Coronavirus – Important Information

In response to COVID-19, we are working with voluntary and community organisations to support our local communities. We’ll try to gather the most up-to-date and accurate information on this page – please check back regularly.

Essential Information

The latest advice from the UK Government can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. This includes advice on what measures people should take to protect themselves from infection, guidance for businesses and employers,  plus a range of other announcements.

For information on symptoms and what to do if you think you or someone you know might be infected, please head to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or use the online symptom checker at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

Advice for Community Groups

Community and voluntary organisations are on the front line supporting our local communities. COVID-19 is presenting big challenges, but also opportunities to step up and support these communities.

Read our advice for managing finances in these difficult times.

Read our advice for people setting up an informal community group to support people.

Read our advice for existing community groups who are considering their response to COVID-19.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has launched a Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund, with grants of £1,000 to £5,000 for organisations that are supporting isolated older and vulnerable people at this time. Please click here for more information and to apply.

If you manage a building that remains open, consider using these posters from Public Health England.

 

COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises

Thier COVID-19 Resource Hub is updated daily and outlines the measures announced by the Government that will help charities and social enterprises. It is also signposting to the latest guidance on a wide range of issues including:

  • Governance
  • Risk management
  • Legal
  • Data protection
  • HR
  • Fraud
  • Finance
  • Fundraising

www.charitybank.org/COVID19

 

COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Charities and Social Sector Organisations

Here you will find an extensive list of emergency funding opportunities for social sector organisations experiencing difficulties. This includes funding available from the National Emergencies Trust, John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund, and many more local and national initiatives.

www.charitybank.org/COVID19Funding

 

Social Investors Respond to COVID-19 

Social Investors are committed to helping our customers through this current period of uncertainty.
Social investors have issued a joint statement on the COVID-19 outbreak: “We want to reassure all of the organisations we invest in that we will support you and be as flexible as possible in the coming months. We are actively working together on how we can adapt existing schemes and funds. We are also working with government and other funders to establish new programmes that may provide additional help.”

www.chairtybank.org/COVID19Responce  

 

Support and Advice videos

Support Cambridgeshire have created a range of videos to support individuals and groups to keep safe in this difficult time.

Safeguarding Advice

What to think about when using volunteers

Telephone Befriending Advice

Top Tips for Volunteers

Feel free to share the videos throughout your communities. 

 

Updates

All partners of Support Cambridgeshire are sending out updates and information on their website and via newsletters.

CCVS – Updates can be found HERE

Hunts Forum – Updates can be found HERE

ACRE Cambridgeshire – Updates around Community Building can be found HERE While general information from ACRE can be found HERE

 

Contacting Us

The Support Cambridgeshire partners’ offices are currently closed and our upcoming training and events are cancelled until at least the end of April, but our staff are continuing to work from home. Please call 01480 420 601 or email info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk for general enquiries.

 

Support Cambridgeshire Events Cancelled until May

Due to the current situation around Covid-19, the agencies that are part of Support Cambridge have agreed to cancel events until the end of April.

Within this time staff will be working from home, Please visit each organisations website to be advised the best way to make contact with the relevant staff.

Hunts Forum: www.huntsforum.org.uk

CCVS: www.cambridgecvs.org.uk

ACRE: www.cambsacre.org.uk

Covid -19

As the Covid-19 situation affects us all, please find an email received on Friday 13th March 2020 from Public Health along with some links.

 

Dear colleagues, community leaders and volunteers

We understand that coronavirus is generating a great deal of concern. While for many people it will be a mild illness, for older people and those with underlying health conditions it can be a more serious illness and we all need to work together to protect these more vulnerable members of our communities. To help stop the spread of coronavirus we’ve created a campaign web page from which you can download a range of materials to share (posters, images, social media posts etc. including posters translated into a range of languages). These encourage people to do the most simple and effective thing that can stop the spread of the virus, which is regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
To view the page and to download, click here

Today’s the Government also announced an update on its approach, asking people to stay at home for 7 days if they have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough. This update can be viewed here

My regards

Dr Liz Robin
Director of Public Health
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council

 

 

Please also find the following links and support materials which may help your organisations.

Public support:
-Government Website :https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
-NHS Guidance :https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Organisation support:
-NCVO :https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus
-ACAS : https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Supporting People with Cancer in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Local community development organisation, Cambridgeshire ACRE, is working on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support to understand the needs and experiences of community groups and organisations in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be called upon to support people affected by cancer.

We know that those who run local community groups and organisations are sometimes asked to provide support either to individuals affected by cancer or to their families/carers. Cambridgeshire ACRE is undertaking some research on Macmillan’s behalf to understand the type of support groups are asked to provide, where they get their support from and whether they would be interested in future training or advice from Macmillan to allow their group or organisation to better support people affected by cancer.

Please spare 10 minutes to complete this short online survey.

Thank you so much for your support with this important work. The survey will remain available to complete until the end of the March.

If you have any queries please email alison.brown@cambsacre.org.uk or call her on 01353 865029.

Briefing: How Can the Voluntary Sector Help Primary Care Networks Engage with Communities?

NHS England has set out a new way for health and care services to be organised at a local level; these are called primary care networks (PCNs).

National Voices (a coalition of health and care charities in England) has published a briefing that explores how voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations might supply knowledge, expertise and training to help PCNs develop. This could be significant in making sure the PCNs – as they are supposed to do – become closely engaged with their local population and focus on what matters most to individuals and communities.

Please click here to open the briefing in your browser.

Nominate Your Community Heroes for The Etheldreda Medal Award

The Etheldreda Award is a medal presented by the Bishop of Ely to people who have given ‘generous and outstanding service which would not otherwise be recognised’.

Candidates will be selected from the nominations received by a panel of volunteers who have been appointed by the Bishop to identify twenty to thirty suitable recipients. Most of these awards will be presented publicly at a special service at Ely Cathedral on 17 October 2020. There will be further awards in 2022 and biennially thereafter.

Nomination forms for those who are to be considered for the 2020 presentations should be sent to the Award Secretary no later than 23 June 2020.

The Etheldreda Medal is for persons whose service to community (which might be as ‘local’ as their extended family but could be as extensive as a national or international concern) is both ‘generous’ and ‘outstanding’. It is also essential that the person’s good works have hitherto been unrecognised. The Bishop is looking for exceptional people; those who might (in partnership with others) come close to being nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For many people this will be about the duration and persistence of their good works, for others it may relate to a short but extraordinary act of kindness or course of conduct.

Please click here for more information and to download the nomination form.

Please Help Us to Help You

Each year the Support Cambridgeshire team conducts a survey to discover the views of the voluntary and community sector in Cambridgeshire. It’s your chance to tell us about your organisation, the challenges that lie ahead and what we can do you help you overcome them. It’s what we’re here for, after all. It should take about 10 minutes to complete.

We want to hear from everyone who’s involved in the community and voluntary sector: staff, trustees and other volunteers. Please share this with colleagues so we can capture a wide range of views.

Please click here to take the survey.

Thank you!

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery will not go ahead

In a report to Cambridgeshire County Council Members of the Commercial and Investment Committee in November 2019, it was agreed that while there may be some financial benefit for charities of creating a County Council sponsored lottery, this could be outweighed by the possibility of losing support through direct contributions.

The Council had undertaken considerable engagement with the voluntary sector and good causes in Cambridgeshire and while some were enthusiastic, others had concerns that a new lottery might actually reduce funding for them – at least in the short term – as the overall pool of people who donate to good causes wasn’t likely to increase without a considerable amount of additional effort.

The Council has, therefore, thanked all those charities and good causes who gave their time and expertise in helping to consider the concept of the Lottery idea over the past year, and has refocused its efforts on developing and supporting other commercial initiatives.

It has also reminded them about grants of between £2k – £50k, available from the Council through its Innovate and Cultivate Fund.

Pitching through the CSR Barrier

In these uncertain times for charities (particularly given how difficult it is to obtain and maintain Grant levels) we are increasingly looking towards different avenues to build future relationships and one of these has seen a growing interest in developing business partnerships.

The world of CSR has been changing: The days of photographic opportunities with large cardboard cheques are becoming sepia images from long-forgotten days. It is now more common for companies to be looking for a charity partner, an organisation that typically can develop a relationship over a period of time with and with whom they share certain values. Nationally this can be seen in partnerships such as Topman and the Campaign Against Living Miserably with their attention grabbing L’eau de Chris campaign and examples such as Chelsea FC and Plan International.

Locally, a growing number of charities and community groups are working closely with local and national companies. Businesses themselves no longer see the good they can do in their communities simply in terms of the cash they can bring but additionally the skill, expertise, resource and time that can be provided.

However, developing these partnerships is not something that happens quickly and is something that as a sector, we can often struggle with in terms of time, money, resource and knowledge.

Following on from two successful workshops earlier this year which brought together charities and businesses to better understand each other’s needs, ways of working and the importance of relationship building in the CSR world, we learnt how difficult many charities struggle with understanding exactly what it is that we can offer a corporate or business partner as part of this relationship and how then to explain and sell this concept.

Jill McCulloch from Coach You who had been part of the second of these workshops offered to run a free course for charities to help find their way to Pitching through the CSR barrier.

The importance of understanding our own values and being able to explain and promote these stands at the forefront of how we can begin to overcome the CSR barrier. It is these, Jill explained, that can help attract and retain business partners, in addition to staff, trustees and supporters. What do we stand for and what is our passion? If we can help others to express our passion, they will become advocates. Taking a cue from Simon Sinek and the Power of Why, we discovered that it is the why we do what we do, that attracts people, not what we do.

Through various exercises we learnt and understood how to see businesses as one of many target audiences, identify what we are looking for in a business partnership and how to use this knowledge to recognise what we can clearly articulate to a partner.

Representatives from 15 organisations across Cambridgeshire attended the workshop at Westminster College, Cambridge on the 21st November 2019.

Our work around the CSR agenda continues as we believe working effectively with business partners is one sure way in which charities of all sizes can diversify their income portfolio in these challenging times. This workshop series forms part of our Think Different Approach, so watch out for future events via the Support Cambridgeshire Training Page.

Support Cambridgeshire would like to thank:

Rachel Briant of Get Synergised for organising the event.  https://www.getsynergised.com/

Jill McCulloch for freely giving her time and knowledge to us  https://coachyou.co.uk/

 Westminster College for hosting this event.  https://www.westminster.cam.ac.uk/events

 

 

Lloyds Bank Foundation Grants

The Lloyds Bank Foundation is offering grants of up to 45K or 100K to organisations with a proven track record of helping people achieve Positive Change.

Charities can apply if they have an annual turnover of between 25K and 1M pounds per annum, and have worked holistically with individuals to achieve Person Centred Support. 

Charities can use this funding for a 3 year period which can cover core operating costs.

For more information visit their site which can be found by clicking here:

The Foundation Priorities can be viewed below:

Our ambition is to support small and medium-sized charities over the longer term. This gives the charities we partner with greater flexibility over how they use those resources, allows them to build an in-depth relationship with us and take advantage of the wide range of development support we offer.

We recognise that there are many charities out there who would like and would benefit from our support but, like any funder, we have a limit to the money we have available. In fact, in 2020, we will only be able to make around 170 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, half of which will be for £100,000 over three years, and the other half for £45,000 over three years.

Our new funding process considers local need, the prevalence of eligible small and medium sized charities, the nature of the region and the balance of our portfolio to date. The size of grant a charity can apply for depends on this information, which we review and update every six months and informs our online eligibility checker.

We work with hundreds of small and local charities helping people dealing with complex social issues that don’t have simple solutions. Difficulties such as poor mental health, homelessness and substance abuse. We fund charities helping people whose lives are significantly affected by:

  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness and vulnerably housed
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Care leavers
  • Learning disabilities
  • Addiction or dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents
  • Asylum seekers and refugees.

If you require support or assistance with your funding application please contact:

For organisations operating in Huntingdonshire and East Cambridgeshire – keith@huntsforum.org.uk

For organisations operating in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire or Fenland – Alan@cambridgecvs.org.uk

 

 

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