February 2019

Four Projects benefit from ACT Grants and Sponsorship

ACT is pleased to fund Colchester Borough Homes to provide volunteer support workers with mental health training to work with rough sleepers with the aim of reducing risk of harm and find longer term solutions. 

ACT is also pleased to be able to provide funding to 'Your Living Room', a project to help severe hoarders resolve their lifestyle problems and prevent homelessness. 

ACT has also funded The Walton Feel Good Choir 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.

ACT has sponsored two ACE staff for a Golden India Cycle Trip; a 600 mile 10 day cycle trip through part of India to raise funds for three charities, including ACT.


Walton Sea Cadets - Funding to help with purchase of new Trinity 500 rowing boat

November 2018


Walton Sea Cadets were pleased to welcome Lawrie Payne, ACT Chair, to the launch of their new Trinity 500 rowing boat on Saturday 27 October 2018 at a special Launch Ceremony at Walton and Frinton Yacht Club.

Walton Sea Cadets (T.S. Illustrious) has been offering exciting and rewarding youth training since its formation in 1954. Young people from 10-18 are given the opportunity to learn an array of new skills and gain a sense of responsibility building on teamwork, community spirit, developing personal aspirations and leadership. Cadets have the opportunity to learn life skills and can gain RYA qualifications in boat work, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and BTEC qualifications in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.

ACT Trustees were pleased to be able to fund 2/3 of the cost of the new boat; cadets raised the remaining cost themselves together with the help of other sponsors. 

Following a vote of thanks to sponsors given by the Chair of the Cadets, Tim Adams, the Padre blessed the boat and the cadets took to the water. It was a beautiful sunny day although freezing cold and all were glad to retire to the Club House afterwards.



Helping rough sleepers/homeless people in north east Essex

May 2018


For the 2018/19 financial year, ACT want to focus the funding it has available on helping rough sleepers and the homeless who live on the streets of our towns in north east Essex. To do this, ACT will be looking to commission a major project or a number of smaller projects that will directly improve the health and well-being of rough sleepers.

If you have a proposal or a project that you think will meet this aim, please contact ACT via email at tim.huggett@acecic.nhs.uk or call 01206 833050.


ACT Proud To Sponsor Little Oakley Walking Football Team


January 2018

In September 2017, ACT agreed to sponsor Little Oakley Walking 'Blues' Football Team the amount of £450 for the purchase of new kit.  The Blues’ team won the over 60's Division of the Day Lewis Pharmacy Essex Walking Football League for Season 2017  - well done!

The new kit has now arrived and it looks great as can be seen below. 


Doucecroft School – All Weather Sports Pitch

November 2017

£10K funding from Anglian Community Trust allowed a new all-weather Sports Pitch at Doucecroft School in Eight Ash Green to be installed. The pitch was opened in September 2016 and has been a fantastic addition to the school’s facilities. The multi sports pitch has enabled pupils to engage in a range of sports, and with the help of external sports coaches, the students have built confidence taking part in sports and training.

Andrea Griffiths – Sports Coach at Doucecroft School has said "I personally have witnessed the outstanding achievements of our students and have noticed a positive change in behavior since having our multi sports pitch. Students are interacting well with one another and the physical exercise is meeting many of their individual sensory needs.

Since being provided with the all-weather pitch, we have been able to invite other special needs schools within the region to participate in a football match. This has given the students at Doucecroft the opportunity to make friendships and to familiarise themselves with students from other schools that are managing different disabilities. 

Having an all-weather pitch has helped our students with mobility, coordination and keeping fit, as well as working as a team and learning to respect one another. At lunch times and during PE lessons our students now have somewhere dry and mud free to play and practice their football skills as well as other sporting activities that may not have previously been available.

This has really payed off as in May 2017 we won our first ever football Trophy. We have also had students put forward for the Jack Petchey Award and had more successes in Panathlon which all links back to increased confidence, ability and pleasure in taking part in different sporting competitions. 

The football pitch has also helped to reduce the risk of injuries to staff and students as there is now a designated area to play football as opposed to playing amongst other ongoing games on the school field. We remain truly grateful to the Trustees of Anglian Community Trust for supporting this project. We are sure the pitch will continue to give joy to the students at Doucecroft School for many years to come".


ACE Staff Vote at Annual Members Meeting & Staff Awards to grant small awards to three local organisations

September 2017

On 5 September 2017, ACE staff were given the opportunity to vote to award £400, £250 and £100 between three local organisations to help them with projects. The outcome was:


  • Hadleigh Optomists  £400 - to enable visually impaired people from local/surrounding villages to go out and meet with others whilst being supported by volunteers.


  • Walton Community Centre £250 – to make safety improvements to the Centre.


  • 4th Brightlingsea Scout Group £100 – to help fund improvements to the Scout Group building.

This was a direct opportunity for staff to become involved in deciding where funding should be given.


Latest Donations

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!


ACE Staff Raising Funds for ACT!

May 2017

A team of four ACE staff trained hard to run the Colchester 10k in support of our local community. All donations made will go to help Anglian Community Trust to promote and protect the social, mental and physical health, welfare and well-being of people in the community of North East Essex and surrounding areas.

We are very pleased to say that £373 was raised. Well done to all!


You can now donate directly to ACT, via the MyDonate button below!

 May 2017


Your donation will support the social impact funding grants made by ACT to local charities and voluntary organisations.


The ACT Winter Project

December 2016


The winner, Swan Care, was announced at the ACT Winter Project Award Event on 6th December 2016. £5100 was awarded to provide 'winter warmer' packs to elderly and vulnerable people in the local community.


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