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Community Voluntary Services Tendring has been in existence for nearly 50 years.
Our mission is ‘leading and supporting voluntary action in Tendring’ and our core functions are to support, promote and develop the community and voluntary sector and to encourage liaison and connections between organisations, agencies and businesses.
CVST represents the sector providing a broad overview of needs and giving a neutral and objective viewpoint ensuring the sector has a voice and thereby is assisted toward sustainability. To support other voluntary sector representatives to have their say. To act as a strategic partner with local councils, funders, health providers and government in order to influence policy, plans and strategy.
To contribute and facilitate consultations, to advocate and challenge the design and provision of local services. We do this by participating in a range of strategic boards and committees including but not limited to the Tendring Health and Wellbeing Board, the Essex Compact Steering Group, the Older People’s Forum, the Voluntary Sector Forum, the Essex Voluntary Sector Alliance, Essex CVS, North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Alliance System Resilience Group, Suffolk and North East Essex (SNEE) Integrated Care System (ICS), SNEE ICS Cancer Board, SNEE ICE Suicide Prevention Board, SNEE VCSE, Social Prescribing Partnership, Essex Carers Partnership and various multi-agency partnerships.
Because of its unique position in the community, CVST works closely and collaborates with partners and stakeholders from all sectors to identify and share knowledge of unmet local need and help to set up new initiatives in order to meet gaps in services or help develop and extend services with existing providers.
CVST promotes the work of the voluntary sector through one to one contacts from its multi-skilled staff and volunteer team with extensive knowledge and experience of the local sector and services, meetings, in the e-bulletin, website, social media and through our exhibitions, conference and activities.
CVST brings together communities in liaison in a range of ways including hosting regular network breakfasts, coffee drop-ins, exhibitions, cafés, focus groups or organising fundraising events such as the ever popular Annual Victorian Christmas Market.
Through our Community Information Centre in central Clacton and our Dovercourt & Harwich Hub, we offer a social prescribing service, funding advice, information and guidance, training days, regular newsletters packed with charity information, beach hut hire, training, volunteer opportunities and a range of accessible meeting rooms and equipment available to hire at reasonable rates to local groups.
Colchester United Football in the Community (CUFITC) is the official charity partner of Colchester United Football Club.
We aim to get our community engaged in the wide range of activities we offer and in turn lead active and healthier life styles through our four main strands of delivery Sports Participation, Education, Health and Inclusion, and Facility Development.
Currently delivering our services to 7,500 people over 450 hours of provision each week, CUFITC impacts people positively using the power of sport we play a key role in our local community.
‘’To enrich the lives of the people within the communities we operate through physical education and the brand of Colchester United’’
Aims and Objectives
• To promote sport and learning to the wider community.
• To place Colchester United FC at the heart of the community by increasing sports participation and engagement with the Club.
• To help grow the supporter base of Colchester United through positive brand representation.
• To champion health and wellbeing throughout the operational region.
Colchester Gateway Clubs are… an independent local charity, providing social clubs and activities for adults with learning disabilities. The main aim of our clubs is for people to enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. The Charity is established to enable people with learning disabilities to access leisure and social activities in the community and the opportunities for personal development including self advocacy.
The Charity campaigns for and with people with learning disabilities for the rights of people with learning disabilities and works with other organisations and groups for the benefit of people with learning disabilities. Colchester Gateway Clubs actively promote campaigns that are important for, people with a learning disability. We have been involved with the “Stay up late” initiative, Essex Safeguarding Adults, “Its my life”, Safe Relationships project, Anti Bullying and Anti Discrimination. In addition, service navigation, referral and advocacy is available where appropriate. These objects are supported by entrance fees, donations and fundraising activities.
The Charity employs professional staff who carry out the week-to-week running of the clubs. Members of the clubs are from the age of eighteen upwards with no age limit. All are appropriate for this age group. Colchester Gateway Clubs are dedicated to respect all individuals regardless of backgrounds, abilities and beliefs. Equal access is provided across the charity regardless of race, age, culture, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
First and foremost, our aim is to provide emergency accommodation to those who are homeless and provide support to those caught in the “revolving door” of long term homelessness.
The present Night Shelter, which has room for 20 men and women and is wholly owned by the charity, was purchased from Colchester Borough Council using funding from the National Lottery. If you are homeless and have nowhere to stay then you are more than welcome: provided you are happy to stick to the house rules. We open at 7.15 pm every evening and provided we have space then we will be able to accommodate you. If you need a bed at the Night Shelter please phone to find out if we have any available. The same applies if you want to refer anyone. As for services and rules please ask a member of staff when you call. A big thank you to our supporters, volunteers and funders for making the Night Shelter possible.
Our client group is a difficult one and there are a whole range of complex and overlapping reasons as to why they are homeless. They face a number of issues in addition to, but often compounded by, their situation. These issues can include Addiction problems, Mental Health issues, Offending history and often a combination which are difficult to address and support. The isolation and destructive nature of homelessness means that people find it difficult to access the help they need. This is where the Night Shelter plays an integral part in the transition from homelessness to eventual independent living with the Night Shelter staff continuing to support the client for as long as they are in need of assistance.
We prepare our clients to succeed in securing and maintaining permanent housing by understanding and acknowledging the impact of homelessness on permanent housing placement and identifying the transitional goals and working with them intensively to meet those before they are moved into their accommodation.
Community360 is an independent charity that aims to inspire and enable social action to improve people’s quality of life. We have a strong track record of bringing people together, developing innovative approaches, and of delivering improved outcomes.
Our vision is for a more equal society. Our ambition is to use our efforts and influence to reduce inequalities and increase opportunities.
C360 lead on many community volunteering programmes, involving c400 volunteers through our Time Bank and Volunteer Centre projects. We also support over 300 community groups a year to access funding, embed good financial practices, recruit their own volunteers, plan and train, as well as network and promote what they do.
We manage programmes that provide fundamental, practical support to the community. Our Community Transport scheme facilitate over 50,000 trips each year and we hire out scooters and wheelchairs 5 days a week.
Our organisation is constantly evolving, anticipating opportunities in our community and seeking to maximise the impact that we can all have to make our vision a reality. Situated at the heart of the local voluntary and community sector since 1968, Community360 is an independent, charitable infrastructure organisation whose aim is to inspire groups to seize opportunities and become more enterprising and sustainable.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male.
Anyone can hit crisis point. We run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. We support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).
Together we’ll help our parents, siblings, partners, friends and colleagues. We spread our message and facilitate, universities, pubs, clubs and prisons across the country – so that people feel empowered to share their experiences and get the help they need before they reach the point of crisis.
Everyone has a part to play. We campaign with media partners, brands and ambassadors to spread awareness of suicide and its devastating impact with campaigns like #Project84, #DontBottleItUp and The Best Man Project. We challenge boring male stereotypes and encourage positive behavioural change and help-seeking behaviour, using cultural touch points like art, music, sport and comedy.