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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.

Abacus Kindergarten

Greenpath Ventures: £750 – To provide tools, compost, and equipment for three allotments at Irvine Road.

Abacus Kindergarten

Network Dance: £950 – To offer 30 free weekly dance exercises and movement classes.

RCCG Stillwater Centre: £1,000 – To help support a monthly programme called “Care & Share”, offering non-perishable food items to vulnerable residents.

Abacus Kindergarten

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.

Abacus Kindergarten

Greenstead Library: £1000 – To purchase sensory equipment for the children’s area.

Abacus Kindergarten

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.

Abacus Kindergarten

Tiptree Volunteers: £1,000 – To set up a Community Fridge.

Abacus Kindergarten

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.

Abacus Kindergarten

Bridgeway: £1,000 – To support newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan with Halal food during the cost of living crisis.

Abacus Kindergarten

Together we grow: £1000 – To provide 30 weekly sessions at the school’s gardens.

Abacus Kindergarten

St Annes Stay and Play: £1,200 – Supply hot food each week to Youth Club attendees.

Abacus Kindergarten

Tom Bowdidge

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.


Tom Bowdidge Foundation Supporting teenagers and young adults with cancer

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

Essex Shed Network

  • Applicant: Blossoms Preschool

Blossoms Preschool and Children’s Centre CIC – Home | Facebook

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: Colchester Squadron Air Training Corps 

308 Colchester Squadron | Facebook

Who: Colchester Air Cadets

Impact: Electronic Equipment to Aid 308 (Colchester) Squadron’s Digital Transformation

Applicant: Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre Colchester | Unique, Insightful and Incisive 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


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


Home | 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

Colchester CAP Debt Centre | Debt Counselling and Advice (

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:

  1. 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 –
  2. 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


Fibromyalgia Support Colchester (FMAUK) | Facebook

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

Signpost (

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.


D Company Essex Army Cadet Force | Facebook

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