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Harlow Residents' Newsletter from CAB
Essex Climate Action Commission
ACL
Active Essex
Lockdown Summary from NAVCA
Test and Trace Isolation Support
Funding
Webinars
Effective Trustee Boards

Harlow Residents' Newsletter from CAB
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Each issue will keep you updated on the type of services available to you at Citizens Advice Harlow and how you can access them. This edition focusses on how to keep your energy costs down this winter, manage rent arrears, and how to apply for settled status.
 
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Essex Climate Action Commission
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The Essex Climate Action Commission has published its Interim Reportoutlining its first tranche of recommendations for Essex.
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ACL
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An updated list of FREE courses/workshops of support across Essex.
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Active Essex
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Active Essex are recruiting new board members.
Board members are appointed for 3 years (1 term) and can serve a maximum of 3 terms
Board members may be required to represent Active Essex at county, regional and national events as required
Board members are asked to attend quarterly board meetings each year
The time requirement is likely to be a minimum of 1 day a month (on average) although there will be periods of greater engagement with the Chair and Director.
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Lockdown Summary from NAVCA
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On the 4th of January Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England was once again to go into lockdown - a much harder lockdown that the pre-Christmas one. As you'll have realised the new lockdown came into effect very quickly, just four hours after the PM's statement. New guidance has been issued - all of which you can see here. Here are a few key points for the VCSE sector:
 
People can leave their homes for the following reasons:
 People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if absolutely essential. They should not attend work. People who are CEV will receive a letter from the Government imminently.Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue, with up to 15 participants where formally organised, to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support - but they must not take place in a private home. Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.
 
People can stay overnight away from their home if:
  • this is required for work purposes or to provide voluntary services.
  • they are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse).
 
Employers and employees should discuss working arrangements. Employers should take every possible step to facilitate employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
 
For financial support schemes please use the following links:  
 
Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities:
  • education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision.
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend.
  • hosting blood donation sessions and food banks.
  • to provide medical treatment.
 
Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services
Test and Trace Isolation Support
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A press release from Essex County Council with information on financial support for people who are self isolating.
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Funding
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Steel Charitable Trust - The five current funding priority categories are Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage.
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Hilden Charitable Fund - Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).
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Webinars
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Zoe Amar, Chair of The Charity Digital Code of Practice will be sharing how to review your progress and move forward with confidence, focusing on the key principles from the Code.
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VCSE organisations that are interested in finding out more about the new Social Value Model and bidding with central government are invited to attend one of these webinars hosted by DCMS.
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Effective Trustee Boards
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A little reminder on effective Trustee Boards.
 
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Harlow & District Chamber is here to help you to ensure that your business is Brexit ready.

The UK and the EU have now reached agreement on 24 December 2020 - the agreement comes into effect on 01 January 2021.

Harlow & District Chamber of Commerce are aware of the demand from our members and the wider business community for impartial and practical advice to help them to be ready for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Harlow & District Chamber is here to help you to ensure that your business is Brexit ready.

 

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Is your business ready?

For companies of every size and sector need clarity in order to take decisions, invest and prepare for the future, Harlow & District Chamber of Commerce is here to help support you and your business - download the documents below to help you get prepared for the UK's exit from the European Union

 

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Back to Business

Back to Business Essex

Our new business support service is tailored to help Essex businesses survive and thrive

during COVID-19 and beyond.

 

To help Essex based SMEs address the changes brought about as a result of the UK leaving the EU on 31st December Let’s Do Business are running practical workshops to assist companies in preparing for the changes required from 1st January under the Back to Business Essex programme which is fully funded by Essex County Council. This Brexit workshop and has been produced to incorporate the latest position and information available, enabling Essex …

This service is fully-funded by Essex County Council.

News & Helpful Link from Rainbow Services

Community Family Learning
ACL Essex offer FREE interactive courses to help you negotiate these tricky times. If you are a parent, grandparent or caring for a child or young person living in Essex they have support for you.
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The Gas Safe Charity
The Gas Safe Charity is offering a free, on line Zoom workshop aimed at front line staff and volunteers who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people. The workshop lasts about an hour and explains the sources, signs and symptoms of high and low level carbon monoxide risks in the home and includes relevant scenarios to explain what steps to take if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected. To find out more and book one of the 15 workshops taking place before the end of March 2021 use the link below.
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Plant Pots & Wellies
Plant Pots & Wellies have a number of items for sale, made by their gardeners.  For more information please view their Facebook page.
 
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HeadsUp
HeadsUp provides support and advice to people in Essex, Southend and Thurrock with common mental health problems to help them get back into the workplace after a period of unemployment. They are still offering their services during the current Corona Virus situation, and have adapted their methods to keep staff and participants safe.
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Healthwatch Essex
Healthwatch Essex is recruiting for volunteer ambassadors to attend crucial meetings and represent Healthwatch Essex and local people.Please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
Open Road
Open Road are launching the 30for30 campaign. They want to encourage as many people to get involved and support them with the challenge of raising £30,000 for the 30 years they have been providing the communities of Essex with specialist drug and alcohol support.
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STEM Activities
Following a successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) workshop back in February 2020 Harlow Town Centre have made and pulled together a range of interesting and exciting virtual activities that children and families can try at home over the Christmas and winter period.
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Changing Futures
Prospectus setting out the aims and core principles of the Changing Futures programme, and inviting local areas to submit an Expression of Interest.
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Communication Access

Communication Access means supporting people with communication difficulties more effectively.

Once an organisation commits to the free training and standards to become Communication Accessible, they will be included in the national directory.

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Funding
Grants of up to £10k are available from the Provide Foundation, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF). This is to help local charities and groups with links to health and social care to adapt their work during the pandemic and support the vulnerable, and socially isolated. These grants can support core and operating costs, project costs or capital items. Provide are particularly interested in projects that improves digital and technology for people to access projects and services. 
 
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Each Probation region has been given funding which can be made available to Voluntary and Charity sector organisations who work with/ led by Black, Asian Minority Ethnic members of the community involved with the criminal justice system. The purpose of this funding (up to £10,000 per successful applicant) is intended to strengthen the capacity of those organisations who engage with BAME service users but may need some additional help to further develop their work.If you are interested in applying for this funding, please contact the Regional Equality Manager for your area. Bill Rossi- East of England region - covering Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex-  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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