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.

Share on Social Media

At an official ceremony during last night’s Full Council Meeting (Wednesday 16 May), Councillor Yvonne Spence and her husband John began their term as Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of Chelmsford for 2018 – 19.
Dash the Dolphin, Esme the Elephant, and Frank the Flamingo are the latest stories from the author to be published by Tiny Tree.
Chelmsford Museum will be celebrating International Museum Day on Friday 18 May, with a Facebook Live day at Chelmsford Museum and Sandford Mill.
The award-winning 3foot People Festival - the UK’s largest outdoor festival exclusively for pre-school children - is returning to Chelmsford this summer for their biggest year yet.
The Ofsted report commented that WUC “continues to be good” and how students “receive very good support from teachers and assessors to help them be successful in their chosen subject”.
As a rare treat to the locals of Chelmsford and surrounding areas, HYLANDS ESTATE is set to open its beautiful doors on the 30th May for a theatrical treat that is taking the UK by storm.
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.