Projects & News

ECASS Always has something going on! Check out some of our recent projects & news below and don’t forget to check our events calendar for upcoming projects and events in the Portsmouth area.

The team at ECASS Portsmouth would like to thank The Team at Qvis Lighting and Security who recently upon hearing from us about a vulnerable member of our community and their family whom were very worried about them , stepped up and donated these Free CCTV units to enable the family to have a little bit of extra peace of mind enabling them to have the ability to know their family member was ok ,even when they were not near by. This is a vital lifeline and and amazing contribution to memebers of the local community, thanks once again Kindest regards John And the ECASS Team.

ECASS Finalists Business Communtiy Award

ECASS can proudly announce that we have been announced as finalists in the Business Champions awards in the category of Community Business award https://lnkd.in/eV8V65Tw
Managing director John Ryder and Deputy Director Aaron Taylor and The ECASS Team can today Proudly announce that we have been announced as finalists in our 3rd business finals award in under 12 months, this is a testament to all our teams hard work and the huge difference we are making in our communities with our communities and its members
ECASS Portsmouth https://ecass.co.uk/ (Every Charitable Act Supports someone) based in Portsmouth Hampshire Have been Confirmed as finalists at the award ceremony that will be held on the Wednesday 22nd March 2023 at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London E14
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ECASS is a community interest-based company whose headquarters is based At Portsmouth Universities Portsmouth Technopole building, we offer free services to people experiencing. issues that include Alcohol and drug awareness, Tennant support/Landlord issues. domestic Violence signposting, Debt/Bills support, Legal signposting, Civil court & family court Support (McKenzie Friends), Career empowerment, employability opportunities & courses, Employment tribunal support, Guidance & confidence building Documentation, Letter writing & Form filling in SportsBusiness ideas, Mental ill Health signposting and support and a wealth of other free projects for all groups across our communities.
The 2023 awards recognise the achievements of all kinds of businesses, large and small, across different sectors and across the whole of the UK with our annual programme designed to reward the very best in UK business with 14 dedicated categories rewarding entrepreneurs, SMEs, fast growth companies and specific areas like sustainability and diversity with bronze, silver and gold winners.

ECASS Electric Avenue

Our IT equipment donation program (Electric Avenue) is designed to ensure your old laptops, computers printers, and other IT equipment get into the hands of those that need them most and to help us carry out workshops in Portsmouth such as IT skills, CV building etc

Any electronic goods that you may donate will be data wiped and factory reset. Once the assets have had all data removed, we then professionally refurbish the assets, so they are ready to be donated to good causes or used in our workshops around the Portsmouth area.

We can accept the following:

  • PCs (Windows or Mac) No older than 3 – 4 years old.
  • Tablets or mobiles (No older than 3 – 4 years old)
  • PCs and Macs with start up issues or software problems
  • PCs, Tablets, Phones or Macs with broken screens
  • Games Consoles

We CAN NOT accept

  • Anything older than 3 – 4 years as they need to meet the requirement specifications of what they will be used for.
  • Printers
  • Laptops without power supply

Please note any IT assets you wish to donate should have an intel i3 processor minimum or AMD equivalent so those asset(s) can handle the requirements of those who will be using them. The IT assets should be in full working order (apart from software issues or broken screens which we can accept), with a power supply (charger). 

If you would like to know more about how your old computers and IT equipment can help those in need please contact us.

Your donation is very much appreciated and will go on to make a difference to someones life.

Thank you. The ECASS Team

On Monday Our CEO John and one of our service Users Mr Evans were invited to a business champions dinner in Sloane square London followed by a special tour at the Chelsea Pensioners Hospital In London
We were Absolutely humbled to finally pick up our St James Place 2023 Hero award today at the Chelsea Pensioners Hospital in London, whilst amongst true heroes!
It was an incredible experience to be in the presence of individuals who have selflessly served our country. Their stories and sacrifice serve as a reminder of the true meaning of bravery.
This award not only represents our community efforts, but also the support and encouragement from those around us that serve our communities and make a difference every day.
We would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the amazing staff at Chelsea Pensioners Hospital for looking after us at this event and making it truly special. Your dedication is deeply appreciated and amazing thanks to the Business champions team for their hard work and dedication.
When we received the invite our team came together and felt it would be only fitting that we took along a service users instead another member of staff and as Mr Evans was one of the first through our doors to use our service and also the fact his father Served and lost life during the Falkland’s conflict the team at ECASS felt it only fitting for Mr Evans the son of a hero to Join our CEO and see other heroes like his dad it was an amazing touching day for everyone.
Thank you to the real heroes who looked after us all day Your bravery and service are an inspiration to us all. It is because of individuals like you that we have the freedoms we enjoy today.
We are beyond grateful for this recognition and will continue to work hard to make a positive impact in the local community and the wider world.

Really pleasing News to see that through hard work and colaboration and high end networking ECASS Portsmouth were able to support Fratton youth Christmas Buffet/Party and The Older persons 2022 Fratton Community Friends Christmas Party through our teams Donation . We have Just recived word from the hard working team at Fratton Community Centre that everyone had a amazing time and that the donation from ECASS enabled the amazing team at Fratton community centre to provide both groups with a fabulous buffet, a fantastic raffle ,a game of prize bingo, a DJ – and even a glass of Sherry! Everyone also received a gift by way of a Pannetone Cake or celebrations sweets – those who were unable to attend also received a gift when attending the usual groups in the week leading up to the Christmas Party. To most of the people that attened these clubs ,these clubs are a lifeline and a vitial link to freinds and the local community and socialising . Well done to all involved and all of our team that donated to make this happen .

Barclays Bank Portsmouth ECASSYesterday Our director and the ECASS team were down at the Main branch of Barclays bank in Commercial Road Portsmouth, where we are now running one of our support and signposting clinics. We will be there again this Monday 4th December until 2pm and then will run our support and signposting clinics from there on a very regular basis , people can drop in and receive support and advice and signposting when needed .The staffing team down at Barclays bank Commercial road were phenomenal today in their professional standards and interventions throughout the day, it really was impressive to see the whole team being multi-functional dealing with a range of issues that many of their customers are facing on a day to day basis that were not just banking related. It was a true pleasure to see such a hard-working team with high end ethics and standards operate with such passion ,something which the city or Portsmouth and the banking industry should be very honored and proud off. Another amazing team in Portsmouth making change day by day. .

 

After working closely with Portsmouth Football Club over the last few months or so The ECASS team would like to say a huge thankyou to the whole Portsmouth staffing team, who upon our request from ECASS, provided an amazing experience for a couple of smashing young Ukrainian lads and their family, who have chosen Portsmouth as their new home. Its never easy leaving the place you call home or leaving family and friends behind in such troubled times so this was a little something we as a community could do to show some warmth support and caring love.

This Amazing football experience that was provided yesterday at Fratton Park against Fleetwood town also included their mum and nan and the truly amazing host family the Weston’s, who have welcomed them into their home in such sad worrying times for the Ukraine. They all got to see the game meet the players, meet the managers and but most importantly of all feel the love the care and the unity that is here for them and all that need it.

Portsmouth football club you were amazing and in such worrying times we all came together to show that the door in Portsmouth is always open. Positive People Power! A special thankyou to Ashleigh Emberson at Portsmouth FC from the ECASS team who worked relentlessly with us to make this happen you are a true gem and superstar we can’t thank you enough. The video says it all Danny Cowley stand up and take a bow. Best wishes and kindest regards John and the ECASS Team.

Don’t forget this afternoon’s Young peoples show at 17:00 pm
Ecass Community Radio is now available for easy access via app on
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
Or you can access the shows via our website address on https://ecass.co.uk/ecass-radio/ .
Get listening now for great songs for the young members of our community

We had the incredible honor of welcoming the Leader of the House of Commons and our very own Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt to our community organization! It was an absolute pleasure to have them experience firsthand the impactful work we are doing in our local community.
Their visit gave us a tremendous sense of validation and recognition for the efforts we have been pouring into making a positive difference in the lives of those around us. It was a heartwarming moment to see them acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of our dedicated team.
We discussed our various initiatives, projects, and their impact on the community. Their support and encouragement have further motivated us to continue our mission with renewed energy and commitment. We truly feel blessed to have influential leaders like Penny Mordaunt supporting our cause.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Leader of the House of Commons and Penny Mordaunt for taking the time to visit us and for recognizing the important work we are doing. Your presence and kind words have reassured us that our efforts matter and are making a substantial difference.
Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in creating a stronger, more vibrant local community. Together, we can achieve remarkable things!

Congratulations to our Creative arts Co,ordinator Art Form Neil Foley for his nomination at the inspiring Fratton awards tonight . Well done mate from all the team.

A few months the ECASS team asked the young people of Fratton youth club if they would design something they would like to see on one of the walls at Fratton Community Centre and worked closely with the Amazing team at Fratton community centre and our creative arts director ARTFORM we set a competition up for the young people. We ended up with 7 designs from the young people which we put into one overall design for the wall. All the young people engaged in spraying and artwork as did the adults, we even were lucky enough to have the honourable Lord and lady mayoress of Portsmouth, turn up and of course, we got them straight onto the wall engaging as well.

Today was an amazing event for all concerned with months of hard work coming in place, our director John and the ECASS team would firstly like to thank all the young people who turned out and put work into their community centre, the amazing community centre staff and Fratton youth service who supported us right through the project. Portsmouth in the community for supporting with additional prizes of tickets to watch Portsmouth play Bristol rovers for young people and their parents, and for kindly offering to put the winning designs on the big screen during the match, Our patron who funded the project, The lord and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth for engaging and making the young people feel special and Aaron our deputy director and last of Artform who we have been working with for months to bring this about…. You smashed it. watch, More ECASS projects are incoming ..

Portsea Adventure Playground is transformed with vibrant graffiti mural.

The team at Ecass, a community interest company, has completed another community project day to bring children together in Portsea in a bid to freshen up the Portsea Adventure Playground.Portsea Community Art

The play area is one of six adventure playgrounds, which are run by Portsmouth City Council‘s Play and Youth service, giving young Portsea children a safe and free place to play.

The manager of the playground, Jon Chapman, joined the Ecass team to hold a community project day on January 28, where children had the opportunity to explore their artistic skills and create a mural on the main wall of the play area. Read the full article by clicking here in the Portsmouth News 

Pompey Initiative Tackling Period Poverty ECASS and Free Flow Portsmouth.
ECASS has partnered with Free Flow Portsmouth to offer free sanitary products to Vulnerable Portsmouth Community Members that need them! because of many issues including the cost of living Crisis We have a range of Tampons, Sanitary Towels, and Panty Liners stored at our offices in 213 Portsmouth Technopole, Kingston Crescent P02 8FA available to all without discrimination.
Never suffer in silence, ECASS is always here to help you. We understand the impact of the current cost of living crisis and believe no-one should be made to choose between essential food or menstruation products!
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Today The ECASS Team rolled out our Third amazing ECASS (Every Caring act supports someone) Community Art Project. The event took place a The Roberts Centre in Craswell street Landport. The centre provides support for children, families, young people, and vulnerable adults from across Portsmouth and the surrounding area. It provides a day nursery, tenancy and family support, and a range of advice and support services, life skills training and a holiday play scheme. They also provide the only supervised and supported child contact service in Portsmouth where children can remain in contact with parents and family members with whom they don’t live this is a vital service to our community.
A few months ago Our CEO John Ryder asked Carole Damper CEO of the Roberts centre for 25 Years, if ECASS could design something they would like to see on one of the walls outside the Centre, we set a competition up for the young people of the Roberts centre and other local Children From Landport including Landport playschemes, and we ended up with lots of designs from the young people which we put into one overall design for the wall.
All the young who turned up engaged in spraying and artwork, as did the special guests that were invited.
Today was an amazing event for all concerned. With yet again more months of hard work and planning falling into place. Our director John and the ECASS team would firstly like to thank all the young people who turned out and put work into their artwork at the Roberts centre, we would also like to heap well deserved praise on our amazing staffing team who supported us right through the project. We really couldn’t have been much prouder we had amazing members of our ECASS team travel from across the country to give up their time to support our community project and others in a project that has been months in the planning. We would like to thank all the members of the local community who donated to our crowdfunding page and helped make this magic happen, you can see from the look in the children’s faces that this was magical. Also, a huge thank you to the Portsmouth Partnership for their support in the project and funding. Also, again huge thanks to Pompey in the community MBE Clare Martin and her amazing team who always work alongside and support the Community Arts Projects.
A massive Shout out to Derick Goodall and the team from Daron Ford Hayling island for supporting us in the project logistics and Safety equipment.
Last of all Artform our creative arts coordinator who yet again put his creative magic to work and worked relentless alongside our CEO John through the hours to finalise the Job and make this happen. Both giving up there Saturday evening and Sunday from 5 am to make sure the job was done.
Carole Damper CEO of the Roberts centre for 25 Years said, “This is one of the most innovative and creative projects to happen at the Roberts Centre for 20 years, its great to see so many local adults and Children getting involved and enjoying themselves I can’t thank ECASS enough for making this happen and for the amount of planning hard work and creativity they have put in”.
…. Thanks everyone yet again together as a community we absolutely smashed it. We already have other areas selected for this project but if you would like this in your area drop our team a message and we will get back to you. Best wishes John and the ECASS team. To end this post our CEO John would like to send out this message he said” We are lucky here in Portsmouth because we have amazing community spirt and community camaraderie. Portsmouth is full of community heroes making a difference changing the world bit by bit step by step we owe it to all children to change the world and ignite sparks of change and hope to those that may need it”. Just like Malala Yousafzai once said, ‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world”, be that teacher, help open that book, provide that pen and open doorways to change the world. Highest regards to you All ECASS CEO John Ryder https://ecass.co.uk/
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