Job Opportunity in Fenland

Community Engagement Lead

Are you a proactive self-starter with a passion and drive to help communities find solutions for themselves?

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic community development professional to join our small team and lead on Covid recovery work supporting targeted communities as we move into the next phase of Covid recovery.

Based in Fenland, the ideal candidate will have good knowledge and understanding of the various Fenland communities to lead an engagement programme working closely with community coordinators based within partner VCS organisations to lower infection rates and increase vaccine take up through developing community-based solutions.

Key components to the Community Connector Lead role:

  1. Build positive relationships with partner VCS organisations and key stakeholders to ensure a joined up approach.
  2. Coordinate support to target communities to increase vaccine take up and reduce infection rates.
  3. Support the development and empowerment of the voice of Fenland communities and the voluntary sector in relation to Covid, building community resilience.
  1. Lead in providing community-based intelligence and linking groups/individuals into relevant taskforce groups where necessary including VCS Forums.
  2. Lead on expanding communication with priority groups and communities via VCS Community Champions and support the generation and collation of feedback into Rapid Response Teams.
  3. Disseminate best practice (national, regional or local) and share learning.


Job Details

There are two roles available.

Hours : Flexible minimum 21 up to 30 hours pw

Contract length: 1 year fixed term

Based: Home and in the community

Salary C. £24K to £25K pro rata



Community Engagement Lead. JD & Person Spec


The application can be made via CV and covering letter to 

Closing Date: 19 May

Interviews: 24 May


We are an equal opportunities employer and are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the voluntary and community sector.

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Opportunity for Voluntary & Community Groups in Fenland

Does your organisation have the skills, knowledge and experience of working with and supporting local marginalised communities?

Support Cambridgeshire is working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver crucial work supporting Fenland communities to recover as we move into and through the next stage of Covid recovery.

We are looking for VCSE partner organisations who know their communities well to reach out and engage with these communities in order to help them better protect themselves from the dangers of Covid-19, to increase vaccination take up and lower infection rates in communities where research has found these to be a concern.

Funds are available for organisations to employ/host Community Engagement Co-ordinators for one year who will perform a vital role in generating behaviour change of most vulnerable people and places by working with local community leaders to share relevant messages in an accessible way and to provide a voice to the Council, improving the council’s understanding of our communities.

This opportunity is for two Community Engagement Co-Ordinator roles. If you are interested in exploring being part of the solution to aid these communities to help themselves download the pack below and for more information and to take this further please contact 

All expressions of interest must be done by the 19th May. 



Community Engagement Information Pack

Expression of Interest

The New Integrated Care System

On the morning of the 21st April, Mike More the Independent Chair of the STP and Interim Chair of the Integrated Care System (ICS) shadow board came and spoke to a group of CEO’s and top-line management professionals about the new health care system which will replace the CCG.

Mike took the group through where the idea of the ICS came from, and how it will work and this was then followed by questions from the group. The slides can be found HERE


The CEO Network is a network of voluntary and community leaders across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, it is a close group however anyone can join. If you wish to be part of the CEO network then please contact Julie Farrow 0n 01480 420601 or at

Safeguarding processes change in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

As previously advised on 12th April 2021 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children’s Services will be launching their online referral form.


This online referral form should be used by professionals to submit safeguarding concerns to Children’s Services. This is a much more secure and efficient way of submitting a referral. The online form should be used instead of Word or PDF versions of the form from the above date.


The form can be found on the Safeguarding Partnership Board website at

Concerned? | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board (

Please note that there are separate referral forms for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough children, the referral should be completed based on the home address of the child /ren.


You should make sure that you have all the relevant information to enable you to complete the referral as you are unable to save it and return to it at a later point. Supporting documents and pictures etc can be uploaded as attachments within the online referral form.


The “Effective Support for Children and Families” (Threshold Document) provides helpful guidance on identifying the child’s level of risk and the appropriate level of support that may be required.


You will be able to download a copy of your referral form as a PDF at the point of submission by clicking the download button on the acknowledgement page. Each referral submitted will also generate a unique reference, please note this number for any further correspondence in relation to your referral. Please be aware that once you leave the acknowledgement page you will not be able to return to it to download a copy of your submitted form.


There is a referral form for members of the public who wish to raise concerns to complete. These can be found on the relevant Local Authority’s websites below:






All submitted online referral forms will be received by the Customer Service Centre who will process them in line with the Threshold Pathway, as is currently the case.


We appreciate that this is a change in process but we are confident that this will support the work of the partnership to improve the quality of referrals received and to reduce the volume of unnecessary referrals being made.


New Family Learning Grant Announced

Cambridgeshire Skills have launched their Family Learning Grant scheme which are available to fund free local activities for all generations. Activities should be designed to be fun, informal and promote a culture of learning as a family. They will bring children, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and their family friends together to try something new and learn with and from each other.

The purpose of the grant-funded activities is to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and resilience of families of different ages and backgrounds in order to:

  • progress towards formal learning or employment and/or
  • improve their health and well-being, including mental health and/or
  • develop stronger communities

They are funded through the AEB Community Learning grant.

Cambridgeshire Skills can award grants to local partner organisations, schools, charities and voluntary and community groups to enable them to host their own family learning activities, engaging their local community and to promote further learning, volunteering or employment opportunities. Activities should be a minimum of 3 hours in total.

Total funding available in 2021 is £20,000 for engagement with at least 200 Adults.  Therefore, there is £100 available for each adult engaged in activities. Each adult claimed needs to have resided in the EEA for a minimum of 3 years and completed a Cambridgeshire Skills Enrolment Form. 


How to apply for a grant

Organisations will complete a grant application form detailing their activity and purpose.   They will request the amount of the funding up to the full amount available along with the number of adults they anticipate engaging in activities.  A panel, consisting of members of the wider senior leadership team will meet to review all of the applications and agree which ones we should fund this academic year.

If grant application is successful, we will require organisations to complete the following paperwork as evidence from their activity and return these to us to receive the grant payment:

  • Enrolment forms (supplied by Cambridgeshire Skills) need to be completed by each adult attending the activities.
  • Collect feedback, wider impact, destination and progression information from the families (templates to be supplied)
  • Capture images of the activities (with learners’ permission)
  • Evaluation form for organisations (template to be supplied)
  • Any marketing you carry out will need the 3 logos on the bottom of this form clearly displayed.

A member of Cambridgeshire Skills will attend the activity to promote further learning opportunities in the area.



What When How
Application form Deadline to return completed grant application forms: Wednesday 21 April 2021 Submit to
Panel Thursday 22nd April Wider SLT
Outcome of grant panel decisions communicated w/c Monday 26 April
Activities Take place during May and June 2021
Evidence submitted by organisation Within 5 days of the event taking place Adult MIS inbox
Grant funding paid within 30 days of all evidence being validated and submitted

If you have any questions regarding the Family Learning Grant contact;

Sue Watsham P: 07788 247482 | E:

Tom Heffer P: 07763969604 | E:

Eastern Community Homes Launch Event and Offer to Communities

Eastern Community Homes, the new community-led housing hub in the East of England, have recently opened booking for their launch event, ‘Eastern Community Homes: We Do Housing Differently’.

They are holding 5 free, online sessions from 16th-18th March 2021 including:

  • Community-Led Housing and Local Authorities
  • Community-Led Housing and Housing Associations
  • An Introduction to Community-Led Housing
  • Case Studies in the East of England
  • Expert Q&A Panel

Click to find out more details about the individual events, including speakers, and to book onto the sessions.

All sessions are also being recorded and will be made freely available on the Eastern Community Homes website once the events have concluded.

As well as the event, Eastern Community Homes have also in February launched their Communities Offer. This outlines how Eastern Community Homes can provide advice, support, and practical resources for local community groups to help them achieve their housing ambitions. The support they can offer includes aiding groups to build networks (including strengthening relationships with local authorities) 1:1 group support, and access to the Eastern Community Homes Small Grants Fund.

Read the Communities Offer.

In Cambridgeshire, Eastern Community Homes are working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. Read the Cambridgeshire Communities Offer.

If you are a community group requiring support from Eastern Community Homes please contact them at or fill out this form.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Funding Confirmed

Support Cambridgeshire is delighted to announce that two of its partner organisations, CCVS and Hunts Forum, have been award £30,000 to deliver a year-long project across Fenland.

This funding has been awarded as part of the infrastructure grant scheme, which gives 15 local infrastructure charities funding to review and support their service during and after COVID. Infrastructure has been the backbone to the voluntary and community response during the pandemic. It is worth noting that these organisations are charities in themselves, with their own challenges.

Lloyds Bank Foundation hopes this money will allow infrastructure organisations to have the space to reflect on their delivery and services moving forward, ensuring that they can continue to respond to the changing demands of the sector.

Paul Streets, Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: “Infrastructure charities have played a vital role to ensure that the response to the pandemic has been effective and locally rooted. These locally embedded organisations know the complex challenges facing their communities and are helping small charities to adapt to the challenges they’ve faced over the last ten months……Crucially, these organisations are also helping to raise the importance of small charities that provide local services.

Hunts Forum and CCVS are thrilled to have been granted this funding. It will allow for a scoping exercise and support program responding to the needs of the voluntary and community sector in Fenland. It will also give the capacity to both organisations to review what infrastructure support looks like across the five districts of Cambridgeshire.

Julie Farrow, CEO at Hunts Forum and the lead organisation in the Support Cambridgeshire partnership, said: “We are really excited to have been given this funding. It will provide us with the space to be able to review what support groups in Fenland need now and coming out of COVID, and ensure the Support Cambridgeshire partners are equipped and ready to meet that need.”


New dates for Innovate and Cultivate Fund – Feb 2021

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st February 2021. One-to-one pre-application advice will be offered on 10th December (details below).


The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. Council services that are inviting applications are adult social care and children’s services.


The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.


The 1st February funding round is for ‘Cultivate’ grant applications (£2,000-£15,000) for projects that build community support networks for vulnerable people.


Pre-application advice

We strongly advise organisations to seek pre-application advice on their project ideas before submitting an application.  Bookings are now open for telephone advice appointments on Thursday 10th December between 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm. These 15 minute 1-1 appointments must be pre-booked and are available on a first come first served basis. Please book here.


Cultivate Project Ideas

Do you want to do something for your community but need some inspiration to start a project? We’ve developed application guidance for 3 new Cultivate project ideas – Mobile Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker and Digital Inclusion Projects – that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services. We also continue to invite applications for Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds. You can find guidance on how to apply for a start-up grant for each of these projects here.

Digital Inclusion Project Cultivate Model- guidance


Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) website.


Lessons from the Pandemic – report

In September 2020 Support Cambridgeshire was commissioned to carry out some research into how the voluntary sector and statutory partners have responded to Covid-19. As part of this we talked with:

  • 19 groups made up from a range of county-wide, small and newly formed community groups and charities;
  • representatives from six district/city Covid-response hubs and the county hub.

The resulting report paints a picture of an exceptional response to this extraordinary time. There has been innovation and collaboration on unprecedented scales, and also a need to tailor responses to local needs.

Read the report here.

Trustee Vacancies at Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) is the local funding body for our county, administering grants for a range of organisations from Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate and Cultivate fund and Amey Community Fund to the  Microsoft Research Limited Fund. Its mission is to

  • Actively inspire philanthropy and increase permanent resources for the county of Cambridgeshire
  • Invest in important community programmes through grants
  • Provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issue

The Foundation is currently recruiting trustees, including a chair of trustees; there will be a handover period with the existing chair. Please click here for more information and Recruitment Packs.

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