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Job Role: Think Communities Place Coordinator – South Cambs

Think Communities Cambridge County Council

Think Communities Place Coordinator

37 hours

Fixed Term

£38,447 – £41.412


We are looking for just the right person to join our Think Communities team as the Place Coordinator for South Cambridgeshire – could it be you?

If you are excellent at collaborating with people in communities and partners, if you are passionate about the difference well-connected communities can make to the lives of our residents and to the demands on public sector services, you are our kind of person!

Think Communities is at the heart of the way the public, private and voluntary sectors work together with communities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. By investing in communities and supporting local delivery by those who know their residents best, we will improve the outcomes for people who do not yet have local support networks, creating places where people can feel safe, healthy, and connected. By supporting opportunities to be inclusive and cohesive they will be encouraged to help themselves and each other creating an environment where children and future generations can thrive.

As Place Coordinator you will have direct line management responsibility for up to two place-based Community Connectors and with highly effective communication skills, you will lead on improving the shared understanding of community assets and local priorities within County Council and with local partners for your area. You will have the confidence and skills to quickly develop trusted working relationships drawn from a wide range of public, private and health sectors, social care, voluntary and community sector, community leaders and other capable people, utilising the strengths of the diverse range of those involved. Fostering a culture of innovation through working in collaboration, partners will represent themselves and each other with the best interests of communities in that place.

This is a fixed-term role to 30 September 2023 with the possibility of extending if funding allows. Secondments are welcome from partner organisations.

Interviews will take place Tuesday 22nd March or Thursday 24th March in person (or via Teams if Covid or other restrictions apply)
For further information about this role please contact Elaine.Matthews@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk , Think Communities Area Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

For more information and to apply click here: https://www.publicsectorjobseast.co.uk/pages/default.aspx 

Covid -19

As the Covid-19 situation affects us all, please find an email received on Friday 13th March 2020 from Public Health along with some links.


Dear colleagues, community leaders and volunteers

We understand that coronavirus is generating a great deal of concern. While for many people it will be a mild illness, for older people and those with underlying health conditions it can be a more serious illness and we all need to work together to protect these more vulnerable members of our communities. To help stop the spread of coronavirus we’ve created a campaign web page from which you can download a range of materials to share (posters, images, social media posts etc. including posters translated into a range of languages). These encourage people to do the most simple and effective thing that can stop the spread of the virus, which is regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
To view the page and to download, click here

Today’s the Government also announced an update on its approach, asking people to stay at home for 7 days if they have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough. This update can be viewed here

My regards

Dr Liz Robin
Director of Public Health
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council



Please also find the following links and support materials which may help your organisations.

Public support:
-Government Website :https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
-NHS Guidance :https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Organisation support:
-NCVO :https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus
-ACAS : https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Disabled Children’s Service – Applications

Cambridgeshire County Council Disabled Children’s Service are inviting applications to deliver a range of interesting, exciting and inclusive activities for disabled children and young people living within Cambridgeshire. The children and young people who will use the clubs and groups will be aged up to 19 years and have a range of needs: They may require assistance with personal care for example or assistance with support to enjoy activities in the community with other young people.

The groups and clubs must be able to provide enjoyable experiences for our young people whilst enabling them to reduce social isolation and contribute to their personal and social development.

Any projects or groups set up may be specialist or may provide an environment, which prepares disabled children and young people for transition to inclusive provisions.

The Service is looking for flexible projects or groups that enable children and young people to participate in fun and stimulating activities at a range of times that suit them including evenings, weekends and during school holidays.

The County Council’s current framework ends on 30th September 2019 and they invite all existing providers and new ones to join our new framework. Their tender is due to go live on May 28th and they have a provider engagement day on 16th May 2019, 14:00 – 16:00 at the Kreis Viersen Room, Shire Hall in Cambridge, CB3 0AP.

If you are interested in attending this event, please can you email childrenscommissioningteam@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

The sector has its view on the proposed County Lottery

11 delegates from the voluntary sector recently attended the third Focus Group on the proposed Cambridgeshire County online lottery, including Support Cambridgeshire partners Hunts Forum and Cambridge CVS.

Over 30 local authorities across the UK have invested in online lotteries, achieving £130,000 in a two year period for various good causes.

Cambridgeshire County Council estimate that within a 24 month period, 9,779 prospective players will provide approximately £254,000 for good causes across the County (based upon a population estimate of 651,000 and a take up rate of 1.5%).

How will it work?

Online tickets will be available at £1.00 per week.

50% of the price of a ticket will go towards individual or specific listed good causes.

10% will go towards a community fund (which will be allocated to good causes chosen by elected members).

20% will go towards players and will act as prize money (the maximum prize that can be won is £25,000).

17% will go towards the Lottery Provider (a company known as Gatherwell).

3% is required for VAT compliance.

Cambridgeshire based organisations can list themselves as a good cause providing they benefit or provide services and activities across the 5 districts which constitute the County.

Organisations will need a formal constitution or a set of rules.

Organisations will also need a bank account with at least 2 unrelated signatories.

More details on how to list an organisation as a good cause will be provided by the County Council in a FAQ sheet which is currently being compiled.

It is envisaged that the lottery will commence in Spring 2019.

Potential issues for voluntary organisations:

Organisations will need to think carefully about their fundraising strategy. If donors already support an organisation financially then redirecting them through the lottery could mean a reduction in income (as 50% only of the ticket price is directed towards specific good causes). However, the online lottery could be a way of attracting new and different potential donors, so how this is marketed needs to be well thought through and defined. Any organisations that need help with this can contact Support Cambridgeshire partners Hunts Forum (info@huntsforum.org.uk) or Cambridge CVS (alan@cambridgecvs.org.uk).

Cambridgeshire County Council have stated that the lottery is an additional source of funding for good causes and will not impact upon current grant processes (although there are plenty of other external factors which could).

If you wish to have your say about the proposed lottery then simply E-Mail cambslottery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk