Posts

Do you know an organisation to put forward for the Queens Award For Voluntary Service?

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Queen’s Coronation. As part of this, we would like Cambridgeshire and Peterborough groups to celebrate the fantastic work they contribute to our communities. 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough tend to receive less nominations than other parts of the country, so we would like to build awareness of this prestigious award among our volunteer-led groups. Over the past few years, we have seen a great surge in communities coming forward to support each other and stand together to create opportunities, support and impact within their communities. 

Who can be nominated

Key eligibility requirements are:

  1. The group must have 3 or more members. 
  2. It must be based in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. 
  3. It must have been operating for a minimum of 3 years. 
  4. It must provide a specific local benefit (QAVS are not intended for national organisations, although a branch can be nominated). 
  5. QAVS are looking for evidence that volunteers are initiating and driving the group’s work. It may have some paid staff, but we expect at least half of the people who work in the group to be volunteers.
  6. Groups operating solely for the benefit of animals are not eligible.

To read the full criteria, CLICK HERE 

 

How are you nominated

The group can only be nominated by three individuals with no direct link to the group. This means they can’t be working or volunteering for the group, including those who sit on the committee or trustee board. 

There needs to be one primary nominator who fills the form out and then two individuals who are happy to supply a short supporting letter.

 

The Process 

The process is pretty easy once the three individuals have submitted their nominations. The organisation will be contacted. There will be a visit by someone from the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire who will ensure your organisation has essential health and safety, safeguarding and finance procedures and policies in place.  

All awards are announced as part of Volunteers Week which is between 1st and 7th June, through The Gazette.  Read about the winner for 2022 here

 

Want to know more? 

The online guidance notes and application form can be found HERE 

Hunts Forum will be holding some one-hour workshops that will cover the basics of the award a little more.  Introduction to the Queen’s Award of Voluntary Action Workshop: Tuesday 21st June and Thursday 21st July both at 4:30 pm to book Click HERE

 

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

Crowdfunder – Support with Extra Funding for Projects

Crowdfunding is a different way to raise money for good ideas.

If you need to raise funds for a particular project, Crowdfunder have a pot of +Extra funding from a selection of national and regional partners which, depending on what your project is doing, may be available to help you raise more funds.

Their +Extra funding website page explains how it works and takes you through 5 easy to follow steps, starting with adding your project.

You can take a look at their national and regional funds to see if any would apply to your project.

Extra Funding FAQ’s

Is my project eligible for extra funding?

You could be eligible for more money on top of what you raise from the crowd, depending on what you’re doing or where you’re doing it. Each fund has varying and specific criteria, so explore the different funds available further up this page to see if your project fits the bill.

Do I have to crowdfund to get Extra funding?

In one simple word – yes. Accessing extra funding through Crowdfunder is slightly different (and often easier) than the traditional grant giving process, and there is a huge range of benefits that crowdfunding provides to take your project to the next level, such as idea validation and awareness of your project.

Together Fund from Sport England and Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis have teamed up with Sport England to distribute grants of up to £5,000 to organisations in England who want to support people with long-term health conditions to get active.

 

The fund will support organisations to increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people in local communities, to help aid recovery from the negative impact of COVID-19 and reduce the widening of inequalities in sport and physical activity.

 

Applications are particularly welcome from groups who also support people from culturally diverse communities, disabled people, and people from lower socio-economic groups.

 

They are particularly interested in supporting people with musculoskeletal conditions which affect 32% of people in England and anticipate that a number of groups will be eligible. More information about these conditions can be found here.

 

More information about the Together Fund, including how organisations can apply, can be found here. 

 

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the funding available further, please email physicalactivityva@versusarthritis.org.

Update on Ukrainian refugee support programme

Support Cambs sit on a number of regional and national meetings (as well as some local ones) that are looking at responding to the potential influx of Ukrainian refugees under the government scheme.

At this stage there are more questions than answers but Govt at all levels are trying to address how things will work and how people can be supported and kept safe. The details of how the scheme will work locally are still being ironed out. There is potential to look at local support hubs to allow families and hosts to meet one another and to be a focus of support but this will depend on where people are settled. Voluntary groups will have an important role to play. Part of this role will be providing specialist services to support families, but also organisations will have a role in helping families engage in communities and have access to non specialist services. Families will potentially be arriving with very few possessions so given the first key takeaway below if you do have donations please keep them for potential local donation.

At this stage there are a couple of important takeaways.

  1. Do not donate goods, the Red Cross and others in Poland and other countries are overwhelmed and are having to divert resources to sort it out.
  2. As a general rule those leaving Ukraine do not have the UK as one of their preferred destinations. But a small percentage of the large numbers leaving the country is still more people than the UK takes in under usual circumstances.

Cyber-attack is an issue so please be aware as individuals and charities. There are lots more scams, there are also potentials for cyber attacks on those organisations known to be helping refugees. Please advise staff, volunteers and those you work with to be vigilant.

‘Vaxi Taxi’ scheme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Transport to your Covid-19 Vaccination appointment: ‘Vaxi Taxi’ Scheme

If you are struggling to get to and from your vaccine appointment, Cambridgeshire County Council have agreed to pay for your taxi journey.

Please ensure you have booked your appointment or if it is a walk-in clinic you know the date/time is correct at your nearest centre first before you book your transport.

All you need to do is to contact the relevant taxi service below within your area and give them a call to book your transport.  They will ask you to confirm details of the appointment when you book your journey.  Please note that you can make arrangements for them to drop you off and pick you up (but the return journey must start within 1 hour of your appointment time).  All children need to be accompanied by their parent/carer during the journey and at the vaccination site.

Visit the following Website COVID-19 vaccination – Cambridgeshire County Council

 

CAMBRIDGE CITY PETERBOROUGH HUNTINGDONSHIRE SOUTH CAMBS EAST CAMBS FENLAND
Cambs private Hire 01223971611 Uniqcars 07454331125 HUNTS TAXIS LTD 01480414500 Cambs private Hire 01223971611 Cambs private Hire 01223971611 Daddy Cabs Ltd 07752000550
MDS Executive chauffeurs ltd 079771 52004 Heer private hire 07872829297 Mohit Mohanan Nair 01480453085 MDS Executive chauffeurs ltd 079771 52004 JB Hire 07881228231 Uniqcars 07454331125
Uniqcars 07454331125 Uniqcars 07454331125 Uniqcars 07454331125 MDS Executive chauffeurs ltd 079771 52004 A2bTaxicabs 01353 66 10 10
A2bTaxicabs 01353 66 10 10 T365 private hire 01480 456548 505 Cars 01767650505 Burwell private hire 07876446962 Heer private hire 07872829297
Panther Taxis Ltd 01223 715715 GMC Travel 07946182477 079 Call a Cab (Cambourne & Surrounding areas only) 07922552222 Uniqcars 07454331125 The Private Hire Company +447860573604
A&B Taxis Ltd 01480 467846 Panther Taxis Ltd 01223 715715 Alan’s 07921482600
Fencabs Ltd 01353 669966
A2bTaxicabs 01353 66 10 10
Golden Eagle 07541994255
Ely Link Taxis 07429578474
Noble Cars 01353 699899

 

 

 

 

Police Commissioner requests views

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (Thursday, 6th January) asking people to give their views on his proposed increase to the policing part of council tax.

As Police and Crime Commissioner, it’s my job to set the budget for the Constabulary – part of that is about determining how much people contribute through their council tax.

The public’s views are important to me, therefore in order to enable people living and working in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to tell me what matters to them when it comes to policing and crime, I am launching an online survey.

I appreciate that 2021 has been an exceptionally challenging year for all of us. Throughout the last twelve months, our police officers, volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly alongside our other emergency service workers to help keep people safe, whilst responding to the usual calls for service.

I recently launched my Police and Crime Plan for the county which responded to feedback from the public and sets policing objectives for the next three years. My Plan includes five key priorities including providing a more accessible Constabulary that responds to local issues such as rural and business crime, anti-social behaviour, drug related crimes and road safety.

Thanks to the contribution people made to policing through their council tax last year, (2021-22, £15 per year based on a Band D property), the Chief Constable has been able to invest in the following:

  • An additional 10 call handlers to help improve the 999 and 101 service;
  • A new 24/7 Digital and Social Media Contact Desk to respond to increased online communication from the public, providing quick oversight of comments written on all Force social media posts, looking for reports of crime, intelligence and safeguarding issues;
  • Early Intervention Domestic Abuse Desks with dedicated staff who provide safeguarding advice to officers at the scene of domestic incidents;
  • A new Inclusion Officer who is helping to build support and enhance trust in the force across all communities;
  • Digital Media Investigators within a newly created Cyber Crime Team to support frontline investigators and provide more support for victims;
  • Four Cyber and On-Line Fraud Prevention Officers to help reduce cybercrime and online fraud through awareness-raising and other initiatives.

For the 2022/23 financial year, as with others, it is important to clarify that police funding comes from two main sources: 56% from central government (excluding specific grants) and the remainder from the policing part of council tax.  Whilst I recognise that household costs are rising across the board, it is unfortunately no different for policing. Inflation and national insurance increases mean that there are considerable pressures on the Constabulary budget, despite savings of £5.1 million having been achieved in 2021/22.

As we plan the police budget for 2022/23, it is vital that we are able to meet rising costs and ensure the growth in new officers can be sustained so that the Constabulary’s commitment to supporting our communities, which includes local policing, is maintained.

In line with government guidance, I am therefore asking for people’s views on my proposed increase of £10 per year (83p per month based on a Band D property). This, together with an increase of £4.8m from government (excluding specific grants), would enable the Chief Constable to further maintain, invest and support in 3 core areas:

 

National Uplift Programme (Recruitment of 20,000 additional officers)

  • Recruitment and training of an additional 82 officers for 2022/23 which is on top of the Constabulary’s anticipated recruitment target to maintain workforce numbers. This brings the total number of officers in the county to 1,714 by March 2023. I must stress though that these officers and those that have recently joined need considerable support, supervision and training for them to be able to add real value to our communities.
  • Support for our police officers – as a result of the overall increase in officers, investment is needed to support and sustain the entire workforce. This includes areas such as HR, ICT, Professional Standards and incorporates both an investment in police officer and police staff roles.  Specifically, support within Occupational Health, the Recruitment Team, Operational Training, Resource Management, Call Taking and importantly ensuring an inclusive approach from a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves.

 

New Investment

  • Digital Investigative Support – to provide expert digital evidence and support to robustly enforce against those who blight our communities through county lines, serious and organised crime, drug supply and those who exploit the online space to cause serious harm – something I know people want to see.
  • Additional cyber investigators – the growing prevalence of cybercrime causes untold financial and emotional harm to businesses and individuals alike. This investment will enhance our response to the threat through specialist investigators.
  • Young Person Early Intervention Officers – supporting the Constabulary’s response to vulnerability, the continuation of this innovative pilot provides early intervention to young people following their initial missing from home episodes, engaging with those who are most vulnerable to exploitation, providing personalised interventions and preventative measures to protect them from further future harm and causing harm to others.
  • Violence against Women and Girls – increased investment in resources, such as a vulnerability analyst to identify and support the Constabulary to tackle those who perpetrate violence in our communities – a national priority for all forces as well as here. We want to ensure people feel safe on our streets.
  • Digital Innovation – following the Government’s announcement that funding is being provided to increase productivity using enhanced technology and investigative tools, we will further invest in Digital Innovation to enable such opportunities to be identified and realised.

Maintaining Business as Usual

  • Increased business costs cannot be ignored – for example, projected pay costs (pay award/increments and national insurance), utility costs and fuel expenditure, building maintenance and capital investment, ICT systems costs, inflation and uncertainty about pensions. In addition, the Constabulary’s contributions to national programmes and on-going collaborations need to be met.

I would be grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the survey which you will find on my website: The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire | Consultations & Surveys (cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk)

Your views will help inform my final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.

The survey runs from 0:00 on 6thJanuary until 17:00 on 20th January 2022.

Change to HR Law

Did you know that there has been a change to HR Employment Law?

Employees only need to provide a sick certificate if they are off sick for more than 28 days. This is effective as of now and is due to stop on 27th January. For more information visit this article.

https://www.mccabeandco.com/news/emergency-changes-to-self-certify-sickness/ 

Government website can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/statutory-sick-pay-employee-fitness-to-work.

Managing Volunteers – a package of support

Introduction
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is dedicated to supporting innovation in patient care at the Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals. We are the only registered charity dedicated to supporting innovation in patient care across Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Thanks to the immensely generous support of our donors, Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals can provide a level of patient care beyond that which can be delivered by NHS funding alone and make projects happen sooner or to a greater degree than might have otherwise been possible.

ACT have a team of dedicated volunteers who often give their time to say thank you for the care they experienced at our hospitals. Their roles include, Fundraising Volunteers, who help to raise awareness of ACT, in their communities and/or the hospital as well as Office Volunteers, who support us with administration tasks.

This case study has been written by the new Volunteer Coordinator.

The need

My role as Volunteer Coordinator is new for ACT. I joined a year and a half ago and got in touch with the CCVS for support in re-envisioning how ACT involve volunteers and to put in place a formal volunteer programme.
The ACT volunteer team at the Chariots of Fire race 2019

What was done

The CCVS have supported ACT in developing its volunteer programme through the Volunteer Management forums, training and 1-on-1 advice. The Volunteer Manager Forums have provided a welcoming environment to talk to others in similar roles to myself as well as giving a valuable opportunity to learn from how they work with their volunteers. In addition, I have attended training sessions, in-person and online, on topics such as volunteer recruitment, supervision skills and legal issues. This has helped to build my knowledge base and develop a reference library of good practice guidance, that I can
share with colleagues and use on a regular basis. Finally, and importantly, being able to ask for expert advice from the CCVS on a 1-on-1 basis, is extremely helpful. The team have always provided informed and considered feedback quickly and professionally and this has been invaluable when working on bigger projects, such as putting in place the charity’s first Volunteer Policy.

The Impact/change 

The CCVS has helped ACT put in place a supportive supervision structure for our volunteers, introduce a Volunteer Policy and has given me greater confidence in championing the need for a considered approach to volunteer recruitment and management. ACT is now able to grow and extend the reach of the volunteer team whilst having a structure in place that ensures existing volunteers are valued and provided with development opportunities.

Testimony

“The support and quality of training provided by the CCVS, whilst developing and delivering ACT’s volunteer programme, has been exceptionally helpful and of great support. It’s wonderful to feel part of a wider team through the Volunteer Manager Forums and the training has enabled me to make informed recommendations to colleagues and implement positive change. I am also extremely grateful for the additional support offered since the Covid-19 pandemic. This has helped me in my approach to communicating with our volunteer team, whilst physically dispersed, as well as reminding me to maintain an awareness of my own wellbeing when working under difficult circumstances.
Thank you CCVS!”

 

September 2020

To download this case study click here

ACT volunteer management support sc logo

Volunteers needed for Vaccination Programme

The CCG continue to recruit volunteer staff to support the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. They have asked that the VCS share the below information with their communities.

 

There is an urgent need for volunteer stewards (RVS) and volunteer unregistered vaccinators (St Johns Ambulance) locally to support the vaccine programme.

Stewards

Stewards help and guide people at vaccination sites – this could be at a GP Vaccination Hub, a Large Scale Vaccination Centre, or at Pharmacy vaccination sites.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the steward role is asked to sign up via the Royal Voluntary Service website.  Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 2 shifts at a vaccination site each month. Shifts are up to 4 hours long.

Once registered (takes approx. 48 hours) volunteers will be notified of available shifts via text and email alerts.  Volunteers are then able to confirm which shifts they are able to do.

All vaccination sites (GP hubs, Vaccination Centres and Pharmacies) will advertise their available shifts through the Royal Voluntary Service website.

A DBS is not required for this role, although volunteers will be asked to declare any unspent convictions as part of the application process.

Unregistered vaccinators

Anyone interested in volunteering for the unregistered vaccinators is asked to complete the ‘expression of interest’ on the St Johns Ambulance website.  Unregistered vaccinators administer vaccines under clinical supervision – these roles require training and assessment.

Volunteers can sign up for both options if they choose to do so.