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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.

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Funnelwick Limb

Who are they?

A Colchester-based arts organisation.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will help to make 250 activity packs.

Visit their website…

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Find Your Spark

Who are they

Provide support for children and parents who have mental health concerns.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will go towards providing 1-1 and group mental health support.

Visit their website…

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East Anglian Indian Association

Who are they

They organise events which are non-profit making, open to other communities and family orientated.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will support events for the festival of Navaratri, the festival of Diwali and the festival of Holi.

Visit their Facebook page…

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Clowns in the Sky

Who are they

Supports children with brain tumours and their families in Colchester Hospital.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will go towards providing portable arts, crafts, and sensory trolleys to children’s ward.

Visit their website…

Monkwick Munch Club

Who are they

Supplies families with meals during the school holidays including a main meal, breakfast and snacks.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

The funding will help provide these meals.

Visit their Facebook page…

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The Warm and Toasty Club

Who are they

Group which provides Memory Afternoons. A befriending, conversation and entertainment group event for groups of older people.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will support more of these events.

Visit their website…

Tots2Teens

Who are they

Provides clothing for children 0-16 years old and offer a support service to families in Colchester.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will help with continuing to facilitate this in the future.

Visit their Facebook page…

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Signpost

Who are they

Small charity that supports those who are out of work because of the pandemic.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will help the organisation grow to support residents.

Visit their website…

Shoe Box Celebration Appeal

Shoe Box

Who are they

They make birthday and special occasion boxes for elderly residents alone in the community.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will support this and hopefully allow them to book rooms for events.

Contact

shoeboxcelebrationappeal@gmail.com

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YOPEY (Young People of the Year)

Who are they

Works with year 10 students at Colchester Academy.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will support opportunities for young people who live locally in and around the Greenstead estate to visit care homes and offer support.

See the YOPEY Essex page…

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ReFocus TA-DAH

Who are they

Provides free craft and activity packs to children and families.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

The funding will hopefully support 1000 packs over the summer holiday.

Visit their Facebook page…

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Child First Charitable Trust

Who are they

A family support programme

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Support the planning of drop-in sessions and online workshops covering; debt and managing a home, conflict resolution and accessing wider community support.

Visit their website

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Age Concern Colchester

Who are they

A local independent charitable company limited by guarantee providing services and support for older people in the Colchester area

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Will be providing a friendship group at a CBH Sheltered Housing Scheme.

Visit their website

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Greenpath Ventures

Who are they

Provides bespoke activity days include many experiences such as fire lighting, foraging, shelter building, care farming and bushcraft

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

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

Visit their website

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Colchester Anti Loo Roll Brigade: 

Who are they

During the pandemic, they set up a huge support network which became a lifeline for local elderly, disabled and isolating communities and arranged prescription delivery services, provided education services as well as providing food, gifts and much needed positivity.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Will help the group to provides support to Colchester residents in need, logistical support to local charities and DIY SOS projects for local disabled children.

Visit their website

Greenstead with St. Anne’s, Parish Outreach Worker

Who are they

Ministry team and church members who seek to serve the people of the Parish of Greenstead St Anne in numerous ways

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Want to purchase age specific toys for the parent and baby group to encourage developmental and sensory awareness.

Visit their website

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Rowhedge under 5’s Pre School

Who are they

Highly regarded Ofsted registered and inspected, the Rowhedge Pre-school for 2–5 year olds is based at the Rowhedge Community Centre.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Plan to install extra electrical sockets to provide  sensory equipment for children that require enhanced provision and sensory needs.

Visit their website

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Little Explorers

Who are they

Offer learning through a play based environment in a safe and secure environment with fully trained staff in the Greenstead community.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

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

Visit their website

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Ending Life’s Taboo 

Who are they

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

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Will help with start-up costs

Visit their website

Clothing Clinic Textile Collective

Who are they
Helps people to repair, alter or make clothes in the Community360 hub.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project
Funding will supporting teaching people to knit a hat from donated wool and how to make quilted items from donated fabrics.

Visit their Facebook page

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St Anne’s Community Hall

Who are they

St. Anne’s Community Services (St Anne’s) is a charity that is committed to enabling people to live their best life.

What impact has the CBH Community Initiative Fund contribution had on their project

Funding will support a Christmas party for local children including a buffet and a visit from Father Christmas!

Visit their website