The Community Defibrillator was installed at Channels Park in mid December and whilst the equipment is technically ‘live’, it cannot yet be used as we are still waiting for confirmation from the East of England Ambulance Service that they have registered it on their system.
The equipment is being checked on a weekly basis to ensure it is fully operational however it cannot be used until such time that the “AED Not in Service” sign has been removed.
The Defibrillator page on this website has been updated with key information about how a Community Defibrillator is activated and other guidance, including helpful videos.
In advance of wider community awareness training that is being organised, it would be worth becoming familiar with the key information as we could receive notification at any time that the device has been registered meaning it will become fully accessible.
Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
On behalf of the Channels Residents Community Group
By getting involved with people who want to discuss common concerns or local issues, we can make a difference to where we live. One way of achieving this is by working together with other people in the neighbourhood via a Community Group. Our Community Group mission is:
To develop and maintain an all-inclusive, healthy and vibrant community through involvement with residents who want to make a positive difference to where they live.
The aims of the Community Group can be found HERE and the group is recognised by key local stakeholders including Parish Councils, the City Council and Essex County Council.
Some of our achievements and activities over the last 2 years include:
- Installation of a Community Defibrillator;
- Successful lobbying for the bridleway to be surfaced and installation of the crossing at the bottom of it brought forward due to safety concerns;
- Development of Neighbourhood Watch;
- Development of Community Gardens for all to be involved with and enjoy;
- Social events & activities
- Community litter picking;
- Groups set up for runners & riders;
- An Essex Lottery ‘good cause’.
We are working on or are involved with the following key projects:
- Platinum Jubilee Beacons Project (see update below!);
- Channels Public Art Project;
- Community Growing Points.
Every resident is considered to be part of the Community Group however we need a working management committee to coordinate and help shape our community both now and for the future.
We currently have a small number of highly committed people supporting and representing Channels residents however it would be fantastic to have a few more committee members, especially from the Croudace & Pompadour localities, to ensure we can take forward some of the great ideas and projects which will benefit everyone in the coming year.
The Jubilee Beacon project (see below) is a good example of where some management & oversight is required and why we need volunteers to be involved in making it all happen.
We have received confirmation from five local organisations of funding to cover the capital cost of a permanent landmark Platinum Jubilee Beacon in Channels Park and we plan to hold a special event for the entire community to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.
On Thursday 2nd June 2022, Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories and if all goes well, ours will be one of them!
If you want to be involved in helping to develop the Channels community, please do express your interest by completing this website form.
Unfortunately there has been a delay in sourcing parts for the lockable defibrillator cabinet meaning that we won’t receive delivery of our equipment for another couple of weeks. As such, we are now looking to ‘go live’ by the end of November.
The good news is that we have a plenty of volunteers for the inspection rota, a WhatsApp group to support it and their face to face training is currently being arranged. A big thanks to all those that put their names forward 🙂
As previously noted we will be arranging for a Zoom based awareness session for all residents however for now, we have embedded a couple of informative videos (as suggested by the Community Heartbeat Trust) and linked to some other helpful guidance everyone to look view and digest.
Information & Guidance can be found HERE.
The grant funding from Little Waltham Parish Council has been received and the order for the defibrillator has been submitted to the Community Heartbeat Trust. This means we are still on track for a ‘go live’ date around the end of October. 🙂
As previously advised, we have progressed with a Managed Solution Partnership which offers a cost-effective method of implementing a quality community defibrillator project that addresses the many potential liabilities, including ensuring that all governance and insurances are fully dealt with appropriately.
The Partnership Agreement contains one obligation that we must comply with. We must carry out regular weekly checks on the equipment, reporting this via the CHT WebNos Governance System. Failure to undertake the checks will invalidate the insurance aspects of the agreement.
We are therefore looking for circa 8-10 resident volunteers who would be happy to be included on the rota to ensure the device checks are undertaken and logged via the WebNos Governance System.
This will typically mean that each resident will only need to undertake a compliance check once every 2 months (which only takes about 5 minutes) and anyone on the initial rota will be invited to a face-to-face awareness training session facilitated by the Community Heartbeat Trust.
The UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators (AEDs) should be able to be used by members of the public with or without any formal training nevertheless it is good practice for as many members of the community as possible to receive some form of training. As such, a follow up virtual awareness training session will be held via Zoom which will be available to the wider Channels resident population.
If you are willing to be part of the initial rota of residents to receive awareness training and undertake the weekly checks on our equipment, please leave your details on the volunteer form here and you will be contacted once we have an idea of potential training dates.
Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
A detailed grant application was submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council in August which made the case for funding to cover the capital cost of equipment, installation, set up and the first 2.5 years of a 5-year Annual Support Agreement. The application was discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 7th September and it was supported by councillors meaning the Defibrillator project can progress to the mobilisation stage.
We would like to thank Little Waltham Parish Council for the generous grant as this accounts for over 80% of the project costs and without it, the project would have been significantly delayed or even put on hold.
Funds raised through local initiatives will cover support costs for the remaining 2.5 years of the Annual Support Agreement (after which the position will be reviewed) and all training requirements. We would therefore like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all residents that donated as local fund-raising was also critical to the success of the project.
The requirements for the project have been fully worked up through collaboration with the Community Heartbeat Trust so the next step is to order the equipment as specified in the grant application, sign the Managed Support Partnership agreement and arrange for installation.
The intention is to have the Defibrillator installed, training & community awareness undertaken and the device ‘live’ by the end of October 2021.
It has taken a lot of work to get to this point however the biggest hurdles have been overcome and the process should be a little bit easier from now on! Keep an eye out for further updates 🙂
Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
The Community Garden is celebrating it’s first birthday! Please see a newsletter (pdf format) that can be viewed and/or downloaded and thanks to Tanisha Lohia for pulling the update together.
For those that are new to Channels, the Community Garden is located near the entrance to Eagle Rise, near to the ‘Fountain Lake’:
If you want to get involved, Carroll Crumpen is leading the Community Gardens project (which will hopefully be expanding across the wider Channels development over the next few months) and you can get into contact via email@example.com
We are currently finalising a funding application that will be submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council for discussion at their next meeting on 7th September. It has become clear that supporting a community defibrillator project is not just simply about purchasing a defibrillator and installing it in a central location and there are many issues to consider!
On the basis this is a resident led project, the intention is to progress using a Managed Solution Partnership model through the Community Heartbeat Trust with a 4-year period of ongoing support to minimise risk and to ensure governance is fully taken care of. This model ensures that all governance and insurances are fully dealt with appropriately, and is what the charity specialises in:
“The Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) is a charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators, but in sustainable, resilient and governance led manner.”
The specification of the device, cabinet and ancillary items have been discussed with the Community Heartbeat Trust and a we intend to hold a final meeting with them imminently to confirm we have everything covered. The package will include:
- Cabinet (with information backboard)
- Community Signage Pack
- Community Training (Virtual & Classroom)
- 4 Year Support Agreement
As previously noted, we need at least £500 of local fundraising and we have to evidence to the Parish Council as part of the application that we have done everything we can to secure some of our own funds.
Our donations currently stand at £422 so please do donate, no matter how small the amount. If every occupied household contributed just £1.15, we would hit our local fund-raising target. Thank you so much to everyone that has donated so far and it’s easy for anyone to contribute to the Defibrillator Fund via the Donate with Paypal button below:
Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
Residents will be aware that there have been discussions over the last couple of years about improving the look of the Channels Drive Roundabout, which is the main entrance point to the various localities that form the wider Channels development.
Historically the roundabout has been left unattended and has looked untidy and for the last year Channels Estates have been keeping the grass cut at their cost. There were initial discussions with the City Council, Marden Homes & Channels Estates almost two years ago about the possibility of the roundabout being planted (via sponsorship) to be in keeping with some of the other roundabouts in the surrounding area.
The good news is that after continued pestering and chasing, the City Council (in conjunction with Highways) have now given agreement in principle for the roundabout to be sponsored. This is conditional on the planting largely replicating that of the next roundabout along the RDR, some key paperwork being submitted and confirmation that the sponsors will continue to fund the ongoing maintenance.
The next step is for Channels Estates to arrange a Road Safety Audit with the Essex Highways Road safety Team and this is already underway. Once the Road Safety Audit is agreed, Channels Estates will formally apply to Chelmsford City Council to sponsor the roundabout and if successful with their application, the planting can take place.
At present Marden Homes are likely to fund the cost of the initial planting (which is hoped to take place in the Autumn) with Channels Estates taking over the ongoing maintenance costs. There will be no impact on residents, other than a much smarter roundabout to be proud of on the approach to Channels! It has taken some time however it was worth pursuing 🙂
The issue of having a defibrillator on the development has been raised a number of times and due to strong support from the wider community, the project is now being taken forward.
The project is being led by Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson (two of the original Channels Community Group founders) which includes scoping, fund-raising and implementation.
We are going to need at least £500 of local fund-raising to complete the project and it’s easy for anyone to contribute to the Defibrillator Fund via the large Donate with Paypal logo below!:
For more information and updates about the project, take a look at the Community Defibrillator Page and thank you in advance for any contribution that you can make to such a good community cause.
Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
Chelmsford City Council have secured funding to enable the design and integration of public art into the Channels Development, with the aim of enhancing the character and identity of the development – making this a unique and inspiring place of which the local community can be proud.
The project kicked off in March 2020 but due to COVID issues, it has been on hold for the last year. The project has now re-started and proposals will be developed over the coming months based on comprehensive public and stakeholder consultation.
The CRCG is part of the Public Art Steering Group and key information will be passed onto residents accordingly to ensure everyone is kept up to date. The Project Brief can be viewed or downloaded for information and all residents are encouraged to get involved as part of the consultation later in the year.
It is important that as many residents as possible get involved during the consultation period to ensure that the art proposals truly reflect the identity of the area and so that we can all take ownership, pride and care in the artwork and associated public open spaces.