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Lloyds Bank Foundation Funding Confirmed

Support Cambridgeshire is delighted to announce that two of its partner organisations, CCVS and Hunts Forum, have been award £30,000 to deliver a year-long project across Fenland.

This funding has been awarded as part of the infrastructure grant scheme, which gives 15 local infrastructure charities funding to review and support their service during and after COVID. Infrastructure has been the backbone to the voluntary and community response during the pandemic. It is worth noting that these organisations are charities in themselves, with their own challenges.

Lloyds Bank Foundation hopes this money will allow infrastructure organisations to have the space to reflect on their delivery and services moving forward, ensuring that they can continue to respond to the changing demands of the sector.

Paul Streets, Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: “Infrastructure charities have played a vital role to ensure that the response to the pandemic has been effective and locally rooted. These locally embedded organisations know the complex challenges facing their communities and are helping small charities to adapt to the challenges they’ve faced over the last ten months……Crucially, these organisations are also helping to raise the importance of small charities that provide local services.

Hunts Forum and CCVS are thrilled to have been granted this funding. It will allow for a scoping exercise and support program responding to the needs of the voluntary and community sector in Fenland. It will also give the capacity to both organisations to review what infrastructure support looks like across the five districts of Cambridgeshire.

Julie Farrow, CEO at Hunts Forum and the lead organisation in the Support Cambridgeshire partnership, said: “We are really excited to have been given this funding. It will provide us with the space to be able to review what support groups in Fenland need now and coming out of COVID, and ensure the Support Cambridgeshire partners are equipped and ready to meet that need.”

 

Coronavirus – Where to Find Information

Resources from the Support Cambridgeshire Partners

The Hunts Forum Coronavirus Portal includes information and resources for organisations responding to the virus outbreak or struggling financially and operationally as a result of it, plus an archive of weekly updates.

CCVS‘s Covid-19 pages include advice for new community groups responding to the crisis, ways that volunteers can help, updates from other key organstions and information about business continuity planning.

Check out Cambridgeshire ACRE‘s blogs for Community Buildings and for Town and Parish Councils for the latest information and resources.

Countywide Coordination Hub

The Cambridgeshire Coordination Hub was launched to help those people in our communities who are at the highest risk and shielded during the Coronavirus outbreak. The hub will help ensure that services provided by key workers, such as care for the elderly, are able to continue through the redeployment of staff and the deployment of volunteers. It also co-ordinates the distribution of support to the most vulnerable shielded group, whether it is food, medicine or social aspects. In addition, it works closely with the district/city hubs to ensure all vulnerable people are supported.

Find out more about our Coordination Hub on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough websites or call 0345 045 5219 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm).

Districts

Each district within Cambridgeshire has its own hotline or website to support residents.

East Cambridgeshire – email covid19@eastcambs.gov.uk or call 01353 665555 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)
South Cambridgeshire – www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus
Cambridge Citywww.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-community-group-contact-details
Fenlandwww.fenland.gov.uk/coronavirus
Huntingdonshirewww.wearehuntingdonshire.org

Useful Links for Community Organisations

There’s a huge amount of information out there to help community groups meet the challenges of the Covid-19 outbreak. Here are a few websites that we hope you’ll find useful.

NCVO – a wide range of resources covering keeping people safe, contingency planning, involving volunteers and risk management

NAVCA – key news relevant to the sector from the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action

Charity Commission – useful advice to ensure that registered charities act safely and lawfully during the crisis

www.gov.uk/coronavirus – the best source for the latest official government guidance

Charity Bank – advice on funding, government support, business and legal support

Support Services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridge County Council and Peterborough City Council have now released Commissioned Community Services list 2020 – highlighted their commissioned services across the two areas. The flyer consists of three pages and makes it clear what services each provider is offering along with contact details.

Remember you can also find more information on the Cambridgeshire Directory and Peterborough Information Network

The Portal Tops 300K

The Support Cambridgeshire self-funding Portal (SC4C) goes from strength to strength with local Cambridgeshire community organisations raising in excess of 300K by using its free self directing funding search potential (a 1164% increase on the previous year).

Over the past 12 months, the Portal has been visited on 5,860 occasions with 506 new registered organisation using the search facility and 650 repeat visitors.

The top 5 search areas continue to be Youth engagement, Older people, Education, Disability and Volunteering.

So our advice is to register and use the Portal: Simply click here to start your journey. You can use the Portal repeatedly without cost: All we ask is that when you receive an electronic  questionnaire about how good or bad the site is you provide your honest opinion. This feedback helps us to improve the site, making it easier for more groups or organisations to use the service.

Here is what some users have said this year:

SC4C is incredibly easy to navigate. Its a really useful resource for community organisations.

We raised 50K off the back of a SC4C search: Its so simple and easy to use.

I use SC4C every week when searching for funds. If you use it in conjunction with the funding alerts it really does help.

If you need some help registering then please contact info@huntsforum.org.uk and put SC4C in your title line.  

Wanted: Your Health and Care experiences

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is the independent champion for people using local health and care services.

Their job is to listen to what people across the area have to say – good and not so good.

Can they help raise some of the issues your organisation, group or users are facing?  What’s working well or where could things be improved?

People tell Healthwatch about recent visits to GPs, dentists and opticians as well as clinic and hospital visits.  They also share views on care services in and around Peterborough.

Any information you give Healthwatch is logged and shared anonymously with the people who make decisions about local services and who can make change happen.

Can they help you too?

They area always looking for opportunities to spread the word about local organisations with GPs and patient groups too.

They might also be able to pass on your details to members of the public calling our Information Service for health and care support, help and advice.

Their engagement team are out and about at events across the area every week – could they come and talk to you too? Please get in touch.

Like to share your feedback and experiences?

 

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

 

 

Cinnamon Micro – Grants

Cinnnamon invites churches in Cambridgeshire to participate in an exciting pilot partnership with either Cambridgeshire County Council  or Cambridgeshire Police in which targeted social action projects will be established  in high-need, low-capacity communities.

Cinnamon believe that churches are well placed to offer support for those most likely to be impacted by the reduced budgets of local authorities around the country. 

In this exciting new partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Police, local churches will have the opportunity to reduce demand on services by making a lasting difference in the lives of the vulnerable and marginalised. 

Participating churches will receive: 

Depending on the project selected and the location, participating churches will be partnered with either Cambridgeshire County Council or Cambridgeshire Police.

Cinnamon regional advisor Nick Amis, will contact any interested parties with further information. 

Following the learning from this pilot, Cinnamon seeks to help churches partner with local authorities and police forces throughout the UK, to change lives and transform communities. 

This grant round runs from 1 April to the 31st May and the next round will follow on 3rd June to the 31st July.

For more information or to contact Cinnamon click here:

Innovate and Cultivate Seed Projects

Do you want to do something for your community but need some inspiration to start a project?

Cambridge County Council have compiled some ideas that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services.

Cambridgeshire County Council particularly welcomes applications to the Innovate & Cultivate Fund to set up any of the following ‘Cultivate’ projects:

Time-banks: Time-banks offer a way for people to help each other by exchanging skills. For example, a member can spend an hour helping an older person to the shops and in return spend that hour on help from other members, such as gardening or IT support. Co-ordinators match people’s skills, arrange exchanges and keep a record of all the members’ “banked” hours. Time-banks are open to everyone and work hard to engage more vulnerable members of the community which helps people make new connections. Further guidance on applying to start a Time-bank can be found here, and you can watch this video.

Men’s Sheds: A ‘Shed’ is a place where people come together to make and mend whilst sharing skills and friendship. They typically attract older men, but many have younger members and women too and some are called Community Sheds. Sheds often get involved in community projects such as restoring village features, helping maintain green spaces and building things for schools, libraries and individuals in need. Sheds can help people gain a renewed sense of purpose and belonging, reduce feelings of isolation and help people remain independent. Further guidance on applying to start a Men’s Shed can be found here, and you can watch this video.

Good Neighbour Schemes: This is a group of local volunteers offering support to people in their community who may need a helping hand such as older people, people with disabilities, single parents and young mothers, or anyone who is ill or isolated. Volunteers help with simple tasks such as transport for appointments, running errands, household tasks and visiting people. Schemes encourage both participants and volunteers to play an active role in their community. Further guidance on applying to start a Good Neighbour Scheme can be found here.

Dementia-Friendly Communities: This is a place where people with dementia enjoy living, feel part of, are understood, respected and supported. Setting one up involves raising awareness through promotion and Dementia Friends training, and encouraging local organisations and businesses to take simple actions as part of their commitment to become more dementia-friendly, such as introducing rest benches or staff training to help everyone understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the community they choose. Further guidance on applying for a grant to help you develop your dementia-friendly community can be found here, and you can watch this video.

Interested?

Before you apply for funding, the County Council recommend that you:

Talk to other members of your community to understand what already exists and which project is right for you and your community. If you have another idea, the fund is also open to any projects that reduce pressure on County Council services or offer direct savings for the council. You can also learn more about your community from the County Council’s Parish Profiles.

Read the guidance for applicants that you can find here.

Talk to the following support organisations:

There is more information on data sets which will help to inform your ideas and examine potential costs. These can be found here:

Information on these schemes can also be sound at the Cambridge Community Foundation website: Simply click here: