An introduction to the Queens Award for Voluntary Action

20 July 2021

from 17.00 - 18.00

at Online

This informal workshop aims to widen the understanding and support applications for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.

The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. Within Cambridgeshire, there are only a handful of winners, and we feel there are more worthy groups that should be nominated.

The award is presented to outstanding groups of volunteers whose initiative and impact are truly exceptional. Each group is assessed on its benefit to the local community and its standing within that community. Volunteers are expected to be leading their work.

This event hopes to widen the award's understanding and inspire more application for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year 2022.

Who should attend this event?

Anyone. This workshop is open to those working in a group thinking about approaching a possible nominator or a member of the public thinking about nominating a local group.

Or even those just wanting to learn more about the award and process.

What the event will cover

  • General information about the award and who can be nominated
  • The process and some handy hints
  • What the organisation will need to do if nominated
  • Questions and support

Booking information

This event is free and open to residents and groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough only. It is being held on two dates:

Tuesday 15 June, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Tuesday 20 July, 5 - 6pm

To book your please, please click here.

To find out more about the award or to nominate a group please click here.

An introduction to the Queens Award for Voluntary Action

15 June 2021

from 18.30 - 19.30

at Online

This informal workshop aims to widen the understanding and support applications for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.

The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. Within Cambridgeshire, there are only a handful of winners, and we feel there are more worthy groups that should be nominated.

The award is presented to outstanding groups of volunteers whose initiative and impact are truly exceptional. Each group is assessed on its benefit to the local community and its standing within that community. Volunteers are expected to be leading their work.

This event hopes to widen the award's understanding and inspire more application for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year 2022.

Who should attend this event?

Anyone. This workshop is open to those working in a group thinking about approaching a possible nominator or a member of the public thinking about nominating a local group.

Or even those just wanting to learn more about the award and process.

What the event will cover

  • General information about the award and who can be nominated
  • The process and some handy hints
  • What the organisation will need to do if nominated
  • Questions and support

Booking information

This event is free and open to residents and groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough only. It is being held on two dates:

Tuesday 15 June, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Tuesday 20 July, 5 - 6pm

To book your please, please click here.

To find out more about the award or to nominate a group please click here.

Support Fenland: Growing and Nurturing the Community

5 May 2021

from 19.30 - 20.30

at Online (Zoom)

This event is open to anyone working, volunteering or living in Fenland who has an interest in the voluntary and community sector within the district.

Cambridgeshire CVS and Hunts Forum have been awarded funding by Lloyds Bank Foundation to expand their offer in Fenland.

We are starting by reflecting on and evaluating the communities' needs within Fenland, and how we can support this. This event is part of a series of conversations with the people who are involved in the communities across the district to identify the key issues and needs of Fenland.

Please click here to book your place.

Any questions regarding this event please contact info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk

More information on the Support Fenland project can be found here.

Volunteering Fair

13 May 2021

from 12.00 - 13.30

at Online

A chance for anyone interested in volunteering in Cambridgeshire to find out about some great opportunities, organised by Support Cambridgeshire partner CCVS.

Those taking part include Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambs & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Rape Crisis, Cambridge Street Aid, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, East Anglia's Children's Hospices and East Anglia Air Ambulance.

Each charity will give a short presentation about what they do, the difference their volunteers make and what opportunities they have on offer and there will be the chance to ask questions.

Before the event we will send you a schedule of approximate times the charities will be presenting. After the event you will be invited to fill an expression of interest form and someone from your chosen charity will contact you to chat informally about how you can lend a hand.

CCVS works with voluntary groups across large parts of Cambridgeshire and is keen to help promote some of the rewarding and valuable opportunities they have available for volunteers.

If you are from a voluntary organisation and want to register your interest in future events, please contact Chris at volunteer@cambridgecvs.org.uk.

Click here to book your place.

CEO Network

21 April 2021

from 11.00 - 12.30

at Online (Zoom)

Following the announcement on the 22nd March that Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will be formally designated as an Integrated Care System from 1st April – we are pleased to announce that Mike More, Independent Chair STP and Interim Chair ICS shadow board, will attend our next CEO Network. Mike will outline the importance of the ICS and instigate a discussion on the involvement of VCS, there will also be an opportunity to share key challenges and successes in this extended session.

The CEO Network is open to all CEOs of VCSE organisations in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. To book your place, contact Trisha at info@huntsforum.org.uk.

Hot Topics for trustees: Explaining the difference your charity makes

20 April 2021

from 12.30 - 14.00

at Online

As charities we are reliant on the contributions people make either in money, in kind or by giving their time. These stakeholders and the public in general are keen to know about the difference their contribution makes. Are you good at sharing the great work you do? Can you explain the link between each of your activities and the intended impact? This is a chance to reflect on your own organisation and discuss with others how they convey their impact.

As a by-product of our work with groups we are able to feedback to local authorities and funders the kinds of challenges that voluntary sector organisations are currently facing. This helps them to think about what kind of support they need to be offering. We will not share specific organisations information or case studies unless you are happy to.

If you have specific queries or topics you would like to raise please send them to christine@cambridgecvs.org.uk. We will be sending joining instructions after you register.

Free to all voluntary sector groups in Cambridgeshire.

Click here to book your place.

If you have any problems please contact us on 01223 464696 or email enquiries@cambridgecvs.org.uk

Essential Skills for Trustees

8 April 2021 - to 15 April 2021

from 12.00 - 13.30

at Online

This two-part event will take place over 2 lunchtimes one week apart and is aimed at giving trustees from community organisations and small charities the essential tools to perform their role safely and effectively. The sessions will include a taught element with time for sharing experiences and asking questions.

We are encouraging trustees to book for both sessions.

Part 1 taking place on 8th April 12 to 1.30pm will provide trustees with an overview of their role and the responsibilities including:

  • What Public Benefit means and how that makes an organisation charitable;
  • Legal duties of Trustees;
  • Safeguarding the charity’s values, aims and objectives;

Part 2 taking place on 15th April 12 to 1.30pm will focus on running an effective board including:

  • A closer look at trustee liabilities
  • How Trustees should manage the strategic decision making, such as budgets, finance and policies
  • Risk Management
  • Effective operational management

This course will be delivered by CCVS training & development workers who have a wealth of experience working with trustee boards across the voluntary sector.

Book your place now.

Find Your Funding

13 May 2021

from 10.30 - 11.15

at Online (Zoom)

Support Cambridgeshire has a free-to-use funding search portal that in the last 6 months has seen groups that use it raise £996,351 – and that’s just what was reported back to us! Have you tried it but didn’t get the results you wanted; overwhelmed by the results; didn’t know about it, haven’t used it?

This 45-minute session will take you through how to get the most from your searches. Learn the best way to narrow your searches to get more focused results; filter, save and edit your searches and create reports.

Take control, increase your options and chances for success.

Please click here to book your place now.

About the Facilitator: Matthew Godfrey, Account Manager at IDOX

Cost: Free for Cambridgeshire-based community groups, charities and social enterprises.


The Support Cambridgeshire 4 Communities portal is not designed to replace individual or group support if it’s required. If you want more in-depth support either instead or once you have visited the portal, or if the portal has not found the funding you specifically require, please contact one of our development workers for more advice and guidance here.

Food Hygiene in Village Halls

20 July 2021

from 10.00 - 12.30

at Online

The training session covers basic food hygiene and includes certificate of attendance for participants.

Delivered by Debbie Dawtry MIH, FRSPH, ACIEH

This free event will be held on Zoom. It is open to all and organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE.

To book your place simply email Lisa Chambers at lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk

Engaging and Influencing Parliament

26 May 2021

from 11.00 - 12.00

at Online

A politically neutral session on the opportunities for engaging with and influencing Parliament to ensure the voices of those we support are heard.

Learn how:

  • To get your voice heard and make an impact.
  • Who to talk to in parliament and how to find people to support your cause.
  • Ways to find MPs from different pollical parties to help you stay politically neutral.
  • To find allies – all party parliamentary groups, select committees, House of Lords.
  • To stay on the right side of the 2014 Lobbying Act

About the Facilitator

Nikki Luke, UK Parliament Senior Education and Engagement Officer for the East of England

Cost

Free for Hunts Forum and CCVS members: click here to book.

Non-members will be charged. To discuss costs for non-members email Keith Johnson keith@huntsforum.org.uk for details and to book.

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