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Colchester Borough Homes supports outstanding community projects with Community Initiative Fund

From L-R: Nicola Davey, tenant board member who selected recipients; Claire James, Customer Experience Team Leader; Tracey Davies from Ending Life's Taboo; Julie Gardner from Little Explorers, Matthew Smith from Greenpath Ventures; David Carley, involved tenant who selected recipients

From L-R: Nicola Davey, tenant board member who selected recipients; Claire James, Customer Experience Team Leader; Tracey Davies from Ending Life’s Taboo; Julie Gardner from Little Explorers, Matthew Smith from Greenpath Ventures; David Carley, involved tenant who selected recipients

Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) has announced the successful applicants for its second round of Community Fund.

Every year, CBH offers £40,000 over three separate rounds to local groups in Colchester who can offer a vast range of support services, opportunities and facilities to residents across the borough. Earlier this year funding was awarded to 11 groups including Funnelwick Limb, Monkwick Munch Club and the Warm and Toasty Club.

A panel of CBH’s tenants and leaseholders assessed the applications for the second round against agreed criteria. A key item was for groups to be accessible to CBH’s tenants and leaseholders and sustainable.

The 14 successful groups for this year’s second round of funding includes:

  • Child First Charitable Trust 
  • Age Concern
  • Greenpath Ventures
  • Colchester Anti Loo Roll Brigade
  • Rowhedge under 5’s Pre School
  • Little Explorers
  • East Anglian Indian Association
  • Ending Life’s Taboo
  • Clothing Clinic Textile Collective
  • St Anne’s Community Hall
  • Greenstead with St. Anne’s, Parish Outreach Worker 
  • Sing and Sign Colchester
  • Tots 2 Teens
  • CSEF Respect Programme 

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive, Philip Sullivan, said: “Congratulations to the recipients in this round of the Community Fund. These groups provide fantastic opportunities and services for residents in Colchester.

“Supporting communities is so important to us. It’s essential tenants and residents have access to a range of quality, local services and I’m proud of the part Colchester Borough Homes has in supporting these groups.”

Please see below a summary of all the projects which benefitted from the second round of this year’s Community Fund:

Child First Charitable Trust: A family support programme planning to run drop-in sessions and online workshops covering; debt and managing a home, conflict resolution and accessing wider community support.

Age Concern Colchester: Will be providing a friendship group at a CBH Sheltered Housing Scheme.

Greenpath Ventures: Plan to develop a community allotment in Irvine Road which is wheelchair and dementia friendly.

Colchester Anti Loo Roll Brigade: Provides; support to Colchester residents in need, logistical support to local charities and DIY SOS projects for local disabled children.

Greenstead with St. Anne’s, Parish Outreach Worker: Want to purchase age specific toys for the parent and baby group to encourage developmental and sensory awareness.

Rowhedge under 5’s Pre School: Plan to install extra electrical sockets to provide  sensory equipment for children that require enhanced provision and sensory needs.

Little Explorers: Looking to replace outdoor flooring which will allow continued learning through play for pre-school children.

East Anglian Indian Association: Will use funding to arrange a coach for the local community to visit a Hindu temple during Diwali.

Ending Life’s Taboo: This new charity offers support to young people aged 18-40 who are facing life-limiting and end-of-life diagnosis in Colchester.

Clothing Clinic Textile Collective: Helps people to repair, alter or make clothes in the Community360 hub. They teach people to knit a hat from donated wool and how to make quilted items from donated fabrics.

St Anne’s Community Hall: Funding will support a Christmas party for local children including a buffet and a visit from Father Christmas!

Sing and Sign Colchester: Offers subsidised classes for parents and babies to bond and communicate, enhancing the child’s speech and language to prepare them for pre-school.

Tots 2 Teens: Colchester based community group. They collect donations of clothes, accessories and other essentials and then deliver them to families in need. They help youngsters from new-born babies to teenagers and have supported many vulnerable families.

Children’s Safety Education Foundation Respect Programme: Project to teach young people about the consequences of crime and anti-social behaviour and the impact it has on health, safety, well-being, and communities.