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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 Debbie@huntsforum.org.uk

Have Your Say on Changes to Adult Social Care Charging Policy

Members of the public are invited to have a say over Cambridgeshire County Council’s plans to change its Adult Social Care charging policy.
The council wants the people who use its social care services to pay a bigger contribution for their care to raise extra money.

It is proposing five changes which would bring in nearly £2m of extra money for the council. Read the full story over on the Healthwatch Cambridgeshire website.

Commissioning Forum

The next Support Cambridgeshire Commissioning Forum takes place on the 30th October 2019 at Bar Hill Village Hall 

Commissioning Forums give VCSE sector representatives the opportunity to ask Commissioners about best practice, the current landscape in commissioning through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what the future might look like.

3 Commissioners will be in attendance on the day.

The Agenda is as follows:

Welcome and introductions.

Summary of previous meetings.

Challenges & Opportunities.

Bridging the Gap.

Moving Forward.

The session will be facilitated by Julie Farrow, lead CEO of Support Cambridgeshire and Fiona Adler from the Commissioning Unit.

The event will begin promptly at 9AM and will finish at 12.30PM.

To book your space contact jackie@huntsforum.org.uk



Cambridgeshire Local Lottery

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery is launching in Autumn 2019.

In March 2018 Cambridgeshire County Council councillors approved plans to launch a local lottery, where 60p in every £1 spent will go to local good causes (more info here). After various consultation events, the team is gearing up to launch the lottery to local organisations with an event on 24 July, 7-9pm in the Kreis Viersen Room, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

The event will provide an opportunity for local community groups to find out more about becoming a member of the lottery and to either register on the day or take away information to register later. If you are interested in attending the event or would like more information on the Cambridgeshire Local Lottery please email cambslottery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. The official website (www.cambslocallottery.com) will be open to local groups to register from 24 July. Tickets can be brought from 3 September and the first draw will take place on 12 October.

Commissioning Forum – The view from the North

14 Delegates attended the second Commissioning Forum held at the South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris.

The Forums have been established by Support Cambridgeshire to ensure the right level of dialogue and problem solving exists between the Commissioners of local services, and those organisations that provide projects and activities. The first Commissioning Forum was held in the South of Cambridgeshire in October 2018.

This latest session in the North of Cambridgeshire was facilitated by Julie Farrow and Russell Rolph from lead Support Cambridgeshire partner Hunts Forum, with Fiona Davies representing the Commissioners. A mix of organisations attended, some from Peterborough and some from Cambridgeshire, and whilst their experiences of commissioning were slightly different a common mix of concerns were raised about how commissioning is currently being conducted. Amongst these were:

  • How Commissioning was interpreted and enacted across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and how different rules appeared to apply depending upon location or Commissioner.
  • What value are Commissioners placing on local organisations, as this appears to require clarity?
  • How is added value being interpreted by the Commissioning Unit, and how do they evaluate contracts already in place?
  • Can the Commissioners provide a timeline of contracts up for revision or re-commissioning as this would help community based organisations in their preparation and possible partnerships with others.

Some of the these questions need to be answered directly by the Commissioning Unit as a whole, and will be sent by Julie Farrow for direct responses.

Feedback from the event was very positive:

It was great to get an update from Cambridgeshire County Council and have an opportunity to talk to other providers.

I enjoyed talking to other voluntary sector organisations and getting a better understanding of what the Commissioning Unit does and is.

I think the delivery of this event was spot – on. It was an opportunity to hear directly from a Commissioner and understand the issues and challenges they face.

I did not know that much about the Commissioning process before I came, so it was fantastic to get an overview of the issues that all parties face.

I loved this event and support the idea of regular get- together’s between the Commissioners and the sector.

Next Steps: 

Whilst it is clear that the Commissioners are working to some pressured financial constraints, the voluntary sector within Cambridgeshire as a whole now needs to respond. Two further forums will be advertised to do exactly that, and will take discussions further hopefully to a fruitful conclusion.

If you wish to book an advanced space for these two events (probably late May or early June) please contact russell@huntsforum.org.uk

Campaign to end loneliness

As part of the Campaign to End Loneliness, Cambridgeshire County Council are working together with partners to encourage communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to host a Big Lunch https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/stuff-to-do/organise-big-lunch  or a Great Get Together https://www.greatgettogether.org/ in June 2019.

This is part of their #50000reasons campaign that was launched over Christmas to encourage people to reach out to isolated people in their community who may be experiencing loneliness.

The Big Lunch will be taking place on 1-2 June and The Great Get Together will be taking place on 21-23 June. Both national events provide a great opportunity to bring your neighbours together, including those who might be more isolated, to share food, have fun and get to know each other better.

The County will be holding an information session for those who would like to find out more about hosting a Big Lunch or Great Get Together, with tips on ‘how to make it happen’ as well as examples of successful events. The event will be held at on 26th March 2019 from 11:00 to 13:00 at:

The Assembly Room

Huntingdon Town Hall

Market Hill


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If you would like to attend this event, please email Alex Parr on alex.parr@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to confirm your attendance, as places will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

If you’re interested in hosting or supporting a community to host either a Big Lunch or Great Get Together or would like further information, please let Alex know, as they would really like to map all events that take place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in June to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common.

Talking of all things loneliness, why not book an advanced space on our Connecting Communities Conference for the 20th June 2019 in St Ives. This event will investigate how volunteering can help in the fight against loneliness. The keynote speaker is Kate Gordon from the UK Men’s Sheds Association, and 4 interactive workshop sessions have been planned.

Book an advanced space by contacting russell@hunstforum.org.uk.