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Here you'll find news and blogs about Essex Challenge Prizes, including profiles of our judges, news of future prizes and updates from the finalists.

Families Included Prize winner announced

Wednesday 8 February 2017 to Saturday 4 August 2018
Essex mum recognised by Essex County Council for inspirational work helping others in the community.

Moving Together for a Brighter Future

Wednesday 21 December 2016
So much has happened since my last blog.

Mums and Families

Wednesday 21 December 2016
There has been a lot in the press this week about postnatal depression.


Wednesday 21 December 2016
An update on the progress of project Light.

Fit4Mums and Families

Wednesday 21 December 2016
Well it’s time for the final blog, and there is lots to convey.

Be an opportunity maker

Thursday 1 December 2016
Finalist Nicole Blom shares her thoughts on keeping focused on an idea.
The ten finalists together for the first time.
Ten ideas shortlisted for £10,000 Challenge Prize.

Hear from Cllr Dick Madden

Thursday 18 August 2016
Cllr Dick Madden talks about the Families Included Challenge Prize.

Find out about the many funding opportunities that exist

Thursday 18 August 2016 to Wednesday 17 August 2016

Introducing Amanda Brandon

Thursday 7 July 2016
Meet Amanda Brandon, author of the Granny Mutton yarn books and Families Included judge.

Introducing Emma R McNally

Wednesday 6 July 2016
Emma is a children's author and illustrator, and one of the Families Included prize judges.

Introducing Chris Martin

Wednesday 6 July 2016
Watch a video of Families Include judge Chris Martin talking about how the prize could help.

Introducing Sam Keeling

Tuesday 5 July 2016
Meet Sam Keeling, one of our judges and founder of Facebook groups for Essex parents, 8 of of 10.

Introducing Councillor Dick Madden

Wednesday 29 June 2016
Chair of Families Included judging panel, Councillor Madden, on why he's excited about this project.
The Families Included Prize was launched on 12 May 2016 at County Hall in Essex.

Nine Challenge Prize finalists