Festival of Ideas: Watch Again

In June 2020, Hunts Forum and Support Cambridgeshire took their annual Connecting Communities Conference online with a Festival of Ideas. Four one-hour online events throughout the week explored volunteer retention during and after COVID-19.

These events are now available to watch here.


The festival was produced by Hunts Forum on behalf of Support Cambridgeshire and funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. Many thanks to Rob Jackson, Benita Matofska, Kelly Holliday, Chris Trevorrow at CCVS and everyone else who contributed to the festival.

Meet the Funders Webinar

In these testing times funding bodies are adapting application processes, monitoring and evaluation to increase flexibility and response times to get the funds needed in our communities.

On 18 June 2020, Support Cambridgeshire hosted Fiona Brice from the National Lottery Community Fund, and Bridget Mailley and Michael O’Toole from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation talking about the changing face of funding in the Covid and post-Covid world. Each provided information and tips on applying for their funds. You can watch a recording of this webinar below.

We’d like to thank Fiona, Bridget and Michael for their time and for providing such valuable insights and information.

 

Please note: questions submitted by attendees prior to the webinar were addressed by the presenters within their presentations. No public questions were submitted during the webinar.

Connecting Communities: Festival of Ideas

UPDATE: These events have now taken place – you can watch them at your leisure here.

 

 

This year Hunts Forum and Support Cambridgeshire are taking their annual Connecting Communities Conference online with a Festival of Ideas. Starting on 22 June 2020, there will be four one-hour events throughout the week to explore volunteer retention during and after COVID-19.

We are excited to have several wonderful speakers who will look at a range of questions and ideas. Rob Jackson is the co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook and From The Top Down, both of which are used by Directory of Social Change in their training. Benita Matofska is a world-renowned speaker, change-maker and author of Generation Share, a ground-breaking book containing the world’s first collection of inspiring stories of the change-makers building a new economy. Kelly Holliday is the Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, and has years of experience in stewardship and volunteer management.

You are welcome to attend all the events or just sign up to the ones which take your fancy. Each event will take on a slightly different format, with a mixture of conversations, presentations and training.

These events are funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, and open to anyone who works or volunteers for non-profit organisations in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. Some events will have a limit on attendee numbers; you will be sent a unique link to the event. As numbers are limited , we ask no more than two delegates from each organisation attend this event.

Throughout the event you will be encouraged to Tweet using the hashtag #CCFestivalofIdeas

Schedule

A Conversation with Rob Jackson

Monday 22 June – 10-11am

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Kat Shepherdson, Deputy CEO at Hunts Forum, speaks with Rob Jackson (RJC Biog) about his ideas and thoughts on what COVID -19 means for volunteer management and recruitment moving forward. Are there lessons we can learn? What did this influx of volunteers tell us about the public attitude to volunteering? How do we keep those who are going back to work engaged in our organisations? Rob will explore these questions and more.

A Presentation by Benita Matafska

Tuesday 23 June, 1-2pm

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Benita Matafska talks through her ideas and thoughts about the concept of a sharing economy and how this can be applied to the current world we live in.

Stewardship and Fundraising

Wednesday 24 June, 1-2pm

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Kelly Holiday shares her experiences of managing Alzheimer’s UK’s relationships with people who fundraise for the charity via sporting events. She will draw on this to explore how smaller organisations can turn newly recruited volunteers into long-term supporters.

How do we Keep this Community Spirit Alive?

Thursday 25th June, 10-11am

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Staff from CCVS and Hunts Forum invite organisations to discuss their views around the Power to Change Report, Local Heroes: How to sustain community spirit beyond Covid-19. What are the common threads between the report and the other presentations and discussions at our Festival of Ideas? How can organisations apply these ideas?

Volunteers’ Week – Say Cheers to your Volunteers!

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic 100,000s of people have volunteered to help their local communities joining an army of over 20 million people who volunteer each year to help others. Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2020) is about thanking our volunteers for giving up their time, energy and skills and recognising the difference they make to our communities.

We know that groups have a lot to deal with right now so we have put together some ideas and resources to help you highlight the difference your volunteers make and ensure your volunteers feel appreciated for all they do.

Please click here for our resource toolkit in Microsoft Word format.

Now we’re talking – coming together in isolation

Organisations across the county have joined forces to launch a wellbeing campaign and additional mental health support for people during the coronavirus outbreak.

‘Now We’re Talking’, encourages people to get talking to combat loneliness whilst self-isolating, and to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health.

The campaign, led by the local authority, NHS and third sector also directs people to increased mental health support available including:

  • Lifeline Plus – a mental health and wellbeing helpline for people aged 18 and over living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, is available Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm via freephone 0808 808 2121. The line will support people to manage their wellbeing, provide selfhelp advice or signpost to other organisations for particular concerns.  7 days a week, between 2pm and 11pm the same number is Lifeline, managed by Lifecraft who provide support for those in mental health distress: 0808 808 2121.
  • Qwell – an online wellbeing support, including educational and self-help articles and peer-topeer support via forums. Adults are also able to receive help from qualified counsellors via dropin or scheduled online chat sessions. www.qwell.io  Keep Your Head – this website brings together all the mental health support available across the county – www.keep-your-head.com/now

Support Services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridge County Council and Peterborough City Council have now released Commissioned Community Services list 2020 – highlighted their commissioned services across the two areas. The flyer consists of three pages and makes it clear what services each provider is offering along with contact details.

Remember you can also find more information on the Cambridgeshire Directory and Peterborough Information Network

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Together Against Coronavirus

Cambridgeshire/Peterborough Together Against Coronavirus

Cambridgeshire/Peterborough Together Against Coronavirus is helping people stay connected during self-isolation, particularly those at risk of feeling lonely. To find out more click here.

Please share your ideas and tips for how you are beating loneliness or supporting people in your community. Whether it’s offering to deliver food supplies or pick up prescriptions, or regular phone calls checking on someone’s wellbeing, there are lots of ways we can all keep an eye on people, without the need to make physical contact.

So what can you do to help?

  • Share your stories of what you are doing to help people on your social media pages using the hashtags #ReachOut #PeterboroughTogether or #CambridgeshireTogether
  • Share your tips on beating loneliness
  • Download the campaign poster and other visuals to use on your social media pages or in your window to show what you are doing to help people in your neighbourhood
  • Help us remind people about the importance of staying at home

Your stories will help us to remind people that help is at hand.

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.

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Where to Find Information

Support Materials

Funding information

Contacting Us

The Support Cambridgeshire partners’ offices are currently closed and our upcoming training and events are cancelled until further notice, 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

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