Get Cyber Secure in time for Christmas

28 November 2019

from 9.30am to 12.30pm

at The Maple Centre, 6 Oak Tree Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN

Cyber attacks have resulted in financial losses to charities of all sizes. We read all too often of ransomware attacks where perpetrators are demanding large Bitcoin payments in order to release access to a charity's own data and systems: CEO's are also being being  impersonated on-line and payments made inadvertently by staff directly diverted to the cyber criminal accounts.

Cyber costs arise not only from the attack itself, but also from remediation and the resultant loss of public trust.

This FREE course and course materials have been developed by the National Cyber Security Centre, The National Association for Voluntary Community Action and pilot CVS organisations to help charities and community groups protect themselves from Cyber Crime.

Why Attend?

Phishing, identity theft and ransomware are persistent threats and they all typically start with one malicious E-mail. So, it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone in your organisation is aware of the dangers.

Who should attend?

Representatives from any organisation that has not researched the risks of Cyber Security and instituted procedures and protocols to protect their organisation from the threat of cyber attack.

What will the session involve?

The course will look at what Cyber crime is and the different forms of attack this can take. Through a mix of practical tasks you will develop a good understanding of potential risks and what to do if your organisation falls victim to a cyber attack.

What will you gain from it?

You will discover why charities and community groups are at risk irrespective of their size, who from and how.
You will be able to recognise and identify different forms of cyber attack.
You will be able to prevent and mitigate the consequences of attack.

The session is being delivered by Keith Johnson, the Development Worker at Hunts Forum.

Keith has undertaken training delivered by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and developed in conjunction with the National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA) and 10 pilot CVS organisations.

Course and course materials have been developed by NCSC and NAVCA.

This event is FREE to any community organisation, village hall or local council that operates in Cambridgeshire as this is part of a National designated pilot approach.

Non-attendance without 48 hours notice will be charged at £40.00.

To Book Contact Keith Johnson at



Pitching through the CSR Barrier

21 November 2019

from 9am (for a 9.30am start) to 12.30pm

at Westminster College, Madingley Road Cambridge CB3 0AA

As part of our Think Different Approach Support Cambridgeshire is running this Free workshop session on pitching through the CSR barrier - what do charities need to do to get the eyes and ears of business.

We will cover:

The Power of Why.

The importance of collaboration and alignment within partnerships. 

Understanding your personal and professional values.

The 7P’s of marketing.

The session will be facilitated by Jill McCulloch (Coach You) - A leadership and Business Coach and Speaker. 

This session is free to any community organisation, village hall or local council that operates in Cambridgeshire.

If you wish to book a space please contact

Please note there is no parking at the venue: The nearest Park and Ride is located at Madingley.




Timebanking: the Sharing Economy that Creates Happiness

16 October 2019

from 19.00 - 20.15

at Shire Hall, Council Chamber, Castle Hill, CB3 0AP

Come and join our Timebanking team to hear more about Timebanking in Cambridgeshire.

Time is our most precious unrenewable resource. For the last 8 years, Timebanks in Cambridgeshire have been harnessing people’s strengths and skills to build strong communities. Timebanks bring people together by exchanging time - doing things for each other and with each other, increasing their local connections, health and well-being. This innovative approach taps into the valuable resources that individuals possess, and that are often neglected. Timebanks are gathering momentum in the County, there are currently 10 in Cambridgeshire. Join us to find out more about this local community currency.

Please click here for more info and to book.

Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019

8 November 2019

from 9.00 - 15.45

at Huntingdon Marriott, Kingfisher Way, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6FL

This full day event will continue the conversation about how we all work together to improve your local community. The programme is available to download here.

Over the past year, public sector partners across Cambridgeshire have been developing a new approach to put communities first and build on the existing strengths of local places and people. This conference gives us the time to talk together about the opportunities this creates. The agenda will get you up to speed on the emerging ‘Think Community’ way of working, the values that underpin it, and show how you and your local council can make good use of the support on offer to deliver what matters in your area.

Leaders from across the public sector will be talking about their commitment to this new approach and the real difference they think it can make.

Lunch and coffee breaks will also provide plenty of opportunities to get the conversation going.

This annual event grows each year – now with space for 300 delegates. Our Marketplace is also bigger than ever before, with lots of practical information and support for local councils. Following lunch, there will be a selection of workshops to choose from, covering the hot topics you said matter to you. You can browse the list of the eight workshops available here and choose two to attend.

Come join us!

How to book

Please click here to book your place. Bookings should be made by Friday 1 November 2019. Joining instructions will be sent to all delegates one week prior to the event.

Who should attend

This event will be useful to Councillors and Clerks from local councils, Town, District and County Councillors and representatives from organisations that work with, and support, local councils across Cambridgeshire.

Who is organising this conference?

This event is being organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE in association with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Association of Local Councils, the Society of Local Council Clerks Cambridgeshire branch, the County's District Councils and Cambridgeshire County Council. We are working together to deliver this conference as part of our continued commitment to building a stronger dialogue between all levels of local government. Any enquiries should be addressed to Alison Brown at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865029 or

Chair and Vice Chair training – The Association of Chairs

26 November 2019

from 11.15am to 3.30pm

at Cambridge CB2

The Association of Chairs is a charity and membership organisation supporting Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and social enterprises in England and Wales.

They are currently delivering their Beacon Programme for Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income of less than £1m) across England.

The programme offers low-cost workshops in nine locations in England (including Cambridge and Peterborough), free online resources and webinars specifically developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind.

Their next workshop takes place in Cambridge (postcode CB2)on the 26th November 2019 between 11.15am and 3.30pm.

The session will provide Chairs or Vice Chairs with practical guidance and tools to help them be more effective in their role. Content includes:

  • Knowing the role and its legal responsibilities.
  • Understand the characteristics of an effective Chair or Vice Chair.
  • Learn how to chair board meetings effectively.
  • Lunch will be provided giving more time to meet and share learning and sources of support with fellow Chairs or Vice Chairs of other smaller organisations. This workshop is being run in partnership with SHARE Museums East.

The workshop costs £20.00 per delegate and there is a travel bursary for organisations with an income under £100k if a booking is made within 1 month of the session taking place.

Find out more and book your place




Commissioning Forum

30 October 2019

from 9.00am to 12.330pm

at Bar Hill Village Hall, The Spinney, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire CB23 8SU

Please join Support Cambridgeshire at our next Free Commissioning Forum.

Commissioning Forums give community representatives to ask Commissioners questions about Commissioning best practice, the current landscape across 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 lead Support Cambridgeshire CEO Julie Farrow and Fiona Adler from the Commissioning Unit.

To book a space please contact


Finding Funding and Creating Good Funding Bids

23 October 2019

from 16.00 - 20.00

at Girton, North Cambridge

This is a two-part event - please feel free to book for one or both parts.

Part 1: Making good funding applications (4-5.45pm)

Essential guidance on making funding applications for small and medium sized voluntary community groups including identifying evidence of need and writing clear outcomes.

Refreshments & networking

Part 2: Guidance on fundraising (6-8pm)

After refreshments and the opportunity to network there will be the chance to hear from John Lewis & Partners, Evelyn Trust and Living Sports on the funds that they administer and advise on what makes a successful funding bid from a funders perspective.

This event is FREE to CCVS and Hunts Forum members. Registration is usually limited to two bookings per member organisation please contact CCVS on 01223 464696 if more spaces are required.

William Collyn Community Centre
9 Wellbrook Way



Safeguarding Level 3

3 October 2019 - to 11 October 2019

from 1pm to 5pm

at Various Locations across the Country

The West Cambridgeshire GP Federation are offering adult and children Safeguarding at level 3 for 35.00 per head.

Dates and venues are as follows.

Adult Safeguarding:

Thursday the 3rd October 2019 at the Holiday Inn at Huntingdon Racecourse.

Friday the 4th October 2019 at Buckden Village Hall in Buckden.

Thursday the 17th October 2019 at Slepe Hall in St Ives.

Friday the 18th October 2019 at Wyboston Lakes in St Neots.

Children Safeguarding:

Thursday the 10th October 2019 at the Old Nene Country Club in Ramsey.

Friday the 11th October 2019 at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon.

For more information on these sessions or to book a space contact Stephen Cheetham (Director of Business and Operations for WCGPF) on 01480 598042.


National Hate Crime Awareness Week – Community Event (Huntingdon)

13 October 2019

from 2pm to 5.30pm

at The Medway Centre, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 1SF

Huntingdonshire Community Group (HCG) in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Constabulory would like to invite individuals or groups to their community event taking place at the Medway Centre in Huntingdonshire. If you have an interest in hearing more about Disability Hate Crime and how to report incidences, then this Free event is a must.

It is of specific interest to individuals or groups who work in the field of disability.

As well as hearing from PCSO Aggie Fisher, groups can take an information stand to distribute leaflets or network with other organisations on the subject.

If you wish to attend the event or book a stall please contact Kimberly Lavery


Duty of Trustees – understanding the basics

30 April 2020

from 9:30am to 1:00pm

at Arkenstall Centre Haddenham CB6 3XD

This half day workshop has been specifically designed for community group trustees who are new to the role, or who have been trustees for some time, but would benefit from revising some of the key trustee roles and responsibilities. It is FREE to any community organisation operating within the county of Cambridgeshire.

What will it cover?
This workshop will provide trustees with an overview of their role and the responsibilities including:
What Public Benefit means and how that makes an organisation charitable.
Roles and responsibilities of Trustees.
Safeguarding the charity’s values, aims and objectives.
How Trustees should manage strategic decision making, including budgets, finance and policies.

What to expect?
Our workshops will be a mixture of presentations, group exercises/ activities and discussion with people able to ask questions, share examples and experiences.

By registering for this course you agree to abide by the Support Cambridgeshire Cancellation Policy.

To book click here

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