New alliances launched to make a difference in our communities


Join your All In Community Alliance. Powered by Eastlight Community Homes.

RESIDENTS who want to make a difference in their community are invited to join new alliances of local people.

The Community Alliances, created by Eastlight Community Homes, are an opportunity for residents – Eastlight customers and the wider community - to connect again after years of isolation during the pandemic.

All local residents are invited to a series of meet-ups will take place in Colchester, Halstead, Braintree, Witham and Silver End over the summer

Those attending will get to know like-minded people over some locally sourced food and drink, discover some inspiring examples of communities in action and then agree how they will make their neighbourhood an even better place to call home.

The alliances form part of All In, Eastlight’s major new community programme to put power in the hands of the local people who understand their communities better than anyone.

Rue Garande, Community Empowerment Officer, said: “If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in your community but don’t know where to start, then please come along to our first Community Alliance meet-ups.

“While we’ll provide the venue, some funding and of course, the refreshments, you will get to decide what actions you and your community will take.

“Together, we can be the change we’re waiting for.”

The meet-ups, which start next week, are:

  • Colchester: Monday, 20 June, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Greenstead Community Centre
  • Halstead: Wednesday, 22 June, 5pm – 7pm. Queens Hall
  • Silver End: Saturday, 30 July, 2pm – 4pm, Silver End Village Hall
  • Witham: Saturday, 6 August, 2pm – 4pm, Dengie Hall
  • Braintree: Saturday, 13 August, 2pm – 4pm, Glebe Community Hall

Meet-ups will then take place quarterly­­, with the next ones taking place in late September.

To find out more about the All In Community Alliances, please visit