People Powered: Follow-up information

Links, contacts and further reading for the People Powered conference, 19 April 2018

The People Powered conference was co-hosted by Living Sport and Hunts Forum, and funded by Huntingdonshire District Council.


Click here for the upcoming training workshops hosted by Support Cambridgeshire and its partner organisations, Hunts Forum and Cambridge CVS. Most training is free for Hunts Forum and CCVS members. See CCVS’s full programme of training for volunteer managers here, and further resources here.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Our keynote speaker was Shaun Delaney, Volunteering Development Manager at NCVO. They champion the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations, and work to help voluntary organisations and volunteers make the biggest difference they can. Find out more here.

Read the NCVO Getting Involved 2017 report here. This includes lots of fascinating statistics on who, where, why and how people volunteer in the UK.

Recruiting volunteers

This workshop was led by Keith Smith, Founder & Director of Ferry Project.

The Do-it website connects volunteers with volunteering opportunities, based on location, availability and activity type.

Read NCVO’s guide to recruiting volunteers here.

Supporting volunteers

This workshop was led by Mark Strivens, Director, Street Pastors Cambridge.

Read the Charity Commission’s advice on managing risks here.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s guidance on adult safeguarding is here, with a straightforward introduction here.

Model policies for volunteering (including recruitment, volunteer agreement and complaints policies) are available here.

NCVO’s guide to managing and retaining volunteers is here and includes a section on dealing with problems or issues with volunteers.

Rewarding volunteers

This workshop was led by Susie Willis, Chief Executive Officer, Care Network.

NCVO’s guide to managing and retaining volunteers is here and includes a section on recognition and reward.

Find out about Cambridgeshire’s Spice Credits volunteer reward scheme.

Find out more about Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) here.


This workshop was led by Lucy Bird, Somersham and Pidley Time Bank Coordinator.

Read Support Cambridgeshire’s introduction to Time Banks here.

Read NCVO’s guide to micro-volunteering here.

Living Sport

Our final speaker was Rebecca Evans, Relationship Manager at Living Sport.

Hot Desk at the Maple Centre

Hunts Forum now has a FREE hot desk available for use by members or partner agencies.

To book your hot desk space please contact or contact 01480 420601.

The desk is situated within the Community Development room, and is available between 9am and 5pm weekdays.

The Maple Centre

6 Oak Drive


PE29 7HN

Car Parking is available opposite the Maple Centre off Nene Road and can be accessed by the bridged walk-way.

The Big Lottery Partnership Funding Programme

The Big Lottery’s new Partnership Funding programme offers grants in excess of 10K for organisations that work together with a shared set of aims and goals.

Grants are awarded for up to five years and can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

What kind of partnerships?

Partnerships funding is specifically designed to support generous leadership and increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and an understanding of the bigger picture.

Funding can support organisations to develop and grow existing partnerships and encourage new types of partnership which build on a range of differing skills and strengths.

Partnerships can include:

  • cross-sector partnerships
  • local place-based collaboration
  • local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

The funding priorities

The Big Lottery supports ideas that meet their three funding priorities.

  • Bringing people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

What they want to see

  • You developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit.
  • You have spoken to people and listened to what they have to say.
  • You will use your knowledge of the skills and experience people already have and explore how you can build on it.

The Big Lottery is interested in original and creative ideas for achieving a mission, and are keen to share what you learn with others.

For more information visit click here

NPC launches a new Social Impact Website

New Philanthropy Capital has just launched its new impact support website which has been co-designed through a partnership of over 100 charities and social enterprises.

It’s part of NPC’S Impact Management Programme and it has a wealth of free tools & guidance to help charities improve their impact management.

Organisations can:

  • Spend 5 minutes taking the data diagnostic to get your personalised report about what data you could collect and how to do it based on your services and users.
  • Use their planning templates to get your team thinking about your long-term goals, your target users, and how you want to achieve change.
  • Pick and choose from their data tips and tools on how to collect data, how to analyse it and how to use it.
  • Use their culture guidance to develop your impact management culture with everyone from front-line staff to your board of trustees.

Organisations can also sign up to one of their free interactive peer learning events, designed to help organisations learn more about impact management and collaborate with others.

New Philanthropy Capital pay a £100 contribution towards travel and time.


Small Charities Week June 2018

Small Charities Week commences on the 18th June 2018.

The week celebrates small charities and even smaller community based organisations that make a difference.

Between the 18th and the 23rd June, Support Cambridgeshire will be recognising those organisations by posting daily news items.

We want to find out more about what you do and why you do it, who you help and how you overcome your challenges.

So send us some snippets about your organisation and we will do the rest. We will even upload your details to the Small Charities Website to increase your profile and reputation.

Send your details to by June 15th at the latest.


Innovate and Cultivate Fund Update

The clock is ticking..!!

1st May 2018 is the application deadline for small ‘Cultivate’ grants of between £2,000-£10,000.

Can your organisation help to strengthen communities in Cambridgeshire and reduce pressure on County Council services?

Cambridgeshire County Council is seeking to invest in projects that will offer a return on investment and help to achieve the Council’s seven priority outcomes for Cambridgeshire:

The priorities are:

  1. Older people living well independently.
  2. People with disabilities living well independently.
  3. Adults and children at risk of harm are kept safe.
  4. Places that work with children help them to reach their potential.
  5. The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all residents.
  6. People live in a safe environment.
  7. People lead a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for longer.

How to apply

Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

Applications and further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.


National Lottery Changes the way it funds.

The National Lottery has announced changes to the way it provides funds in a bid to make the process easier and more effective.

They have nearly tripled the number of staff they have across England, and they will be working more closely with communities that they support.

This means that organisations applying for funds will have the same local point of contact throughout their application.

They are also moving away from standardised application forms so that they can best focus on supporting the best ideas, not the people who are best at completing forms.

Ideas can be submitted online, by phone or in person.

3 types of funding is being offered:

National Lottery Awards for All:

The National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Find out more about National Lottery Awards for All funding

Reaching Communities:

Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.

Find out more about Reaching Communities funding


The Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations who have great ideas to do amazing things together.

Find out more about Partnerships funding

A new number for PALS

A new number for the PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) was launched on 3 April 2018, covering all services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk.

The new number is:  0300 131 1000.

The PALS service provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust offers a point of contact within the organisation for patients, their families and carers.

How can PALS help?

PALS assist patients /service users, their relatives, friends, carers and advocates by:

Liaising with services and responding to concerns or issues regarding the care that we provide; we act independently when handling concerns, liaising with staff, managers and, where appropriate, relevant organisations, to negotiate prompt solutions.

Working to resolve problems as quickly as possible in order to reach a positive outcome.

Helping to improve services by receiving patient feedback and sharing with managers.

Providing information about the NHS Complaints procedure and how patients can receive independent advice and support.

Signposting service users to other NHS and social service organisations.

NEACO Community Grant Fund Open for Applications

Please be advised that the NEACO (The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach)  community grant fund is now officially open for applications.

NEACO aims to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore the world of higher education. They work with students in years 9-13 who live in areas identified by the Government with low rates of progression to higher education.

The web-page for organisations to find out more and submit applications is:

Please note the funding deadlines of 16th April 2018.

NEACO are keen to offer support to those organisations and individuals who would like to submit a bid and they are holding a ‘Learn and Lunch’ to give people an introduction and insight into the project as well as to answer any questions they may have about the grant process itself.


Tuesday 27th March @ 12:30

Guild House, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9PW.

Lunch will be provided and ample free parking is available.

To book your space click

The Tricky World of Funding

We all know that funding is getting harder to achieve and maintain. We also know that funding authorities or agencies expect more for their money than ever before, and the funding world is becoming ever more competitive. So where does an organisation start..??

Stage 1 – Take  a look at our Funding Fact-sheets here

Stage 2 – Finding Funds: Take a look at our self-help funding portal. This portal enables you to browse or search in excess of 2,000 possible funds which are updated regularly.

Simply click here to register and start searching…!! Searching is free and unlimited.

Stage 3 – If you want more detailed support or help simply contact and we will connect you with a Development Worker who can take you through a Grant-Finder search (which has access to even more funds). The Development Worker can also offer advice and support on what your project might look like, what funding authorities are looking for and how best to construct your application form.

Stage 4 – Find that evidence: It can often be difficult to find that all important evidence to support your application. Take a look at Cambridgeshire Insight by clicking here.

Cambridgeshire Insight showcases local research and information from a host of partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. No registration is required and users can access a range of local data-sets and key information including population estimates, population forecasts, local housing completions, statistics on deprivation, the economy, crime and much more. Take a look today..!!

Stage 5 – You might need to demonstrate some of your outcomes or impacts. This can be a very difficult area to navigate so you might want to take a look at our Toolbox Guidance Note as a starter. Simply click here.

If you want to explore the area of Impact in more detail you can go straight to the NPC website (New Philanthropy Capital) by clicking here.

The diagnostics tools have been built with the input of both charities and social enterprises so you might find it useful in thinking about how you can best turn vision into reality.

If you require a bespoke session on impact management or how best to obtain funding get in touch ( and we will do our best to help and guide.

Finally, take a look at our training delivered through our partnership. Simply click here. 


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