The Chairman’s Charities 2021-2022
Home Start Essex
Registered charity number:1170940
Home Start Essex are a family support charity working to build the confidence and skills of vulnerable parents to achieve healthy and positive outcomes for pre-school children. They use trained volunteers to visit parents every week and are often the only contact the parents receive each week. The parents are often suffering mental health issues and isolation and the pandemic has worsened these issues. By giving support to the parents they can help early years development for the children. Home Start also run Family Groups which help on some of the isolation issues.
Colne Valley Railway Preservation
Registered charity number: 1157665
Colne Valley Railway Preservation is prodominenty volunteer run organisation whose charitable aims and objectives are: “To advance the education of the public with regard to a history of (the central area of) East Anglia and the Colne Valley & Halstead Railway (and its successors) in particular by maintenance of a museum and by restoring and operating a demonstration railway, operations, equipment and engineering crafts.”.
Nigel Spencer MBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex.is the Charity's Patron.
They have appeared in film and television, including both Hollywood and Bollywood films, mainstream and educational television and adverts.
Friends of Flitch Way & Associated Woodlands
Registered charity number: 1115617
The Friends of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands are a volunteer group who help to maintain and improve the Flitch Way, Blackwater Rail Trail and Essex countryside areas for the benefit of the community. They work closely with Essex Country Parks and the Rights of Way teams to conserve woods, paths and country parks managed by Essex County Council in north Essex.
In conjunction with Essex County Council (ECC) Country Parks Service, the Friends of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands work for the benefit of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of sites which may come under the management of the Essex Country Park Ranger Service. The aims are :
- To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.
- To act as a channel whereby members of the public can give user feedback to ECC Country Parks Service.
- To carry out specific projects designed to enhance the facilities of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands subject to the approval of the site manager and the head of ECC Country Parks service
- To work as part of the ECC Parish Paths Partnership opening up large numbers of overgrown rights of way throughout the county, replacing way markers, building bridges and improving access for everyone.
- To provide opportunities for members and supporters to meet and socialise
We set out to bring together local like-minded people keen to keep active and with an interest in the outdoors and conservation who want to maintain and improve the environment for the benefit of the community. Those aims continue to apply today and we have more than 90 members and around 70 regular volunteers.