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Colchester Borough Homes announces Community Fund winners

Colchester Borough Homes has announced the latest round of successful applicants for its community fund.

Nine community groups will benefit from a share of Colchester Borough Homes’ (CBH) £40,000 Community Fund.

The CBH team looked at the applications and were supported by the Resident Panel, who helped to score each application and assess how they would benefit both people and areas in the borough.

The Community Fund supports the values of Colchester Borough Homes ongoing commitment to connect local Colchester communities.

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive Gareth Mitchell said: “I’m delighted that we continue to support local organisations and residents by providing funding that can make a real difference to individuals.

“The Community Fund demonstrates our commitment to bringing communities from across the borough together.”

For further information or comment please contact communications@colchester.gov.uk or 07815088150

Please see below a summary of all the projects which benefitted from the Community Fund and what they intend to use the funding for:

Warm & Toasty Club

The funding will help with the running of 48 weekly Memory Afternoons over one year, for people over the age of 60. The events are engaging & entertaining, focused on memory sharing, befriending & entertainment sessions. The sessions involve chatting, drinking tea and eating biscuits while revelling in the stories from everyone’s past.

The funding is important because it makes a tangible difference to the lives of the people they work with, to our wider community of older people and the wider public.

Colchester Holocaust Memorial Day (CHMD)

The funding is for an event organised jointly by Colchester Holocaust Memorial Day Organising Group and Colchester Trades Union Council. They want to affirm their commitment in Colchester to tolerance and inclusion. They have been organizing Holocaust Memorial Day events in Colchester the last three years.

As living survivors dwindle, they’re concerned the memory of the Holocaust has begun to fade.

Find Your Spark

The funding will provide support for parents who have underlying mental health difficulties, which include low self-esteem, anxiety and family issues that are impacting on their overall wellbeing and ability to fulfil their potential, which may affect their children and their community.

The long-term benefits of this project include: Improved interpersonal relationships, Improved parenting Capacity and family functioning, Reduction in Parent Child Conflicts and Improved psychosocial functioning and quality of life.

GoodGym

With this funding, they plan to carry out weekly sessions in the community that will combine physical volunteering and getting fit in the community.

GoodGym Colchester is all about bringing communities together in a unique, fun, social and innovative way.

Mersea Island Community Association (MICA)

The funding will help replace windows in small hall.

The small hall is used for dance classes, by the drama groups including the junior group of over 30 children, it is used by the Monday luncheon club for the elderly and for children’s parties and for many other activities. The hall will provide a venue for all of this but needs to be in good condition replacing the windows will ensure its continued use.

Monkwick Munch Club

Would like funding for holiday hunger programme, providing a free lunch to all school children who receive free school meals and their families. Also for families on low incomes and families in need.

Colchester Parent Support

Colchester Parent Support provides monthly coffee mornings for parents/carers of children with additional needs.

The funding will help provide ongoing and free peer to peer support for parents/carers of children with additional needs. They provide a welcoming and friendly environment for parents/carers to meet for friendship, information, support and advice

Colchester Pride

Funding would help with the development of The Pride Players & The Pride Community Action Awards.

Colchester has a wealth of undiscovered talent, by producing a summer show, a pantomime and an awards evening, they hope to bring communities together. Whilst Colchester Pride represents the LGBTQ+ community its very nature is one of education, equality and outreach work. There is currently no LGBTQ amateur dramatic group or presentation awards ceremony.

St Anne’s Community Hall Association

With funding, they plan to invite local children to take part in 4 weeks of Boxing and football, each one hour sessions, once per week with a final Family Fun day. This will be offered to residents free of charge.

St. Annes & New Town sit within the top 4 most deprived wards in Colchester. With many new families moving into the area, social cohesion is a priority for the organisations involved in this project. The activities are open to all our neighbouring wards and not restricted to each ward.

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