Essex: Where we’ve been….Below we give you a taste of a few of the events that we have attended across Essex. We would like to Thank all the organisations that invited POhWER to attend. We have enjoyed being at all events and we’ve met many new people and as a result, we have been enabled to share details of the services we support people with and share good practice with many organisations too.

MARCH 2017: Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE) Annual Sharing Day Chelmsford

This was an excellent day that brought together 130 people from a variety of backgrounds and professions from all over Essex and beyond.  Good practice, was shared, new ideas were learnt through talking to each other, attending a choice of 6 workshops and listening to very engaging speakers. There was the opportunity also to find out how technology can improve the lives of people

with communication difficulties.   For more details

Debbie and Kelly from Essex Dementia Cares who we met at the EMS conference

APRIL 2017: Chelmsford: Essex Mind and Spirit (EMS) “Dementia and Spirituality” Conference

This event was promoted in our previous newsletter. Cannon Ivor Moody and Sidra Naeem the organisers, confirmed that this conference was very successful and generated a lot of interest, both in the subject in hand (Spirituality and Dementia) and also in Essex Mind and Spirit itself. Following the conference, Essex Mind and Spirit are now looking forward to the publication of a detailed post-conference report on what transpired during the day, and perhaps even more importantly what the follow up recommendations are for further work and research. For more details please email [email protected]

Following on from this event, Essex Mind and Spirit Group have made a request.If there is any organisation that might consider coming onto the EMS ConferenceSteering Group, please contact [email protected]

Representatives of organisations will help EMS-Shape and direct what we hope will be an exciting future of developments following the conference-Ensure that EMS as it goes forward is as representative as possible of the many organisations and individuals lout there who fly the flag for mental health issues and care.The steering group meets 3-4 times a year so it’s not onerous, but EMS  would so value a wider and more comprehensive input to help them  think about what might lie ahead for us. The next steering group meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th July at 11am in Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House on the corner of Legg Street.

JUNE 2017: Maldon CVS National Volunteer Week Event Promenade Park, Maldon

POhWER continuously reach out to the community. Here we are in Maldon at Promenade Park letting people know what we do and how to get involved. Everyone had a lovely sunny time!”

Judith McMahon, POhWER Essex Volunteer Coordinator