Plans to extend marketing ‘soft opt-in’ to charities

Exemption to consent could be extended to not-for-profits. In a move welcomed by the Institute of Fundraising, the Government has confirmed it intends to extend the use of the ‘soft-opt in’ for electronic marketing to charities under UK data reform plans.

The Data Protection Network holds an article on ‘What soft opt-in’ is, how to use this within your marketing and future changes to GDPR.


NatureSave Trust’s grants programme / Environment / No deadline

Grants available:   Between £500 – £2,500

Deadline to apply:  None

Who is the funding for? Charities, community groups and social enterprises

District: UK



Applications are now being accepted to the latest round of the NatureSave Trust’s grants programme, which is focusing on the circular economy.

Each year the Trust donates a percentage of their income generated from Naturesave Insurance and uses these funds to support environmental and conservation projects across the UK.

This funding round will provide grants of between £500 to £2,500 to help charities, community groups and social enterprises to deliver projects to reduce waste and over consumption of finite resources, with a focus on repairing, restoring, mending, sharing and repurposing. In the process, it is hoped that other benefits will be unlocked such as assisting with the cost of living crisis, creating purpose to those in need and helping communities come together and learn new skills.

green box, with text saying click here to find out more about this funding

The new VCSE Health Alliance Group launched in August 2022

As part of the government and NHS England’s requirement to help the VCSE and ICS engage and work more closely together,   a new-tier system was created to allow all voluntary sector organisations to engage successfully within the different levels of the ICS & health system.

The newly launched VCSE Health Alliance  (which is just one part of the agreed system in which VCSE will engage with the ICS) is responsible for creating a platform to allow information and representation from grass root charitable and non-profit organisations and provide an access route to ICS leadership within the multiple Boards of the ICS.


In particular, the VCSE Health Alliance will look to achieve its vision of being a vibrant and thriving VCSE within the ICS that drives health and wellbeing in our communities in an inclusive and empowering way. The key goals aim to:

  • Support and enable a thriving VCSE sector to play its part.
  • Place the VCSE as an equal partner within the system.
  • Work to drive change, create a tangible impact on people and communities, and tackle health inequalities.
  • Build strong, inclusive, and empowering relationships throughout the partnership.

Both the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which outlined how we will co-operate to facilitate the strategic aims of the ICS, and the VCSE Strategy, which outlined in more detail the goals and ambitions and indicators of success, have both now been agreed upon. They have been submitted to the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and are just waiting for the rubber stamp of approval.


The first meeting of the VCSE Health Alliance was held on 10th August 2022.  It was chaired by Julie Farrow, CEO of Hunts Forum, with the underlining topic covering workforce strategies.  Other key topics covered include:

  • The VCSE Strategy and MoU
  • The Role of the sector
  • Ensuring a ‘diverse’ voice at the table
  • How will the VCSE and health sector communicate?
  • Local People Board – anti-racism strategy, health & safety wellbeing group
    • Leadership & OD Group – leadership and learning opportunities, including leading beyond boundaries initiative.
    • Recruitment campaign – the dedicated website for job vacancies
    • Apprenticeship levy – maximising the levy
    • Staff Support Hub – workshops and webinars for struggling staff

If you missed the first session, you can watch it below.

The slides can be found here: CLICK HERE

Want to know more

If you would like to get more involved in supporting and attending the VCSE Health Alliance group sessions, please get in touch by emailing to receive the dates of all the scheduled meetings.

DCMS invited to join Vision for Volunteering

For those who attended the Vision for a Volunteering event, which was part of the Connecting Communities Conference 2022, you might be interested to see the report which was featured in the latest DCMS email bulletin where it stated:

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering

On 14 June, Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, Nigel Huddleston, was invited to speak at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Charities and Volunteering on the launch of the Vision for Volunteering, a sector-led initiative setting an ambitious direction for volunteering for the next ten years.

Minister Huddleston thanked the lead organisations, highlighting the role of volunteering, and talked about how crucial volunteers are to many sectors.

The Minister was delighted to accept the invitation for DCMS to join the formal Vision for Volunteering governance structure and DCMS look forward to continuing to provide support in realising this vision.

Warburtons Community Grants Programme: Next Deadline Announced

The bakery business Warburtons has announced the next set of deadlines for its Community Grants programme, which offers small grants of up to £400 to not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes that are operating in England, Scotland and Wales.

Employees of Warburtons are also able to apply on behalf of organisations if they are actively involved with them (eg, they are a volunteer, trustee or active supporter).

Projects should align with one of Warburtons’ key outcome areas:

  • Health – supporting families to care for each other and lead healthier lives:
    • Improving physical health.
    • Improving wellbeing.
  • Place – supporting families to flourish in communities that are safer, greener and more inclusive:
    • Making spaces safe and inclusive.
    • Connecting communities with the environment.
  • Skills – supporting families to gain useful skills for life and work:
    • Developing useful life skills.
    • Developing useful skills for employment.

Applications are assessed quarterly, with decisions expected within six weeks of the deadline.

The next deadline is 7 November 2022.

Staff Support Hub Update – Finance support for staff and volunteers

Tools and webinars to help your financial wellbeing

The cost-of-living crisis is increasing and so are the financial worries. More than a quarter of the UK adults feel ashamed, depressed, and anxious due to financial worries. This isn’t something to be ashamed of, but it is important that you can face up to it and get the help you need.

To help reduce the financial worries of the staff, we the Staff Support Hub have collaborated with the MoneyHelper to add some useful finance calculators to our website.

We have a range of free financial tools including:

  • Budget Planner
  • Savings Calculator
  • Credit Card Calculator
  • Loan Calculator
  • Redundancy pay calculator and planner
  • Pension calculator
  • Workplace pension contribution calculators

Also, this new financial help webpage on our website has got:

  • Online, Telephone, and Face-to-face debt advice services
  • Money Manager for Universal Credit claimants
  • Redundancy Advice Plan

Accessing the financial tools

To access these tools, please click here. Alternatively, you can find these calculators on our website under the ‘More Support’ tab.

Money worries can impact your mental health.

If you feel your financial worries are affecting your mental health, please call our helpline number at 0808 801 0377 or chat with us online from our website here.

Financial Wellbeing Webinars

Also, along with Money Charity, we are organising two financial wellbeing webinars this month.

Please click on the below webinar titles for more details and to register.

Other upcoming webinars

Please click on the webinar dates below for more details about the webinar and to register.

Energy Support Flyer

The Energy Support in Cambridgeshire leaflet has been put together by a few organisations working in collaboration. It contains valuable information including a comprehensive list of financial support to help people manage their energy costs.

A recent report on the cost of living crisis found that nearly 60% of people surveyed were unaware that help is available for struggling households. We hope that sharing information of support there is around can help us reach those who need it.

Households will see a discount of £66 applied to their energy bills in October and November, rising to £67 each month from December through to March 2023. The non-repayable discount will be provided on a monthly basis regardless of whether consumers pay monthly, quarterly or have an associated payment card.


The flyer below can be downloaded and used by community groups to advise those that they support.

Energy support flyer

Volunteer Passport event launch in response to conference

Following on from the Connecting Communities Conference 2022, and the Vision for Volunteering event. Support Cambridgeshire partners are excited to bring you Volunteering: Do we need Passports or Passporting? An interactive and informative event where community groups and charities can explore the ideas surrounding the concept of volunteer passports and passporting between volunteer roles.

This event will start with a presentation from Gethyn Williams, who will bring you the theory behind this idea, most recently popularised by a government paper, Levelling up our Communities, which Danny Kruger MP wrote in September 2020 for the (former) Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Here he will talk through both the concepts of ‘Passports’ (usually used to provide recognition or validation of a volunteer’s activity) and ‘Passporting’ (common systems and processes used by organisations, collaborating around volunteering, designed to make volunteering more efficient for hosts and more streamlined for volunteers themselves) covering the challenges and opportunities of each.

Following this, there will be the opportunity for questions for the audience, with a discussion around the ideas and the possibility of this happening within Cambridgeshire.


Click the button below to sign up

Click here to book

Staff Wellbeing Grants: £500 per applicant available

If you haven’t already heard, the last date for the Wellbeing Grant applications is now extended to the end of September. The Staff Wellbeing Grants were launched in June with an aim to provide staff teams with the opportunity to fund an initiative to show appreciation and improve staff morale and wellbeing.

The grants can be used towards a well-being activity of choice. We have had a range of applications for different usage of the grant including the purchase of benches so that the staff can have their lunch together outside, offering a therapeutic massage to all team members, team building events, placing a fruit bowl in the staff room so that the staff always have free access to a supply of fresh fruit and many more!!

 Who is it for?

The wellbeing grant is open to all healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector, or not-for-profit sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, that includes teams from the:

  • Acute Sector
  • NHS
  • Social Care e.g. domiciliary care and nursing home teams
  • Third sector – voluntary & charitable organisations involved in the  provision of health or social care, and
  • Primary Care Teams (that are registered with the Enhanced Occupational Health Pilot)

There will be a maximum of £20,000 for each sector. That is £500 per applicant, but there are conditions! Applicants should submit their application using the application form and should:

  1. Show what the proposed use of the grant will be.
  2. How it will improve the morale and wellbeing of the staff team.
  3. How many members of staff will benefit from the grant.
  4. That staff support the application

 To learn more about the terms and conditions and application process, visit our website page here.

Closing Date:  End of September 2022


August 2022 ICS Newsletter – All Together for healthier futures

The first ICS Newsletter is here!

Jan Thomas, Chief Executive Officer for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care System (CPICS) and NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (the Integrated Care Board), sets out what’s been happening across the ICS in the first month.

In summary, there has been lots of positive work and a few key developments, NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Board met and appointed new Partner Board Members; Cambridge University Hospital (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust launched a brand new Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI) in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWangliaFT) launched its first-ever Digital, Data and Technology Strategy.

The first-ever Health Inequalities Challenge Prize called on people and organisations to submit plans for new projects to make a positive difference in our local communities.  An expert panel judged the applications, and eight finalists have been awarded £3,000 in funding for their project, as well as expert support.  You can find out more about the finalists on the ICS website.

Following excellent collaborative work across the Integrated Care System, CPICS have now submitted their plans to NHS England.  This revised operational plan takes into account new funding received to mitigate against the impact of inflation (net £25m), as well as the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

Everything at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care System is about improving the health and wellbeing of our local people and communities.  If you want to find out more about how the CPICS works, please get in touch with them in the following way;

Follow CPICS on socials – Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

Read this newsletter in full here

For more information on the ICS  – visit their website.


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