Cinnamon Micro – Grants

Cinnnamon invites churches in Cambridgeshire to participate in an exciting pilot partnership with either Cambridgeshire County Council  or Cambridgeshire Police in which targeted social action projects will be established  in high-need, low-capacity communities.

Cinnamon believe that churches are well placed to offer support for those most likely to be impacted by the reduced budgets of local authorities around the country. 

In this exciting new partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Police, local churches will have the opportunity to reduce demand on services by making a lasting difference in the lives of the vulnerable and marginalised. 

Participating churches will receive: 

Depending on the project selected and the location, participating churches will be partnered with either Cambridgeshire County Council or Cambridgeshire Police.

Cinnamon regional advisor Nick Amis, will contact any interested parties with further information. 

Following the learning from this pilot, Cinnamon seeks to help churches partner with local authorities and police forces throughout the UK, to change lives and transform communities. 

This grant round runs from 1 April to the 31st May and the next round will follow on 3rd June to the 31st July.

For more information or to contact Cinnamon click here:

Cambridgeshire Local Councils Peer Learning Event

On 3 July, the annual Rural Affordable Mythbuster Tour took place and 19 local council representatives joined Cambridgeshire ACRE staff, District and County Council officers and representatives from several Housing Associations to learn more about the provision of affordable homes for local people on rural exception sites. The tour started and concluded at Bluntisham Village Hall and took in sites at Colne, Earith, Willingham and Swavesey. The tour allowed local councillors to see for themselves how small housing developments that provide vital housing for local people in perpetuity (i.e. they cannot be sold off for private housing) can be incorporated into a rural village without affecting its character and allowed them to share experiences regarding provision of housing in their parishes with each other. Feedback from the tour was excellent with people calling it ‘enlightening’ and ‘inspiring’ and noting their pleasant surprise at the high quality of the homes built.

For anyone unable to attend the tour, please click here for a copy of the tour programme that supplies interesting information on each site. If any local council would like to learn more or be interested in talking to Cambridgeshire ACRE regarding rural affordable housing, please contact our Housing, Planning and Economic Development Officer Mark Deas, on 01353 865035.

Further peer learning events are planned for the Autumn. Please look out for details on the Support Cambridgeshire website.

Have your say on the future of March, Chatteris and Whittlesey

The Growing Fenland project has produced draft masterplans for March, Whittlesey and Chatteris, which aim to bring jobs, infrastructure and growth to each of the towns.

These masterplans set out a long-term vision for each place and a set of ideas for making that vision a reality. Now is the time for residents to have their say. You can read the document for each town, have your say on which ideas are the best and what else should be included in them via the links on the Fenland District Council website. The consultation finishes on 26 July.

A masterplan for Wisbech is also being developed and will be consulted on as part of the I Heart Wisbech project. An over-arching strategy document is also being developed by Fenland District Council and local partners. The strategy document will address the wider issues that are common to towns and villages across Fenland.

Connecting Communities 2019

On the 20th June 2019 Hunts Forum and Support Cambridgeshire (as part of their Think Different Approach) ran their annual Connecting Communities Conference, the topic this year being unwanted Loneliness and Social Isolation.

Subtitled Tackling Loneliness, A Community Response, the conference looked at how volunteering can help reduce loneliness.

Interest in the conference was high with nearly 90 people attending on the day ( a 98% increase on Conference levels from last year) and many unfortunately unable to get a ticket.

The event was far removed from the usual presentational format and emphasised the conversational. Partners wanted to stay true to an ethos in that working and talking together in co-operation and good faith we can achieve more than just the sum of our parts. Through dialogue and openness we hoped that the exchange of information, ideas, comments, observations from the collective experience and knowledge would create the platform for mutual support, and would help organisations to develop, connect and obtain the guidance they needed.

The Key-Note:

The conference began with a passionate and inspiring talk from the keynote speaker, Kate Gordon, from Men’s Sheds UK. Kate explained the origin of the Shed movement in Australia as a way of encouraging men to socialise and discuss their feelings and their well-being. Since the idea first travelled across the world to the UK 500 sheds have opened with 8 active sheds in Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire County Council welcome applications to the Innovate & Cultivate Fund to set up Men’s Sheds in communities across Cambridgeshire.

You can apply for a £2000 start-up grant to cover the first two years of your Shed development.

See here: https://data.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/sites/default/files/Mens%20Shed%20Cultivate%20Model.pdf for more details.

The Slogan for men’s sheds is Shoulder to Shoulder,  simply shortened from Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder.

Kate’s Keynote slides can be viewed here:

The Work-shops:

Later, the main hall buzzed with small groups discussing different aspects of loneliness and how volunteering can help reduce loneliness and social isolation. Different workshops looked at ways to find potentially lonely people and reach out to them  (run by Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough),  ways to communicate with and engage people (run by Care Network’s Open Arms Project), supporting and nurturing volunteers (run by Cambridge Community Arts) while The Wildlife Trust, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire ran a workshop on ways and ideas for demonstrating impact, something that helps us as organisations and is very important to funding bodies.

We were lucky to have four funding bodies at the conference talking to people about the various funds that they have available to support volunteering and help tackle Loneliness and Social Isolation. Alibhe Kirwan from the People’s Postcode lottery had travelled from Edinburgh to be with us and provided a great deal of information to help people ensure their funding applications are relevant. Alibhe’s attendance at the conference was part of a wider tour of the area visiting projects funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Ailbhe was joined by Fiona Brice from The National Lottery Community Fund, Michael Ruddy from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Lianne Parrett from Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate and Cultivate Fund.

Thank you to everyone who came to the conference and particularly to Kate Gordon, Andy Morris from Age UK C&P, Adam Fraser from Care Network’s Open Arms Project, Beth McCabe and Jane Rich from Cambridge Community Arts and Louise Rackham from The WildLife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire for running such excellent and engaging workshops, and for taking time out of their busy daily schedules.

Evaluation:

Over 45 evaluation forms were completed on the day, and feed-back was generally positive, although there are always lessons to be learned.

Here are some quotes:

This was a well organised event, run smoothly and was useful to me for networking. Please continue to do what you do best.

speaking about volunteering with other people from different organisations whose experiences are very different is very useful.

This event is so helpful in the way it supports us to find different organisations and groups who can support us moving forward.

Knowing there is so much ‘out there’ for the lonely is rewarding.

Its always useful sharing experiences with people from other organisations.

Its always helpful to realise how many others are out there that could help reduce isolation for our families.

People’s experiences are a really useful way to learn.

A really enjoyable and informative day.

Great conference, excellent programme, and a strong energy in the room. If this is VCSE power, then the future is bright.

Overall:

Most delegates scored the Conference high in terms of overall satisfaction, with most scoring 3 or 4 (4 being the highest score).

Most delegates said they felt more able to identify loneliness in their communities as a direct result of attending the conference, and the majority of delegates felt they could put some plans into immediate action.

Next Steps:

To work through how we can build on the conference for next year, a small random sample of evaluations will be sent in two months time, asking for delegates to look back and see what could have been done differently, and what they might like to see in 2020/2021.  In addition, the Support Cambridgeshire State of the Sector Survey for 2019 (which will be published in July) may provide further clues on topics, issues and challenges around volunteering – so watch out for that.

Photograph: 

Kate in action at Connecting Communities 2019.

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery is launching in Autumn 2019.

In March 2018 Cambridgeshire County Council councillors approved plans to launch a local lottery, where 60p in every £1 spent will go to local good causes (more info here). After various consultation events, the team is gearing up to launch the lottery to local organisations with an event on 24 July, 7-9pm in the Kreis Viersen Room, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

The event will provide an opportunity for local community groups to find out more about becoming a member of the lottery and to either register on the day or take away information to register later. If you are interested in attending the event or would like more information on the Cambridgeshire Local Lottery please email cambslottery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. The official website (www.cambslocallottery.com) will be open to local groups to register from 24 July. Tickets can be brought from 3 September and the first draw will take place on 12 October.

Marketing on a Shoe-string

As part of Support Cambridgeshire’s partnership with local business across the County, 10 delegates attended the recent Marketing on a Shoe – String practitioner session held at Loves Farm House on the 23rd May 2019.

Invitees were treated to an engaging and interactive workshop by Hayley Williams of Keystone Marketing on the basic principles and issues around Marketing, and more importantly how to Market an organisation without a limitless supply of ready cash…

Whilst this was a whistle stop tour, feed-back was really positive:

I really enjoyed this, it was relaxed, informal and informative.

Hayley was well organised and the session was well planned.

Hayley was lovely, and very well informed. 

I feel enthused.

I thought this session was brilliant.

It was clear that most of the delegates were engaging in a range of both online and offline activity, most were doing this in the absence of a clear, defined and agreed Marketing Plan. This was the number 1 take-away from the session itself.

Session notes can be seen here:

More on Keystone Marketing can be found here:

More on Loves Farm House can be found here:

Support Cambridgeshire will be building on this initial session over the coming months as part of our Think Different Approach. 

Keep an eye on our training and events page and watch out for the strap-line.

Small Charities Week 2019

As part of Small Charities Week (which this year falls between the 17th and the 22nd June) Support Cambridgeshire lead partner Hunts Forum will be holding an advice surgery at the Maple Centre between 10am and 2pm on the 17th June 2019 which will be open to all small charities and community groups across the County.

The Maple Centre can be found at 6 Oak Drive, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 7HN. 

Sessions are for up to half an hour and can be made with the Development Officer at Hunts Forum, Keith Johnson, and can be on any subject from Governance to Fundraising and any other general enquiry. Simply contact Keith@huntsforum.org.uk to book a space.

The Hunts Forum Finance Manager Louise Prosser will also be on hand to deal with any finance related query or concern, so please advise whether its Louise you wish to see at the time of booking.

Spaces are available on the hour and the half hour.

Hunts Forum will also circulate information about similar advice sessions happening between the 17th and the 22nd June such as: 

PEM Accountants in Cambridge.

Free, no obligation, expert advice on a variety of topics including tax, audit or governance is available.

https://www.pem.co.uk/event/big-advice-day-free-advice-for-small-charities/

Voluntary and Community Action for East Cambridgeshire (VCAEC).

Offering advice on funding, training, volunteering, governance, policies and much more.

http://www.vcaec.org.uk/index.php/trainingand-events

On Thursday the 20th June 2019 our Connecting Communities Conference at the St Ives Corn Exchange takes place, looking at a Community Response to tackling unwanted social isolation and loneliness. This is now fully subscribed, but if you want to join our waiting list please email keith@huntsforum.org.uk

Employee Volunteering:

Cantab Captial in Cambridge are looking for employee volunteering opportunities for their staff (they are more than happy to get out of Cambridge for the day) on the 4th July 2019 and 2nd September 2019 (US bank Holidays).  This would be for up to 10 staff members and they are very open to any suggestions as to what they would be asked to do. This could be for a whole or a half day. Contact  keith@huntsforum.org.uk  for more information if this is of interest.

 

A Slice of Orange in Cambridgeshire

29 delegates from across the County came to Wood Green Animal Shelter on the 22nd May 2019 to hear Steve Beccles – Ebusua, the Speaker with the Orange Tie talk about leadership, beliefs, conditioning, language, happy chemicals and much more, all in an attempt to understand and unlock personal mindsets, important when trying to galvanise social action projects or attract volunteers.

This is the first stage of Support Cambridgeshire’s Think Different Approach to volunteering which we build on over the coming months, so continue to view our Training and Events Page and look for the Think Different strap-line.

Delegates overwhelmingly bought into the interactive nature of the session and here are some comments:

It was lively, interesting and enjoyable. 

What a Ride..!!! Excellent speaker with so much inspiring information.

This was fun, and informative.

Simply brilliant.

Above and beyond my expectations: Can we have more of this..!!

This was great – I really felt it..!!

And on the subject of Thinking Differently, why not book a space at our Connecting Communities Conference scheduled for the 20th June 2019 in St Ives, which looks at volunteering in the context of social isolation and loneliness.

Click here to book your free space.

And for more information on Steve himself please visit here:

Photo caption: Steve bringing the juice at Wood Green.

 

I Heart Wisbech Engagement events

If you have not been following I Heart Wisbech the back-story can be found by clicking here:

Over a thousand residents completed the survey on what they felt was good about Wisbech, what was not so good, and what could be changed.

Come and hear the results, and see what further opportunities are available by joining us at 3 events, all in June 2019.

Saturday the 22nd June 2019 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Oasis Centre in St Michaels Avenue Wisbech PE13 3NP

Wednesday 26th June 2019 between 10.00am and 12 noon at the Queen Mary Centre in Queens Road Wisbech PE13 2PE

Thursday the 27th June 2019 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm at the Rosmini Centre in 69a Queens Road Wisbech PE13 2PH

Food and refreshments are available.

Hear the results of the survey, hear what people felt were their priorities moving forward, and talk to representatives of the I Heart Wisbech Team about the possible next steps.

The I Heart Wisbech Team is made up of representatives from local councils and voluntary organisations that provide services in Wisbech.

Huntingdonshire – Community Chest 2019/2020

Huntingdonshire District Council are now inviting applications for their Community Chest in 2019/2020.

Details of the chest and how to apply can be viewed here:

Online applications need to be submitted before close of play on the 30th June 2019.

The eligibility criteria is as follows:

The maximum amount for any one grant award shall be £2,500 or 75% of the total cost of the project for which financial assistance is requested, whichever is the lower amount.

No precepting authorities are eligible to apply to the Community Chest fund.

Organisations must be able to confirm that, if awarded a grant, the project can be delivered in the financial year the award is made (before the 31st March 2020).

Organisations should demonstrate how the project seeking funding is able to support the Council’s objectives of:- making Huntingdonshire a better place to live, to improve health and
well-being and support people to be the best they can be; and/or making Huntingdonshire a better place to work and invest and delivering new and appropriate housing.

The authority will not accept applications from community and voluntary organisations that are currently in receipt of funding from Huntingdonshire District Council.

Applications will not be accepted either directly or indirectly on behalf of individuals or commercial organisations.

Applications will only be accepted from organisations that are independent in that they have their own constitution/rules of operation and have their own bank account.

If you require  help with any aspect of your application please contact keith@huntsforum.org.uk

 

 

 

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