The Power of the Portal

Over the past 12 months, the Support Cambridgeshire Funding portal has been visited by over 300 new and registered organisations.

Over £57,000 has been achieved in funding by organisations using the portal as a first step in making an application.

The portal has over 2,400 funds available to browse or search every week.

Simply click here to register and start your search – who know’s where it will lead.

If you want to see the portal in action join us at our Funding Master Class on the 27th February in South Cambridgeshire.

Simply book your space by contacting russell@huntsforum.org.uk

The sector has its view on the proposed County Lottery

11 delegates from the voluntary sector recently attended the third Focus Group on the proposed Cambridgeshire County online lottery, including Support Cambridgeshire partners Hunts Forum and Cambridge CVS.

Over 30 local authorities across the UK have invested in online lotteries, achieving £130,000 in a two year period for various good causes.

Cambridgeshire County Council estimate that within a 24 month period, 9,779 prospective players will provide approximately £254,000 for good causes across the County (based upon a population estimate of 651,000 and a take up rate of 1.5%).

How will it work?

Online tickets will be available at £1.00 per week.

50% of the price of a ticket will go towards individual or specific listed good causes.

10% will go towards a community fund (which will be allocated to good causes chosen by elected members).

20% will go towards players and will act as prize money (the maximum prize that can be won is £25,000).

17% will go towards the Lottery Provider (a company known as Gatherwell).

3% is required for VAT compliance.

Cambridgeshire based organisations can list themselves as a good cause providing they benefit or provide services and activities across the 5 districts which constitute the County.

Organisations will need a formal constitution or a set of rules.

Organisations will also need a bank account with at least 2 unrelated signatories.

More details on how to list an organisation as a good cause will be provided by the County Council in a FAQ sheet which is currently being compiled.

It is envisaged that the lottery will commence in Spring 2019.

Potential issues for voluntary organisations:

Organisations will need to think carefully about their fundraising strategy. If donors already support an organisation financially then redirecting them through the lottery could mean a reduction in income (as 50% only of the ticket price is directed towards specific good causes). However, the online lottery could be a way of attracting new and different potential donors, so how this is marketed needs to be well thought through and defined. Any organisations that need help with this can contact Support Cambridgeshire partners Hunts Forum (info@huntsforum.org.uk) or Cambridge CVS (alan@cambridgecvs.org.uk).

Cambridgeshire County Council have stated that the lottery is an additional source of funding for good causes and will not impact upon current grant processes (although there are plenty of other external factors which could).

If you wish to have your say about the proposed lottery then simply E-Mail cambslottery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Cambridgeshire Timebanks receive a boost

Cambridgeshire housing association and social enterprise, CHS Group, are delighted to have made a successful application to the Big Lottery Building Communities fund.

Gerry Cano, Timebank Project Manager said:

Timebanking provides a way for local people to come together to help others and help themselves at the same time. Participants ‘deposit’ their time in the bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to ‘withdraw’ their time when they need something done themselves. So, one hour of time given gains you one hour of ‘credit’.  We are very grateful to HM Government and to National Lottery players for this award.

Over the past 5 years our Timebanks in Cambourne and Littleport & Ely have been tapping into the resources in their communities and harnessing hidden skills and talents for the benefit of all involved. These monies will enable us to continue running our Timebanks and will help us increase our impact by allowing us to increase the number of older people involved, strengthen our befriending scheme, increase the number of volunteer hours in both communities and provide support to 3 more communities wanting to develop Timebanks”.

Here’s a simple example of how Timebanks bring people together:

Rasha Lulua got in touch with Cambourne Timebank to ask if we could arrange a visitor to spend time with her mother. Mariam has dementia and mobility problems and rarely leaves the house. She has carers to help her get up in the morning and her husband and daughter care for her the rest of the time but she was getting lonely when they were working and she wanted someone to talk to. Renata Dory has been visiting Mariam for an hour once every 2 weeks since October for a chat. Mariam is very happy to see Renata and welcomes her in her native Arabic saying ‘you are the light of my eyes’.  Rasha is pleased that her mother is having company and variety in her routine. They talk about Mariam’s children and grandchildren, music and how she used to teach Arabic.

Renata said “Working with the Timebank in order to help people who genuinely need support, is one of the most enjoyable things I can imagine spending my free time doing. Visiting Mariam for just a bit of chit chat lights up her day and that lights up mine too.  I’m fortunate to have a community that is engaged with such a compassionate volunteer base.”

About the CHS Group:

CHS Group is a charitable housing association, established in 1927, providing high quality and good value affordable housing together with support, care and community services.

CHS is there to support people to achieve a better quality of life.  They offer good value services that all of us would be proud to use.

They are all about the 7,000 people living in our affordable homes and the 2,000 people who choose to rely on their care, support and community investment services.

Our 90 years of experience means that the Group can take both the long-term view and a fresh look at issues which cut across traditional boundaries.

 

 

 

Village Halls Week

Village Halls Week runs from the 22nd to the 28th January 2019. Its an event aimed at celebrating the role played by village halls in our local communities.

Locally, Cambridgeshire ACRE will be facilitating a programme of events to demonstrate the role played by village halls and Trustees across Cambridgeshire.

They will be looking at themed areas throughout the week, highlighting different aspects of why village halls are so important to our local communities.

For more information on both the launch event and other activities taking place throughout the week simply click here:

This years launch event will be taking place on Tuesday 22nd January at Little Thetford Village Hall. The event will have a national and local focus which features the history of village halls and community buildings in Cambridgeshire over the last 90 years. To book a space to the launch event click here:

 

Safeguarding Training Fund

The Safeguarding Training Fund is a joint funded programme between the Department of Culture, Media and Sports and the Big Lottery Fund and will run over 2 phases until 2022.

Phase 1 is now open to the value of £570,000.00.

The fund covers Safeguarding Resources (Phase 1) and Safeguarding Development (Phase 2) and is open to all community organisations based across England.

For more information click here:

Please note the very tight deadline for Phase 1 applications which is the 14th January 2019.

More than a Giving Machine

We all know that Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) is partially about giving, but its also about creating meaningful partnerships between the business and community sector.

Support Cambridgeshire has joined forces with Rachel Briant of Get Synergised to deliver a workshop event on this very subject, with contributions from Barons BMW, Kameo Recruitment and PwC.

This event is Free to any community based organisation in Cambridgeshire, which includes Village Halls and Parish Councils, and takes place on the 25th April 2019 between 9am amd 2.30pm at Barons BMW, Sheepfold Lane, Cambourne, CB23 6EF.

If you want to discover what makes a business tick, how they discharge their CSR and what they want or expect from a community partner then book your space now. It’s sure to be an interesting and lively debate: Get inside the head of business and work out new ways to support your projects or services.

Refreshments and lunch are being provided by Barons BMW.

To book a limited space contact Keith Johnson at Keith@huntsforum.org.uk

 

The complex world of Funding?

Funding, funding and funding – its the issue that everybody cares about in a very difficult and financially constrained market-place.

Join Support Cambridgeshire on the 27th February 2019 at our free Practitioner Event on this very subject.

Learn how to make a successful funding application.

Understand what Funders are looking for.

Learn how to be relevant, unique and fund-worthy.

Understand outputs, outcomes and Impact – get ahead of the game and teach the funders…!!

We will also be introducing some local tools and resources to help with your funding searches and the quality of your applications – this includes a presentation on Cambridgeshire Insights and a trawl through the self funding portal (SC4C) which is free to use.

To book a space contact russell@huntsforum.org.uk.

The event will be taking place at the Over Community Centre on the 27th February 2019 between 12 noon and 2.30pm: Refreshments will be provided.

 

Join us at the Commissioning Forum (North)

Following on from our first successful Commissioning Forum in the South of Cambridgeshire, a second forum will now take place covering the North of the County, being held at the South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris on the 30th January 2019 between 9.15am and 12.15pm.

If you want to hear more about the challenges that the Commissioning Unit face in a very complex and difficult funding environment, and how you can work more closely with them for the benefit of your beneficiaries and projects than book a space now by E-Mailing Russell@huntsforum.org.uk

This is likely to be a very popular event and spaces are limited to 20 in total.

More information on the previous Commissioning Forum held in Cambridge can be viewed here:

 

 

 

Record attendance at the Town and Parish Council Conference

This year’s event took place at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon on the 23rd November 2018, and attracted 227 delegates from 85 different local councils, a significant increase on the previous two years.

The annual Local Councils Conference is the only event in Cambridgeshire to which all local councils are invited.

It provides an opportunity for two way dialogue between local councils and other tiers of local government.

The event had several keynote speakers, including Gillian Beasley the Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council and James Palmer the Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

In addition, the event held nine different themed workshops:

  • Market Town Master-plans: the Role of Local Councils.
  • Realising the capabilities of parish councils.
  • The role of Community Led Housing in Cambridgeshire’s rural communities.
  • Community Engagement – Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Be Prepared! How you can mobilise your community in an emergency.
  • Undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan in your Parish.
  • Improving collaborative working between Clerks and Councillors.
  • Harnessing nature to power our future; Local Councils and renewable energy generation.
  • Declining Public Transport: What are the options for Local Councils to relieve the impact?

And a market-place where 22 different county wide organisations were exhibiting.

85% of those delegates who attended gave the Conference overall a positive rating (a score of either 4 or 5 out of 5). The average score given was 4.3 out of 5.

Comments included:

  • The multi-session learning events are very valuable (please keep going with these).
  • An excellent event.
  • Good and worthwhile conference overall.
  • More of the same please.

Let’s hope the next Conference brings more delegates, more lively debate and more opportunities for networking…!!

Picture: Mayor James Palmer addresses the County Wide Town and Parish Council audience.

Join the Board at Healthwatch

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are looking for new Board members.

Use your local knowledge, skills and experiences to help improve the public voice in health and care services for people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

As part of an innovative and committed Board, you will have a role in strategy development and supporting our staff and volunteers.

This will give you insights into and the opportunity to help influence health and social care systems locally.

We want to strengthen the links we have into Fenland and Peterborough, and the different ethnic communities who live locally.

You will help the Board to better understand and represent the diverse population we serve.

We particularly welcome applications from young people, individuals from minority ethnic communities and those who live in Fenland and Peterborough.

Apply by Friday 14 December 2018.

For more information:

Interviews for the post will be held on either 8 January, 16 January or 17 January 2019.

Contact their office on 0330 355 1285, email enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk or text them on 0752 0635 176 to arrange an informal chat.

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