Essex County Council are launching a new initiative called Essex Challenge Prize on 12th May. The Families Included Prize is the first in a series of Challenge Prizes. Challenge Prizes are a tried and tested method of generating a broader range of original ideas to solve difficult problems. Over the next few years ECC intend to run a series of prizes to address the diverse issues facing Essex. Along the way they will offer a range of support to nurture and develop the ideas of individuals, communities and organisations, as well as awarding a prize for the winning solution.
We are looking for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involve local families with young children in opportunities that enrich their lives. Ideas can relate to any aspect of life including personal and social experiences. They can look to address the problem across Essex or focus on a local community. All we ask is that solutions come from people or organisations in Essex and will make a positive difference to Essex families.
Entry will be open between 12 May and 14 July 2016. After this a team of assessors and judges will choose the most promising ideas to go forward to receive further support to test and progress their solution. The winner will receive a prize of £10,000 to help them take this forward. We don’t know what the winning idea will look like. It might be a product, a service or a clever bit of tech. It could be completely new or an adapted way of doing things.
To find out more:
- Visit the website at challenge-prizes.essex.gov.uk/ to find out more about Challenge Prizes and why ECC want to address social isolation impacting Essex families.
- Be a champion! ECC want to get as many people across Essex as possible to put on their thinking caps and want to reach beyond the usual suspects. Please tell people about this exciting project and share, share and share again the website address on your social media account.
- If you have any questions please email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].