Small Charities Week – Loves Farm Community Association and Centre 33

Its Friday and the final day of Small Charities Week, a week where small but vital organisations receive some recognition for their work.

We have been doing the same here at Support Cambridgeshire all week, albeit with a distinctly Cambridgeshire flavour.

We end the series with another two-for-the-price-of-one in profiling the Loves Farm Community Association and Centre 33.

Lets start with the Loves Farm Community Association.

The Loves Farm Community Association provides a voice for the residents of Loves Farm, a new build development on the outskirts of St Neots (housing a population of circa 4,000).

The Association is pivotal in bringing people together, in fostering community relationships and representing resident views to Statutory bodies such as District or County Councils.

Being on the outskirts of a major Town, Loves Farm has developed a Village Feel where residents tend to know each other, and regularly come together to support community activities.

And speaking of community actives, the Association plays a major role in supporting and delivering these, and there are many, all of which can be viewed here:

When did they form?

The Association came together in 2009 (the same year that the blade-less fan was invented and Barack Obama was inaugurated as president of the United States).

They acknowledge the support and advice provide by Bedford Pilgrims Housing Association in working with residents in its inception, having now grown to an active committee of 12 members, with others participating as required or needed.

Their website can be viewed here:

What are their challenges?

The Association has been working hard to ensure the correct level of parking restriction across Loves Farm, and have also campaigned tirelessly about the shortage of primary school places at their local Academy, The Roundhouse. The Association are currently in discussions with Developers Urban and Civic about a neighbouring project (Winteringham) which will deliver a further 2,000 homes into the locality.

Ben Pitt, a Community Association Committee Member says:

The Association has played a vital role in giving residents a sense of community ownership and belonging in their local Neighbourhood. We bring people together, air common concerns and hopefully find solutions that meet peoples needs and aspirations.

And now Centre 33.

Centre 33 was formed over 30 years ago to offer help and support to young people on a variety of issues they face, including housing, health, sexual health and social issues. They offer an ‘open door’ every day except Thursdays and Sundays at their offices located at 33 Clarendon Street in Cambridge, where young people can access support and guidance. They also hold further drop ins at Wisbech and Ely, where the same services are available to anyone aged between 13 and 25 years old. This support is offered in a confidential and safe environment.

Take a look at their website by clicking here:

What are their challenges?

One of the critical issues facing Centre 33 is that of funding. The organisation is commissioned by the County Council to provide their Young Carer Service and the contracts are usually re-tendered every 3 years. This can cause uncertainty and confusion at times, not only within the sector and the provider but especially the carers themselves who the service is provided to.

Another challenge concerns information – particularly getting information out to other voluntary and statutory groups and organisations, to help raise awareness of young carers and their issues. This is ongoing and something Centre 33 feels passionate about, especially trying to find the hidden carers, who have no support and do not know how to access it.

Mandy Brine of Centre 33 says:

Some of the issues these young carers face include bullying, exclusion, isolation, restraints on their free time, issues at school as well as peer pressure.  However, although you can see how much pressure the young people are under, with some input and a listening ear they admit that its vital to have someone to talk to and who is not linked to their family.  We offer a safe place to meet, which can sometimes be out in the community , where we will work through their issues and concerns together. I work with the Young Carers because I enjoy giving them support within their role of carer, which is usually to a family member.  It is such a rewarding role to have.

Support Cambridgeshire Commentary:

The Loves Farm Community Association: Social Action and the very idea of bringing people together to solve common issues or concerns is a fundamental part of the work we do. People in communities readily identify with a place, somewhere they can call home and where they can build and develop relationships with others. Loves Farm is a prime example of this: Supported in its inception by Bedford Pilgrims Housing association, it has grown into a real living and thriving community.

Centre 33: The plight faced by young carers often goes unnoticed. It is estimated that 700,000 young carers exist within the UK. Reports suggest that 68% of young carers are bullied whilst at school: 45% of young carers report some form of mental well-being disorder: 56% of young carers struggle educationally because of their caring role. Young carers need as much support and guidance as they can get, and its good to see organisations like Centre 33 leading the charge. 

The value of small

The value of small recognises the distinct contribution that small and medium sized Charities make across the UK (Quite fitting in Small Charities Week).

The research was undertaken by a team led by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, and including Sheffield Business School (SBS), the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) at the Open University, and the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR).

The report notes that: “Stakeholders and smaller charities spoke of the crucial role of an effective local infrastructure organisation”. It goes on to explore examples of formal collaboration and partnership working, acknowledging the role that infrastructure organisations have played in facilitating successful collaborations between Small and medium Charities, larger charities and the public sector.

The value of small captures the very distinct contribution and value of Small and medium sized Charities operating at local level, but it also highlights the major challenges they face, concluding with recommendations and calls to action to both Funding Agencies and Commissioning bodies. The recommendations include funding reform, re-framing and strengthening the role of social value and sustaining healthy local ecosystems.

Click here to access the full report.

Small Charities Week – Cambridge Online and The Cherry Hinton Festival

Its Thursday and day four of Small Charities Week, a week where small but vitally important organisations across the UK receive some recognition for their work.

Here at Support Cambridgeshire we are doing the same, albeit with a distinctly Cambridgeshire flavour.

Its a double whammy today – with two organisations being profiled. As is always the case, Support Cambridgeshire may add some comments to this profile but these will be italicised to ensure clarity and ownership.

Let’s start with Cambridge Online.

Cambridge Online is a vibrant and forward-looking educational charity and social enterprise based in Cambridge taking on the challenge of digital skills for all. They help people from the Cambridgeshire area to get online by teaching those all important digital skills, and then provide a range of courses to help people make the most of being online (including searching and applying for jobs, literacy and numeracy skills, shopping online, using facebook and socialising online, contacting government and health services and leisure and healthy living).

Cambridge online specialises in helping disabled and disadvantaged people, but their services are open to all.

They provide training on personal computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.  They have a wide range of accessible hardware and software for people to try.

With generous support from Cambridge City Council and personal donors, many of their services are provided free of charge or at low cost.

Their website can be viewed here:

Cambridge Online was established in 1998 ( the year that the Furby was the number 1 best selling Children’s toy).

For most smaller organisations funding and the funding environment is difficult, and Cambridge Online is no different in that respect.

As a small independent charity, Cambridge Online has to raise £72,000 each year to pay for its basic running costs. They currently receive around £30,000 in grants, the shortfall being met through sponsorship, fees and donations. If you feel you can help visit their donations page by clicking here:

Lets leave the final word to the power of technology:

Cambridge Online Profile video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwbWMOOALtI

Cambridge Online New Learners video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vC98YbUVxE

Lets move onto the Cherry Hinton Festival. The Festival is moving towards Charitable status and is definitely worth a mention.

The Festival itself has a long and deep history as a time of celebration for the harvest safely gathered in and of the years work successfully completed.

It started life in the 1930’s, and continued until 1939 when the advent of World War Two interrupted proceedings. Sparked back into life by a group of active and committed volunteers in 1985 (the same year that Madonna topped the charts with Into the Groove) it has continued ever since.

For more information about the Festival click here:

Kate Jones (Event Manager) says:

We are a group of volunteers, mostly local to the area, who are working to keep the spirit of community alive in Cherry Hinton and to maintain a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. In the past, Cherry Hinton Festival was a time of celebration after harvest gathering. We believe that it is as important now as ever to provide events which bring the neighbourhood together, to enjoy spending time with friends and neighbours and to make new connections. We aim to make the Festival in it’s current form (a week of events) a really positive occasion that residents can actively participate in and our hope is that it will increase their sense of belonging to the area. We encourage as many local organisations as possible to be part of the week in order to raise awareness of activities and facilities that may benefit people throughout the year. The present committee of 12 people have been working together for 5 years but will not be able to do so indefinitely. We are increasingly focusing on ways to encourage representatives from local groups to become more involved in helping with all aspects of the work. Our hope is that the Festival will come to be seen as something which is planned by the wider community, rather than a small group, so that it can continue for many years more.

Support Cambridgeshire Commentary:

Support Cambridgeshire is always amazed by the breadth and depth of the voluntary and community sector in Cambridgeshire – and of the people that give their time freely and willingly to help communities. 

Duties of Trustees in Small Charities Week

As its Small Charities Week, Support Cambridgeshire Partners Hunts Forum has run its Duties of Trustees course to highlight the importance of Trustees and their roles and responsibilities amongst the smaller Charities and organisations that deliver services across the County.

The course was led by Louise Prosser and held at the Maple Centre, with 11 local community based organisations in attendance.

Content included:

  • Charitable status and structures.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Trustee recruitment and training.
  • Organisational development and Board planning.
  • Financial management.

The feedback from delegates was excellent:

The course was great. I have clear objectives to take forward.

Thank you for the course. It was great to network with other small Charities.

This was an excellent and well run course.

It was great. To me, all of it was brand new.

If you require bespoke support for your Trustee Board contact russell@huntsforum.org.uk or louise@huntsforum.org.uk in the first instance.

 

 

 

Small Charities Week – Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group

Its day three of Small Charities Week, a week where smaller organisations across the UK receive some recognition for the work they deliver.

We are doing the same here at Support Cambridgeshire, albeit with a distinctly Cambridgeshire flavour.

Today its the turn of the Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group.

As with previous articles in this series, Support Cambridgeshire comments will be italicised to ensure clarity and ownership.

So what do they do? 

The Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group is a local Charity that is part of a national network of rural support groups. It is dedicated to combating stress in rural areas.

Farmers and rural people are dealing with increasingly complex and demanding issues.  We all know about the weather, but mix into the equation animal disease, uncertain commodity prices, business, personal debt and ill health and its no surprise that sometimes people need help, support and guidance.

The Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group offer a totally free and confidential service to help and support farming families and people living and working in the rural community.

Statistics show that more than one farmer a week in the UK takes their own life, and the NHS acknowledges rural people are some of the hardest to reach, only seeking help and support when a situation has become desperate.

The Beds and Cambs Support Group provide a much needed link between the rural community and access to Mental Health provisions, which can be both statutory and non-statutory.

When did they form?

The Group formed in 2001 as a direct response to the Foot and Mouth crisis. I doubt if anyone could forget those heart rending images on farms and small holdings across Cambridgeshire and beyond. The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease caused a crisis in British agriculture and tourism. The epizootic saw 2,026 cases of the disease in farms across most of the British countryside, with over 6 million cows and sheep being killed in an eventually successful attempt to halt the disease. Between 800 million and 2.4 billion was lost from British Agriculture as a direct result of Foot and Mouth, with over 15,000 jobs lost across the UK in rural communities. 

What challenges do they face?

Its a similar theme in Small Charities Week but on-going funding and finding enough volunteer resource is critical to help and support the Group.

If you think you can help contact info@ruralsupport-bedscambs.org.uk or click here:

The Group is completely self-funding at the moment and need to publicise their events in order to generate support.

Another key challenge is spreading the word amongst the far flung corners of the rural world. It can be difficult to support people if they simply do not know that advice and guidance is available.

What do people say about them?

“I really couldn’t see a way forward.  Everything became too much for me to cope with.  I am so grateful for all the help and support I received”

“The Support Group helped me to apply for disability payments.  The extra money has made life easier.  I don’t have to worry about affording me heating bills.”

“I really appreciated someone to listen to me”

Further details:

The Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group is a registered charity (no 1092949).

They have a helpline which can be accessed at 0300 323 1244.

Their website can be viewed by clicking here:

Support Cambridgeshire commentary:

I think we all have a view of the rural idyllic. Whilst there may be magnificent and breathtaking views to be had,  more and more research is now available making known the issues of mental well-being, social isolation, anxiety and stress amongst those who live and work in our rural communities. 

In the suicide rankings by profession, farmers are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as the general population and are ranked fourth, behind veterinarians, pharmacists and dentists: A shocking statistic by any stretch of the imagination. Organisations like the Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group provide a valuable lifeline (often quite literally) to our rural communities, and rightly deserve a spot in our small but vital organisational profiles this week.  

 

Small Charities Week – The Cogwheel Trust CIO

Its day two of Small Charities Week, a week where small but vital organisations across the UK receive some recognition for their work.

We are doing the same here at Support Cambridgeshire, albeit with a distinctly Cambridgeshire flavour.

Yesterday we heard about Camtrust – today its the turn of the Cogwheel Trust CIO (Help when life has slipped out of gear).

And similarly to yesterday, any additional Support Cambridgeshire comments will be italicised to ensure clarity and ownership.

What do Cogwheel do?

The Cogwheel Trust provides affordable counselling to financially disadvantaged adults and children in Cambridgeshire. They offer counselling in Cambridge, Ely and Sawston.

People seek help with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, anger, and other complex multi dimensional issues. In 2017, The Trust offered weekly one-to-one counselling to over 600 people. The process starts with a senior counsellor assessment about what’s troubling the person and what they hope to gain from counselling. Following this, they are assigned to an appropriate counsellor for weekly sessions. These regular sessions with the same counsellor provide a space, in often hectic lives, for people to explore their difficulties and understand their part in the situations they find themselves in. Research shows that early intervention is the most effective solution to many mental well-being issues.

When did this start?

The Trust was founded in 1988, so for those mathematicians amongst you they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year (as an aside 1988 was the year in which the Doppler Radar was invented and the winter olympics took place in Calgary in Canada).

In recent years the Trust has seen a significant increase in the severity of people’s distress. However, counselling at Cogwheel remains very effective, as shown by their outcome statistics and client feedback. There are also some encouraging signs, like the increased public focus on young men’s mental health struggles. This awareness-raising is vital, and Cogwheel is there to help meet these needs, as and when they arise.

What are their challenges?

Their waiting lists are currently longer than they would like and their children’s work is heavily over-subscribed. More support will enable Cogwheel to employ more counsellors so that they can reduce the time people must wait before they are seen, and expand their valued children’s service.

To be able to do this Cogwheel need funds to subsidise the cost of their services. Clients are all asked to contribute, and most pay between £10 – £15 a week (self-declaring an annual family income of under £20,000). This leaves Cogwheel with a shortfall of £20-25 per session. Counselling at Cogwheel is extremely cost-effective because it is provided by volunteers, some of whom are in the final stages of their counselling training.

If you wish to help or donate visit their website by clicking here: 

What are people saying about them?

In 1991 they were married but, as time went by, all was not well, “when the children were small we found that we were getting out of synch with each other “.

They approached The Cogwheel Trust for help and, Cogwheel’s “Christian-inspired counselling service offered just the help we needed. Our marriage was put back on track, and we haven’t looked back. Our relationship has just got richer.”

On their 25th Wedding Anniversary they celebrated with family and friends and invited them to donate to The Cogwheel Trust in gratitude for help they had received, and the impact it had had on their lives.

Cogwheel relationship counselling is not just for couples who are experiencing difficulties, but also for those who would like to understand each other better. Talking together with a qualified professional can make a real difference to a relationship.

Cambridgeshire couple (Undated).

Support Cambridgeshire commentary:

We all seem to live very hectic lives, and most research shows that our concerns or issues are becoming more complex and multi dimensional. If we find it difficult to cope as adults on occasions, imagine how children must feel. Research studies have shown that 1 in 10 children who live in the UK aged 5 to 16 years have a clinically diagnosable mental disorder. Boys were more likely to have a problem than girls and prevalence increased with age. Girls were more likely to have emotional problems whereas boys were more likely to report conduct or hyperactivity problems.

In March 2015 the government pledged £1.25 billion to improve children and young people’s mental health services over the next 5 years. In tandem with this announcement the Department of Health and NHS England published ‘Future in mind’, detailing the work of the children and young people’s mental health and well-being taskforce, which was set up to identify ways of improving mental health services and access to these services for children and young people.

Organisations like The Cogwheel Trust CIO play a vital role in providing advice, support and a listening ear when people need it most. Life can slip out of gear for most of us from time to time, so its only right and proper that Cogwheel feature in our series this week. 

Small Charities Week – Camtrust and The Cambridge Rare Disease Network

It’s the start of Small Charities Week (18th – 23rd June 2018) which specifically highlights the work of small but vital community based organisations across the UK.

We are doing the same here at Support Cambridgeshire (albeit with a distinctly Cambridgeshire flavour) and the first two organisations being profiled are Camtrust (For lives less ordinary) and The Cambridge Rare Disease Network (Valuing- Celebrating- Supporting).

Please note that throughout this article Support Cambridgeshire will be adding some commentary to these profiles. These comments will be italicised to ensure both clarity and ownership.

Lets start with Camtrust.

Camtrust is a Cambridge charity providing specialist training and education for adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. They offer programmes in employability and independent living, and provide work experience in the local Cambridgeshire community. They encourage social interaction, building on client confidence and well-being in an inclusive and supportive environment.

So how did they start?

Camtrust began life in 1993 (the same year that Dyson sold its first ever bagless vaccum cleaner and Whitney Houston topped the charts with I will always love you for those who are interested).

The main objective of Camtrust is to offer training for adults with learning disabilities. They give clients better opportunities when it comes to living independently and gaining employment, whether this is paid or voluntary. Their clients and users are aged 18 and over and their courses are open to all.

Camtrust is like most small but vital organisations that service local Cambridgeshire communities – its unique. The programme is undertaken within a commercial print and design environment, and provides a happy and relaxed atmosphere where the clients can make friends and develop many skills.

What are their main challenges?

Like most community based organisations, Camtrust are always looking for volunteers and have a variety of roles available. For more information click here:

Funding is always a pressing issue for smaller organisations (and is likely to be a recurring theme throughout this series) and is particularly acute at present given public sector restraint.

If you wish to donate to Camtrust or provide support please click here:

What are people saying about them?

Camtrust is the place where you can achieve if you believe. If you wish on a star then you will go far. I feel I can be myself at Camtrust. I love going to the community café whilst at Camtrust: it gives me great experience with members of the public serving teas, coffees, cakes, toasted sandwiches and soups. I get to go singing at Bramley Court fortnightly and I like going shopping with Steve for ingredients for lunch club. Everyone is really friendly.

Martin (15/01/ 2018).

I like coming to Camtrust because I like to go singing on Mondays at Bramley Court and working on the computer. On Thursday we have lunch club which I especially enjoy, along with all the other activities with my friends.

Paul (15/01/ 2018).

I enjoy coming to Camtrust because I can spend time with my friends. I also enjoy working on my computer skills, helping Len fix the bikes and on Thursdays we cook our own lunch.

Michael (15/01/2018).

Lets move onto the Cambridge Rare Disease Network.

The Network is a newly established Charity working to build a regional community of people in Cambridgeshire to address the unmet needs of rare disease patients, their families and the professionals who work with them. They do this through community activities, awareness raising events and closer collaborations with scientists and researchers in the development of new treatments. The Network gives patients and carers a united regional voice to help develop user-led services.

One in 17 people will develop a rare disease at some point in their lives – that’s 3.5 million in the UK alone. Most of these diseases manifest in early childhood and many are life-limiting conditions.

Currently no regional community groups exist for rare diseases, individually their unmet needs are seen in isolation, collectively patient and their families can form a powerful regional voice influencing service delivery at every level and ensuring their collective needs are met. The Cambridgeshire pilot has the potential to become a model for many other regions across the UK.

What are their main challenges?

The Network’s challenge is to create a climate that fosters innovations in health, education and social care by providing widespread community events and activities and stimulating interest and awareness in the unmet therapeutic and support needs of those still without treatments and cures. Their ambition is to bring rare disease into the mainstream and push the many issues faced by our community further up the political and social agenda. Their rare community faces an average of 6 years to diagnosis, only 5% of rare conditions have a treatment, 75% of those with rare disease are children and 50% of these die before they reach 5 years of age. They strive for quicker diagnosis, more treatments and cures, the best support in education and health and a reduction in isolation and related mental health issues.

What are people saying about them?

The Network runs an activity group for children and their families living with rare disease. One of their parents said “all children need is a little help, a little hope and people who believe in them and beautiful things can happen. Unique Feet had definitely provided this for us.

A delegate at their 2017 summit said “Brilliant to see all approaches working together. patients, families, clinicians, pharmaceuticals. A relief to find a community who understands the issues of being rare. It was like coming in from the cold, scary wilderness”

Support Cambridgeshire Commentary:

Camtrust:

According to Government Statistics on Learning and Physical difficulties there are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability.

1.2 million people are deemed to have a learning disability. The most commonly-reported impairments are those that affect mobility, lifting or carrying. 

The prevalence of disability rises with age. Around 6% of children are disabled, compared to 16% of working age adults and 45% of adults over State Pension age. 

A substantially higher proportion of individuals who live in families with disabled members live in poverty, compared to individuals who live in families where no one is disabled.

So in this context Camtrust undertake a pivotal role: Giving people the confidence and ability to take part in civil society and feel both empowered and valued is vital.

The Cambridge Rare Disease Network:

Another worthy addition to Small Charities Week. There are in excess of 6,000 rare diseases, but those who have them often wait years for a diagnosis and can find very little peer network support as they simply do not know anyone else who suffers from the same condition. A Network which brings practitioners, carers and patients together is crucial. Established in 2015, lets hope that the Cambridge Rare Disease Network grows and develops into the future.    

 

Innovate and Cultivate Fund – new deadline submissions

Cambridgeshire County Council have just announced some new submission dates for their Innovate and Cultivate Fund.

These funds are specifically aimed at projects run by voluntary, community, social enterprise or any other public sector organisation that will deliver outcomes specifically aimed at reducing County Council expenditure in the following key areas:

— Adult Social Care.
— Children and Families.
— Waste Services.

The fund is broken down into two distinct funding streams:

For the smaller Cultivate Grants (between 2K and 10K) application submissions must be made by either the 1st August 2018 or the 1st November 2018.

For the larger Innovate Grants (between 10K and 50K) application submissions must be made by the 1st November 2018.

The County Council also has some Pre-application advice sessions scheduled for the following dates:

27th June 2018: 9.30am to 11.30am at Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

To book your space for this session click here: – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovate-cultivate-fund-advice-session-27-june-2018-tickets-46354927837?aff=eac2

24th September 2018: 9.45am to 12pm at the March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 8LE.

For details on how to apply visit www.cambscf.org.uk/icf.html 

 

 

 

 

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery

The County Council would like to hear your views on a Cambridgeshire Local Lottery.

In March, Cambridgeshire County Council councillors approved the proposal for an online local lottery to benefit good causes across Cambridgeshire. This model is one that a number of other local authorities have adopted to create new funding streams for their local voluntary sector. The next five months offer fantastic opportunity to engage with the community and voluntary sector to understand how this lottery can best work for Cambridgeshire. The success of this lottery is dependent on this working for you – the local charities – and therefore your opinion matters.

What is it?

The Cambridgeshire Local Lottery will be administered via an External Lottery Manager, Gatherwell Ltd, an organisation that specialises in Local Authority Lotteries. The ticket draws will be weekly and all tickets will be sold online.

60p from every £1 ticket of Cambridgeshire Local Lottery will go direct to charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes like you, a much higher percentage than other well-known lottery models.

There are two parts to the local lottery scheme – good causes, like yourself, will have your own webpage created, and 50p in every pound spent by players using your webpage will be retained by you. Good causes are paid their income automatically on a monthly basis. A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Cambridgeshire Community Good Causes Fund. It is proposed that this additional funding will be allocated to good causes chosen by a selected panel of county representatives. Note this is additional funding and will not offset any existing council spending. The remaining 40p in the £1 funds prizes, operating costs and VAT (see below).

There are no costs to the good causes and the ELM will provide tailored marketing materials to help attract people to your cause. Unlike other grants, the money is not ring-fenced and can be spent on what is most needed for your charity to flourish.

Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes.

More details of how you can raise money with the lottery are demonstrated in this video.

How can you be involved?

Although lotteries have long been a way to raise money, this is a relatively new way for local authorities to work with the voluntary sector. The County Council wants to collaborate with the community to understand how this could work for your charity and what support you may need. This is only the beginning of the journey, with a launch not anticipated until autumn 2018, so we would really like to hear your views on the following:

  • Would you be interested in being part of a focus group to discuss how to make the lottery work well in Cambridgeshire?
  • How would you like us to conduct future engagement with you and your charity?
  • Is there any further information you would want as this stage to help your understanding of the local lottery? We will be creating further communication channels and updates.

We now have a dedicated email set up at cambslottery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk so we would welcome answers to the above, plus any other questions you may have.

What’s next?

The County Council is currently applying for a Gambling Committee Licence. We will then be developing policies, procedures and governance for the lottery and we are keen to ensure that the community voice is represented during this part of the journey.

We will also be engaging with the community at a number of upcoming events and will ensure that these dates are circulated to encourage as many people to attend as possible.

Thank you.

Emily Gutteridge
Senior Transformation Advisor
Cambridgeshire County Council

The Civil Society Strategy Consultation ends on the 22nd May 2018

The Governments Civil Society Strategy Consultation ends on the 22nd May 2018 at 9am.

Across the Country, individual Charities and Infrastructure Organisations have been sending and collating responses for the Government Department (The Office for Civil Society) to consider and act upon.

Support Cambridgeshire Partners have been feeding into wider consultations facilitated by organisations such as the Small Charities Coalition and NAVCA.

An additional briefing was held at Cambridge CVS on the 17th May 2018, where over 15 community based organisations attended.

The briefing paper and its contents can be viewed here:

Organisations such as ACEVO and NVCO have also formulated member responses and will be publishing their findings in due course, so watch this space for further updates on how the Government plans to use these findings.

 

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