Heart of Pitsea News

Heart of Pitsea News
03 / 08 / 2017

Invitation To Tender



The Big Lottery chose a section of the Pitsea community to receive £1 million pounds of investment, over a 10-year period, as part of the Big Local Trust programme.  Led by residents and called Heart of Pitsea, this project is now in its 3rd year and it is an exciting opportunity for them to make a massive, positive and lasting difference to their community.

There are four key outcomes that the funding aims to achieve:

The community (within the SS13 3 postcode area) will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them

  • People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future
  • The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises
  • People will feel that their area is an even better place to live

In fulfilling this aim, the Partnership aims to:

  • Bring together local residents, the different parts of the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors in a spirit of collaboration and mutual support
  • Promote the engagement of communities and residents in all its work in a thoughtful, continuous and inclusive way

The residents leading the project have created a Big Local Plan which has been endorsed by the Big Lottery.  This Plan maps out the medium-long term strategic direction of the initiative.

Heart of Pitsea does currently have a website but this is experiencing technical problems and requires an update and a refresh.

Therefore, we are seeking to commission a company to redesign our website, so that we can continue to share our vision with the local community and the world at large. We would like to partner with a company that can closely work with us to refresh, develop and maintain a dynamic and visually attractive website that will be easily accessible with ease of navigation and personal interaction. We would need this website to be active and fully functional for the final 7 years of our project, and possibly beyond if our partnership successfully continues.


  •  We are looking to continue with a magazine style website with appealing and informative images.
  • We wish to continue with multiple pages with emphasis placed upon current project news, events and progress.
  • We require to cross-promote information on various social media platforms with relevant links as an integral part of the website design.
  • Possible integration of Youtube and Vimeo.
  • Full website search function.
  • Desktop, tablet and phone compatible.
  • Newsletter sign-up function and e-mailing facility.

We have a preference to support local business whenever possible and to this end are ideally looking to commission our website design and maintenance to a web-designer or design team in Essex. We recognise the importance and value of excellent design and aim to produce a streamlined visual identity that reflects the exciting potential of our project and that resonates with the local community.

If your company would like to be considered for this commissioning process, you are invited to submit a tender. We would be interested in hearing additional ideas to the ones we have already outlined. In addition, we are obviously interested in a pricing quote which will cover the initial design and development stage, in addition to ongoing maintenance. We anticipate the commission to be decided by mid October so if you are interested, please submit your tender (by e-mail only) before the deadline of Friday 29 September 2017.

Tenders are being accepted via application form.  To request a Tender Application Form email admin@heartofpitsea.co.uk


24 / 04 / 2017

Would you like to have your say and choose some projects that could make a difference to the local community of Pitsea?

On Saturday 20 May at our ‘Pick a Project’ event you can do just that.

Come along and take a look at a selection of projects and pick your favourites – plus enjoy some lunch on us! 
You can also meet the guys from Heart of Pitsea and have a chat about the projects we currently run and support in Pitsea. 
We also want to hear what you would like to see going on in the local area.

For more information or to register to attend email hello@heartofpitsea.co.uk or call 07572 001671

Heart Of Pitsea’s very own youth forum – called YOUth YOUnique Generation and led by local teenagers – have been very busy making plans for their summer programme of activities for all ages including young people and their families. Beginning on 25th July, they are presenting weekly sports and games activities every Monday for six weeks at Elm Green in Pitsea. The project is called YOUnique 6 and apart from games such as rounders, football, cricket, basketball and handball, the programme also features special events such as Freerunning (25th Jul), a Climbing Wall (1st Aug), Tennis (8th Aug), Rugby Skills (15th Aug), a Ninja Obstacle Course (22nd Aug) and Parents Walking Netball (29th Aug). You can also meet our Walk 4 Wellbeing team and have a stroll whilst meeting other like-minded people, if you would prefer a slower pace. All activities are completely FREE and are from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun!

YYG have also launched a brand new weekly youth club called YOUth YOUnity – this is being held at The Place every Wednesday from 4.00pm until 6.00pm. A tuck shop is available every session and a range of fun activities are being lined up for the coming months.




01 / 02 / 2016


Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.


Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.

Big Local outcomes

Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.

People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.

The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.

People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.


The great thing about Big Local is that it’s not about your local authority, the government or a national organisation telling you what to do. Ultimately, it’s about local residents making the important decisions about projects, events and initiatives which will benefit the whole community. It’s not about individual groups fixing their favourite problem but sharing knowledge and local concerns in order that they can be addressed progressively and considerately. We have ten years or more to plan and deliver the best options for the community who live within the Heart Of Pitsea area.


Though the Big Local path may be challenging, particularly in terms of getting people involved, there is evidence of increasing       awareness, engagement and involvement from the wider community. Residents are identifying the needs of our community and taking action in response to them through the support of those around them. This support includes other residents, our Big Local support worker, the locally trusted organisation and local organisations . Residents are growing in skills and confidence to increasingly take the lead in Big Local and remain very committed to it. This is       because of their continued passion to make a difference to their area and make it an even better place for all who live there. We have   begun an exciting journey which will hopefully generate effective changes and improvements for all who live, work or go to school in the Heart of Pitsea area. These steps move us ever forward towards an engaged community that creates opportunities for everyone and feels good about itself.


01 / 02 / 2016


As requested by local residents, in addition to presenting educational projects and workshops, we have also now begun to have social events. In September we held our very first Saturday family night out in the function room at The Place which was called ‘Swinging Sixties Party’ and proved to be a fun event celebrating the music from the 1960s which was played exclusively from original vinyl records. Music from groups such as The Beatles, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and The Monkees all proved very popular. We will revisit the era some time in the future. In November we moved on a decade to the 1970s for our ‘Smashing Seventies Party’ which featured original 45s from that decade. Stevie Wonder, Abba, Rod Stewart, The Carpenters and The Jackson Five were just some of the artists that wowed the crowd. On Saturday March 12th we are hosting our ‘Electric Eighties Party’ when we move forward in our musical time machine to host a night dedicated to the music of the decade that fashion forgot! There is a licensed bar for our parties and you can bring along your own nibbles. All proceeds from our ticket sales currently go to Cancer Research UK which the Heart of Pitsea is supporting at the moment.   In October we hosted our very first Quiz Night which was held at Pitsea Library. Six enthusiastic teams answered (or attempted to answer!) questions on characters, sports and games, families, food and drink, music, the movies and more. The top cash prize eventually went to the smallest of our teams – The Four Musketeers. Our next venture into quizland will be on Friday February 26th and will once again be held at Pitsea Library. This one is a ‘Pop Quiz’ and will feature questions from many musical eras. Again, there are cash prizes to be won so why not get a team together? You can bring along your own refreshments. Reserve your tickets for the party or quiz in advance by calling 07572001671.

14 / 12 / 2015


It’s been an eventful year and the Heart of Pitsea are proud to have developed and supported a wide range of projects and activities. These have included a Summer Fun Day, self-defence classes, business training workshops, women’s fitness     sessions, a gardening club, wellbeing walking sessions, youth café, community discos and quiz nights. We also supported a local dance group and helped to     reduce their costs to make it cheaper for local children to get involved. We have also provided support for the local library to host seasonal activities for young   people.


It doesn’t stop here… it’s only just begun. We have received a wide selection of   proposals for more projects from local organisations who are keen to make a big impact locally. In the future you are likely to see confidence building workshops, weapons prevention sessions, more discos and quizzes. We are always keen for local groups and organisations to get in touch and suggest projects that may benefit the local area. We are also keen to hear from local people about the types of     activities you would like to see developed in the area. Since we started we have kept a record of all of the suggestions and we intend to turn them into reality when we can. We previously had a selection of community members suggest a Christmas Fayre, so this year we began with a very low scale community stall with a band and a local school choir. We talked to local people and shared details for all of the upcoming activities whilst giving away mince pies. There was plenty to do for young children at the library’s Mrs. Claus Workshop including arts and crafts sessions.


Are you a local business owner?

The Heart of Pitsea is launching a business advisory programme at The Place, Northlands Pavement, Pitsea with Your Business Inspiration to support existing businesses and to nurture potential ideas for self-employment.

Come along to the launch event on 23 September 2015 to from 6 till 8pm at, to find out more about the programme, meet the trainers and hear about any local funding that might be available.


Have you ever thought about running your own business?

Maybe you have an idea but you don’t know where to start or you are in the infancy stages of creating a business and need some guidance? This two-day workshop will give you the support you need, without any previous knowledge necessary. 20th and 27th October – 9 till 4pm


Developing a winning business

(Planning and Marketing)

Are you an established business looking to grow? This 4-day programme will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to take your business to the next step.

3rd November 9 till 4pm – Defining the direction of your business

10th November 9 till 4pm – Understanding your target market to increase sales

17th November 9 till 4pm – Business planning to get results

24th November 9 till 4pm – Successful marketing on a small budget


How to promote your business with Social Media

Maybe you are currently using social media for business and are looking to improve the process and increase customer engagement? Or maybe you know you need to use social media but you don’t know where to start. Either way, there is a course for you.

3 December – 9 till 4pm – An introduction to social media

8 December  – 9 till 4pm – Advanced social media



Reserve a space or find out more by calling 07572001671 or email hello@heartofpitsea.co.uk





Small plant

A project called ‘Incredible Edible’ is staking a claim across the country and is providing communities with free food.

Yes, you read that right… free food!!     

So, how does it work? We have permission from the council to use and maintain 6 sites so far. We will prepare the area ready for planting. This means treating the ground and cultivating it ready for seeding and transplanting seedlings. Then it is down to us, the whole community to grow, look after and harvest the food we plant and share it amongst ourselves and our neighbours.

We are very excited to be launching our first sites with the help and support of our local schools. The pupils and students will be the first to germinate fruit and vegetable seeds. Hopefully, Mother Nature will then spring into action and let them take root.

Everyone is invited to join in or even nominate an area near you to be    considered for planting. We will supply the tools if you bring your knowledge, expertise, love of gardening and passion for change. Look out for news on meet ups in your area and keep an eye out for dates and locations of our pop ups and get free pots and seeds to plant at home too.  Check out our Facebook page, website, display area in Pitsea library or hop along to one of our coffee mornings at the café in ‘The Place’ every first  Tuesday of the month between 10am and 12pm. If you would like to find out more get in touch.


19 / 01 / 2015

Opportunity Knocks!

The ‘Heart of Pitsea’ team is delighted to be able to announce that funding is now available to assist groups, charities, businesses and projects in the area. We have recently developed a process to accept proposals from a variety of organisations that are interested in providing activities and  workshops that meet local needs.

Our priorities, developed in consultation with local residents are:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Education, Employment, Skills and Opportunities
  • Anti-Social Behavior and Community Safety
  • Community and Environment

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10 / 09 / 2014

Elm Green

This year the Heart of Pitsea team encouraged the local council to invest in developing the Elm Green play area. This was encouraged initially by some local community members and after consulting with the local schools it became a clear choice to dedicate our efforts and resources.

The Heart of Pitsea recognised through consulting with the community that a general theme in responses was to encourage activities for young people. Since the redevelopment of this park it has been put to good use with a wide range of age ranges regularly using it. The main play zone has been thriving with toddlers and infants, whilst the multi-use games arena has already had a fair portion of goals scored between the posts by keen teenagers.

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