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Volunteering : Do we need Passport or Passporting?

Following the Connecting Communities Conference, there was a keen interest in learning more about the concept of Volunteer Passports and how moving people around organisations could be possible.

With that, we invited Gethyn Wiliams to talk through the theory of Passports and give space for groups and organisations to explore the ideas of how or if this could be something Cambridgeshire VCSE could be up for.

Below you will find the slides, recording and notes which followed the presentation, which was part of the event on the 20th of September 2022.

Next Steps

Thank you to all those who attended and took part, at this stage the Support Cambridgeshire team are not sure where we go with what came out of the event and thank you to all those who are intrested to know and be part of future conversation, if you where unable to make the event but would like to be kept in the loop of the event please email info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk 



Free Gas Safe Training for frontline staff and volunteers

The Gas Safe Charity provides free hour-long Zoom training course to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) risks, aimed at front line staff who provide support to vulnerable people in their own homes. Already thousands of people have attended these courses but we want to promote it even more widely, as it is such an important topic, particularly at the moment. It could save lives.

As we move into Autumn and heating is switched back on, risks increase. It has never been more important for front line staff and volunteers to be more aware of the risks of CO in the home. The cost of living crisis is increasing those risks, particularly to vulnerable people who may be using unsafe heating practices in their home or not having their gas appliances checked in order to save money. New legislation about carbon monoxide detectors for landlords is also becoming law later this year, which is covered in this training.

Aimed at front line staff and volunteers, they help people who work in the homes of vulnerable people to be more aware of the risks and to help prevent poisoning taking place. The interactive workshop lasts an hour. To find out more and to book, please click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/115618952399

Free Business Volunteer Support

Business in the Community (BITC) and its network of business members are leading a movement to create a fair and sustainable world in which to live and work. Formed in 1982, and with HRH The Prince of Wales as our Royal Founding Patron, BITC are the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. They work and campaign with more than 600 members to continually grow their responsible business practices, uniting our efforts for greater social and environmental impact in our communities.

As part of that, they have a number of ways VCS can engage in their work.

Skills Exchange

One-to-one skilled business volunteer support – source business volunteers with a wide array of skills including those listed below:

  • Finance / budgets/ funding applications
  • HR/ policy writing/ staff management/ change management/ training
  • Technology and digital support (technology set ups, remote working advice, to website and app design etc)
  • Marketing, comms and social media
  • Business planning, project management and general business support and advice
  • Specialist services like legal support or surveyors etc.

Please visit the website Covid19 BITC (businessresponsecovid.org.uk) to submit a request for support. There is no limit on the number of requests.

They are also offering webinars which might be of interest.

New webinars will be released soon.

They also have a mailing list which can be signed up to here 

Nominate Your Community Heroes for The Etheldreda Medal Award

The Etheldreda Award is a medal presented by the Bishop of Ely to people who have given ‘generous and outstanding service which would not otherwise be recognised’.

Candidates will be selected from the nominations received by a panel of volunteers who have been appointed by the Bishop to identify twenty to thirty suitable recipients. Most of these awards will be presented publicly at a special service at Ely Cathedral on 17 October 2020. There will be further awards in 2022 and biennially thereafter.

Nomination forms for those who are to be considered for the 2020 presentations should be sent to the Award Secretary no later than 23 June 2020.

The Etheldreda Medal is for persons whose service to community (which might be as ‘local’ as their extended family but could be as extensive as a national or international concern) is both ‘generous’ and ‘outstanding’. It is also essential that the person’s good works have hitherto been unrecognised. The Bishop is looking for exceptional people; those who might (in partnership with others) come close to being nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For many people this will be about the duration and persistence of their good works, for others it may relate to a short but extraordinary act of kindness or course of conduct.

Please click here for more information and to download the nomination form.