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.


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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