18 attend the Commissioning Forum (South)

18 Delegates from across the South of the County attended the first Support Cambridgeshire Commissioning Forum which took place at the Meadows Centre on the 11th October 2018.

The session was introduced by Julie Farrow (the lead CEO of Support Cambridgeshire) and aimed to bring the Commissioning Unit and Community based organisations into a closer working relationship where mutual benefit for all (including the beneficiaries of local services and projects) is established as a key driving principle.

Oliver Hayward and Shauna Torrance of the Commissioning Unit delivered a presentation which covered such topics as the role of Commissioning, the Commissioning Agenda, key financial drivers, the Commissioning Cycle, intentions and future priorities. This presentation can be viewed here: 

The delegates were then divided into 3 groups – with 4 key questions to address:

What is working well in Commissioning?

Where are the gaps?

How can all parties work together to deliver something new or different?

What happens next?

Group responses can be seen here:

What people said about the event:

It was great to get an update from Commissioners. This needs to be regular and on-going.

This was a well presented session with high value and content.

I was happy to observe the engagement from attendees and the openness of the Commissioners.

This was a great event and its interesting to see how things are changing for the better.

Being a small charity this was a really useful event. Understanding the pressures we all face helps to overcome some of our frustrations.

Organisations in attendance:

Link to Change: Connections Bus Project: Papworth Trust: Care Network: Homestart Cambridgeshire: Carers Trust CPN: Care Rooms: Choices: Support Cambridgeshire:

Hunts Forum: CARESCO: St Neots Time-bank: Cambridge City Council: Peterborough City Council: Cambridgeshire County Council.

A Commissioning Forum for the North of the County is now being planned. Dates and times will be published in due course. If you are interested in attending please contact Russell Rolph by E-Mail at russell@huntsforum.org.uk to register your interest.

Book a space at our Commissioning Forum (South)

Are you a voluntary or community group working in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough?

Do you know that Cambridgeshire & Peterborough have a new commissioning unit that decides how all contracts and grants are awarded?

Support Cambridgeshire has been working with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Commissioning Unit on developing better understanding and interaction between commissioners and voluntary groups.  We asked in our annual state of the sector survey if you wanted to learn more about what the Commissioning Unit does, what their priorities are, what impact changes might have on your service and how can we work better together.   The response was overwhelmingly in favour of some kind a regular forum – recognising the difficulties some can have in getting around the county we are proposing to set up two identical forum’s one south, one north.  The first session will see the lead commissioner outlining the units priorities and asking for your comments, we hope the session will be informative and very interactive.

The first Commissioning Forum (South)has been scheduled for Thursday 11th October 9.30 – 12.30 at the Meadows Community Centre Cambridge. 

To register an interest or book your place please contact Trisha at  Trisha@huntsforum.org.uk


Support Cambridgeshire Free Training Programme

Support Cambridgeshire is required to deliver a set number of training and networking sessions under our current funding arrangements with the County Council.

Our programme from September 2018 – March 2019 can be found here:

All of these events or workshops are Free to any community organisation that operates within Cambridgeshire.

So book your space today and don’t miss out..!!

In addition, the Partnership can provide information and advice on all of the following:

  • Funding, governance, data protection, finance, recruiting volunteers and more.
  • Topic-based networking opportunities on key issues.
  • Parish Council conferences and peer learning events: cambsparishes.wordpress.com
  • Regular eNewsletters, social media and email updates.
  • A website full of useful information: www.supportcambridgeshire.org.uk.
  • A searchable funding portal: www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/supportcambs
  • Voluntary and community sector voice and representation at County Council meetings.
  • An annual State of the Sector survey.
  • Support for time banks, time credits, community organising, business engagement and corporate social responsibility.

If you require further information or help and support simply contact info@supportcambs.org.uk.



Big Lottery Award in Soham

The Big Lottery has awarded Support Cambridgeshire an Awards For all Grant to help deliver social action projects in Soham, East Cambridgeshire.

The award was granted in July 2018 and the scheme commenced on 4th September 2018.

So whats going to happen:

The Neighbourhood Cares Team of the County Council are already active in Soham, and have been over the past 12 months. Our award enables Support Cambridgeshire to work with that team, and many of the other agencies who are already providing valuable services in the area.

Over the next 12 months Support Cambridgeshire will play an active role in:

  • Mapping the good work that’s already taking place in Soham and ensuring residents know where and how to find services, activities and projects.
  • Having a community conversation with the residents about what they like, want improved or want to shape in their Neighbourhood.
  • Providing the results of this survey and encouraging residents to think about, start or support them in developing ideas about how best to assist their community and neighbours.

Watch out for the survey – its coming soon.

Ben Pitt (Communities Officer) states:

The local residents of Soham are best placed to tell us what’s missing in their local community. I look forward to working with them over the next 12 months, exploring ways of working together and connecting the community.

Consultation – Future of Adult Social Care

The Local Government Association has published a Green Paper on adult social care and wellbeing, and how it is funded. It now wants to hear from government departments, charity and voluntary sector organisations, academic and private sectors as well as individuals, to gather their views on the proposals.

Please click here to read the Gren Paper and have your say.

The power of annual reporting

The Charity Commission is urging charities to communicate better with the public through the power of their annual report and annual accounts.

This comes following the Commission’s recent publication of the results of its latest monitoring reviews of charity trustees’ annual reports and accounts.

The findings reveal a modest improvement in the quality of public reporting, but the regulator says that too many charities are still falling short in this area of Governance.

Public benefit reporting is designed to provide transparency so that the public can understand exactly what a charity does and how their donations are being used.

You can read more about Public Benefit Reporting by clicking here.

Source: NAVCA LINX 534

Our Annual Report

Support Cambridgeshire partners have had a busy and active year.

Across our 5 work-streams, much has been done, and we look forward to year 3 and building further on our work.

Our Annual Report can be viewed here:

In year 3 we have planned some new activities which include:

  • A new CEO network that connects the voluntary sector and looks at the main challenges we all face.
  • A new Commissioning Forum which brings together statutory partners and the voluntary sector in a spirit of co-production.
  • More evidence led training for community organisations.
  • A connecting communities volunteer fair which looks at the potential volunteering impact on social isolation and loneliness.

And of course there will be the continuation of activities which we know helps to build the sectors confidence. Our next Annual Town and Parish Council conference is scheduled for November 2018, our network programme runs throughout the year and 1-1 support and development for groups is always available and on-going.

Visit our website: www.supportcambridgeshire.org.uk

If you require support, advice or assistance contact info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk


Insider Fraud and Cyber Crime

Here’s a stunning statistic according to a recently published Government report: The overall cost to the UK economy from cyber crime is £27 billion per year.

The charity sector is not immune, particularly smaller charities with less infrastructure and technical support.

Guidance on how best to avoid these potential threats is provided by clicking here:

And if that wasn’t enough to worry about, The Charity Commission has recently issued an alert from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (or the NFIB), highlighting the insider threat from fraudsters and cyber criminals. The alert identifies that over 50% of organisations have suffered an insider threat attack in the previous year. Insider fraud is committed by someone involved within your charity, whether a trustee, an employee or volunteer. The Commission warns that charities are as vulnerable to insider threats as the private or public sector.

The NFIB warns that insider fraud poses a greater threat than external fraud due to knowledge of sensitive information and access to an organisation’s systems and inner workings. You can read more on this story here, and you can find the Charity Commission’s guidance to protecting your organisation from fraud here.

Be a Cycling Superhero

This September, Camcycle will launch the Cambridge Festival of Cycling.  This month-long festival will celebrate the joy of cycling in Cambridge, the cycling capital of the UK. Share your cycling experiences, learn new things and share in their vision for more, better and safer cycling in and around Cambridge for all ages and abilities. Most events are free and all are welcome.

You do not need to be a Camcycle member and you don’t need to be someone that already cycles. Their event timetable is growing every day with over 20 events planned with more to come.

Camcycle will also be conducting the Cambridge Cycling Survey to find out more about Cambridge resident’s cycling experiences.

To make this huge celebration of the city’s cycling culture a success, Camcycle need an amazing team of volunteers.

If you think you’re a cycling superhero with skills from cake-baking to photography, do get involved and share your enthusiasm.

The list of volunteer roles on offer include:

  • Ride marshals
  • First Aiders
  • Planners and organisers
  • Volunteers to talk about cycling with the Camcycle stall bike
  • Ticket sellers for their film, ‘Why we Cycle’
  • Social media volunteers
  • Photographers
  • Ushers
  • Refreshment stand volunteers
  • Article writers
  • Ride leaders
  • Videographers
  • Cake bakers
  • Cargo bike riders
  • General volunteers.

If you think you can help support the Festival of Cycling, please get in touch with Camcycle at contact@camcycle.org.uk with the subject heading ‘Festival Volunteering’.

They would love to hear from YOU.


Volunteers required – Cancer Research

Cancer Research are desperately short of volunteers to help at the start and finish and also (most importantly) on the course route for the Shine Night Walk on Saturday 15th September 2018.  Volunteers would need to report for briefing around 18:00 and should be finished by around 22:30 at the latest.  All volunteers will receive a CRUK t-shirt and refreshments during the event.

If you would like to volunteer then please register at https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/charity-walks/shine-night-walk/shine-volunteer-application-form

or simply email gemma.turpin@cancer.org.uk




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