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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Writtle University College has launched a sustainability project to enhance, develop and promote the ‘green’ credentials of its campus and operations.

As part of the wide-ranging project, which is being led by students and staff, the University College is aiming to have the largest Solar PV generating capacity of any education establishment in the UK.
Essex Police Museum Christmas Craft Fair
Friday 17th November 10am-4pm
Our popular Christmas Craft Fair returns! Join us anytime between 10am and 4pm and get some beautifully handmade gifts.
Silk River Unfurls - Community Programme and Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew as part of autumn arts festival
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. Held in the fabulous grounds of Chelmsford City Racecourse, the fair will be showcasing over 80 independent retailers, who combined, will stock a variety of items including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys, gourmet delights and much more.
If you are considering adopting a dog, we have been sent some advice to help the Essex community through the adoption process and making the right decisions
Chelmsford Museum is hosting a new sculpture exhibition by renowned Essex-based artist Billie Bond at the museum's ‘Mezzanine Gallery'. The exhibition titled ‘Perfect for Imperfection - The Art of Healing' features work from Billie's first solo London exhibition in April 2017.
Recently left university or about to start your final year? Interested in a career in the Public Sector?

Chelmsford City Council offers an award-winning graduate scheme. With a salary of £18,996 and real responsibility for projects, it's a great way to start your career.

You get great support, valuable experience and the chance to try your hand at different roles. Many of our grads choose to stay on
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.