GFN Colchester Summer Gig

July 4th, 2015 09:00 → July 4th, 2015 18:00

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We've got two amazing local causes on board with Lepra and Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge looking for help with some exciting challeneges for us to get stuck into. Find out about our causes and their challenges below.

Been 'n' gone

This gig's over but check out the calendar for the next one.



We're kicking things off with briefings from our amazing causes on Friday evening so you've got a head start ahead of a big day of doing on Saturday! We'll be at Three Wise Monkeys from 7pm, with the briefs starting at 7:30 sharp.

This is also a great chance to get to know your fellow GFNers, and chat to the representatives from both causes. If you can't make Friday evening, no worries, but you'll find it really helpful for getting the most out of the main event! You can read a little bit about the causes a bit further down this message...


We'll be at firstsite bright and early from 9am on Saturday, ready to get doing from 10am. We'll have tea, coffee, juice and some breakfast bits on hand to get your brains charged for the day ahead.

All that's left now is to get cracking - find your chosen cause and do some good!

There will be refreshments, lunch and dinner provided throughout the day so just bring your tools of the trade.

We'll wrap things up around 5 or 6pm and head off for a post-gig pint or two!


Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge

The Refuge was established in 1977 to support women together with their children who have suffered domestic abuse. We offer crisis accommodation for the women and their children.

The women are then offered appropriate support from key workers to ensure they can access legal, housing and welfare advice. The OFSTED Outstanding Children’s room offers 15 hours per week expert child care for the 2-5 year olds.

To women who are not ready or unable to come into Refuge we offer Out Reach Support from staff who can offer expert advice.



Lepra is a UK-registered charity, based in Colchester. We work with people in Bangladesh, India and Mozambique who are amongst the poorest in the world and are affected by neglected diseases like leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (sometimes known as elephantiasis) and other diseases such as malaria and TB. We not only diagnose and treat the diseases, but continue to work with each person to tackle the effects of the prejudice surrounding these diseases. Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of the diseases.

We have a small fundraising and development team in Colchester, which also covers communications, PR, marketing and events. Although we were established more than 90 years ago, there is a low level of awareness about Lepra. We are often confused with The Leprosy Mission, which is a Christian-based charity



The Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge

Public Awareness Raising Strategy:

Anecdotal evidence tells us that there are still people in Tendring and Colchester who do not know about the existence of CTWR and therefore do not know to signpost women suffering domestic violence in our direction.

Until now the charity’s focus has been on writing bids for salaries to support women, rather than on seeking funding to refurbish the flatlets or lounges in the Refuges.

Some key areas we need help with are:

  • Fundraising Ideas
  • Initial baseline survey,
  • Ideas for fundraising events
  • Publicity materials such as leaflets, stickers, etc.
  • Ideas for alternative ways of promoting CTWR at events we attend, especially giving people our contact details.
  • *Promotion: *We have some good films about India, leprosy and other topics, but these are mainly documentary style. We need a short film to be used as an advert online and on YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram etc. For example, this could be an animation, explaining how diseases are keeping people in poverty, or another topic.
  • *Fundraising: *We do not currently have a committed giving “product” i.e. a reason to donate monthly. We have an online donation page (link below) but we know it is not working particularly well and is not inspirational.
  • *Events *Challenge events are a bit of a struggle in terms of getting people to participate. One of the problems with these types of event is that they are expensive to buy places and also to advertise. Also, there are so many of them at the moment and competition is fierce!
  • And of course, any more ideas for fundraising or promotion would be very welcome!

Thank you to our Friends

  • firstsite

Who was there?

  • Mark Sta Ana
  • Oli Watts
  • Mike Polom
  • Gaz Aston