Families Included Prize

The Families Included Prize is looking for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involve local families with young children (0-5 years) in opportunities that enrich their lives. Ideas can relate to any aspect of life including personal, professional and social experiences.

Launch
12 May 2016
Application Deadline
14 July 2016
Induction Event
31 August 2016
Announcement Event
8 February 2017

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Meet 10 finalists

The Issue

The parents, guardians and carers of young children often experience pressures and life changes, relating to raising a young child, such as having less time to socialise, less disposable income or leaving work on a temporary or permanent basis. This can leave them feeling lonely, or socially isolated. Social isolation, or the fear of, is a notable concern for parents, guardians and carers in Essex regardless of their background and can affect their personal, professional and social experiences. It also affects their confidence, leaving them feeling less able or willing to access the support available to them. In Essex, the County Council recognises that these concerns and experiences are not always best addressed by traditional council services.

Prize Statement

The Families Included Prize is looking for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involve local families with young children (0-5 years) in opportunities that enrich their lives. Ideas can relate to any aspect of life including personal, professional and social experiences.

Eligibility Criteria

Families Included Prize was open to individuals, groups and organisation.

All entrants must be willing to share their experience of developing their idea publicly if they’re chosen as a finalist, for example, by blogging about it for Essex Challenge Prizes.

Individual entrants were eligible:

  • if they live or work in the area covered by Essex County Council, and
  • if they or anyone in their immediate family work for Essex County Council, they are at Pay Band 5 or lower.

Group entrants were eligible:

  • if one or more group member lives or works in the area covered by Essex County Council, and
  • if any group member works or an immediate family member works for Essex County Council are at Pay Band 5 or lower.

Organisation entrants were eligible:

  • if the organisation is based in the area covered by Essex County Council.
  • if the organisation is not based in the area covered by Essex County Council, but the idea will be created, developed and  tested with Essex-based families with young children under 5. This will make sure that the idea is addressing the issues facing families in Essex.

Please bear in mind that, we are looking for ideas from Essex for Essex.

Participant Journey

 Stage 1: Submit your idea

The Families Included Prize is now closed to applications.

50 ideas submitted by individuals, groups and organisations across the county ranged from themed support groups and craft activities to groups for grandparents. All entries have been assessed against the judging criteria.

 Stage 2: Finalists

Meet the 10 finalists who were selected by the judging panel. 

All Finalists will be asked to attend an Induction Event in Essex in late August 2016. Finalist representation is compulsory as it is an important part of the challenge prize.  Travel and subsistence costs will be covered.

Finalists will be provided a range of financial and non-financial support to develop Business Cases of their ideas.  The deadline for submission of Business Cases is Friday 6 January 2017.

After this deadline, all Business Cases will be assessed against the criteria by a group of assessors and the selection of of the winner will be made by our panel of judges.

Stage 3: Winner announcement

Announcement of the winner will be made at in February 2017 (date to be confirmed) at Award Event in Essex. The winner will receive £10,000 to help develop their idea.

About the Prize

The Families Included Prize is the first time a challenge prize has been run by a council in the UK. Essex County Council is working with Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, to develop and deliver this exciting new way for the Council to engage local communities, as well as discover and support great solutions.

For more information about the Families Included Prize, including terms & conditions and FAQ, visit: www.challenge-prizes.essex.gov.uk, and follow #familiesincluded on Twitter.

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