Briefing: How Can the Voluntary Sector Help Primary Care Networks Engage with Communities?

NHS England has set out a new way for health and care services to be organised at a local level; these are called primary care networks (PCNs).

National Voices (a coalition of health and care charities in England) has published a briefing that explores how voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations might supply knowledge, expertise and training to help PCNs develop. This could be significant in making sure the PCNs – as they are supposed to do – become closely engaged with their local population and focus on what matters most to individuals and communities.

Please click here to open the briefing in your browser.

Nominate Your Community Heroes for The Etheldreda Medal Award

The Etheldreda Award is a medal presented by the Bishop of Ely to people who have given ‘generous and outstanding service which would not otherwise be recognised’.

Candidates will be selected from the nominations received by a panel of volunteers who have been appointed by the Bishop to identify twenty to thirty suitable recipients. Most of these awards will be presented publicly at a special service at Ely Cathedral on 17 October 2020. There will be further awards in 2022 and biennially thereafter.

Nomination forms for those who are to be considered for the 2020 presentations should be sent to the Award Secretary no later than 23 June 2020.

The Etheldreda Medal is for persons whose service to community (which might be as ‘local’ as their extended family but could be as extensive as a national or international concern) is both ‘generous’ and ‘outstanding’. It is also essential that the person’s good works have hitherto been unrecognised. The Bishop is looking for exceptional people; those who might (in partnership with others) come close to being nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For many people this will be about the duration and persistence of their good works, for others it may relate to a short but extraordinary act of kindness or course of conduct.

Please click here for more information and to download the nomination form.

Please Help Us to Help You

Each year the Support Cambridgeshire team conducts a survey to discover the views of the voluntary and community sector in Cambridgeshire. It’s your chance to tell us about your organisation, the challenges that lie ahead and what we can do you help you overcome them. It’s what we’re here for, after all. It should take about 10 minutes to complete.

We want to hear from everyone who’s involved in the community and voluntary sector: staff, trustees and other volunteers. Please share this with colleagues so we can capture a wide range of views.

Please click here to take the survey.

Thank you!

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery will not go ahead

In a report to Cambridgeshire County Council Members of the Commercial and Investment Committee in November 2019, it was agreed that while there may be some financial benefit for charities of creating a County Council sponsored lottery, this could be outweighed by the possibility of losing support through direct contributions.

The Council had undertaken considerable engagement with the voluntary sector and good causes in Cambridgeshire and while some were enthusiastic, others had concerns that a new lottery might actually reduce funding for them – at least in the short term – as the overall pool of people who donate to good causes wasn’t likely to increase without a considerable amount of additional effort.

The Council has, therefore, thanked all those charities and good causes who gave their time and expertise in helping to consider the concept of the Lottery idea over the past year, and has refocused its efforts on developing and supporting other commercial initiatives.

It has also reminded them about grants of between £2k – £50k, available from the Council through its Innovate and Cultivate Fund.

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