Changing the lives and communities through partnership

Welcome to the Community Reach Web site.

The Community Reach Partnership was originally formed to deliver the Market Town Initiative to Brightlingsea, Alresford, Thorrington, St Osyth Frating and Great Bentley.

Since its formation the Partnership have been successful in delivering projects, mainly through the Market Town Initiative. These projects have overall supported projects totalling more than £1.1m including matched funding from various sources.

One of the first projects was to produce a Healthcheck to establish the position at that time of various areas which would affect the partnership communities such as youth, the elderly, tourism, inclusion etc. This would provide a blueprint for the future development of the partnership and determine the projects undertaken.

 Projects have included lasting infrastructure such as the establishment of a foot ferry service between Brightlingsea/Point Clear & East Mersea, Springmead Gardens, various skate park facilities, youth shelters, Farmers Markets, support of the free outdoor Music Festival, Extension at Brightlingsea Parish Hall for a “One Stop Shop” and the creation of a small grants programme which has supported more than 50 organisations and clubs within the area.

More recently we managed to secure funding for The Lozenge project which was carried out in partnership with the Brightlingsea Town Council to transform an area from an overgrown inaccessible plot into a nature area to be enjoyed by all.

Currently as  grant funding has become in many areas more difficult to access, we are still monitoring funding streams  and have continued to support the partnership area by providing information and guidance to any group or individual who have  projects and need help to move their plans forward.

It is hoped that in the coming months we will be able to access the funding we need to start the next chapter of the partnership and carry out many more innovative project to benefit the wider community.
 Should you require any further information or have a project you wish to discuss in the first instance contact Des Rowson (Chairman) on  01206 303049.

Des Rowson

Chair – Community Reach Partnership - - - - - - - - - -