Safeguarding Training Fund

The Safeguarding Training Fund is a joint funded programme between the Department of Culture, Media and Sports and the Big Lottery Fund and will run over 2 phases until 2022.

Phase 1 is now open to the value of £570,000.00.

The fund covers Safeguarding Resources (Phase 1) and Safeguarding Development (Phase 2) and is open to all community organisations based across England.

For more information click here:

Please note the very tight deadline for Phase 1 applications which is the 14th January 2019.

More than a Giving Machine

We all know that Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) is partially about giving, but its also about creating meaningful partnerships between the business and community sector.

Support Cambridgeshire has joined forces with Rachel Briant of Get Synergised to deliver a workshop event on this very subject, with contributions from Barons BMW, Kameo Recruitment and PwC.

This event is Free to any community based organisation in Cambridgeshire, which includes Village Halls and Parish Councils, and takes place on the 25th April 2019 between 9am amd 2.30pm at Barons BMW, Sheepfold Lane, Cambourne, CB23 6EF.

If you want to discover what makes a business tick, how they discharge their CSR and what they want or expect from a community partner then book your space now. It’s sure to be an interesting and lively debate: Get inside the head of business and work out new ways to support your projects or services.

Refreshments and lunch are being provided by Barons BMW.

To book a limited space contact Keith Johnson at Keith@huntsforum.org.uk

 

The complex world of Funding?

Funding, funding and funding – its the issue that everybody cares about in a very difficult and financially constrained market-place.

Join Support Cambridgeshire on the 27th February 2019 at our free Practitioner Event on this very subject.

Learn how to make a successful funding application.

Understand what Funders are looking for.

Learn how to be relevant, unique and fund-worthy.

Understand outputs, outcomes and Impact – get ahead of the game and teach the funders…!!

We will also be introducing some local tools and resources to help with your funding searches and the quality of your applications – this includes a presentation on Cambridgeshire Insights and a trawl through the self funding portal (SC4C) which is free to use.

To book a space contact russell@huntsforum.org.uk.

The event will be taking place at the Over Community Centre on the 27th February 2019 between 12 noon and 2.30pm: Refreshments will be provided.

 

Join us at the Commissioning Forum (North)

Following on from our first successful Commissioning Forum in the South of Cambridgeshire, a second forum will now take place covering the North of the County, being held at the South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris on the 30th January 2019 between 9.15am and 12.15pm.

If you want to hear more about the challenges that the Commissioning Unit face in a very complex and difficult funding environment, and how you can work more closely with them for the benefit of your beneficiaries and projects than book a space now by E-Mailing Russell@huntsforum.org.uk

This is likely to be a very popular event and spaces are limited to 20 in total.

More information on the previous Commissioning Forum held in Cambridge can be viewed here:

 

 

 

Record attendance at the Town and Parish Council Conference

This year’s event took place at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon on the 23rd November 2018, and attracted 227 delegates from 85 different local councils, a significant increase on the previous two years.

The annual Local Councils Conference is the only event in Cambridgeshire to which all local councils are invited.

It provides an opportunity for two way dialogue between local councils and other tiers of local government.

The event had several keynote speakers, including Gillian Beasley the Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council and James Palmer the Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

In addition, the event held nine different themed workshops:

  • Market Town Master-plans: the Role of Local Councils.
  • Realising the capabilities of parish councils.
  • The role of Community Led Housing in Cambridgeshire’s rural communities.
  • Community Engagement – Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Be Prepared! How you can mobilise your community in an emergency.
  • Undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan in your Parish.
  • Improving collaborative working between Clerks and Councillors.
  • Harnessing nature to power our future; Local Councils and renewable energy generation.
  • Declining Public Transport: What are the options for Local Councils to relieve the impact?

And a market-place where 22 different county wide organisations were exhibiting.

85% of those delegates who attended gave the Conference overall a positive rating (a score of either 4 or 5 out of 5). The average score given was 4.3 out of 5.

Comments included:

  • The multi-session learning events are very valuable (please keep going with these).
  • An excellent event.
  • Good and worthwhile conference overall.
  • More of the same please.

Let’s hope the next Conference brings more delegates, more lively debate and more opportunities for networking…!!

Picture: Mayor James Palmer addresses the County Wide Town and Parish Council audience.

Join the Board at Healthwatch

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are looking for new Board members.

Use your local knowledge, skills and experiences to help improve the public voice in health and care services for people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

As part of an innovative and committed Board, you will have a role in strategy development and supporting our staff and volunteers.

This will give you insights into and the opportunity to help influence health and social care systems locally.

We want to strengthen the links we have into Fenland and Peterborough, and the different ethnic communities who live locally.

You will help the Board to better understand and represent the diverse population we serve.

We particularly welcome applications from young people, individuals from minority ethnic communities and those who live in Fenland and Peterborough.

Apply by Friday 14 December 2018.

For more information:

Interviews for the post will be held on either 8 January, 16 January or 17 January 2019.

Contact their office on 0330 355 1285, email enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk or text them on 0752 0635 176 to arrange an informal chat.

Working with the Oasis

Support Cambridgeshire is working closely with the Oasis Centre in Wisbech thanks to an injection of Neighbourhood Investment income provided by Clarion Housing Association.

The Oasis sits on the Waterlees Ward of Wisbech, often viewed as the most deprived ward in the whole of Cambridgeshire, but residing amidst some 2,500 houses owned by Clarion.

It has been a long held ambition of the Oasis to develop their current building into a new purpose built extension which will better serve the needs of its local community.

Support Cambridgeshire has started to work with the existing Board of Trustees on their skills and confidence through 3 facilitated sessions provided by Taproot consultancy, this making them  better able to navigate the future and its potential challenges and opportunities through an identification of their strengths, merits and areas where they need to improve.

This initial support will translate into longer term hand-holding by Support Cambridgeshire which will help to develop a robust Business and Marketing plan through 2019, in addition to obtaining potential development funding through the provision of a dedicated bid writer.

The Trustee Board now has December 2018 to reflect on their hard work to date, ready to begin again in earnest in January 2019.

Chris Stevens, the Oasis Centre and Trust Manager states:

I think we would all like to thank Taproot for the support they have given to Board Members so far. We would not have got to where we have got without these 3 influential sessions. We have a lot to think about now but I look forward to working with Support Cambridgeshire in the New Year.

Picture: Trustees hard at work thinking about what their new Business Plan might look like, what they need and how they might obtain it.

 

 

Give us your views….!!

Do you live or work in Wisbech? What do you love about the town and what would you do to improve it?

Those are the questions being asked in a new I Heart Wisbech campaign to gather people’s views and use them to help develop future services and projects in the town.

The campaign has been launched by the I Heart Wisbech team, which is made up of a number of local community organisations along with Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and Wisbech Town Council.

Team members have been out and about in the town centre gathering views and an online survey has been launched asking three questions – what do you love about Wisbech, how would you make it better and what would you like to do about it?

The survey is available at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/JLTXO/ and is expected to run until January 2019.

Russell Rolph of Support Cambridgeshire (who is managing the project on behalf of the I Heart Wisbech team) said:

Those who live, work and invest in an area are the best people to ask on what’s right about where they live, and what could be improved.

The feedback will be used to develop key themes in community development and to hopefully uncover the next generation of social action champions in the town. So if you have a great idea on how to improve Wisbech we would love to hear from you.

The campaign links to the ongoing Wisbech 2020 Vision and its work to tackle local issues and deliver future health, economy and infrastructure improvements.

Recipes for Success at the Community Cafés Workshop

On 18 October Support Cambridgeshire hosted its first Practitioner Workshop, focusing on community cafés.

There was a great turn-out, with 17 people representing 10 existing and prospective community cafés from across the county. Many of them are involved in plans for a new community building, where it is hoped that a community café will be a central part of the building’s identity.

The workshop was lead by Ben Pitt, Communities Officer at Hunts Forum, who in his spare time has helped to launch a community café at his local community centre, Love’s Farm House.

The workshop started by exploring the benefits of community cafés: to bring the community together, encourage regular use of a community building, provide volunteering and training opportunities and lots more besides. The group then proceeded to discuss what key ingredients are needed to make it work: meeting the demands of the local customer base, ensuring quality produce and an appealing environment, and developing a sustainable business plan with a realistic expectation on volunteers. It also touched on food safety training, kitchen fit-outs, fundraising opportunities and modelling income.

What people said about the event:

Really helpful to hear from people with experience. Particularly please to pick up tips on modelling profit and loss.

Very good to share ideas – so much to think about… Loved the personal experience of setting up a café.

Great formula! This is vital to what we are doing right now.

Really useful, learnt a great deal. Thank you so much. Another event please!

Please keep an eye on our Training page or sign up to our newsletter for future training and workshop events.

I Heart Wisbech 27th October 2018

We all know that those who live, work and invest in an area are the best people to ask on whats right about where they live, and what could be improved.

This very notion is happening in Wisbech on the 27th October 2018 (the day of Halloween celebrations).

The I Heart Wisbech* Team will be in the Market Place engaging with residents, shoppers and passers – by  about the Town.

The team are seeking views on 3 simple questions:

What do people love about Wisbech?

How could people make it better?

What would people like to do about it?

Volunteers from the I Heart Wisbech Team will be on hand to take peoples views and thoughts, and will be encouraging them to participate in an art based project within a Gazebo.

The team will collect peoples answers and collate them into a survey response which will be used to deliver possible future services and local projects.

If you have a great idea on how to improve the Town of Wisbech come and tell us – we will be really pleased to hear from you.

The team will be on hand from approximately 9am through to 6pm, so watch out for the I Heart Wisbech Gazebo and come and say hello..!!

*The I Heart Wisbech Team is made up of representatives from local community based organisations and both the Town, District and County Councils.

 

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