Triangle Trust will no longer fund Young Carers

Following a significant review of resources and strategy, the Fund has concluded that it will focus solely on young people and the criminal justice system going forward.

Though there will not be any funding rounds for work with young carers for the foreseeable future, the funders state that:

“We will continue to share our impact and knowledge about the needs of young carers with other funders to raise their awareness of the issues being faced and we will be identifying some opportunities over the next 12 months to work with partners who are trying to achieve more systemic change for young carers at a policy level”.

The first round of the 2023 funding is currently open for applications and is aimed at young people (aged 11 to 25) with criminal convictions.

Grants of £80,000 are available over two years for projects that utilise a Sport 4 Development approach. This means the intentional use of sport and physical activity to attain specific social development objectives, in this case reducing reoffending rates.

Registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies that are working within the UK and have a UK office are eligible to apply.

Further guidance on the current funding round can be found on the Triangle Trust 1949 Fund website.

The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 21 May 2023.


Source:  Support4Communties news page 

Health Alliance Group Update April 2023

This month’s meeting was chaired by Julie Farrow, CEO of Hunt’s Forum. A welcome and a round of introductions were made as there were several new attendees. 

Julie apologised for the change in the agenda due to the proposed speaker being unavailable at the last minute.  

From the action log a question was raised around the State of the Sector survey (produced by CCVS and Hunts Forum).  

Although the survey has ended, the full report and analysis is still to be completed. Once this has been done this will be shared with anyone who would like it and put on the Support Cambridgeshire website.  

A future discussion is planned to see how more workforce data could be collected. The ICB People Board is looking at the workforce and it seems like a good time for the VCSE to be included. 

Hewitt Review 

Instead of the speaker, Julie proposed a discussion around the Hewitt Review and shared a synopsis slide deck with the group. The Hewitt review looked at the oversight and governance of the ICS arrangements. 

Read the paper HERE

A link to the full review is below. 

It was agreed that understanding how this applies in our area and which recommendations would be taken up was important for the voluntary sector going forward.  

The recommendation of 1% increase in funding for prevention (often an area the voluntary sector organisations are involved with) over the next 5 years sounds positive. Still, without knowing what the start point is or understanding if the monies are being drawn from other health areas, it is difficult for the Alliance members to have confidence in the proposal. 

It was agreed that it would be good to have a meeting with the ICS and the voluntary sector so the route going forward was clearer. Julie agreed to try and get this arranged. It was also suggested that reps that attend ICB committees also refer to the review, where appropriate, during meetings to get more incite. 

Attendees felt there was still some disconnect in this ICS between North and South place, with both doing things differently- could this exacerbate the health inequalities within our region? Both directors for North and South Partnerships are being invited to future Health Alliance meetings (subject to their availability) 

Julie’s Update 

Julie then gave a brief update on the Healthy Futures Funding that has been launched and is being managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF). This programme makes £2 million available to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) partners across the area to deliver health and well-being improvements for local people, their neighbourhoods and communities. The minimum amount is £50k and it maybe that a few organisations will want to come together to apply. 

Applications are open from the 1st May to see more 

Hunts Forum, PCVS and CCVS will be supporting groups to make applications for funds- a meeting between these organisations and CCF on what support and how it will be delivered is planned. More information will follow soon. 

Julie also mentioned that each district has also received monies for tackling prevention and supporting community engagement. Each district is using this money in different ways.  

Health Alliance successful in gaining Secretariat funding from the ICS – this funding will support the following: 

  • Programme Director 14 hrs per week – hosted by Health Alliance member = £20k key tasks ensuring implementation of the VCSE Strategy, attending high level meetings (ICB in future as per goal in Strategy), chairing Alliance meetings 
  • Project Officer 21 hours per week – hosted by Health Alliance member = £20k key tasks organising all meetings, collating feedback from reps, supporting Programme Director and Health Alliance members (currently being hosted by Hunts forum (Debbie’s role). 
  • Communications 7 hours per week – hosted by Health Alliance member = £5k key tasks circulating information and opportunities to partners 
  • Data collection 7 hours per month – hosted by Health Alliance member = £5k key tasks continuation of the data project, collating and bringing together key data sets from VCSE Health Alliance members 

Julie asked that any organisations interested in the above get in touch with her. 

 Other Updates 

As the ICS committees have not met since the last Alliance meeting any updates for these will be shared later. 

The tackling inequalities group have three projects  

  • Skill Swap – Oasis Centre Wisbech 
  • Child safety/ health – Oxmoor 
  • Chair-based yoga- Peterborough 

The skills swap event has taken place with an attendance of 16 (a few no shows) with an age range between 7 and 92. Debbie was able to have some conversations with attendees about the priorities for the ICS and capture their views and where they feel there are gaps in provision.  

The Integrated Neighbourhoods Updates  

St Neots Integrated board has met, and 3 priorities were chosen- Prevention, Mental Health and Access to services (primarily a directory). 

Huntingdon/ A1 has agreed 2 hub areas in principle- Coneygear Centre (Oxmoor) and Sawtry- The plan is to engage with existing groups to identify gaps in provision. There will be liaisons with HDC, too so that there is not duplication. 

Fenland IN have some engagement events planned in the libraries and have secured some funding to run some cooking sessions. 

Debbie explained that she is attending as many of the IN meetings as possible and linking them in with local voluntary sector organisations. As Debbie is not attending any IN in Peterborough or Cambridge it would be useful if other Health Alliance members attended these. They could give updates at the meeting or via Debbie. 

Some organisations wondered how they could be involved. The list of known contacts would be reshared after the meeting, and if anyone had an interest in a specific project, Debbie is happy to do an email introduction to the leads. 

Goals update 

 Julie briefly updated people on Goal 2- There was not much time for discussion due to the active discussions previously- However some of the goals on this are covered by previous discussion such as training opportunities. 

There is no meeting planned for May as there are several Bank Holidays. The next meeting will be the 14th June 2pm and is an in person meeting being held at Peterborough Football ground. 

National Lottery Awards Now Open for 2023

The National Lottery’s annual awards programme is now accepting nominations across the following categories:

  • Community and Charity
  • Arts, Culture and Film
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Environment
  • Young Hero (under 25s)

Individuals and small groups of people across the UK that work or act for a National Lottery-funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding can be nominated for an award.

The winner from each award category will receive a £5,000 prize along with their National Lottery Awards trophy.

Nominations are open until 12pm on 16 May 2023.

For more information click here >>>> 

Scops Arts Trust / Children & Young People Arts (Drama) / 28th April

Grants available: Up to £30,000

Applications close: The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 28 April 2023 (noon).

Who is the funding for: Registered charities and other constituted, not-for-profit organisations, to deliver projects and activities that give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in, and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts (music, drama, opera, and dance).



In 2023, the Trust is especially interested in supporting performing arts projects aimed at adults and projects which will benefit all ages across the generations. It is also keen to hear from organisations planning smaller regional festivals in areas where there is little arts provision, due to socio-economic circumstances or geographically remote locations.

While the Trust will continue to consider applications for music education projects for children and young people, priority will be given to projects this year that focus on adults and whole communities.

Most grants will be awarded for specific projects, but the Trust will also contribute towards the core costs of smaller organisations where a grant could make an impact.

Priority will be given to small-to-medium-sized organisations. Both one-off and multi-year grants will be considered.

There is a two-stage application process wherein groups must complete an eligibility check before being invited to submit a Stage 1 application. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a Stage 2 online application form.

Updated our Arts and Culture funder pages

Our team have been looking for new Arts and Culture funding pots for groups and organisations.

Check out the page for an updated list of role deadline funds.

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Click here to find out more.

What is an Integrated Neighbourhood?

Over the past nine months, many changes have happened in offices, hospitals and GP surgeries. Most of it is unknown to the general public, yet these changes will impact everyone.

There has been a national shift from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), which decide where NHS money is spent locally, to a new Integrated Care System (ICS). This new system works completely differently from the CCG, including representatives from the care sector, local government and community and volunteer services within that decision-making process.

It isn’t straightforward and is still being rolled out. Here at Support Cambridgeshire, we have tried to simplify it HERE

However, we felt that we also wanted someone to come and talk through the changes, particularly the new Integrated neighbourhoods. Dr Abby Richardson, the clinical lead for Integrated Neighbourhoods, agreed to talk through the changes and their impact on communities.

The event can be viewed below.


Impact of our Funding Portal

Support Cambridgeshire is proud to host the Support4Communtites funding portal on our site; it’s free to use and houses many local and larger grants and foundations. Try it today HERE

We were recently sent the below case study of how one organisation was about to access £1,4000 from the Cultivate Fund and funding also from the Evelyn Fund to support their work using the portal.

Sew Positive was awarded Cultivate Cambs funding to roll out a wider programme of Social Prescribing using creative sewing to people aged over 65 who are facing social isolation. This funding was in addition to funding for a Pilot Study funded by The Evelyn Trust’s new Mental Health Fund. We also applied to the Evelyn Trust through the portal, so it’s helped our charity build on smaller funding success. The searchable portal is a vital tool to spotting upcoming funding opportunities and deadlines for a small charity, thank you!

Milissa, CEO and Founder of Sew Positive

We love hearing from groups who have had successes using our portal, so please drop us an email if you want to share your stories – 

A conversation with Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council has approached Support Cambridgeshire partners to hold a conversation with Cllr Richard Howitt, Chair of the Adults & Health Committee and Will Patten, Service Director of Commissioning about Local Authority Priorities within Cambridgeshire.

They are keen to understand the issues, discuss current opportunities facing the voluntary and community sectors, and start building those networks, understanding and links with organisations.

The event will be in person, with refreshments and networking opportunities before and after; however, we welcome those who wish to just join remotely.

For those wishing to join in person, we can offer one place per organisation on a first come basis as the room’s capacity limits us; however, we have unlimited capacity online.

We welcome as many Cambridgeshire groups to join us on the 9th May, 2023 at 2:00 pm, either at the Maple Centre or online.



1.30 pm     Refreshments and Networking

2.00 pm    In Conversation with Cllr Richard Howitt and Will Patten – online attendees join

3.00 pm   Networking

3.30 pm    Close


We ask if you wish to join in person or online, you book a place as soon as possible. You can do this by emailing Debbie at

Would you like to make positive lifestyle changes and optimise your health?

Staff Support Hub will support you if you feel strongly about positively changing your health and well-being!

Do you have those New Year’s Resolutions that have not been followed through? Are you yet to break a habit you keep wishing you would? Or are you waiting for something to initiate the first steps in kick-starting the lifestyle you want to be living? If this resonates with you, you can join their short introductory session to learn about the new ‘Healthier Me: The May Lifestyle Series’.

What is ‘Healthier Me: The May Lifestyle Series’?

‘Healthier Me: The May Lifestyle Series’, which will be run throughout May, aims to deliver frequent bitesize sessions and peer support to empower you to implement healthy habits and lifestyle changes you keep thinking about.

However, before this new webinar series, they are running introductory sessions in April so that you can learn more about what is on offer and how it can help you. These short initial sessions also seek to gain interest in forming a closed group throughout the month of May. If you are then interested and able to commit to the group, you will be given a form to complete where you can register your interest.

The two introductory sessions about ‘Healthier Me: The May Lifestyle Series’ are:

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Support Cambridgeshire Survey Prize Draw Winners

We want to congratulate the following two individuals randomly selected to win £100 each for their time and opinions in completing this year’s annual Support Cambridgeshire survey.

John Pickersgill

John has chosen Huntingdon Area Money Advice to receive the £100 prize.  Paul is the Centre Manager and also volunteers at Godmanchester Community Sponsorship Group).

Jonathan Cook

Jonathan has chosen All Saints Church, Landbeach, to receive the £100 prize. He currently volunteers for the charity, having recently done bid writing for them.  Jonathan also lives and works in the Emmaus Community in Waterbeach.



We want to thank everyone who completed the survey this year – it was the highest number of entries ever.

The information collated will be invaluable to us to understand how well the sector is doing and give us more of an insight into what’s going on within your organisations so we can improve our support services in the future.



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