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Young people celebrated by council for helping others

Following their win at the National Children and Young People Now Awards, a group of young people have received recognition at full council for their dedication in helping others. The young people were involved in the innovative Winter Warmers project, which received national acclaim.

The project, based in Clacton, which was geared at helping those in need last winter, was a joint initiative between Essex Council County, the Prince’s Trust Team and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

CASE STUDY: Domestic abuse and ethnic minorities

NB Names and some details have been changed to protect the identity of victims

Domestic abuse is not an issue confined to any particular race or religion, but the abuse suffered by ethnic minorities can often take an added dimension.

As well as emotional, physical, financial and sexual, the abuse can be racial and be committed by extended family members, sometimes including forced marriage or female genital mutilation.

FEATURE: Refuge ‘saved our lives’

As the ‘Don’t Delay, Act Today’ campaign continues, we visited a women’s refuge in Essex to find out more about the help and support available to victims of domestic abuse.

It was difficult to know what to expect upon entering through the high security doors of Safer Places’ inconspicuous 12-family unit in Chelmsford.

As Sharon Westfield de Cortez, Safer Places’ mid Essex service manager, readily admits, there are some common misconceptions about refuges.

Domestic abuse and the LGBT community

NB Names and some details have been changed to protect the identity of victims

A man abusing a woman is frequently portrayed as the ‘norm’ in cases of domestic abuse.

Contrary to common perceptions, domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of whether they are male, female, old or young. Domestic abuse also isn’t biased if an individual happens to be heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Clacton Winter Warmers project wins national award

An innovative youth volunteering project has received national acclaim with an award at the National Children and Young People Now Awards.

The Winter Warmers project, based in Clacton, saw off tough competition from six other strong finalists to win gold in the Youth Volunteering Award category at a gala event held at London’s Connaught Rooms.

The project, which was geared at helping those in need last winter, was a joint initiative between Essex Council County, the Prince’s Trust Team and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Essex wins £3.3m to support improved public services

The Essex Partnership (including Essex County Council, Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the community and voluntary sector) has been awarded a Government grant of £3.3 million to invest in service improvements that will generate benefits for the people of Essex of around £27 million.

The funding from the Transformation Award Challenge 2015-16, supported by additional contributions from a range of organisations in the Essex Partnership, will deliver better and more cost-effective services and stronger communities.  It will do this by:

Men can be domestic abuse victims too

CASE STUDY: Men can be domestic abuse victims too

NB Names and some details have been changed to protect the identity of victims

Domestic abuse only happens to women, right?

Wrong. In fact, statistics show about one in five reports of abuse in Essex are made by men, while one in six men will be a victim during their lifetime.

‘Don't delay, act today’ domestic abuse campaign launches today

A new campaign geared at raising awareness of domestic abuse launches today, signalling the start of domestic abuse awareness fortnight.

 

With Christmas a month away, Essex County Council, Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex are urging victims not to carry on suffering and instead act now and seek help.

 

The campaign is also supported by public services across the county through the Essex Partnership.

 

Partnership Working Making the Difference in Essex

The Essex Partnership’s work to reduce domestic abuse, led by the Public Service Reform Unit, has been recognised by Essex County Council’s You Make the Difference Awards and honoured with an award for Partnership Working Making the Difference.

The You Make the Difference in Essex awards took place on Friday 14 November. The PSRU received praise for its innovative approach and focus on improving performance and efficiency as well as always keeping the customer at the forefront of its thinking.