The latest news from Essex Community Foundation

September is National Friendship Month so it is a good time to reflect on why having friends and keeping connected to our local community is so important.

Charities and voluntary groups that bring people together are often a lifeline for those who attend them, providing an opportunity for conversation, social activities that help to keep minds and bodies active and relieve any feelings of isolation they may experience, especially if they live alone.

Youth clubs also offer a place where young people can meet in a safe environment, learn skills and enjoy activities. In this environment they can make and nurture friendships, some of which may last a lifetime.

A good example of a group that brings people together is Age Well East which you can read about here.

Visit the Essex Community Foundation website to find out about our work helping people to give locally and how we support charities and voluntary groups in Essex or call us on 01245 355947.

Guiding you to better giving

Our Guide to Giving can help you work through the different ways that you can give back to your community.

If you want to give during your lifetime or as part of your estate planning and leaving a legacy, this document can help you answer some of the important questions.

Read and download the document here.  If you would like us to send you a hard copy please call us on 01245 355947.

High Sheriff invites applications

The High Sheriff of Essex, Charles Bishop, is encouraging charities and voluntary groups to apply for funding of up to £5,000 to support their work tackling crime and community safety.

Click here to find out more.

Harlow Trust keeps residents moving

Funding is available from the Harlow Recreation Trust for projects and activities that support the development of recreational skills, knowledge and talent of people living in Harlow.

CanalAbility and Harlow Stroke Support are just two

of the charities in Harlow that have received grants from the Trust.

Read more.

Seeing the difference a legacy makes

Essex Sight and BASIS are the latest charities to benefit from the Malcolm and Beryl Crook Fund.

We set up the Fund in 2015 following Beryl’s generous bequest in her will which was to support projects benefitting people attending Brentwood Community Hospital.

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