Support in the Community
One of our aims as an organisation is to have a wider impact in the communities we serve. We achieve this by working with and providing funding to local partners. These groups offer different types of support, which you or somebody you know may find helpful. Find out more about which organisations we work in partnership with, here.
Throughout the year, our Community Initiative Fund distributes a total of £40,000 among local groups and organisations (through separate rounds of funding) which can make a real impact in their communities. More information about the Community Fund and how to apply is available here.
The following groups have received grants from the Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) Community Initiative Fund.
Little Explorers: £500 – To help towards the cost of transportation for a group trip to the Colchester Zoo.
Greenpath Ventures: £750 – To provide tools, compost, and equipment for three allotments at Irvine Road.
RCCG Stillwater Centre: £1,000 – To help support a monthly programme called “Care & Share”, offering non-perishable food items to vulnerable residents.
Re-Engage: £1,000 – to help grow new and existing relationships with professional referral organisations so that older people most in need are introduced to their services.
Bangladeshi Women’s Association Essex: £1,000 – To increase provision for the culturally-specific needs of women and children within Colchester and improve their quality of life and access to health and care services.
Outhouse: £1000 – To increase provision and a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, who have experienced social isolation and are looking for friendships and support.
Bridgeway: £1,000 – To support newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan with Halal food during the cost of living crisis.
Who are they?
The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation is a small charity based in Colchester that supports teenagers and young adults (13-24) who are living with cancer and their families.
North Colchester Men’s Shed (Chairman)
Who are they? North Colchester Men’s Shed (Essex Shed Network)
North Colchester Men’s Shed is a registered charity set up for the well being of men. It has been identified that men simply aren’t as well served when it comes to clubs, groups or other community initiatives compared to women and men are far more vulnerable to becoming socially isolated and/or lonely than women. The statistics surrounding men’s health present a worrying trend: 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65.
Impact: to purchase PAT testing equipment
- Applicant: Blossoms Preschool
What Impect : Blossoms Preschool – non-profit organisation for the benefit of the local community Monkwick
To help install CCTV around our community preschool. There has been a rise in crime and anti-social behaviour around our premises recently.
Applicant: Mercury Theatre
Who: Mercury Theatre – A diverse and exciting programme of unique insightful and incisive theatre in Colchester
Impact : The Mercury Together project will benefit local families that are CBH tenants or leaseholders with children during the school summer holidays and will be targeted at those for whom a trip to the theatre may not be financially possible. It also targets families that may benefit from our accessible shows (Relaxed, Captioned, Audio Described).
Applicant: The C3 Church
Who: The C3 Impact Colchester – No matter where you are in life, you are very welcome at The C3 Church. We are committed to helping you become the person God intended you to be.
What: Purchase of kitchen equipment to be able to supply food at our community market and community functions.
St Helena Hospice
Who: St Helena Hospice, the local hospice for the communities of north east Essex.
Impact : It is our plan to re-establish our group sessions for those experiencing end of life and we are in urgent need of new, infection controlled chairs in order for the sessions to take place.
- Applicant: Colchester CAP Debt Centre
Who: Working in partnership with the national charity Christians Against Poverty, Colchester CAP Debt Centre provides a solution to those with unmanageable debt.
Impact: We require need funding to support us as we expand in two areas:
- a) We are training up a new salaried Debt Coach who will also be our Assistant Centre Manager and when she is fully operational, seeing clients, it will help us to reduce our waiting list –
- b) We are also building up our Life Skills offering, to help our clients as they move on when becoming debt free.
Applicant: Fibromyalgia Support Group Colchester
Who: The Fibromyalgia Support Group Colchester in association with Fibromyalgia Action UK who is the only group of this kind locally supporting the members with information, support, research and friendship for this chronic debilitating pain condition.
Impact : Funding will be used to pay for hall hire facilities, refreshments that we offer free of charge to support wellness and friendship combating loneliness and depression.
Applicant: Signpost (Colchester) Limited
Who: Signpost is an established charity with a 26 year track record of working with individuals from disadvantaged communities to improve their life chances. We provide a free, comprehensive resource centre responding creatively to the specific needs of the unemployed in Colchester.
Impact: to recommence our group sessions to resume our Work Club and IT Support groups weekly, with the purchase of ICT Equipment.
Applicant: : D COMPANY ESSEX ACF
Who: In 2019 Cadets Branch launched the Army Cadet Ambassador and Champion programme. Both ambassadors and champions act as the face of the Army’s Cadets. They have been selected for their passion for helping and inspiring young people, along with their potential reach amongst their established networks and relationships.
Impact: The funding will go toward getting some expedition equipment which will enable more army cadets to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards