Community Ownership Fund

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets, such as spaces or buildings, at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years until 2024/25.

Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets.

Applications are subject to the eligibility requirements outlined here. The Fund will support a range of proposals that enable people and communities across the UK to thrive.

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

Opens: 10 June

Deadline: 19 August

There will be 2 more bidding windows before March 2023.

Support Cambridgeshire Impact Report – March till May 2022

Below you can see an infographic highlighting the impact of the Support Cambridgeshire partnership between 1st March 2022 and 31st May 2022

If you wish for this information not in infographic form please contact

Cambridgeshire Skills are organising a Summer Fest of Fun Activities

Cambs Skills Learn Plan and have fun Summer Fest Summer 22

Look at WHAT’S ON at March Community Centre during June – August 2022.  Click here for more information and to download the program of events

Lots of fun activities include Escape Room, Carnival of Colour, Urban Festival, Harry Potter Day and much much more.

Also check out the themed workshops & courses for all the family.  These include:

Ready for the Playground

Green Fingers and Muddy Boots

Wicked Art and Witchy Welbeing

Keeping your Family Safe Online

What are your kids learning? English

Save Money, Save the Planet

Artwork and Colours for Beginners

Improve your maths

and much much more..




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.


£27m of Funding Available to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers and Reduce Carbon Emissions in Great Britain

The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme) opened the first funding round in phase two of the scheme on May 5th. A total of £27 million is available as grants to charities and community energy groups that support households most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills across England, Scotland and Wales. Projects should also focus on enabling a just transition to national net zero carbon emissions targets and reducing the impact of climate change associated with energy consumption.

Organisations can apply for grants to deliver energy related projects through four different funding streams. As part of phase two, funding is now also open to community energy groups –  including community interest companies, co-operative societies and community benefit societies – who can apply to two of the funding streams: the Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund and Innovation Fund.

  • The Main Fund contains £18 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £2 million that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Small Project Fund contains £1 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 to £49,999 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Innovation Fund contains £4 million – aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 to £1 million.
  • The Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund contains £4 million – aimed at projects that empower householders to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero. The fund awards grants between £50,000 to £1 million.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 6 June 2022.

Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found at:

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Brings Next Planned Round Forward to June

In response to the current cost-of-living crisis, the MSE Charity has decided to bring forward its next planned funding round, which was originally due to open in September this year. Non-profit groups will now be able to apply in June 2022 for projects which help to build financial resilience.

The theme for the next round is Building and Developing Resilience, and projects should focus on providing urgent money guidance and emergency debt help to those of in need of support through the cost-of-living crisis in the UK.

There is particular interest in applications which use memorable, innovative, and or creative ways of delivering financial life skills which will make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

The Charity has updated its eligibility requirements, and will now accept organisations with an annual income of up to £750,000. Groups must also have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

Applications will open on 20 June 2022 and close on 22 July 2022 (or when 40 applications have been accepted).

Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take a quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review the Funding FAQs here.

Govt launches The Community Ownership Fund

The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

The Community Ownership Fund intends to launch the updated prospectus and assessment criteria guidance in the week commencing 23 May 2022 with a view to open the first bidding window in the week commencing 6 June 2022. We have made some changes to the eligibility requirements and application process for the fund having learnt lessons from the review of the first bidding round. These changes will be explained in the updated Community Ownership Fund prospectus. Further supporting documents and the assessment criteria guidance will be published soon after prospectus is launched.

In order to promote the fund and to explain to any prospective applicants what is required in order to submit a strong bid, officials at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will be hosting webinars on Wednesday 8th June and Thursday 16th June. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please complete the following form expressing your interest so that we can forward on an invite. Do not worry if you are unable to attend a webinar, we will also be making a recording of the event which can be sent on request using the same form.

Info on the government website

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.

The Support Staff Hub Latest Newsletter

The NHS Staff Support Hub is open to all Voluntary and community volunteers and workers who work on the front line. They have a number of services you can access free of charge and are welcome to attend any of their events.

Below you will  find their latest newsletter.


In this issue:

*Accident & Emergency. The Front Line   *Hospital Discharge Policy Legal Judgement   *New “Working Well” Team Just For You   *Brand New Counselling Service   *Mindfulness. Join an 8-Week Course   *OH Pilot: Rebranded to Primary Care OH and HR Service   *Pre-Retirement Courses   *Wellbeing Webinars. Focus on: Staff Support Forums   *Upcoming Events! Webinars & Support Forums   *About Us & Hub On A Page   *Don’t Miss Out! Previous Newsletters

Click on the image to view the newsletter

Connecting Communities 2022

Our annual free Connecting Communities Conference is here. It’s a time to bring a range of good practices and thoughts together to talk about volunteering across the county.
This year’s theme is ‘Moving Forward’ and looks at new strategies, ways of using marketing to recruit and the legal side of volunteer management. All conference events are free to access for all Cambridgeshire groups, thanks to the funding received from Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.



Vision for Volunteering

Tuesday 14th June // 10:00 – 11:30 am // Zoom

This event is about the England strategy ‘Vision for Volunteering’, which several partner national volunteer infrastructure bodies have co-written. It is intended to influence national policy on volunteering for the next 10 years. An accompanying website will be launched on 6th May. Gethyn Williams from Sport England will be discussing how this national strategy affects community charities and groups in Cambridgeshire—followed by questions from the floor.



Attracting Supporters and Followers

Wednesday 15th June // Face to Face

 Fenland: March Community Centre, 34 Station Rd, March PE15 8LE

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – including networking light lunch

Huntingdon: The Maple Centre, Oak Dr, Huntingdon PE29 7HN

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – including a networking light lunch


On Wednesday, we will be running two training sessions in person in two separate places across the county. Attracting Supporters and Followers will be delivered by Christine from CCVS and Kathryn from Hunts Forums. It brings good practice with practical skills, helping organisations identify and recruit the right people for their organisation.

To book the Fenland workshop CLICK HERE

To book the Huntingdon workshop CLICK HERE


Volunteering and the Law

Thursday 16th June // 10:00- 11:30 pm // Zoom

Finally, we end the conference on Thursday with a speaker from Bates Wells LLP, presenting on the legal aspects of volunteer recruitment and retainment. The talk will cover key issues, including avoiding contracts, equality law and how to deal with perks and expenses.

This presentation will be followed by a VCSE Q&A session.

All questions must be submitted before the event, and we cannot guarantee they will be answered. Questions must be general as we are unable to supply legal advice.




The three-day event aims to bring ideas, thoughts and even more good practice to Cambridgeshire, giving those working with volunteers the confidence to face the challenges following the pandemic. We are excited for you to join us.

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