Who we are

Who we are

Community360 is an independent charity formed in 1968.  We are committed to a vision to build “thriving local communities”

Our Mission is:

“To inspire and enable local community action to improve quality of life”.

We aim to do this in line with our core values, which are to:

  • provide passionate, intelligent leadership for the sector in Colchester, Essex and beyond;
  • empower people, groups and organisations through high quality support;
  • be creative and innovative in meeting the needs of local communities and the voluntary and community groups and organisations that serve them; and
  • be fair and honest in everything we do.

We achieve this through a number of projects, including an experienced Community Development team, Community Accounts Service and Business Bank.  As a result, staff lead on community volunteering programmes with more than 400 volunteers, work with 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 value working in partnership.  We consult with our voluntary and public sector partners to guide the development of policy, co-produce new projects and deliver services.  We even second staff to other organisations to help develop their skills.

We are creative and innovative in meeting the needs of local communities and the voluntary groups and organisations that serve them. We pilot new projects, including the first social prescribing project in Essex, now embedded and helped establish four more social prescribing projects.

We also manage programmes that provide fundamental, practical support to the community.  Our Community Transport schemes facilitate over 50,000 trips each year and we hire scooters and wheelchairs to people 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.