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This week we have the following for you...

Family Activity Sessions
How can digital save the high street?

Contact Tracing
ECC Survey
St Clare Hospice
Health Help Now

The People's Picture Harlow & Gilston Garden Town
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Coronavirus Update
Public Liability Insurance
The Prince's Trust
VCSE Sector Survey
Contacts at Rainbow Services

Harlow Rugby Club are pleased to be offering FREE activity sessions for the whole family to enjoy together. Complete a short survey to tell us what you would like to see at these sessions.
The DIZ is holding a webinar on 'How can digital save the high street?'
At a time where our high streets are facing unprecedented challenges we will take a look at how digital can help support the traditional high streets to make the most of online opportunities, maximise engagement through social media and drive footfall by giving shoppers the confidence to return. 
Date: Friday 16th October 2020
Time: 11am
This webinar is free to attend and we’d love you to join if possible!

As you may well have seen in the news, the Government’s new Contact Tracing app launched on the 24th September. The app, once downloaded and activated on your smartphone, will log when you are in close proximity to other people and, in the event they test positive for Covid-19, alert you.The public can also check in to public locations by scanning a QR code which organisations can display close to the entrance.
It’s important to note that the app doesn’t collect personal data, and no-one can see where you’ve been or what you’ve been up to. It does not track you or check if you have been self-isolating.Also, your organisation may be required by law to display QR code posters where you are open and accessible to the public so people can check in as having been present. This is a legal requirement if you run a café or a  sports facility or civic building, such as a village hall or community centre.
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Essex County Council (ECC) and partners want to understand what people’s experiences during Covid-19 has been like over the last few months. The responses you share will help us understand what is important to you and to inform work we do across Adult Social Care (ASC) in future.
The survey is aimed at:
  • People aged 18 and over who receive a service from Social Care including the Young People with Disabilities Team
  • Self-funders
  • People who accessed the Essex Wellbeing Service,
  • And informal and family Carers.
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Ford Britain Trust pays special attention to projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to their UK locations. The Ford Britain Trust particularly encourages applications supported by Ford employees, but is open to all, provided that the qualifying organisations meet the selection criteria.
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The current round of the Aviva Community Fund is closing soon, and Aviva are especially keen to attract applications focusing on:
  • Climate/environmental issues
  • Financial resilience and inclusion
  • Using innovation to bring about change and build communities
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St Clare Hospice is holding two virtual Open Hospice events, on 6th and 7th October, as part of national Hospice Care Week. You are invited to attend to hear about how they have navigated the pandemic, what services may benefit your communities and clients, and how to get involved.  
Register for the event on Tuesday 6th October, at 7pm: 
Register for the event on Wednesday 7th October at 2pm: 

Over the last few years the Health help Now app has been a great resource for people in west Essex in need of medical advice and support.
However, as technology has evolved, so must we. From 1 October, Health help Now will no longer be available for west Essex residents to download and access.
The best way to get health advice is by visiting 
NHS111 online. Alternatively you can call 111 if you do not have internet access. For urgent medical advice call 999.
You can now delete the Health help Now app from your phone
The People’s Picture is a photography and design studio from British artist Helen Marshall. Every artwork is made up of thousands of photos yet every single one tells a story. We are proud to be part of a new public arts commission, working with partner Well North Enterprises, to engage with the communities of Harlow and Gilston to help realise their “healthy town” vision.
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Jill and Ruth from the comms and engagement team at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAHT) need your help. As part of the trust's plans to build a brand new hospital on a greenfield site by 2025, they are undertaking an ambitious engagement plan to make sure they effectively reach everyone who uses, visits or works at the hospital.
At our Voluntary Sector Forum on 23 September, Jill and Ruth presented an update and prompted a discussion on how we can work collaboratively with the hospital team to make sure all our communities feel involved in the design and progress of the new hospital, especially our hard to reach and vulnerable groups.
The PAHT team would like to know:

  • ​whether you'd be happy to receive ready-to-use slide decks from time to time so that you could facilitate short, focused engagement​ with your community groups on their behalf
  • whether you have existing comms channels (eg social media, newsletters, forums, virtual meetings) that would be happy to receive updates on the new hospital progress
  • whether there are any particular issues you can foresee from within your community groups so they can plan targeted engagement to help address those concerns and opportunities
  • any other ideas you have to make sure the comms and engagement is regular, effective and inclusive!

Please feel free to contact Jill or Ruth directly:
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You can also follow the progress on the hospital microsite and social media:
facebook:  @NHSHarlow
twitter: @NHSHarlow

An update from Essex County Council.
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Would your organisation be interested in taking part in a webinar about public liability insurance?Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register your interest.
The Prince’s Trust are still offering Development Awards to young people looking for a one off grant to help towards equipment, travel, course fees, work clothing and lots of other things related to getting back into education, training or employment. These grants are available for young people aged 16-30.
Contact Claire for more information: Direct Line 01268 568590 Mobile 07984 005934
A survey for local voluntary and community groups to share the affect of Covid-19 on their organisation.
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