Coming soon to an Essex town or village near you

Coming soon to an Essex town or village near you aremore than 200 events and activities all for the good of the local community.

With both bookable and ‘just turn up’ events happening across the county, there is something to appeal to everyone.

From the 14 to 31 October, the Art of the Possible is about promoting the good things that happen locally and to celebrate how these activities make real differences to peoples’ lives. Bringing together communities across Essex, the festival will inspire and support a culture of ‘shaping the places that we live’ – you decide what you would like to see happen locally to you, and why not have a go this October?

Follow #AotP2017 on twitter and Facebook to be a part of the conversation – everyone’s input is welcome.

Marketing and social media

Are you involved in a not for profit organisation or community group? Interested in finding out how you can improve the way you reach out and communicate to your target audience? If your answer is yes? Then find out how to enhance marketing techniques or to engage with your social media followers to maximise reputation with our FREE Marketing Mixology and Social Media Toolsworkshops.

Or, do you know it all already? If you do then share what you know during a twitterfest for Social enterprise. Tweet with the hashtag #AotP2017SocEnt and join in the conversation with a virtual panel of experts (which could include you?) or simply ask some questions, share your ideas or observations.

Funding/Skills

Calling all social enterprises, not for profit organisations and those working to support their local community, find out how the Art of the Possible Festival can help you with limited or zero dedicated funding resource.

Applying for funding can often be a daunting and frustrating exercise, so why not join Essex’s Funding and Investment team to learn more about the key elements that make a great funding application.

The Essex Crowd is all about bringing people together behind good ideas that communities want to see happen, join the Essex Crowd for a workshop in crowdfunding and to find out how your idea can become a reality.

More funding events with a community twist include the Braintree Funding Fayre and GardenSOUP.

If you are simply looking to be inspired then this festival exclusive community TEDX event is for you.

Finding out about the unknown

Caring for someone is something that needn’t be done in isolation, with the Other Halves going on tour for those ‘other halves’ living with Dementia, and with the Neighbour Team in Rayleigh offering advice and support, this is your chance to meet and become a part of an inspiring support network.

Find out how the festival will be raising the voice of thepeople of Essex, encouraging employers to becomeDisability Confident and offering advice on how to attract a diverse talent to enhance a business.

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This Christmas Bond Street Chelmsford is hosting an array of events and activities to appeal to families.

The FROST Christmas Grotto will be popping up in an empty unit next door to John Lewis on selected dates and times between the 1st December and Christmas Eve.
The marine lake was originally opened in 1905 after being given to the Maldon people. Following a tragic accident it was shut and reopened in 2006 as a Wildlife and fountain pond.
More than 200 students at The Boswells Schools were involved with this year's whole school production, a modern twist on the traditional pantomime ‘Cinderella’.
On Saturday 16th December a group of young singers, aged 16 – 27, will be performing their own Christmas Concert for the Friends of St James Church. The singers comprise Chorus Sirenum, and the Southend Young Men’s Chorus.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Christmas Gift and Food Fair is back on Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 November, and it’s bigger and better than before.
The creative and imaginative team at Elite known for staging a spellbinding series of Chelsea shows including the magnificently popular Enchanting Wedding Fair and the exclusive and clandestine Secret Wedding Show will be bringing our magical fairy dust to the brides of Essex.
A city play area has been awarded special status as it has been adapted for disabled children and wheelchair users.
The Adventure Castle play area in Hylands Park is now officially accredited by PiPA, also known as Planning Inclusive Play Areas.
Work is now officially underway on the county’s first ever all-through school at Beaulieu in Chelmsford.

Construction on the new £34million school started following a ground-breaking ceremony at the site yesterday.