Entries by Russell Rolph

The 6 top challenges for Charities

The CAF Charity Landscape report of 2019 has identified the top 6 challenges for CEO’s and the Charitable sector across the UK. The most pressing challenge at number 1 is that of Income Generation, particularly at a time where demand for services is growing and financial restrictions continue to dominate the headlines. Digital technology is number […]

What’s the CEO Network?

Well its a network for CEO’s obviously but it goes beyond that. We all recognise that sometimes the CEO role can be an isolated and lonely place to be, so the opportunity to meet other CEO’s and share organisational issues, concerns or opportunities in a safe and confidential space is probably valuable. But its also […]

Reviewing the Community Plan

Wilburton is a small village in East Cambridgeshire which comprises 550 houses (and over 1,000 inhabitants), sitting 6 miles south west of Ely. It is well known for its fundraising events (The Wilburton Beer Festival and the Wilburton Fireworks Night being prime examples) and has an active Parish Council. The Parish Council adopted its local […]

Soham Sparks: The Results Are In

Communities Officer Ben Pitt has been working in Soham since September 2018, supporting local residents to enrich community life in their town. It’s been a busy seven months, culminating in the launch of Soham Community Association on 4 April. This group has responded to the need for a new organisation to look after the finances […]

Government provides support for Village Halls

Charities are being invited to apply to a £3m government fund for improving village halls. The Village Halls Improvement Grant Fund will issue awards for up to 20 per cent of improvement costs, with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 available. This means that overall scheme costs could be between £50,000 […]

Commissioning Forum – The view from the North

14 Delegates attended the second Commissioning Forum held at the South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris. The Forums have been established by Support Cambridgeshire to ensure the right level of dialogue and problem solving exists between the Commissioners of local services, and those organisations that provide projects and activities. The first Commissioning Forum was held […]

The Power of Pro-activity

The Stapleford Village Hall Fund was set up after the sale of Stapleford Village Hall: The decision was taken locally not to build a new village hall and this charity was set up with the proceeds (£15,000) from the sale of the old village hall to the Local Education Authority. The charity may provide financial […]

Return of the Portal

Support Cambridgeshire 4 Communities (our self-funding Portal) has just helped Magpas Air Ambulance achieve £20,000 pounds worth of Funding from the Postcode Community Trust. This will enable Magpas Air Ambulance to deliver their brand new training ‘Hearts Matter: Community CPR’. There are approximately 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests attended to by medical professionals every […]

Council takes CVS in-house

Umbrella body NAVCA has expressed concern over the independence of Waltham Forest’s community and voluntary service (CVS) after it was taken back in-house by the council. Community Waltham Forest (or CWF for short) was set up as an independent organisation but had been run by fellow CVS Community Southwark since 2016. This month the London Borough […]

Cyber Security – A Government Warning

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (or DCMS for short) has issued a further warning to both business and charities about the cost of cyber breaches. The average annual cost to business or charities has been assessed at £4,180.00, which for smaller organisations is a considerable loss to recover. However, its not all […]