Community360 is committed to a continued programme of insight and intelligence gathering about our local sector.  We achieve this by support and conducting research.

We are pleased to publish the reports below and work with a range of partners to produce them.

C360 Covid report press release 


North East Essex Communities Responding to Crisis

In August 2020, C360 commissioned the University of Essex to collect the testimonies of community organisers. Interviewees generously gave their time between October 2020 and February 2021 when contributors, their families as well as their staff,

volunteers and service users were under great pressure. This report is a milestone not an end-point.

North East Essex Communities Responding to Crisis Report


Marmot Community Sector Leadership Report 

In response to the findings of research, including North East Essex Communities Responding to Crisis and Build Back Fairer, we believe that now is the time the encourage further partnership working in the voluntary and community sector. We would like to bring together a number of anchor organisations that are playing a role in representing the sector at a place level, building on the success of One Colchester collaborative. We would like groups to join C360 to:
• Strengthen our Leadership Culture
• Create a collaborative Call to Action
• Drive Clarity and Commitment from your local infrastructure agencies

Please read the full briefing paper and contact us if you would like to register your interest.

Marmot Community Sector Leadership Forum


Communities Can…Build Back Fairer Conference

Following our successful Communities Can…Build Back Fairer Tackling Inequalities conference on the 11th October, we are pleased to provide you with the link to the recording of the event.  The recording contains subtitles.  If you wish to turn the subtitles off, click on the settings icon (along the bottom bar), select ‘subtitles’, then click ‘off’.

The recording can be viewed here:

Shortly, we will be releasing the We Are Not Going Back report together with details of next steps on Phase 2 of the Tackling Inequalities agenda so please watch this space.  We will also soon be launching the Marmot Community Sector Leadership Forum – further details to follow.


Community Asset Mapping Refresh Report

Following on from the first Community Assets Mapping reports, one for Colchester and one for Tendring, which were published in January 2019, this most recent report was commissioned to look at community activities, strengths, and challenges. The report was produced by in C360, CVS Tendring and Healthwatch Essex. It covers all north east Essex and draws upon local data from voluntary and community groups, case studies and consultation, to contextualise our place within the context of reports, including the Index of Multiple Deprivation update in 2019 and the Marmot Review 10 years on (which looked at progress made on prevention and tackling health inequalities).

The report also explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities, the way they work, their resilience and sustainability.

Community Asset Mapping Refresh Report


We Are Not Going Back Report 2022

We are delighted to publish and share with you our We’re Not Going Back Report. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this from our local citizens, and local voluntary community organisations. We have listened and recorded the many challenges our communities have faced, together with their success stories and what has worked well for them.

From this information we now have an opportunity to push for an equitable, productive, and more prosperous future that improves everyone’s quality of life.  Our collective experiences have shown how much can be achieved when we work together and target our skills and resources.

We have learnt more about what we value and why we will not go back to ‘normal,’ when for many ‘normal’ is an unsustainable, prejudiced, or imbalanced set of conditions.


This report also comes on the back of the The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance community conference held last year with Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity.

Titled Communities Can…Build Back Fairer, the conference aim was to raise awareness of how living through Covid has highlighted a host of inequalities in health outcomes.

We Are Not Going Back Report FINAL


Mid Essex Mapping

Mid-Essex is home to many types of community assets, ranging from local social groups to district-wide health and wellbeing support. There are many community venues across the districts that can be used in a variety of ways to support the community. The community is supported by vibrant groups of volunteers who develop and lead activities which improve residents’ quality of life. In the development of this report we have identified more than 2,741assets across Braintree District, Maldon District and Chelmsford and we will count many more as we continue to learn from local communities. We need to ensure that there is infrastructure support, funding mechanisms and policy level support for many assets so that they can continue to function and support both people affected by the wider determinants of health as well as their staff and volunteers. The report observes that community assets are often looked upon as a first port of call for people in the community and without them they would not know where to turn.

Please find here

The full report:

Executive summary:

Links can be found below for phase 1 of the regional assets maps


Maldon District:



Social Return on Investment Evaluation – Summative Report

The Social Return on Investment (SROI) report sets out the social impact and social value of the Essex Timebank Network.

The report demonstrates that the Timebank Network has a positive impact on the lives of the people involved and this in turn benefits society.

Specifically, the report shows that for every £1 invested in timebanking in Essex, there is a social return of £19.18.

Social Return on Investment Evaluation – Summative Report