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 enquiries@easterncommunityhomes.com or fill out this form.

Commissioning Forum

The next Support Cambridgeshire Commissioning Forum takes place on the 30th October 2019 at Bar Hill Village Hall 

Commissioning Forums give VCSE sector representatives the opportunity to ask Commissioners about best practice, the current landscape in commissioning through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what the future might look like.

3 Commissioners will be in attendance on the day.

The Agenda is as follows:

Welcome and introductions.

Summary of previous meetings.

Challenges & Opportunities.

Bridging the Gap.

Moving Forward.

The session will be facilitated by Julie Farrow, lead CEO of Support Cambridgeshire and Fiona Adler from the Commissioning Unit.

The event will begin promptly at 9AM and will finish at 12.30PM.

To book your space contact jackie@huntsforum.org.uk

 

 

People Powered Conference Hits the Right Notes

48 people from across Huntingdonshire’s voluntary sector gathered at St Ives Corn Exchange on 19 April 2018 for the People Powered conference. Co-hosted by Hunts Forum and Living Sport and funded by Huntingdonshire District Council, the event was a chance for volunteer managers and community leaders to get together to explore fresh approaches to recruiting, supporting and celebrating volunteers in our communities.

Guest speaker Shaun Delaney, Volunteering Development Manager at NCVO, kicked off proceedings with a presentation on the changing volunteering landscape: who volunteers, how, when and why? How have their demographics and their expectations changed, and what can community groups do to respond to these changes? His talk drew on the NCVO report, Getting Involved: How people make a difference, which you can read here.

Attendees were then invited to participate in workshop discussions on various aspects of volunteering. Keith Smith, Founder & Director of Ferry Project, led a workshop on recruitment and marketing, looking at the various routes people might take into volunteering roles. Mark Strivens, Director of Cambridge Street Pastors, explored what organisations can do to protect volunteers – and the organisation itself – from risks, and covered how policies, procedures and processes need to work together. Susie Willis, Chief Officer at Care Network Cambridgeshire, led a workshop on rewarding volunteers and celebrating success, and reflected on how the biggest reward is to ensure that experiences live up to volunteers’ expectations. Lucy Bird, Coordinator of Somersham and Pidley Time Bank, explained the concept of Time Banking and micro-volunteering, and examined how this model might fit into existing organisations. The conference was closed by Rebecca Evans, Relationship Manager at Living Sport who spoke about how volunteers had helped her in her youth to become a gold medallist swimmer. Follow-up notes and further reading for attendees are available here.

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. One commented, “Brilliant workshops with lots of ideas to use.” Another wrote, “A thoroughly enjoyable event. A great download of information and ideas in a relaxed manner. A well put together event. I went away with a spring in my step.”

Hunts Forum provides ongoing support for voluntary organisations throughout the year. Please get in touch on 01480 420601, email info@huntsforum.org.uk or visit www.huntsforum.org.uk for more information.

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