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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.

Abacus Kindergarten

Abacus Kindergarten

Who are they?

A safe, secure and happy environment for children age two to four.

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

To help tackle social isolation and offer parents and carers a place to relax, chat, and hopefully make new friends.

Visit their website…

Abberton rural training

Abberton Rural Training

Who are they

ART is an educational charity providing practical and skills training alongside therapeutic support and mentoring to the residents of Essex and surrounding areas.

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

To upgrade a community café and create new learning and volunteering opportunities within a community space.

Visit their website…

Berechurch Youth Club

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

To help provide a Friday night youth club.

Blue Moon

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

To buy speakers, microphones and small easy-to-play instruments used to entertain residents in sheltered accommodation.

Christians Against Poverty

CAP Debt Service

Who are they

If you’re looking for help to get out of debt, Christians Against Poverty provides a range of free services across the UK through local churches.

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

To provide training for a third part-time debt coach.

Visit their website…

Colchester Fringe

Colchester Fringe

Who are they

Support work by local emerging artists, whilst attracting performance companies to the town from across the U.K and overseas.

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

To support the Colchester Fringe Festival 2022.

Visit their website…

Colchester Pride

Colchester Pride

Who are they

Colchester Pride started in 2016 with support from Outhouse East.

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

To deliver a programme of social events and creative projects.

Visit their website…

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Essex Free School Uniform

Who are they

DNA Networks is a network of Christian communities based in Colchester, Essex. The ESSEX FREE SCHOOL UNIFORM has been set up to help alleviate the pressure on parents by assisting with the cost of school uniform.

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

To purchase school uniforms for families struggling with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Visit their website…

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Marks Tey Parish Council

Who are they

Parish councils are formed to provide services like allotments, play areas, village halls, public toilets and control of litter.

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

To purchase a bookcase on wheels for its community library.

Visit their website…

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Refugee Action Colchester

Who are they

At RA-C we provide support with the complexities of a new life in a foreign country, at all the different stages of the integration process..

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

To help replenish its Food from Home foodbank.

Visit their website…

Monkwick Munch Club

Who are they

Providing a free hot lunch for children during school holidays.

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

to provide food parcels for families in need and those on low income.

Visit their Facebook page…

Wimpole Road Make Lunch

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

To help deliver lunch clubs to address holiday hungers.

Visit their website

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Kelly’s Kafe

Who are they

Kelly’s Kafe is a community cafe in Greenstead, Colchester.

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

To provide more food-based community events for those experiencing social isolation in and around Greenstead.

Visit their Facebook page…

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Little Explorers

Who are they

Learning through play based, individual needs met, children are in a safe and secure environment with fully trained staff and works within the community.

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

To enhance a new outside play area for pre-school children.

Visit their website…

St. Anne’s Toddler Outreach

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

To purchase a new toddler playpen.

Visit their website