Social Impact Funding and Sponsorship - February 2019

ACT is pleased to recently provide funding to the following four projects:

  • Colchester Borough Homes - £20000: This project will develop street advocates/volunteer support workers who will work alongside the CB homes Early Intervention rough sleeper co-ordinator providing early identification of problems and risks. Rough sleepers are likely to be vulnerable to exploitation and abuse which increases incidence of harm and deterioration of health issues. The provision of a health based resource working as part of the street outreach team will reduce risk of harm and increase the likelihood of a solution to issues with the aim of reducing the number of people sleeping rough in Colchester. The longer term aim is to make accommodation available through existing resources such as the Night Shelter and develop new accommodation such as short term lodgings, immediate access short term rooms and move on accommodation where support through mentors and the outreach team will continue.

  • Your Living Room - £4000: To support a user-led forum providing tools to engage with clients who have or have had severe hoarding issues and support recovery to avoid relapse into hoarding. Bringing like-minded people together to support one another is a key factor for effective success. Hoarding can be a pathway into homelessness and inevitably resulting in rough sleeping for some clients. 

  • The Walton Feel Good Choir - £232.00: For the purchase of audio/visual equipment. By active participation, the choir aims to break barriers of social exclusion/isolation/communication and give people a chance to make friends through shared creative meaningful activity.

  • Golden India Cycle Trip - £3346: Sponsorship for two ACE staff to undertake a 600 mile 10 day cycle trip through part of India to raise funds for three charities, including ACT.

Applications for Social Impact Funding Granted by ACT in July 2017

Fourteen community organisations which help improve people’s health and care are celebrating after gaining a share of nearly £40,000 made available by ACT.

The successful applicants were:

·   REMAP Essex, Colchester/Tendring: REMAP makes aids and equipment for people with disabilities where no suitable alternative exists. £1,500

·   CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse), Colchester and surrounding area: creating spaces for victims of sexual violence project. £4,000

·    The Ark Centre – Speaking with Signs, Harwich and Dovercourt: provides tuition to children and young people with communication difficulties, extending this in the form of workshops to their parents and other adults involved with the child. £1,430

·    Open Road – Clacton & Colchester Wellbeing Project, north Essex: providing a programme of relaxation, mindfulness and wellbeing sessions at two treatment centres in Colchester and Clacton. Also delivering wellbeing workshops. £3,930

·     Mid Tendring Education Partnership – Parent Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Tendring: this programme provides support for parents who have underlying mental health difficulties which are impacting on their overall wellbeing and ability to fulfill their potential. £2,880

·     The Therapy Clinic (Colchester) CIC, Colchester: emotional management skills and mental health support for homeless adults. Allows clients to access support from fully qualified, accredited and experienced therapists. £4,000

·     African Families in the UK – 4 Dimensional Enrichment, Colchester and Clacton: project to enhance numeracy, English and science knowledge of youngsters from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. £3,000

·     CAB Colchester – IT procurement, central Colchester and Wivenhoe; provision of five laptops with secure server access via RSA tokens to facilitate advice sessions at remote locations. £1,800

·    Headway Essex, north east Essex: programme of education and cognitive rehabilitation support for people with acquired brain injury. £3,451

·    Maze Cares – Parent Mentor Programme, Colchester, Tendring and Harwich: formal training course for volunteer parent mentors to enable parents to develop the skills they need to become volunteer mentors with the MAZE parent support groups. £3,920

·    Kid Backs 4 The Future CIC – Step-Back in Time (S-BIT), north east Essex: a dynamic, inter-generational volunteering social action project, helping young people help older people. £2,058

·    Mistley Kids Club, Tendring, East Bergholt and Mersea: funding school holiday activities for all children including those whose families would otherwise not be able to afford for their children to experience activities. £1,664

·     MS-UK, Colchester and Tendring: providing mindfulness courses to 24 people affected by multiple sclerosis by someone with understanding of the condition. £3,894

·    Inclusion Ventures – Clacton Bike Kitchen, west Clacton: project to teach children, young people and their families to carry out repairs and services on their own bikes. £2,150

Applicants needed to demonstrate to trustees:

  • how the funding for which they have applied will benefit the health, well-being and/or welfare of people living in the communities in which ACE provides services;

  • good value for money;

  • the work is meeting needs that are not already being met;

  • there will be no ‘pick up’ costs after 12 months, e.g. running costs, maintenance costs etc.

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