Follow on consultation for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategy

We received the below information regarding some events happening around Planning Events on the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategy.

Please find attached (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategy Planning Events Info)and below the booking links for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategy Planning Events taking place in January 2022. Please note that these events are now ONLINE events and not face to face events.


Existing ticket holders: If you have previously booked onto one of the events, you do not need to do anything. You will be sent a link to attend the online session which replaces the face to face event (times and dates will remain the same)

If you have not booked: Please secure your place at one of the online events using the booking links below or attached within the flyer.


Get involved in planning mental health services for children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

There will be a new Children and Young People’s mental health strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from April 2022. This will be a plan which tells us how services and projects will help children and young people aged 0 to 25 who have mental health problems. The strategy will be owned and shared by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Board as part of the wider mental health system.

An organisation called taproot is running discussion events to engage local people with deciding the priorities of the strategy. The events are open to professionals, service leads, parents/carers and young people (as long as they are appropriately supported to take part by an accompanying adult). Attendees will be sent relevant information before they come. To book tickets, follow the booking links in the table below.


Date  Location  Time  Booking link 
12th January 2022  ONLINE

Via Zoom

6:30pm to 9pm Book tickets
13th January 2022  ONLINE

Via Zoom

4:00pm to 7pm Book tickets
17th January 2022  ONLINE

Via Zoom

1:30pm to 4:30pm Book tickets
19th January 2022  ONLINE

Via Zoom

1:30pm to 4:30pm Book tickets
20th January 2022  ONLINE

Via Zoom

1:30pm to 4:30pm Book tickets

If you have any questions about the events, or about the strategy process, please contact

Safeguarding processes change in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

As previously advised on 12th April 2021 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children’s Services will be launching their online referral form.


This online referral form should be used by professionals to submit safeguarding concerns to Children’s Services. This is a much more secure and efficient way of submitting a referral. The online form should be used instead of Word or PDF versions of the form from the above date.


The form can be found on the Safeguarding Partnership Board website at

Concerned? | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board (

Please note that there are separate referral forms for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough children, the referral should be completed based on the home address of the child /ren.


You should make sure that you have all the relevant information to enable you to complete the referral as you are unable to save it and return to it at a later point. Supporting documents and pictures etc can be uploaded as attachments within the online referral form.


The “Effective Support for Children and Families” (Threshold Document) provides helpful guidance on identifying the child’s level of risk and the appropriate level of support that may be required.


You will be able to download a copy of your referral form as a PDF at the point of submission by clicking the download button on the acknowledgement page. Each referral submitted will also generate a unique reference, please note this number for any further correspondence in relation to your referral. Please be aware that once you leave the acknowledgement page you will not be able to return to it to download a copy of your submitted form.


There is a referral form for members of the public who wish to raise concerns to complete. These can be found on the relevant Local Authority’s websites below:






All submitted online referral forms will be received by the Customer Service Centre who will process them in line with the Threshold Pathway, as is currently the case.


We appreciate that this is a change in process but we are confident that this will support the work of the partnership to improve the quality of referrals received and to reduce the volume of unnecessary referrals being made.


New Family Learning Grant Announced

Cambridgeshire Skills have launched their Family Learning Grant scheme which are available to fund free local activities for all generations. Activities should be designed to be fun, informal and promote a culture of learning as a family. They will bring children, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and their family friends together to try something new and learn with and from each other.

The purpose of the grant-funded activities is to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and resilience of families of different ages and backgrounds in order to:

  • progress towards formal learning or employment and/or
  • improve their health and well-being, including mental health and/or
  • develop stronger communities

They are funded through the AEB Community Learning grant.

Cambridgeshire Skills can award grants to local partner organisations, schools, charities and voluntary and community groups to enable them to host their own family learning activities, engaging their local community and to promote further learning, volunteering or employment opportunities. Activities should be a minimum of 3 hours in total.

Total funding available in 2021 is £20,000 for engagement with at least 200 Adults.  Therefore, there is £100 available for each adult engaged in activities. Each adult claimed needs to have resided in the EEA for a minimum of 3 years and completed a Cambridgeshire Skills Enrolment Form. 


How to apply for a grant

Organisations will complete a grant application form detailing their activity and purpose.   They will request the amount of the funding up to the full amount available along with the number of adults they anticipate engaging in activities.  A panel, consisting of members of the wider senior leadership team will meet to review all of the applications and agree which ones we should fund this academic year.

If grant application is successful, we will require organisations to complete the following paperwork as evidence from their activity and return these to us to receive the grant payment:

  • Enrolment forms (supplied by Cambridgeshire Skills) need to be completed by each adult attending the activities.
  • Collect feedback, wider impact, destination and progression information from the families (templates to be supplied)
  • Capture images of the activities (with learners’ permission)
  • Evaluation form for organisations (template to be supplied)
  • Any marketing you carry out will need the 3 logos on the bottom of this form clearly displayed.

A member of Cambridgeshire Skills will attend the activity to promote further learning opportunities in the area.



What When How
Application form Deadline to return completed grant application forms: Wednesday 21 April 2021 Submit to
Panel Thursday 22nd April Wider SLT
Outcome of grant panel decisions communicated w/c Monday 26 April
Activities Take place during May and June 2021
Evidence submitted by organisation Within 5 days of the event taking place Adult MIS inbox
Grant funding paid within 30 days of all evidence being validated and submitted

If you have any questions regarding the Family Learning Grant contact;

Sue Watsham P: 07788 247482 | E:

Tom Heffer P: 07763969604 | E:

Community ARC Activities and Resource Hire Centre

The Community ARC is an activities and resource hire centre. It offers resources to support clubs, voluntary organisations and community projects throughout Cambridgeshire.

Formerly known as The Youth Store, it’s a service provided by Cambridgeshire County Council and has been supporting the Youth sector for more than 20 years. It is now extending its services to wider community groups.

Community ARC provides a range of arts and crafts activities, equipment, games, and for hire at reasonable cost. These resources can be used to support you in your work to engage communities and encourage participation in positive activities. For our customers we are a one-stop shop for community engagement and can give you the resources you need to engage with your Community.

Some of the resources available include

  • Fundraising activities (including a professional candy floss machine)
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Team building games
  • Sports Equipment
  • Library Resources
  • Electrical Equipment

For more information on resources available please visit our website

How it works

Resources are hired for a weekly set hire fee and others are charged per item by materials used, plus a standard hire charge. Some items such as library resources can be borrowed free of charge.


Community ARC is located in Cambridge and Huntingdon allowing easy access from all areas of the county

Libby Morley – Community ARC Coordinator St Luke’s Barn, French’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3JZ Tel: 01223 712116 Email:

Opening times: Monday to Friday 1.15 – 4.15 pm

Pauline Brooker – Community ARC Coordinator Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon PE27 7AF Tel: 01480 372325 Email:

Opening times: Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm

Disabled Children’s Service – Applications

Cambridgeshire County Council Disabled Children’s Service are inviting applications to deliver a range of interesting, exciting and inclusive activities for disabled children and young people living within Cambridgeshire. The children and young people who will use the clubs and groups will be aged up to 19 years and have a range of needs: They may require assistance with personal care for example or assistance with support to enjoy activities in the community with other young people.

The groups and clubs must be able to provide enjoyable experiences for our young people whilst enabling them to reduce social isolation and contribute to their personal and social development.

Any projects or groups set up may be specialist or may provide an environment, which prepares disabled children and young people for transition to inclusive provisions.

The Service is looking for flexible projects or groups that enable children and young people to participate in fun and stimulating activities at a range of times that suit them including evenings, weekends and during school holidays.

The County Council’s current framework ends on 30th September 2019 and they invite all existing providers and new ones to join our new framework. Their tender is due to go live on May 28th and they have a provider engagement day on 16th May 2019, 14:00 – 16:00 at the Kreis Viersen Room, Shire Hall in Cambridge, CB3 0AP.

If you are interested in attending this event, please can you email