Papworth Trust is looking for an organisation in Essex to express their interest in becoming a partner on our Building Better Opportunities Community Connections project running in the county.

The project, which is part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, started in April 2016 and will end in September 2019.

Community Connections Essex brings together experienced partners that focus on changing lives and communities across Essex for the better.

The project aims to support the hardest-to-reach participants in the area - who are several steps away from making work a sustainable part of their lives - move into education, training, job search and ultimately find sustainable employment.

Papworth Trust is the lead partner and a delivery partner on the project. The other delivery partners are:


Realise Futures

Worker’s Educational Association


Basildon Borough Citizen Advice

Royal Association for Deaf People



What are we looking for?

We are currently looking for new organisations to join the partnership and widen the support we can offer.

We are looking for an organisation that is open, responsive, collaborative, inclusive and who seeks to maximise every opportunity to improve the lives of disabled people and people with a long-term health condition who are currently long-term unemployed. You should be able to help move them forward to engage with the communities that they live in.

We are particularly interested to hear from organisations that have a specific expertise in working with people with a disability or long-term health condition to gain positive outcomes on the Community Connections Essex project.

What you need to do next...

Any interested organisations need to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) by the closing date of Sunday 22nd April 2018. Tenders will then be involved in a two-stage process. Stage 1 is the aforementioned EoI stage. Successful tenders will then go through to Stage 2, which encompasses clarifications around the EoI and an interview and presentation about the work you will do on the project.

Both stages will be scored and weighted on the following criteria:

  • Geography (20% of the total score)
  • Service Delivery Experience (20%) of the total score)
  • Organisational Information (20% of the total score)
  • Capacity (20% of the total score)
  • Costs (20% of the total score)

If you would like further information about the opportunity, please contact or phone 07764 784469.

Expressions of interest need to be emailed to:

Closing date: 22nd April 2018