Introduction to safeguarding training offered to all VCSE

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board are organising two face to face training sessions, Introduction Adult and Children Safeguarding, both are happening on the 5th of July at Hintinchobook County Park. The Children’s Safeguarding Training is in the morning between 10:00 – 12:00 then in the afternoon Introduction to Adult Safeguarding takes place between 13:00- 15:00. to book please click on the links below. All training is free to attend by any organisation within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Introduction to Children Safeguarding

This is a 2-hour face to face training course exploring the basic knowledge and skills about safeguarding children and young people necessary for anyone who voluntarily works with children and their families.

This training will be facilitated by Elizabeth Locke, Safeguarding Boards Trainer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children and Adults Partnership Boards


To introduce the knowledge and skills that are necessary for identifying and responding appropriately to concerns about safeguarding children and Young People.

By the end of the training session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the different ways children and young people can be harmed and neglected and understand what is meant by safeguarding children
  • Describe the first steps to take if they are concerned about a child
  • Respond appropriately to a disclosure made by a child
  • Understand the necessity for information sharing and accurate recording and logging concerns
  • Explain what to do if they experience barriers to referring a child/family

Target Audience

This course is primarily for those working in the voluntary sector, particularly individuals who do not have access to their own agency’s training in relation to basic Safeguarding Training. PLEASE NOTE that this course is not appropriate as a Safeguarding refresher course or for agencies who have their own safeguarding training. Places to attend the course will be allocated according to a multi-agency mix.

Click here to book your place


Introduction to Adult Safeguarding

This is a 2 hour course exploring basic knowledge and skills about safeguarding adults necessary for anyone who works or volunteers with adults and their families.

This training will be facilitated by Elizabeth Locke, Safeguarding Boards Trainer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children and Adults Partnership Boards


This course will introduce participants to key aspects of Safeguarding Adults, as set out in the Care Act (2014), including who is considered an adult at risk, and how multi-agency partners should work together to prevent and protect adults at risk from abuse.

By the end of the training session participants will be able to:

  • Explain what Adult Safeguarding is and the importance of ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’
  • Identify what constitutes abuse and neglect in relation to adults at risk
  • Identify indicators of abuse and explain what to do when you are concerned about an adult at risk
  • Make a referral to report a concern about abuse of an adult at risk
  • Access the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults policies and procedures

Target Audience

This course is for those working in the voluntary sector, particularly individuals who do not have access to their own agency’s training in relation to basic Safeguarding Training. This course is not appropriate as a Safeguarding refresher course.

Click here to book your place

Funding, fundraising and income webinars and workshops

Funding For All offer free virtual webinars and virtual conferences which are open to all to attend.

All events can be booked via Eventbrite –

These events run throughout the year so it is worth following them and signing up to as many as your can.


The Gas Safe Charity add more dates to their online course

The Gas Safe Charity provides free hour-long Zoom training course to raise awareness of carbon monoxide risks, aimed at front line staff who provide support to vulnerable people in their own homes. They have added new dates to our sold-out programme, including some into September. The UK is facing a fuel poverty crisis, which will increase the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. They want to help front line staff and volunteers to be more aware of these risks and help prevent poisonings.

The Gas Safe Charity continues to offer more of its popular and free carbon monoxide awareness workshops. Aimed at front line staff and volunteers, they help people who work in the homes of vulnerable people be more aware of the risks and to help prevent poisoning from taking place.

The interactive workshop lasts an hour.

To find out more and to book please click on this link:

About the Event 

You may not really have thought about carbon monoxide (CO) risks in your day to day work, both to your clients and to you. There is a duty of care to both of you. This online, hour long workshop is aimed at front line staff and volunteers from social care, NHS, FRS, and voluntary and private sectors working in the UK who visit vulnerable people in their homes every day.

The Think CO online workshop will tell you more about the sources, signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, how to help prevent it and what the implications are to you and your client. In particular, we focus on long term, low level risks which can have serious consequences and help you spot and address the risks. As more vulnerable people are spending time at home, the risks increase.

The online workshop is a mix of presentations, scenarios and practical exercises. Only the presenters will be on video, but participants can ask (or type) questions as we go along. The Chat function also enables you to answer questions and respond to real scenarios.

We expect the workshop to last just over an hour, but there will be an opportunity to ask further questions at the end. We will send you a Zoom link at least 24 hours before the workshop starts.

Support Cambridgeshire Events Cancelled until May

Due to the current situation around Covid-19, the agencies that are part of Support Cambridge have agreed to cancel events until the end of April.

Within this time staff will be working from home, Please visit each organisations website to be advised the best way to make contact with the relevant staff.

Hunts Forum:



The Skills Network – fully funded courses

The Skills Network has recently received Government funding in the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority area which enables them to offer a variety of nationally recognised qualifications to staff, volunteers and the wider community at no cost to the participating organisation or the individual.

There are over 40 subjects available. Sectors include:

  • Mental Health
  • Health & Social Care
  • Children & Education
  • Nutrition, Health & Well Being
  • Professional Development.

These courses are flexible, and can be completed either online or paper-based via distance learning.

The comprehensive directory can be seen by clicking here.

The Skills Network works extensively with organisations of different sizes, and have seen a huge uptake in these courses which up-skill staff and improve development opportunities.

Enrolment to these courses is simple: Just follow this link, find your chosen course and click apply now.




Our latest Training Offer

Support Cambridgeshire run a series of formal training events and informal network sessions throughout the year.

In addition, Support Cambridgeshire advertises useful or informative training from other organisations, some of which may or may not be chargeable.

Our latest Training and events flyer can be viewed here:

More information on each course or event (and whether a fee applies) can be viewed here:

Hunts Forum or Cambridge CVS members can generally access all courses or events Free of charge by virtue of their membership (unless otherwise indicated).

Organisations which do not have a membership can access Support Cambridgeshire courses Free of Charge (look for our multi coloured stem cell logo) or information contained within each listing.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of our training please feel free to contact us on 01480 420601.

Recipes for Success at the Community Cafés Workshop

On 18 October Support Cambridgeshire hosted its first Practitioner Workshop, focusing on community cafés.

There was a great turn-out, with 17 people representing 10 existing and prospective community cafés from across the county. Many of them are involved in plans for a new community building, where it is hoped that a community café will be a central part of the building’s identity.

The workshop was lead by Ben Pitt, Communities Officer at Hunts Forum, who in his spare time has helped to launch a community café at his local community centre, Love’s Farm House.

The workshop started by exploring the benefits of community cafés: to bring the community together, encourage regular use of a community building, provide volunteering and training opportunities and lots more besides. The group then proceeded to discuss what key ingredients are needed to make it work: meeting the demands of the local customer base, ensuring quality produce and an appealing environment, and developing a sustainable business plan with a realistic expectation on volunteers. It also touched on food safety training, kitchen fit-outs, fundraising opportunities and modelling income.

What people said about the event:

Really helpful to hear from people with experience. Particularly please to pick up tips on modelling profit and loss.

Very good to share ideas – so much to think about… Loved the personal experience of setting up a café.

Great formula! This is vital to what we are doing right now.

Really useful, learnt a great deal. Thank you so much. Another event please!

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