Training around wellbeing of staff

 

Many people find it challenging to talk about mental health at work. Frontline staff may feel embarrassed about their suffering, while managers may not know what to say. Unfortunately, this can contribute to a vicious cycle as no one talks about it and the stigma and isolation grow.

In this workshop series, managers and supervisors will discover how to notice suffering in their team and start conversations safely. Through a straightforward four-step process, attendees will learn how to :

  1. Notice suffering in their colleagues
  2. Identify and overcome the barriers to engaging team members
  3. Cultivate empathy for their distress
  4. Respond appropriately and effectively to alleviate their concerns

There are two sessions in the series, of two hours duration each.

  • Session One: How to notice suffering in the workplace and start conversations with your staff.
  • Session Two: How to overcome barriers to compassion, build empathy and alleviate suffering.

Upon registering for Session 1, delegates will automatically receive an invite for Session 2 in that series. The series of workshops will run twice each month:

Wed 15th Sept 2-4 pm (Session 1); Wed 29th Sept 2-4 pm (Session 2) FULL

Fri 24th Sept 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 1st October 10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

Wed 13th Oct 6-8 pm (Session 1); Wed 20th Oct 6-8 pm (Session 2) *evening sessions FULL

Fri 15th Oct 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 22nd Oct 10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

Wed 10th November 2-4 pm (Session 1); Wed 24th Nov 2-4 pm (Session 2) FULL

Fri 19th November 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 26th Nov10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

 

More training will be offered to check availability of this please  CLICK HERE

 

Please regularly check the Staff Support Hub website for more information about the Hub and for details of upcoming similar sessions.

 

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Peacocks Meadow Secures Funding as it Provides a Safe Space for Local Residents

Some downtime during lockdown – plus Support Cambridgeshire’s Funding Alert emails – gave this community garden the impetus to go on a fundraising blitz.

Family Learning at Peacocks Meadow community garden

A local family in the Peacocks Pop-up Library

We recently received a lovely email from Deborah Curtis, in which she wrote, “I thought you might like to know that here in the Peacocks Meadow community garden in Littleport, we have achieved £18,000 in grant funding in three months, using your wonderful monthly funding lead newsletter! The funds will enable us to create a sensory garden and woodland play area for our diverse residents.” We were delighted and intrigued, so we got in touch with Deborah to find out more.

Peacocks Meadow is a community garden, tucked away beyond the car park on Limes Close in the centre of Littleport, East Cambridgeshire. It was originally farmland owned by the Peacock family, which was donated as allotments in the 1930s. It is currently owned by Sanctuary Housing, leased to Littleport Parish Council and managed by a community group called Friends of The Woodland Garden (Peacocks Meadow).

In 2017 they received a Facilities Improvement Grant from East Cambs District Council to turn it from a neglected space into a community garden. It’s been well used and looked after since then, but when COVID-19 hit, everything stopped. Funding opportunities dried up as funders raced to support pandemic relief projects.

That left committee member Deborah Curtis with some time on her hands to think about the garden’s future. She is on the mailing list to receive Support Cambridgeshire’s Funding Alert emails, which provide a round-up of the latest funding news plus on-going funders arranged by theme such as Education, Environment and Small Grants.

A weekend of inter-generational nature-based learning, thanks to a Family Learning Grant from Cambridgeshire Skills

This inspired Deb to fire off some funding applications in early 2021, hoping that some of them might be successful. The timing turned out to be fortunate. At the beginning of the pandemic, funders had focused on responding to people’s basic needs, but by 2021, there was much more of a focus on recovery.

“We’ve been astounded at how successful we’ve been,” said Deb, “because the target for many funders now is children – getting them outside, getting them active – and our garden is ideal for that.”

In just three months, she has had seven successful applications. They received £3,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund to engage young people in the creation of a sensory garden area for the benefit of adults and children with learning disabilities. There was £500 from East Cambs District Council’s Covid Recovery Fund for ground clearance and rubbish removal, £500 from Littleport Rotary for skip hire and ground clearance, £9,975 from Awards for All for the creation of a woodland play area, £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund for timber play equipment, £400 from Warburtons Family Grants for balance stones and a mini picnic table, and £900 from Sanctuary Housing for a living willow den. The latter included a certified landscape tutor, incorporating community learning in willow construction. Most recently, Deb secured £1,800 from Cambridgeshire Skills for nature-themed family learning workshops.

Funding has been secured for a sensory garden area, which should be ready to open in September

This impressive list is a testament to Deb’s hard work, but it also goes to show that funders often like to see an organisation or project that has a healthy amount of co-funding, along with a clear vision for how the funding will benefit local people.

Their socially distanced community event at Easter was a great success. Organised by The Port, a local youth club, it welcomed 250 people to the garden in a single day.

Deb sees the pandemic as a time when Peacocks Meadow really found its purpose. “In those months of lockdown, the visitors and volunteer engagement improved astronomically and people really took it to their hearts. We’ve created a safe space for people – people with disabilities, people with young children, older people. That discovery of the garden and the pleasure in it has continued as lockdown has eased.”

Deb has just been awarded Citizen of the Year by Littleport Parish Council – a fitting way to thank her for bringing so much happiness to the residents in her village.

Find out more about Peacock Meadow via the Facebook page.

Sign up for Funding Alert emails here.

New listening service for VCSE staff and volunteers

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System, in partnership with CPFT, have launched a new support service in response to the pandemic, specifically for people who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. We know it can be particularly hard to look after yourself when you feel you have to be there for others. The Staff Support Hub has been set up to support volunteers and teams in the voluntary sector through any problems they are facing, whatever they may be. The Hub is run by experts in the mental health field and confidentiality is paramount.

Please help ensure your team/s are aware of its availability – whether they need to talk to somebody, seek advice on where to find specific resources, or receive counselling.  The attached leaflet contains the telephone number and link to the callback service.  We are also currently setting up a facility for managers to contact us to discuss the need and organise a group session or a team debrief from a particular situation, which will be delivered by the Hub team and will stay in touch via Hunts Forum with new developments.

For any queries about the Staff Support Hub, please contact Laura McEwen-Smith Project Lead l.mcewen-smith@nhs.net

 

Police and Crime Commissioner wants to hear from VCSE

As set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, must produce a Police and Crime Plan.

The Commissioner has today launched a month-long consultation with the public about what should be included within the Plan, but he is also keen to hear from organisations and community groups who may have a role to play in keeping our communities safe and tackling crime.  The Commissioner is keen to ensure the Plan reflects any shared outcomes we may have. Below is a link to a stakeholder survey for community and voluntary groups can fill out, which will feed into the development of the Plan.

Community and Voluntary Survey 

 

The Plan must set out how the Commissioner will ensure victims get the help they need, how he will support and challenge the Chief Constable in their approach to policing, how he will commission services and award grants, and how policing will be delivered within an ethical framework.

While the Plan has to meet a number of statutory responsibilities, the Commissioner wants it to be a meaningful document that helps us all to take action and see results. Having listened to communities, victims, and stakeholders, the Plan will be centred around tackling crime and keeping communities safe.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is asking individuals to complete the public survey by the 30th July 2021

 

Public Survey

Connecting Communities 2021: Your Feedback

We report back on our volunteering conference, and what our attendees thought of it.

The Connecting Communities conference is in its fourth year, providing an opportunity for community organisations across Cambridgeshire to come together to share ideas about volunteering. It’s a huge topic, and this year – perhaps more than ever – there was plenty to talk about, as voluntary organisations figure out how best to attract, retain and support their volunteers are we slowly emerge from over a year of lockdown restrictions.

We were delighted to welcome some fantastic speakers over our three-day event from 8 to 10 June. Find out more about them and the topics they covered here. You can also watch most of the presentations and discussions back here.

We are also delighted by the feedback that attendees gave us. In one word, they described the events as “insightful”, “thought-provoking” and “purposeful”. Our speakers seem to have gone down well with attendees, and we received some useful feedback about people’s appetite for online, in-person and hybrid events.

 

Connecting Communities 2021 was hosted by Hunts Forum and CCVS on behalf of Support Cambridgeshire, and funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.

New round of funding : Innovate & Cultivate Fund

Innovate & Cultivate Fund

Deadline: 1 August 2021

One-to-one pre-application advice will be offered on 22nd and 23rd June (details below). This is a great opportunity to discuss your ideas and Support Cambridgeshire highly recommends that you take advantage of this opportunity.

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 1 August funding round is for ‘Cultivate’ grant applications (£2,000-£15,000) for projects that build community support networks for vulnerable people. The ‘Innovate’ funding stream (£15,000-£50,000) is currently suspended.

 

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 Tuesday 22nd June and Wednesday 23rd June. 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 7 Cultivate project ideas – Mobile Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Digital Inclusion, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds – that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering, and complement more costly Council services.

 

You can find guidance on how to apply for a start-up grant for each of these projects here. 

 

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

Becoming an ICS – We want your views

Health and care organisations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are becoming more joined up than ever before after the creation of a new Integrated Care System (ICS) for the area.

Integrated Care Systems, or ICSs, are partnerships between organisations that meet the health and care needs of local people. There are 42 Integrated Care Systems in England, with our Integrated Care System covering all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

By working together, different parts of the health and care system are better able to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, reducing health inequalities and putting patients at the heart of everything we do.

Now that we have been accredited as an ICS, we are looking at how we ensure we are continuing to improve and meeting the needs of the population. As part of this we recognise that a key element of our success will be listening to and involving our staff and key stakeholders every step of the way.

It is vital those who know our local communities, understand the challenges we face and have unique insights into our patient needs have the opportunity to share their views on the future of local health and care services.

This is why we are asking for your views via a short survey. This will help us understand what you think an ICS is and should focus on alongside getting your views on elements such as branding, visions and ways in which those who would like to be more involved can do in the future. The survey will run until 25th June 2021 and we will share the results with you all soon after. You can access the survey HERE

You can also find further information on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System webpage

Connecting Communities 2021

It’s that time again for the annual Connecting Communities conference, a time to bring a range of good practices and thoughts together to talk about volunteering across the county.

This year’s theme is Volunteer Management and how the voluntary and community sector can move forwards from the past year. The event is hosted online, and as with last year’s conference, each day we will be taking on a different format and theme.

Redesigning Recruitment

Tuesday 8 June // 10:00 – 11:30 am // Zoom Webinar

The first day will revolve around Redesigning Recruitment, looking at how organisations have taken the traditional format and mixed it up a little. We have speakers from The British Red Cross, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and FoodCycle Cambridge.

To Book: connectingcommunities2021day1.eventbrite.co.uk

Reviewing Retention

Wednesday 9 June // 10:00 – 11:30 am // Zoom Meeting

On Wednesday, we will be welcoming Rob Jackson, a well respected expert on volunteer management, to talk to us about Reviewing Retention in our organisation. This event will be a presentation followed by breakout rooms with questions and reflections from Rob.

To Book: connectingcommunities2021day2.eventbrite.co.uk

Re-examining Volunteering

Thursday 10 June // 1:00- 2:30 pm // Zoom Webinar

Finally, we end the conference on Thursday with a general panel hot topic discussion. We welcome Laura Hamilton, a Volunteer Management Consultant, who will chair a panel of local voluntary and third sector speakers, discussing the topic, Can we make volunteering a realistic option for everyone?

To Book: connectingcommunities2021day3.eventbrite.co.uk

The three-day event hopes to bring ideas, thoughts and even more good practice to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, giving those working with volunteers the confidence to face the challenges following the pandemic. We are excited for you to join us.

Queens Award Nominations Open For 2022

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Queen’s Coronation. 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the award, coinciding with the Queen’s Plantuim Jubliee. As part of this, we would like Cambridgeshire and Peterborough groups to celebrate the fantastic work they contribute to our communities.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough tend to receive less nominations than other parts of the country, so we would like to build awareness of this prestigious award among our volunteer-led groups. Over the past year, we have seen a great surge in communities coming forward to support each other and stand together to create opportunities, support and impact within their communities.

 

Who can be nominated

Key eligibility requirements are:

  1. The group must have 3 or more members.
  2. It must be based in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
  3. It must have been operating for a minimum of 3 years.
  4. It must provide a specific local benefit (QAVS are not intended for national organisations, although a branch can be nominated).
  5. QAVS are looking for evidence that volunteers are initiating and driving the group’s work. It may have some paid staff, but we expect at least half of the people who work in the group to be volunteers.
  6. Groups operating solely for the benefit of animals are not eligible.

To read the full criteria, CLICK HERE

 

How are you nominated?

The group can only be nominated by three individuals with no direct link to the group. This means they can’t be working or volunteering for the group, including those who sit on the committee or trustee board.

There needs to be one primary nominator who fills the form out, and then two individuals who are happy to supply a short supporting letter.

 

The Process

The process is pretty easy once the three individuals have submitted their nomination. The organisation will be contacted. There will be a visit by someone from the Lord Lietunet of Cambridgeshire who will ensure your organisation has essential health and safety, safeguarding and finance procedures and policies in place.

All awards are announced as part of Volunteers Week which is between 1st and 7th June, through The Gazette.  Read about the winner for 2020 here

 

Want to know more?

The online guidance notes and application form can be found HERE

Hunts Forum will be holding some one-hour workshops that will cover the basics of the award a little more.  Introduction to the Queen’s Award of Voluntary Action Workshop: 15th June at 18:30 till 19:30, and again on 20th July at 17:00 till 18:00 – BOOK HERE

 

If you would like some more support with your policies and procedures, please contact your local CVS or infrastructure organisation:

Hunts Forum Any organisations working within Huntingdonshire keith@huntsforum.org.uk
CCVS Any organisation working in Cambridge City, South Cambs and Fenland enquiries@cambridgecvs.org.uk
Voluntary Community Action East Cambs (VCAEC) Any organisation working in East Cambs granville@vcaec.org.uk
Cambridgeshire ACRE Any voluntary community groups linked with community buildings. enquiries@cambsacre.org.uk

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 of the 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

 

Documents

Community Engagement Lead. JD & Person Spec

 

The application can be made via CV and covering letter to info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk 

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.

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