Shaping the future together

In working closely together with representatives from the County Council, Support Cambridgeshire will focus work within the County Council’s Stronger Together and Supporting New Communities strategies in an effort to create vibrant and resilient communities. Areas with the highest levels of need will be targeted for specific initiatives, and additional work will be directed to reducing the issues that these communities are facing.

Julie Farrow, CEO of Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations
“Cambridgeshire has a vibrant and responsive voluntary and community sector, they understand the needs of our communities and the vital work they do. But to enable our communities to survive and thrive we need to understand the challenges and opportunities that public bodies, voluntary organisations and communities are facing and work together to unleash the potential of individuals and communities.”

Brad Stombock, CEO of Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service
“In today’s environment of declining funding and increasing levels of need throughout our communities, it is vital that local voluntary and community organisations, village halls and parish councils look toward the future while still being able to deliver current services. Support Cambridgeshire represents a wonderful opportunity for these groups to develop and gain valuable skills to help them make themselves more sustainable in the most efficient and effective manner.”

Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire ACRE.
“This partnership comes together at an important time and will strengthen the provision of advice and support given to community building committees and Town and Parish Councils.  Over the next three years our plans include a joint programme of training and events held across the County giving opportunities for communities to come together to learn from each other’s achievements and enabling volunteers to feel more equipped to manage community-owned facilities. The vital advice service to Village Halls will continue, as well as an increase in provision of online resources and support with Neighbourhood Planning”

 

Working with local business

Support Cambridgeshire is keen to work with the local business sector. Business has a major part to play in the development of local communities, and can provide skills and experience which community organisations and community representatives do not possess. A thriving business sector helps local communities to strengthen and grow.

Over the next 12 months, the Support Cambridgeshire project will seek to compile an approved list of local businesses who want to give back to their communities through support, advice, donations or gifts in kind. Support Cambridgeshire will seek to match the skills required by communities with the skills and experience offered by the local business sector, and broker engagement between both sectors.

Business support can take many forms:

  • Face to face advice: Through networking or 1-1 sessions.
  • Telephone advice: By talking through problems or issues which require support and resolving them through a telephone session.
  • Online support : Checking through and advising on forms, leases or contracts.

Support Cambridgeshire is keen to hear from any Cambridgeshire based businesses who want to help and assist. Please contact info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk to learn more about the project.

  

Communicating across the sectors

Support Cambridgeshire partners are committed to keeping their members and others updated on the key milestones of the project, together with advice on training, possible funding sources and matters of interest to the community and business sectors.

Support Cambridgeshire partners will issue a monthly newsletter under the Support Cambridgeshire project banner.

In addition, funding alerts will be sent monthly, identifying possible sources of new funding available within the sector.

Cambridge CVS, Hunts Forum and Cambridgeshire Acre will also keep their own members updated with a series of newsletters and bulletins.

Any group, organisation or business interested in signing up to the Support Cambridgeshire newsletter or funding alert should contact comms@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk

Training will take place throughout the year as a way of supporting and building knowledge amongst community organisations. Visit our events page to see more.

Network events will also take place throughout 2017 on a range of different subjects, from funding specific fairs through to general updates on best practice. Visit our events page to see more.

Support Cambridgeshire partners will report to our commissioners on a quarterly basis, and will produce an annual report each October.

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