Winter Resilience

Winter Resilience

Helping the people of Colchester to stay well, warm and connected this winter.

Colchester’s strategic partnership, One Colchester, is bringing together representatives from the public and voluntary sector to facilitate more action over the coming winter months.

Thanks to partnership working, funding and community spirit, this project continues to provide advice and support through the One Colchester Hub in Colchester town, delivering roadshows in the community and distributing winter packs to those affected by the cold weather, including families on low incomes, people living with respiratory conditions and long-term health conditions.

During the 2019/20  Winter Resilience Campaign we will provide the following services and activities:

Advice and support roadshows

Winter packs for vulnerable people

The Winter Packs will include a guide to local support services ranging from Colchester Borough Council’s Emergency Heater Scheme to social groups, clothing, basic refreshments and practical items, such as a torch and blanket will be distributed to those identified as being in need by partnership members. A dedicated supply of packs will also be held at Colchester Hospital for staff to distribute to patients who would benefit from the packs when they are discharged. Download the brochure here Winter res – print ready

Information on local services and organisations who can help and advise

Details of befriending groups to reduce loneliness and isolation

Offering bursaries to local voluntary organisations

Local organisations and volunteers will be offering extra support, advice and provisions to anyone who is in need or isolated.

One Colchester Hub

Visit the One Colchester Hub for help to stay well, warm and connected during the coldest months of the year.  The Hub is located at Unit 81 (near Primark), Culver Street East, Colchester, CO1 1LF and is open from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday

The Hub provides FREE drop-in weekly activities and services, including:

Colchester Community Café – Monday mornings

Men’s Matters – Tuesday Afternoon

I-Tea providing IT & befriending support – Tuesday and Friday mornings

The Reader Group – Tuesday afternoons

My Weight Matters – Wednesday mornings

Walking Group – Wednesday mornings

Affected (Mental health peer support) – Wednesday afternoons

Women’s Group – Thursday mornings

Colchester Time Bank social meetings – Friday afternoons

Information sessions from local organisations including Colchester Borough Council, St Helena and many more.  To find out who is visiting the shop and when – click through to our events pages or pop in for a chat and cuppa anytime during opening hours.

Funds for Community Projects

The One Colchester Resilience Fund

If you run a community project which is affected by the Winter weather– let us know and you may be able to apply for funds to support what you do.  Average grant sizes are expected to be £2,500-4,000.

The purpose of the One Colchester Resilience Fund is to provide additional capacity to voluntary and community groups support at risk groups, residents and projects that can begin to help local people to stay well, warm and connected in the Winter and beyond.  You may offer new ideas about how to tackle entrenched issues in your community that can affect how individuals can be resilient in the face of challenge.

To find out more and to apply

https://www.community360.org.uk/one-colchester-resilience-fund-2019-20/

How can I help?

Please donate warm clothing, especially coats, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets (These can be taken to the One Colchester Hub)

Find out about volunteering opportunities at www.volunteeressex.org

Visit a friend, relative or neighbour who might be at risk during winter – help them stay connected

To find out about the winter resilience campaign please call: 01206 505250

The Winter Resilience project has been funded by North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance and supported by donations in kind from Waitrose, Tesco, Metro and Knit for Peace.