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Colchester Community Group

  • By Ben Sutton · United Kingdom, Europe

 

Colchester Community Group

Main aim of the charity

Promoting all the great things that are in our community! Highlighting all the great community champions that are out there! Showing and inspiring thousands to see positivity in their community and in life!

How the employee got involved and why

Hi! I decided to create a positive group on social media, for my local community. I see so much positivity, so many great people in the community, huge amounts of charity work and community champions, that I wanted to show people- to bring a fantastic and positive viewpoint to inspire and awaken others with. I wanted to fill my days with great things, meeting people, finding out about the community around me, going places that seem far away- but that are actually on my doorstep, and I wanted to share that with my community. My group called ‘Colchester Community Group’ now has over 10,000 members. I have helped 70 people through a Mental Health First Aid Course, 20 people through a St John Ambulance First Aid course, I run a monthly ‘men’s-meet’ to help guys talk about things- helping with mental health, I have had funding from the local council of £500 which I used to buy litterpickers, hi vis vests and gloves, I then delivered these across my community to those members who wanted a set. My group has relocated lost property, people, helps people find information, and so much more.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I go around meeting and promoting lots of local charities, including the local ‘Munch Club’ that is a wonderful programme ensuring children do not go hungry during school holidays, also the Essex Uniform Exchange, who run a uniform swap-shop, helping those who may not be able to afford it- get school uniforms. And many more charitable schemes. I help them get much more community following, and greater presence- by using my group to do features.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

It would ensure children could be properly fed during school holidays, as this is the time when lower-income families may struggle to afford to feed their children (who get free school dinners during term times). Children are the future of the world, making sure they are strong enough to be the best they can be is of ultimate importance to me.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

It would make no difference to me. I do not benefit from my community work in any way, there is no hidden agenda, the only agenda being ‘Promotion of positivity’.

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