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Are you 15-19? or know someone who is. Then this project could interest you

Dear All

Please find details of a Project being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) that may be of interest to any young people you know.

Bright Green Future is our new programme for young
people, aged 15-19, to encourage them to get involved in the energy
sector. They’ll receive training, run local projects, take part in work
placements and more, all of which will help them on a path towards
becoming a future environmental leader. Read more at www.bright-green-future.org.uk.

As it’s a UK wide project we really need to ensure that we spread the word
across all regions, so we are hoping you can help by ensuring that your
contacts and networks are aware of the programme. You could also
suggest any networks or contacts in your area that you think it would be
worthwhile us getting in touch with. We’re hoping to have 50 young
people, from all over the UK, signed up to take part from September.
There is an application deadline of Sunday 17 July, so we need to act
quickly to ensure as many relevant people as possible are informed.

Please get back to me to suggest any contacts or get in touch on bgf@cse.org.uk if you have any queries about the project.

Thank you in advance for your help, and do get in touch if we can return the
favour by publicising any of your activities in our monthly newsletter.

PRESS RELEASE: Accountants celebrate Gold Charter Award‏

PRESS RELEASE:  For immediate release

For further information contact Jill Poet 01702 468387, jill@orbuk.org


Accountants celebrate Gold Charter Award

In 2015, RDP Newman Accountants in Southend achieved a Bronze Southend Business & Community Charter Award. Since then they have generally increased levels of community engagement; in particular, they committed to an eighteen-month strategy to support the wonderful Music Man Project. All employees at RDP Newman have enjoyed getting involved in a series of fundraising events and the team effort helped the firm achieve a Gold Charter Award this year.

Senior partner Paul Stafford and his colleague Joanne Upton were presented with their Charter Award certificate by Sir David Amess MP at a networking event at Space 282 in Leigh-on-Sea. The event was sponsored by Jaime Lawson, managing director of Space 282, and raised £333 for local charities.

Events arranged by RDP Newman have so far included a quiz night, name the bear competition and a hamper raffle. But perhaps the most rewarding aspect was collecting a range of musical instruments and ancillary items which were wrapped and presented to the Music Man students at a special Christmas lunch at the firm’s offices in Southend. This year, events will include entering the Colourthon, a Summer Fete / Sports Day, an abseil and more.

Apart from supporting the Music Man Project, the Charter Committee was impressed with the company’s commitment to supporting the local community in a number of other ways. The company supports young people through work experience and apprenticeships and also uses local companies in their supply chain.

For more information about the Southend Business and Charter Awards visit http://www.bccawards.org.uk/Southend or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387.


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Notes to the editor

  1. Pictures show:
  1. Sir David Amess MP presenting Paul Stafford and Jo Upton with a Gold Charter Award certificate;
  1. Music Man students receiving their Christmas gifts at a Christmas lunch at RDP Newman in Southend.
  1. Southend Business and Community Charter Awards are supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Southend Association of Voluntary Services, and a number of other local business and community groups.
  1. The Charter Awards are administered by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses. http://www.orbuk.org.uk.

Socratic Dialogue 7th May 2016‏



SOCRATIC DIALOGUE on Saturday 7th May 2016


Question: What are the limits of tolerance?


Facilitator: To Be Confirmed


Venue: Nazareth House St Joseph’s

111 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1PP

Times:  9.30 – 16.30

Coffee is at 9.30 to ensure a prompt start at 10.00

*Lunch 12.30 to 13.30 (approx)


SfCP would like to invite you a one-day Socratic Dialogue to be held in Southend-on-Sea. Nazareth House St Joseph’s is approximately a twenty walk from Southend Central Railway Station (Fenchurch Street line) and fifteen minutes from Southend Victoria Station (Liverpool Street line).  And the venue has a large car park.


There is a small enrolment fee of £10 to cover the cost of renting the venue, and ideally this fee should be paid in advance preferably by cheque made out to SfCP and sent with the completed Enrolment Form to: 


Pat Wood 64 Woodleigh Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4JB


By the 5th May 2016 at the latest


Please Note:

*You can either bring a packed lunch or purchase food from shops near the venue


Best wishes

Pat Wood & Jayne Crow


If you have any queries please contact Pat by email: woodly@fastmail.co.uk

or leave a message or text on 07867 556247


for Socratic Dialogue

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or by post with your cheque to:

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PRESS RELEASE: First for UK care home‏

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PRESS RELEASE:  For immediate release                       For further information contact Jill Poet 01702 468387, jill@orbuk.org


UK first for Southend Care Home.

Cedar Lodge in Southend is a small residential care home for adults with learning difficulties. Not only is it the first care home in the UK to achieve the Responsible Business Standard, but it did so at the highest Gold level. At a time when the care industry receives more complaints then praise, this certification is a reminder that some care homes do indeed provide a first class service in looking after the most vulnerable in our society.

Delighted care home owner and manager Bronwyn Oldham arranged a special tea party for residents and their families to celebrate the great achievement. Residents were delighted to show off the certificate – and also the beautiful sponge cake they had all helped to bake!

Bronwyn Oldham and residents (2)

The Responsible Business Standard, available at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, is a national certification designed specifically for smaller businesses from any sector. It helps businesses demonstrate to all stakeholders that they operate to very high standards.  Auditor Sadie Hopson said:

“The organisation that developed this standard defines a responsible business as one that operates efficiently and ethically; meets and exceeds legislation; and always considers its impact on people (the workforce, customers and suppliers, the community and society at large) and the environment.”

“We appreciate that small businesses vary tremendously and so we don’t set one size fits all requirements: we work to a system we call ASTI – Appropriate for the Size, Type and Impact of the business. Clearly companies must be compliant in all areas, but the audit certainly isn’t a tick box exercise. Most importantly, we believe that responsible businesses embed ethics and values at the very core of their company and that culture should permeate right through every aspect of their operations.”

“It was an absolute delight to audit Cedar Lodge: not only were their operating standards very high, but it was very clear that Bronwyn and her team care deeply about their service users and work tirelessly to provide them with the best possible outcomes.”


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  • Photos show: Bronwyn Oldham and 6 residents with the Responsible Business Standard certificate; cakes ready for the tea party, with the sponge baked by the residents taking centre stage.
  • Cedar Lodge, based in Westbury Road Southend, is a residential care home for adults with learning difficulties. It currently has eight residents. Bronwyn Oldham is the managing director, joint owner with her parents, and a hands-on manager. The home last had a CQC (Care Quality Commission) audit in April 2014 when it was deemed adequate in all areas. The next CQC audit is imminent and this time it will be assessed in line with the new traffic light rating system. For more information about Cedar Lodge contact Bronwyn Oldham on 301652 or e-mail bronwynoldham@hotmail.co.uk.
  • Cedar Lodge is not only the first care home in the UK to achieve the Responsible Business Standard, it is the first company in Southend.
  • The Responsible Business Standard has been developed by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB) and validated by Anglia Ruskin University. ORB is based in Southend with trained and licensed auditors operating across the UK: Sadie Hopson is one of the auditors. For more information about ORB or the Responsible Business Standard contact ORB’s managing director Jill Poet on 01702 468387, email jill@orbuk.org; or visit www.orbuk.org.uk and www.responsiblebusinessstandard.org.uk.


SE Essex Organic Gardeners

SE Organic Gardeners

The latest newsletter is now available via the website.

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Southend in Transition, is a group of local residents supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. We are part of an international network of 446 official initiatives and 566 Muller initiatives in over 43 countries

Have a look at what we are working on and support local projects by attending events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.

Local News and Events

Southend in Transition:

  • Transition DrinksThur 27/06, 18/07 19:00 Cricketers Inn

  • NEW Restarting the Stock Exchange 11-12 followed by

  • Transition Potluck Sat 06/07, 17/08, 14/09 12-15 Growing Together, corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • SiT Community Allotment – we are back to continue the work on setting the allotment in 2013. Get in touch with SiT if you are interested in getting involved.

What is on at Trust Links:

  • Wednesday 19th June Midsummer Open Garden 2pm – 4pm

  • Full Permaculture Design Course, Essex, Summer 2013

  • Orchard Day: 25th June 2013

  • Growing Together Shoeburyness: on Friday 5th July 2013 from 2 – 5pm – OPEN DAY,  Saturday 22nd June, 10th August, 7th September 11am – 2pm

  • Saturday 12th October Apple Day at St Laurence Orchard In Partnership with SEEOG and SEEWEN 11am – 3pm

What is on at South East Essex Organic Gardeners:

  • ‘Never a Dull Moment’ a naturalist’s view of British wildlife; with Ross Gardner, a professional naturalist, currently working in environmental education. 15/07/2013 19:00 to 22:00

  • May Newsletter is online – packed with goodies as usual.

  • from the blog EcoHut Photos, Don’t Just Weed It – Eat It

South East Essex Women Environmental Network:

  • Community Allotment work days

  • WEN meeting – Third Thursday of every month from 7.30pm

  • June 20th – Badger talk and July 18th – Pauline Laine talk re localism

Spiralseed – local Permaculture training and consultancy

Southend Swap Shop and Community Group

  • Meeting – to carry on discussing ideas for the group and swapping/exchange system 8th July at 19:30 Trust Links (Growing Together) corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • looking at setting up a group buying group so get in touch with them if you are interested in products from Suma and first swaps and shares taking place

Foraging in Southend on Sea

  • ideas what to pick and when, foraging in your side alley, ups and down of making nettle beer, Sea Kale coleslaw, dandelion in potato curry and Spor Bombs!

  • express interest in a foraging walk on Two Three Island with an experienced tutor

  • Leon Lewis Mushroom Walks

Veg Box – Southend Farm Shop and Veg Box scheme

Essex Bees – bee hive renting, adoption, training to bee-come a beekeeper,

Cycle Southend events and training

  • THE BIG CHARGE 10th July to 13th July @ Chalkwell Park

  • Monday morning mums club: leaving Eastwood community centre 9.15 (term time only)

  • Tuesday Riders: Leaving Southchurch Park/Greenways 9.00 every Tuesday

  • Sunday Cyclers: Weekly leisurely group leaving Priory Park Bandstand at 10.00. All Welcome.  

  • Women’s Wednesday riders: 6.30 FROM Western Approaches Community Centre.

  • Muckers and Mighty muckers on Saturdays and Thursday evening rides all leaving from the Recycle Centre, Progress Road.

  • Cycle training is also available for both Adults and Children.

  • TWEED RIDE 2013 1 September at 14:00 at Leigh Library Gardens

Ideas in Motion – Sustainable Travel Programme in Southend on Sea

Any interesting business or needing help to set one up? Contact the Eco Hub

Roots and Shoots, Hamelin Trust Charity, Sutton Bridge Farm

  • fresh strawberries and opportunities to volunteer

Local Friendly chicken and poultry keepers group has been set up to help each other, buy and sell and enjoy and share our love of poultry.

Edible Essex training and events

Made in Essex Festival

Roger shows his PV panel output and how much he generates back to the grid

Add some local trees and food sources to Fallen Fruit

Tom’s Green Woodworking

Hinguar wins national “Green School” award

Other local people, groups and events contributing to strength of the community and make Southend and region an interesting place to live:

Southend Community in Action updates

Village Green 13th July, Chalkwell Park

ROAD TO PEACE – Film showing on 21st September 2013 at Quaker Meeting House, Leigh

Belfairs Woodland Centre

Pocket Places Southend on Sea

  • RE-IMAGINING SPACES OUTDOOR WORKSHOP Victoria Gateway 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on 28th June 2013

Southend YMCA courses for young people:

Eileen’s musings:

From a girl called Jack

Ideas Hub Chelmford, check out their events

  • Sewing & Up-cycling club, Relational Art etc.

  • Ideas Festival 26th October to the 3rd of November

East Essex Smallholders Group

Transition News and Projects

June 2013 – Transition Network Newsletter

Power of Just Doing Stuff launches in Crystal Palace

Your suggestions will help us

The newsletter goes out to over 400 local people including project and group leaders raising awareness of local community action and making networking and getting involved easier.

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you. Please send news about activities, project updates and forthcoming events to kamilpac@gmail.com.

If you would like to write for the blog just like James does about his mushroom growing experiment and on other topics of Transition please get in touch as well.

January 2012 Newsletter

You are free to include items from the newsletter in your newsletter, email updates, website, blog etc – just leave a link to our website.

Southend in Transition, is a group made up of local residents supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. Enjoy having a look at what we are working on with our friends and support local projects, attend events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.

Current Projects

New! Saturday Transition Potluck

14th Jan 12:00 to 15:00, Growing Together gardens

The November potluck was well attended and feedback was that you would like them to continue. We were given a number of dates from Growing Together up until March. Suggested donation £2 to go towards costs of the venue and support the work of Trust Links.

To keep the juices flowing shall we have a walk around the garden at 14:00:)?

Nurturing Health

is an initiative of Milton Community Partnership. We believe that high quality, fresh, locally grown food is fundamental to a healthy life and a healthy world, and so we are supporting local people to grow their own vegetables and fruit using their gardens, allotments or even patios, balconies and window sills. Visit www.topofthecrops.org.uk. To help out at events or contribute ideas please get in touch Milton Community Partnership tel. 01702 213264 miltoncommunity@hotmail.com

Transition Together

The Transition Together project forms small, social groups of friends, neighbours and colleagues and then supports them in taking a number of effective, practical, money-saving and carbon-reducing steps. Visit our local website Transition Together in Southend to get involved or if you want to be kept up to date.

Transition Drinks

Last Thursday of each month, next Transition Drinks – 26th Jan 2012, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub

Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers

Let us know of any events or projects to add to the map.

Blogging space
Share your experience and thoughts and inspire others. If you need online space to tell the world about your project or would like to write a regular post about your personal efforts to Transition your life let us know. The website www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk receives a good number of daily visits and attention so let me know if you are interested. See a couple of posts by James ie. Enter the Oyster.

Local News and Events

Free Shop was open at Chase Road Community Project Sat 7th Jan 11am – 4pm – look out for the next one.

Chase Road ‘Sewing Shop’ from 7pm and usually every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Next one on the 16th of January

SEEOG latest newsletter online

Talk Still Pioneering: Food, Farming and the Peckham Experiment  16/01/2012 19:00 to 21:00

South East Essex Seed Potato Day 2012 Saturday 25 February at Growing Together “some volunteers needed to help the day along”

S E Essex Women’s Environmental Network

Earth Day celebration Saturday 21 April

Foraging in Southend on Sea group – members are thinking of future beach and wood forages, why not register your interest?

GROW YOUR FOOD CLUB Every Thursday afternoon 3:30pm We have a community edible garden at St Mark’s Centre. Fresh air, exercise, friends, refreshments. And advice and help for growing fruit and veg at home even on a window sill.

Milton Community Partnership, St Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Essex SS1 1QA, Phone (01702) 341605, Email: miltoncommunity@hotmail.com

Growing Together is doing a £3 per week veg bag scheme – organically grown veg and fruit grown onsite by our members (with mental health problems & learning disabilities). Just come to the site (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) to order your weekly bag. Open Mon – Fri 9 am – 4 pm.

Christmas Arts, Crafts, Toys, Clothes, Wares & Food Exchange – visit the website to read about some great swaps done on the day and I can’t wait for the film from the day.



Events and activities by Cycle Southend

Southend Wheelers weekly rides

Volunteer at Turning Tides Personalised Travel Planning pilot


Free Yoga Nidra at Dharma Yoga Saturday 14/01/2012 Time: 2-3pm

Transition News and Projects

There are 407 413 Official initiatives 458 Muller initiatives In approx. 34 countries

January 2012 Transition Network Newsletter

‘In Transition 2.0’ is nearly ready to be unveiled to the world!

A December Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Your suggestions will help us

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you, the community members and compiled by the Steering Group. Any news about activities, updates and forthcoming events should be sent to kamilpac@googlemail.com for inclusion in the next newsletter and I will try to incorporate them as time allows.

Contact Details

Southend-on-Sea in Transition– tackling peak oil and climate change, together, now


part of www.transitionnetwork.org/


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