people with dementia, and their carers, at The Silver Birch Centre in Benfleet, Basildon. In this video, clients explain how the centre and the staff have helped them. ECF has awarded them a grant to open another centre in Essex.

Maldon Men's Shed

Phil Kinsman described how the Men's Shed in Maldon brings men together for the benefit of their health and wellbeing.

CAVS Befriending Scheme

Vicky Pilton and Jennifer Ferns from the Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) befriending scheme explained the need for the service, which matches people who feel lonely and isolated with a volunteer companion.

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett

In this video, recorded at our 2017 AGM, Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett speaks of his experiences as a philanthropist, discusses the outcomes of the 'Who Will Care?' Report and explains how community foundations are well placed, but must act, to combat social issues including an ageing population.

Fiona Ashworth

Fiona Ashworth of Thompson Smith and Puxon solicitors talks about her long standing relationship with ECF and why she is pleased to recommend us to her clients.

Southend Blind Welfare Organisation - David Hurst

David Hurst talks about his journey to becoming Chair of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation. He also explains the issues faced by small charities when applying for grants and why he supports ECF's grantmaking model.

Southend Blind Welfare Organisation - David Hurst tells Russell's story

David Hurst, Chairman of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation, reads Russell's story. This recounts the impact of his eye condition upon his life, the loss of his job and the huge amount of support and encouragement he has recieved from Southend Blind Welfare Organisation. Through their support Russell now has a successful career.

City of Chelmsford Mencap - Sabine and Michael

In this clip Sabine Nussey introduces Michael Truong, a client of City of Chelmsford Mencap. Michael and Sabine explain what the 'Working Out' project is and the benefits it provides.

Kids Inspire - Caitlin and Sue Bell

In this film we hear from Caitlin who explains how Kids Inspire changed her life from despair to aspiration. Sue Bell, the founder of Kids Inspire also explains how vital ECF funding is to their continued work.

Witham Town Lunch Club - Karen and Sylvia

Karen Dillane briefly outlines the work of the Witham Town Lunch Club and introduces Sylvia who explains how the club helped her to cope with the loss of her husband and how she now volunteers there to help others.

Lord Petre - Patron

Lord Peter succinctly recalls how Essex Community Foudation began and captures the essence of its purpose and what it has acheived.

Jerome Booth, Fundholder

In this video, recorded at our recent AGM, Jerome Booth answers a question from the audience regarding how donors can make the best giving decisions.

Jerome Booth, Fundholder

In this second clip from our AGM, Jerome Booth talks about why he gives and why he chooses to give through Essex Community Foundation

Oliver Jones-Davies, Director, Client Investments, CCLA

CCLA kindly sponsored our recent AGM and in this short clip thier Client Investment Director, Oliver Jones-Davies explains why CCLA wholeheartedly support the Community Foundation movement.

Action for Family Carers

In this film a 17 year old client of Action for Family Carers describes how she came to realise that she is a young carer and how the organisation, funded by Essex Community Foundation, support her in carrying out this vital role. The carers emotions do get the better of her in this clip but she has very kindly agreed to let us use the anonymised footage.

Betty Findlay - Action for Family Carers

Betty Findlay explains how her life changed when her husband of 34 years had a stroke and then went on to develop dementia. She received fantastic support from Action for Family Carers who recently received a £5000 grant from the Provide Foundation  managed by ECF.

Philip Richards - Provide Foundation

Philip Richards from Provide explains why their business wants to support the voluntary sector and how Essex Community Foundation helps them to acheive their objectives

Essex Boys' & Girls' Clubs - Respect Project

Jake Mabey, a 'graduate' of the Respect project, who is now working for Essex Boys' and Girls' Clubs to deliver the programme, introduces Rowan Osborne who shares his experiences and the benefits of taking part in the innovative scheme.

Brentwood Print CIC - David Kennard

David Kennard describes his descent into depression and the subsequent impact upon his life. He then explains how Brentwood Community Print CIC helped him to tackle his condition and re-build his self esteem. He is now 'giving something back' by mentoring new clients.

Stephen Kavanagh - Chief Constable

Here, Stephen Kavanagh, the Chief Constable of Essex Police explains why he values the contribution that the voluntary sector makes to Community Safety. He also outlines why Essex Police have chosen to create their own endowed fund within the Foundation.

Glenda Daines, Stroke Club Mid-Essex

In this short film, Glenda Daines talks about how her life has been affected after she suffered a stroke and the support she received from the Stroke Club Mid-Essex which recently received a grant from the Provide Foundation, managed by ECF.