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Teledyne e2v provides long-term support for local charities

28th September 2018

A passionate pledge to give back to their community is being achieved by the Chelmsford-based global manufacturer Teledyne e2v, through their charitable fund.

Teledyne e2v is one of the largest private employers in Essex with around 850 highly skilled staff in Chelmsford as well as operations around the world. They develop technology that enables a range of applications including the diagnosis and treatment of illness, life science research and Space exploration.

The fund, which is run on behalf of the company by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), has over the past year, distributed more than £8,000 to charities and community groups in the county.

Grants awarded include £2,800 for the charity InterAct, based at Moulsham Mill, which helps young people with learning disabilities.

Anita Goldsmith, chief executive of InterAct, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Teledyne e2v Foundation, through ECF, for our Aspire Centre in Chelmsford.

“This is a community venue providing a unique resource to young people with additional needs, learning disabilities, autism and emotional difficulties. The centre is a base for our activities and it incorporates the Aspire Garden. Every week the centre is used for our Friday evening COZ Club, a gardening group, Circles of Support project and our over 19s project.

“We use the centre to engage with young people, communicate with them about their lives, aims and ambitions for the future, increasing their confidence, independence and personal safety. The project improves community safety by engaging young people, reducing stigma and providing support.

“This grant is a great boost for the centre and will mean we can improve our equipment and expand activities.”

Other grants awarded by ECF over the past year from the Teledyne e2v Foundation include:

• £3,000 for We Walk the Line, based in Colchester. The funding will go towards the salary of a mentor to help disadvantaged people into employment at a social enterprise café at the Firstsite gallery in the town.

• £1,252 to Braintree Rethink Carers Support to fund an art club for people with mental health difficulties and a social club for their carers.

• £1,790 for an all-weather adventure cycleway and woodland haven being developed by Broomfield Village Hall Charity.

Jon Kemp, chairperson of Teledyne e2v’s charities committee (pictured second from right), said: “We are passionate about giving back to our community and we have chosen to be strategic in our approach to charitable giving by setting up the Teledyne e2v Foundation, with ECF, in 2006. 

“By working with ECF we are introduced to a wide range of local voluntary and community organisations that we otherwise would not know about. Applications are assessed by ECF and a shortlist is presented to our charities committee which is made up of members of staff, so they can be involved in the decision-making process.

“It is a very rewarding partnership and we are often able to see at first hand the positive results that our grant making has had by visiting the charities and organisations who have received funding.”

Since 2006, the Teledyne e2v Foundation has awarded grants totalling almost £67,000.

For more information about Teledyne e2v, visit

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