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Harry Cureton Fund

The fund supports healthcare in Peterborough and the area covered by Peterborough and Stamford hospitals. It supports both individuals requiring medical equipment and organisations who carry out healthcare activities.

The Harry Cureton Fund exists due to the generosity of the late Harry Cureton, who for many years lived at Eye, near Peterborough and donated a large lottery win to help local people.

Applications for both capital and revenue costs for healthcare activities are invited covering:

  • Preservation and promotion of good health and education about health issues;
  • Provision of palliative care in relation to terminal or chronic conditions;
  • Research into the causes, treatment and care for of all forms of illness (which can be undertaken anywhere in the UK);
  • Relief and treatment of all forms of physical and mental illness and rehabilitation from such illness

Applications for capital or revenue costs for healthcare activities relating to the delivery of Directed Enhanced Services (DES) will not be considered.

Applications are currently being encouraged from local charitable or community organisations that are supporting the health and wellbeing of all refugees and asylum seekers in the Peterborough area.

Criteria for grant applications:

Applications are invited by medical professionals on behalf of individuals in need, or by organisations.

Details and how to apply.

Deadline: 1 August

Launch of Health Inequalities Prize

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS is committed to tackling health inequalities, including those which are a result of digital exclusion. We have launched an innovative new challenge fund to tackle digital exclusion in healthcare across the county.

Digital health and care innovation is beginning to transform health services, and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of digital healthcare support. However, it has also shone a light on the inequalities of digital access to health and care services, as people who do not have access to information and services online are likely to be more at risk of poorer health and social care outcomes.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 aims to tackle the digital divide in our communities and support the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Health Inequalities Challenge Prize encourages NHS organisations, social care organisations, charities and local innovators to help tackle health and social care inequalities caused by digital exclusion. The prize has been launched in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Individuals, groups and organisations wishing to apply must do so by 1 February 2022.

Eight finalists will each be awarded a grant of £3,000 for projects designed to support those who are digitally excluded. From these, one winner will be chosen and awarded an additional £10,000 prize money to continue their project. All finalists and the winner must adhere to the objectives as set out by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS. For more information please visit https://www.cambscf.org.uk/cambridgeshire-peterborough-health-inequalities-fund.html

New 2022 dates for the Innovate and Cultivate Fund

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st February 2022. Pre-application advice appointments will be offered in December (details below).

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. Council services that are inviting applications are adult social care and children’s services.

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.

This funding round is for Cultivate grant applications (£2,000-£15,000) for projects that build community support networks for vulnerable people.

 

Pre-application advice

We strongly urge organisations to seek pre-application advice on their project ideas before submitting an application.  Telephone advice appointments for projects supporting vulnerable children, young people and families are offered on 1st and 9th December. Appointments for projects supporting vulnerable adults are offered on 14th and 16th December.  These 15-minute appointments must be pre-booked and are available on a first come first served basis. Please book here.

 

Cultivate Project Ideas

Do you want to do something for your community but need some inspiration to start a project? We’ve developed application guidance for 7 Cultivate project ideas – Mobile Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Digital Inclusion, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds – that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering, and complement more costly Council services. You can find guidance on how to apply for a start-up grant for each of these projects here.

 

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) website.

Support Cambridgeshire to continue to be provided by Hunts Forum and CCVS

It gives us great pleasure to announce the award of the Voluntary and Community Sector Support and Development Services contract was awarded back to the Support Cambridgeshire partnership for a further three years.

From December 2021, the new contract will be delivered, with the partnership looking slightly different. Due to contractual requirements and a change in outcomes, the new collaboration will no longer include Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Both Hunts Forum and CCVS would like to thank the staff and trustees at Cambridgeshire ACRE for their work over the past five years and look forward to working in partnership in other ways in the future.

There will be a review of services, training, events and the look of Support Cambridgeshire in the coming months to identify the direction of the work of the partnership in the new contract.

Julie Farrow of Hunts Forum, Support Cambridgeshire lead, said, ‘we are excited to have been awarded this contract, to continue supporting the thriving communities of Cambridgeshire. However, we all know the challenges the future will hold following Brexit, COVID and budget restraints. Therefore the work of our VCSE is needed more than ever, and our support is vital in these testing times.’

Cambridgeshire Care Network continue to provide Navigator service

Cambridgeshire Care Network put out the below statement on Monday 8th Oct regarding their services and activities.

 

Support Cambridgeshire partners wanted to congratulate the charity on this achievement. We look forward to continuing to work with Care Network in the coming years.

Update on the development of the Health Care ICS

On the 28th of September, the Health and Wellbeing Network met to discuss the new changes and developments around the new Integrated Care System, implemented within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Julie Farrow, the CEO of Hunts Forum and lead organisation on the Support Cambridgeshire partnership, updated the group, explaining the ICS and back story and talked through the expectation moving forward. It was finally ended talking about a new pot of money that has been won around getting the VCSE engaged within the process.

The presentation can be viewed again below. Slides can be viewed here > HWN Sept 21

Following the presentation, the group were asked to think about two questions and feedback was inputted into a Jambaord, which can be accessed here we welcome further comments and ideas (Link live until December 2021)

The below links showcase more information for those who would like to know more about the ICS and ICP’s.

In Julie’s update, she talks through some funding obtained to support VCSE to engage with the ICS. The Express of Intrest can be found here > Embedding the VCSE in ICSs Cohort 3 EOI v4

If you would like to know more about the ICS or want to engage with its development, then please get in touch with Julie Farrow – julie@huntsforum.org.uk 

 

Training around wellbeing of staff

 

Many people find it challenging to talk about mental health at work. Frontline staff may feel embarrassed about their suffering, while managers may not know what to say. Unfortunately, this can contribute to a vicious cycle as no one talks about it and the stigma and isolation grow.

In this workshop series, managers and supervisors will discover how to notice suffering in their team and start conversations safely. Through a straightforward four-step process, attendees will learn how to :

  1. Notice suffering in their colleagues
  2. Identify and overcome the barriers to engaging team members
  3. Cultivate empathy for their distress
  4. Respond appropriately and effectively to alleviate their concerns

There are two sessions in the series, of two hours duration each.

  • Session One: How to notice suffering in the workplace and start conversations with your staff.
  • Session Two: How to overcome barriers to compassion, build empathy and alleviate suffering.

Upon registering for Session 1, delegates will automatically receive an invite for Session 2 in that series. The series of workshops will run twice each month:

Wed 15th Sept 2-4 pm (Session 1); Wed 29th Sept 2-4 pm (Session 2) FULL

Fri 24th Sept 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 1st October 10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

Wed 13th Oct 6-8 pm (Session 1); Wed 20th Oct 6-8 pm (Session 2) *evening sessions FULL

Fri 15th Oct 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 22nd Oct 10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

Wed 10th November 2-4 pm (Session 1); Wed 24th Nov 2-4 pm (Session 2) FULL

Fri 19th November 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 26th Nov10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

 

More training will be offered to check availability of this please  CLICK HERE

 

Please regularly check the Staff Support Hub website for more information about the Hub and for details of upcoming similar sessions.

 

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Peacocks Meadow Secures Funding as it Provides a Safe Space for Local Residents

Some downtime during lockdown – plus Support Cambridgeshire’s Funding Alert emails – gave this community garden the impetus to go on a fundraising blitz.

Family Learning at Peacocks Meadow community garden

A local family in the Peacocks Pop-up Library

We recently received a lovely email from Deborah Curtis, in which she wrote, “I thought you might like to know that here in the Peacocks Meadow community garden in Littleport, we have achieved £18,000 in grant funding in three months, using your wonderful monthly funding lead newsletter! The funds will enable us to create a sensory garden and woodland play area for our diverse residents.” We were delighted and intrigued, so we got in touch with Deborah to find out more.

Peacocks Meadow is a community garden, tucked away beyond the car park on Limes Close in the centre of Littleport, East Cambridgeshire. It was originally farmland owned by the Peacock family, which was donated as allotments in the 1930s. It is currently owned by Sanctuary Housing, leased to Littleport Parish Council and managed by a community group called Friends of The Woodland Garden (Peacocks Meadow).

In 2017 they received a Facilities Improvement Grant from East Cambs District Council to turn it from a neglected space into a community garden. It’s been well used and looked after since then, but when COVID-19 hit, everything stopped. Funding opportunities dried up as funders raced to support pandemic relief projects.

That left committee member Deborah Curtis with some time on her hands to think about the garden’s future. She is on the mailing list to receive Support Cambridgeshire’s Funding Alert emails, which provide a round-up of the latest funding news plus on-going funders arranged by theme such as Education, Environment and Small Grants.

A weekend of inter-generational nature-based learning, thanks to a Family Learning Grant from Cambridgeshire Skills

This inspired Deb to fire off some funding applications in early 2021, hoping that some of them might be successful. The timing turned out to be fortunate. At the beginning of the pandemic, funders had focused on responding to people’s basic needs, but by 2021, there was much more of a focus on recovery.

“We’ve been astounded at how successful we’ve been,” said Deb, “because the target for many funders now is children – getting them outside, getting them active – and our garden is ideal for that.”

In just three months, she has had seven successful applications. They received £3,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund to engage young people in the creation of a sensory garden area for the benefit of adults and children with learning disabilities. There was £500 from East Cambs District Council’s Covid Recovery Fund for ground clearance and rubbish removal, £500 from Littleport Rotary for skip hire and ground clearance, £9,975 from Awards for All for the creation of a woodland play area, £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund for timber play equipment, £400 from Warburtons Family Grants for balance stones and a mini picnic table, and £900 from Sanctuary Housing for a living willow den. The latter included a certified landscape tutor, incorporating community learning in willow construction. Most recently, Deb secured £1,800 from Cambridgeshire Skills for nature-themed family learning workshops.

Funding has been secured for a sensory garden area, which should be ready to open in September

This impressive list is a testament to Deb’s hard work, but it also goes to show that funders often like to see an organisation or project that has a healthy amount of co-funding, along with a clear vision for how the funding will benefit local people.

Their socially distanced community event at Easter was a great success. Organised by The Port, a local youth club, it welcomed 250 people to the garden in a single day.

Deb sees the pandemic as a time when Peacocks Meadow really found its purpose. “In those months of lockdown, the visitors and volunteer engagement improved astronomically and people really took it to their hearts. We’ve created a safe space for people – people with disabilities, people with young children, older people. That discovery of the garden and the pleasure in it has continued as lockdown has eased.”

Deb has just been awarded Citizen of the Year by Littleport Parish Council – a fitting way to thank her for bringing so much happiness to the residents in her village.

Find out more about Peacock Meadow via the Facebook page.

Sign up for Funding Alert emails here.

New listening service for VCSE staff and volunteers

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System, in partnership with CPFT, have launched a new support service in response to the pandemic, specifically for people who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. We know it can be particularly hard to look after yourself when you feel you have to be there for others. The Staff Support Hub has been set up to support volunteers and teams in the voluntary sector through any problems they are facing, whatever they may be. The Hub is run by experts in the mental health field and confidentiality is paramount.

Please help ensure your team/s are aware of its availability – whether they need to talk to somebody, seek advice on where to find specific resources, or receive counselling.  The attached leaflet contains the telephone number and link to the callback service.  We are also currently setting up a facility for managers to contact us to discuss the need and organise a group session or a team debrief from a particular situation, which will be delivered by the Hub team and will stay in touch via Hunts Forum with new developments.

For any queries about the Staff Support Hub, please contact Laura McEwen-Smith Project Lead l.mcewen-smith@nhs.net

 

Police and Crime Commissioner wants to hear from VCSE

As set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, must produce a Police and Crime Plan.

The Commissioner has today launched a month-long consultation with the public about what should be included within the Plan, but he is also keen to hear from organisations and community groups who may have a role to play in keeping our communities safe and tackling crime.  The Commissioner is keen to ensure the Plan reflects any shared outcomes we may have. Below is a link to a stakeholder survey for community and voluntary groups can fill out, which will feed into the development of the Plan.

Community and Voluntary Survey 

 

The Plan must set out how the Commissioner will ensure victims get the help they need, how he will support and challenge the Chief Constable in their approach to policing, how he will commission services and award grants, and how policing will be delivered within an ethical framework.

While the Plan has to meet a number of statutory responsibilities, the Commissioner wants it to be a meaningful document that helps us all to take action and see results. Having listened to communities, victims, and stakeholders, the Plan will be centred around tackling crime and keeping communities safe.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is asking individuals to complete the public survey by the 30th July 2021

 

Public Survey