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THE FORUM The Magazine of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF)

Issue 8 Jul - Dec 2019

Recycle for the environment


Amey explains the 4Rs of waste

Saving lives by land and air

Celebrating 15 years of CCF

Making technology accessible to all

15 years and £15 million of grants for Cambridgeshire!

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Tech for good

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Looking to improve your local community? To date, in partnership with the Landfill Communi6es Fund, Cambridgeshire Community Founda6on have awarded over £5.5m from The Amey Community Fund. Recent projects include: New roofs for spor6ng facili6es, refurbishing village halls, installing toilet facili6es in churches and installing new play equipment. Take a look at our website for lots more informa6on - grants from £10,000 to £100,000 hKps://

We are able to accept applica6ons from other registered Environmental Bodies, Parish Councils, Parochial Church Council’s, Sports Clubs and other eligible chari6es/organisa6ons.

Timescales and Deadlines For projects ready to start in Dec 2019, Expressions of Interest will need to be submiFed by 5pm 16th Sept 2019 For projects ready to start in March 2020, Expressions of Interest will need to be submiFed by 5pm 9th Dec 2019 __________________ Please contact Beth at CCF if you require any assistance e:

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Welcome to

THE FORUM WELCOME TO OUR 8th issue of The Forum, the magazine of your Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF). I can hardly believe that it is a year that I have been with CCF. The time has flown, and I’ve learnt so much and met incredible, inspiring people over the last twelve months. As CCF celebrates its 15th year this year, I reflect that we have achieved a huge amount over the last 15 years. We’ve made over £15,000,000 worth of grants to support local community groups and charities. Michael O’Toole, CEO at This funding helps passionate, local people, who Cambridgeshire Community understand how to bring about positive change in Foundation their communities. Of course, this would not have been possible without the support of our incredible donors, and for this we are very grateful. However, CCF must do much more! I want to inspire local philanthropy so that we can increase funding for communities across Cambridgeshire. As ever, I’d love to hear from you if you feel you can help. You can follow me on Twitter @otoole_michael for regular news and updates about our work.

what’s inside About CCF

4 ABOUT CCF How CCF helps local communities across Cambridgeshire

CCF News

5 NEW TRUSTEE CCF welcomes Chris Parkhouse DL as their newest trustee 5 CCF’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY CCF celebrates 15 years of grant giving to support local communities and charities 5 WINS FOR CAMBRIDGE STREET AID Cambridge Street Aid reaches important milestone in 2019


6 DONOR PROFILE How Hopkins Homes helps people in need through their Winter Crisis Fund 8 FEATURED GROUP How Magpas saves lives with new lifesaving equipment

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THIS EDITION OF The Forum aims to showcase the wide variety of projects that CCF has recently funded, from community CPR to churchyard biodiversity. In particular, protecting our local environment is increasingly important in Cambridgeshire and across the UK, so this topic was a clear choice for the theme of Issue 8. It was so inspiring to talk to the grant recipients featured in this edition about the projects they’re running to enhance and preserve the natural beauty Helena Schofield, Editor and of our county. I hope that our readers are also Grants Officer, Cambridgeshire inspired, not just to consider their own impact on Community Foundation the planet, but to do something positive in their local community.

10 AMEY COMMUNITY FUND Recent local projects that have been funded by Amey Community Fund


18 PROTECTING VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE Early intervention to support young people at risk

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CEO Michael O’Toole Editor and Grants Officer Helena Schofield Operations Manager Viv Atkinson Design Karen Jinks Printing and distribution by The Villager and Town Life magazines

Please send your comments and suggestions to @cambridgeshirecf

14 ENGAGING WITH OUR ENVIRONMENT How three organisations were helped to protect and benefit from their local surroundings 16 MAKING TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE Groups helping to overcome the digital divide

20 SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Support and training to encourage independance

24 MORE PROJECTS FUNDED BY CCF A brief look at some of the other projects we fund

Support CCF

26 BECOME A FRIEND OF CCF How you can support the work we do 27 DONATE TO CCF More ways to help us support communities across the county

Cover photo courtesy of Karen Jinks

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Funded projects

22 IMPROVING LIFE QUALITY IN PETERBOROUGH Brilliant projects in the Cathedral city


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12 THE 4RS OF WASTE Recycling for the future

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How CCF helps local communities across Cambridgeshire

Empowering communities

Encouraging local philanthropy

By funding small, grassroots organisations, we support local people who want to bring about change in their local area

We enable local organisations and individuals to make a difference in their local area

Caring for those in need

Addressing local needs and issues

Protecting and supporting the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our county is at the heart of everything we do

From housing and homelessness to rural communities, CCF works to address issues specific to our county

Sharing in success We want to help make Cambridgeshire a place where we can all share in the success and prosperity of our county 4 / Jul - Dec 2019 / THE FORUM

CCF NEWS New Trustee IN APRIL, CCF welcomed Chris Parkhouse DL as our newest trustee. Chris founded and leads Deyton Bell, which offers a range of professional consultancy, advisory, and outsourced services to clients including major public sector bodies. He is also the Director of the East of England Business Group and has previously served as Director for the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce. Outside of business, Chris is a Vice President of Cambridgeshire Rowing Association and a fully licensed British Rowing umpire and was recently appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire. We look forward to learning from Chris’s wealth of business knowledge and experience.

Chris Parkhouse DL, CCF Trustee

CCF’s 15th Anniversary

Wins for Cambridge Street Aid

CCF CELEBRATES ITS 15th year in 2019. Over that time, we have made £15,000,000 worth of grants to support local community groups and charities, which understand how to bring about positive change in their communities. CEO Michael O’Toole says: “I am passionately committed to addressing issues in our county. We are determined to inspire local philanthropy and increase funding for communities across Michael O’Toole, CEO at CCF Cambridgeshire. We must provide more grant funding and truly become the Foundation for the whole county.” CCF is hosting a series of events to celebrate our 15th year – get in touch to find out more.

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2019 HAS BEEN a momentous year so far for Cambridge Street Aid. The fund, which pools public donations to award grants of up to £750 to homeless individuals to turn their lives around, recently awarded its 150th grant and, to date, has provided more than £50,000 in grants to individuals. This milestone coincided with the installation of the latest contactless donation point in the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre in central Cambridge, with a launch event taking place on 22 February 2019. Other contactless donation points can be found around the city at The Guildhall, Mandela House (Cambridge City Council Customer Service Centre), and CoOperative stores on Mill Road, Chesterton Road, and in Burwell.

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Hopkins Homes is a winter warmer Helping those in need

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THE HOPKINS HOMES Winter Crisis Fund was established to respond to the growing number of people across Cambridgeshire who are in fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is defined as those who are struggling financially and therefore having to make the choice between heating their homes or feeding their families. A staggering 11.5 per cent of Cambridge households were fuel-poor in the latest government statistics, making Cambridge the 6th worst of 47 local authorities in the East of England. The fund provided grants of up to £300 to cover heating costs, purchase warm clothing for children, or provide flooring for homes. A total of 84 recipients received £21,000 worth of grants, spread across the three districts of South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, and Huntingdonshire. Despite being one of the wealthiest areas of the county and the UK, around half of the applications received were for residents of South Cambridgeshire. 39 grants were given to provide carpets, many for those on a low income who had moved into social housing which had no flooring. The impact of health issues and trauma on recipients’ ability to afford heating for their homes was a common challenge facing grant recipients. Disabilities, mental health issues, bereavement, domestic violence, and terminal illnesses all affected their financial situations and their wellbeing. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation CEO Michael O’Toole says: “It’s estimated that in localised areas of East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire, the percentage of households in fuel poverty reaches levels

Photographs courtesy of Hopkins Homes

We work closely with local Community Foundations to ensure our donations reach those most in need Joshua Hopkins, Hopkins Charitable Fund

ranging from 16 to 22.8 per cent, which is up to double the national average, a statistic I find quite shocking. Since the Hopkins Homes Winter Crisis Fund was launched, we’ve received applications from across the county and the requests for help rose as the weather turned colder. It is great to be working with Hopkins Homes in helping people overcome the impact of fuel poverty.” Joshua Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund says: “We work closely with local Community Foundations to ensure our donations reach those most in need. During this work, the foundations highlighted the additional pressures faced in winter by vulnerable people as the colder weather exacerbates so many physical and mental wellbeing issues. I’ve been very moved by the stories of the people who have been helped this winter and hope that grants from our Winter Crisis Fund will have gone some way to improving the wellbeing of those households.”

Charity vote Following a close race with almost 1,500 votes cast, the winners of the £10,000 Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire Charity Vote were revealed. The top prize of £7,000 went to Blue Smile, a Cambridgebased charity that provides specialist counselling and therapy for vulnerable children. The runners-up were Wintercomfort, a day centre for the homeless, and Red Balloon, which supports young people who are no longer in school due to bullying or other trauma. They will receive £2,000 and £1,000 donations respectively. The three remaining shortlisted charities: Centre33, Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire, and Red2Green all received £250 donations in recognition of the valuable work they carry out in the region. Representatives from the top three charities, CCF and Hopkins Homes attended the launch event at Blue Smile’s premises in Cambridge on 26 March.

grants provided to 84 recipients

20 applications mentioned disabilities or mental health

Grant recipient stories J was on maternity leave after having a premature baby. Her previous relationship broke down so she had tomove into social housing. She was struggling to pay the bills as well as covering the cost of moving and carpeting the house. This grant means she can purchase carpets to keep the house warm enough for her baby to keep healthy. C lives alone and has anxiety and depression. He has electric heaters in his home but his financial situation means he couldn’t afford to use them and instead had to use a hot water bottle to keep warm at night. Now he can use the electric heaters and heat his house properly. B has severe mental health issues. Despite this, when he and his partner split up, he fought for custody of the children and has won the case. The four children, aged 7, 7, 5, and 2, now live with B. He had not been able to buy the coats and shoes the family need, but B can now provide basic clothing for his children. P needed new flooring in his kitchen and bathroom as it is rotten due to urine and damp. P is an elderly gentleman with a terminal illness, and new flooring provided by the grant improves the muchneeded heating in his home. Get in touch

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40 grants in South Cambs 26 grants in East Cambs 18 grants in Hunts

grants totalled £21,000

39 recipients received grants to purchase carpets for their homes

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Magpas Air Ambulance Matters of the heart

Photographs courtesy of Magpas MAGPAS AIR AMBULANCE is a charity that brings lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies across the East of England and beyond, 24/7. Its medical team receives enhanced training, allowing them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene, such as general anaesthetic, which are usually only available in hospital. This means that the frontline care the team delivers doesn’t just save lives, it helps seriously ill and injured people return to a good quality of life. The A14 Community Fund managed by CCF in conjunction with Highways England, which provides grants to community projects along the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon corridor, provided a grant to run CPR training for communities along the A14. The community training course, ‘Hearts Matter: Community CPR’, is a free hour-long session which is available to schools, businesses and community groups and will be taught by Magpas Critical Care Paramedic and Community Training and Engagement Officer, Sally Boor. Sally says: “I’m so pleased to be involved in Hearts Matter: Community CPR, because I know that this project will make a vital difference and help save lives. We have a relatively low

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survival rate in the UK for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and, although positive steps are being made, I think there is still a lot more we can do to improve this. In fact, it is our aim to empower people to feel comfortable, capable and confident to help a victim of cardiac arrest, because we know if the person next to them knows what to do, their chances of survival are so much greater.” Magpas Air Ambulance CEO Daryl Brown says: “The Magpas Air Ambulance community CPR training project ‘Hearts Matter’ will help us to build skilled communities along the A14 and beyond, to feel confident in identifying, and most importantly acting, in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. Many Magpas Air Ambulance patients only survive because of quick bystander CPR. The more people we can teach CPR skills to, the more lives we can save.” Magpas Air Ambulance also received a grant from the Harry Cureton Charitable Trust, which is administered by CCF and makes grants for healthcare-related equipment and activities in Peterborough. A grant was awarded to Magpas to purchase a Simbody, a lifelike mannequin to be used during pre-hospital emergency medical training.

It has been great working with CCF. We are so grateful for the role they have played in helping us raise such a fantastic amount for two key projects at Magpas Air Ambulance. Sarah Greene, Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer at Magpas Air Ambulance

To prepare for the most serious medical emergencies, the Magpas medics undergo intensive pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) training before joining Magpas Air Ambulance. The training is simulated to feel as life-like as possible and recreates the most common traumatic incidents the teams will be called to. Having the ability to practise on the most advanced and life-like simulation mannequins is a critical part of ensuring the best outcomes for the clinicians and their future patients. Sarah Greene, Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer at Magpas Air Ambulance, says: “It has been great working with CCF. There is always a friendly voice at the end of the phone when you call, and they are always happy to help with any queries. We are so grateful for the role they have played in helping us raise such a fantastic amount for two key projects at Magpas Air Ambulance.”

Virtual reality Simbodies are a believable simulated patient training tool. They look and feel like real skin, are weighted accurately with movable limbs and even have a real-life simulated airway complete with jaw and teeth. They are the most life-like mannequins available and enable trainees to feel like they are treating real people. Simbodies are hugely versatile and it’s possible to carry out a wide range of procedures and treatments on them. The Simbody that Magpas Air Ambulance received will offer the most realistic training equipment possible for the Magpas medical team.

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The Amey Community Fund The Amey Community Fund offers grants for local projects which improve public amenities or restore buildings of historical importance. To date, the fund has given over £5.5 million to projects across Cambridgeshire - below are some recently funded projects.

Photographs courtesy of Ely Hockey Club

ELY OUTDOOR SPORTS ASSOCIATION A grant of £32,500 was recently awarded to Ely Outdoor Sports Association so that Ely City Hockey Club could replace its astroturf pitch, which was becoming unplayable after 25 years of wear. The pitch is used for around 45 hours each week for hockey, 5-a-side football by Junior football clubs, and for mini and tag rugby, throughout the year. The opening ceremony for the new pitch was attended by Gold Medal winning Team GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE and Ely Mayor Cllr Mike Rouse. Julia Gilbert, Director of the Ely Outdoor Sports Association, says: “We were hugely grateful for the grant that we received from the Amey Community Fund. Without it, we simply wouldn’t have been able to replace the astroturf pitch, and a vital community asset that is used by hundreds of juniors and adults on a weekly basis, would have been lost.”

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Photographs courtesy of Tithe Barn Trust


The Tithe Barn Trust received a grant of £100,000 - the largest award given by the Amey Community Fund to date - for the restoration of the Grade II-Listed Tithe Barn. Gemma O’Shea, volunteer and Chair of Tithe Barn Trust, says: “This grant is a significant step forward in securing the £242,000 needed towards the urgent repair works to the unique timber frame Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge. Our thanks go to the Amey Community Fund for supporting such as worthwhile project.”

Our thanks go to the Amey Community Fund for supporting such as worthwhile project Gemma O’Shea, volunteer and Chair of Tithe Barn Trust

Tithe barns are increasingly rare in the UK and the Landbeach barn is the only one remaining in Cambridgeshire in its original condition, with a thatched roof, timber frame, timber granary and brick threshing floor. However, the building is at risk of being lost and there is a critical need to undertake the urgent repairs to avoid this. The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Tithe Barn. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education, ensuring that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future. Get in touch

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The 4Rs of waste Ever wondered what happens to your waste, or how you could help to reduce your impact on the environment? You can find out more about the 4Rs of waste – how to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover – on these pages!

What happens to your waste?

Your recyclable waste is delivered to the Waterbeach Waste Management Park and the ‘Materials Recycling Facility’ at the site separates out the paper, card, plastics and cans ready for reprocessing into new products.

When your rubbish is collected, it is delivered to the Waterbeach Waste Management Park. The rubbish is put through a ‘Mechanical and Biological Treatment’ process which separates out recyclable materials that may have been missed and reduces the organic fraction of the waste through a composting process before it is landfilled. 12 / Jul - Dec 2019 / THE FORUM

Food and garden waste collected from residents of Cambridgeshire is composted at the Waterbeach Waste Management Park to create a soil improver which residents can collect for free from a number of locations around Cambridgeshire, including the Waste Management Park. It is a rich source of nutrients and is used by gardeners, allotment holders, landscapers and farmers.

However, the landfill site will be full in the next 10-15 years. Much of the material currently being landfilled is a rich source of energy, and in future could be used to generate electricity and heat.

So what can you do to help? 1. Reduce

2. Reuse

We can all help by reducing our waste – say no to single use plastic, get creative with leftover food, buy quality items that last!

A lot of things can be reused – take a refillable bottle or cup with you, re-cover an old chair, sell unwanted clothes or toys give them to charity!

Example: Cambridge Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN)

Example: Revive and Witchford Village College

CCORRN’s Community RePaint Scheme started in January 2011 and is a collaboration between CCORRN, Amey and Cambridgeshire County Council. Millions of litres of usable paint are disposed of each year, and Community RePaint aims to find a loving home for all the perfectly usable paint. CCORRN’s Bits and Bobs Scrapstore has lots of creative resources like paint brushes, glue, buttons and ribbons, as well as an array of donated materials suitable for all sorts of arts and crafts activities.

Witchford College students recently collaborated with local organisation Revive and Amey to demonstrate how waste can be reduced through upcycling old furniture. Students upcycled a number of furniture products which were then sold on the Revive platform, which was itself created by a community group based in Witchford.

3. Recycle

We can make the most out of waste if we recover materials or the energy that is in our leftover waste – powering and heating homes and businesses. This is the 4th R!

We can all recycle more – well over half of your waste is recyclable including, food waste. Remember to buy recycled products, too! Example: Charpak Did you know that some of the plastic packaging you buy is made in Cambridgeshire… from packaging recycled by Cambridgeshire residents and businesses? Well, it is! Local packaging manufacturer Charpak is working in partnership with Amey to use plastic packaging separated by the Waterbeach Waste Management Park’s Materials Recycling Facility and turn it into new plastic products.

4. Recover

Recovering energy from the 200,000 tonnes of waste that is currently landfilled at Waterbeach could reduce methane emissions from landfill and generate enough electricity to power 63,000 homes, and potentially supply heat directly to local homes and businesses. This will help to reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 tonnes per year.

Discover how Amey is helping to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover more of your waste at:

What else? Amey has also recently launched a new website where you can find out more about the 4Rs and be inspired by the brilliant work that is already going on in the community. Get in touch

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You can also find out more about the Amey Community Fund, operated by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which gives grants to local good causes and to date has donated over £5.5 million towards projects in Cambridgeshire.

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Engaging with our environment Communities working with nature

Photograph courtesy of Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s, Weston Colville

Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s, Weston Colville

Whitehill Allotment Society

Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s, Weston Colville received £2,968 from Wadlow Wind Farm Community Fund to purchase a tractor mower with mulching deck, to help improve upkeep of the churchyard. The 1.5 acre church grounds are kept and maintained entirely through the effort of volunteers, who had previously been using 20-year-old tools and an antiquated 22-inch pedestrian mower with high maintenance costs. This grant enabled the church to create and manage wildlife and pollinator habitats within the church grounds, fulfilling a valuable ecological function as well as being an integral part of the church and village life. In recent years, volunteers have begun to actively manage the churchyard for the benefit of biodiversity, particularly encouraging wildflower populations to thrive and thereby to create a habitat for pollinating insects. This had begun to show positive results, but they needed better tools to manage it properly. Ian Ashbridge, churchwarden of St Photograph courtesy of Parochial Church Mary’s, says: “Churchyards Council of St Mary’s, Weston Colville are places of memorial and contemplation, but they are also very important ecologically, since they support concentrations of insects and plants rarely found in the modern rural landscape. The grant support from CCF has allowed us to manage this special landscape for nature, and we have already begun to see big improvements, particularly in pollinator numbers.”

Covering ten acres across two sites, the Whitehill Allotment Society was founded in the 1940s and currently offers more than 130 plots. It received £4,000 from private donor to improve its Peverel Road site by purchasing a communal polytunnel and rotavator, as well as making the site more accessible for wheelchair users through the installation of an adaptable two-door shed. The society promotes community cohesion and welcomes homeless people, people with mental health issues, disabled people, and young offenders to their sites. The equipment purchased using this grant enables the allotments to provide more opportunities for city centre residents to engage with nature and cultivation. Laura Churcher, committee member of the society, says: “The allotment society not only gives people in the local community the opportunity to grow their own food, but also helps build awareness around what they can do to help their environment. We sell insect and bat houses in the shop, advertise conservation efforts and encourage organic and insect friendly cultivation. We have community events to help get everyone involved, especially kids as we think it’s really important they understand where their food comes from. We feel that getting outside, being active and working towards a purpose in a community really helps people maintain balance in Photograph courtesy of Whitehill a hectic world.”

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Allotment Society

Godmanchester Community Association The River Great Ouse at Godmanchester provides iconic views and an important spawning ground for fish but, in recent years, the level of silt has risen and the water level has fallen, resulting in an increase in algae and debris. To restore this section of the river to its former picturesque beauty, Godmanchester Community Association was awarded £22,500 (over 3 years) from Looker Energy Environmental Fund to dredge the river and remove the silt. This project includes the removal of the 540m2 of re-usable topsoil from the river which, when dry, can be spread to enrich the adjacent recreation ground. This major environmental project benefits the local community by improving the condition of the river, while putting the dredged silt to community use. Alan Hooker, President of the Association, says: “The finished result has been amazing, with waterlilies and weeds returning already, along with the carp and dace, none of which have been seen in this stretch of river for more than 15 years. This is but the first step towards creating what we hope will once again be an amazing area of beauty.”

Photograph courtesy of Godmanchester Community Association

Peterborough Environment City Trust Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is a charity helping to preserve, protect and enhance the environment, increase community cohesion, and ensure all sections of society - particularly those most vulnerable - live happier, healthier, and more sustainable lives. PECT developed an Eco Framework in 2015, which offers a coordinated approach to Environmental Education and provides schools with a clear structure to support their eco activities. It received a large grant from the A14 Community Fund, to adapt this structure for use in schools in Huntingdonshire, with a specific focus on the themes of Land Use and Wildlife, Sustainable Food and Sustainable Transport. Looking at the relationship between the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon works and local wildlife, primary school pupils explored the natural environment, from creating a wildlife corridor in their playground to making seedbombs of wildflowers. All the students who took part said they felt calmer and more relaxed following the sessions. The students were able to connect with nature and take positive steps to actively encourage biodiversity both at school and in their own homes. The wildlife corridors created have been mainly located around school boundaries. This enables them to be visible to the local community and therefore has a further reaching positive effect. “Embedding Eco Education into schools is incredibly important in order to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students, and to encourage positive behaviour change, both at school and at home,” says PECT’s Heidi Latronico-Ferris. “Through PECT’s educational projects, it has been wonderful to experience how enthusiastic and knowledgeable children can quickly become once they start discovering more about environmental issues.” Get in touch

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Photograph courtesy of Peterborough Environment City Trust

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Making technology accessible Overcoming the digital divide

Rowan received a £5,000 grant from Cambridgeshire Technology Fund and other corporate donors to provide digital equipment for its student artists with learning disabilities. The arts centre is a unique resource for people with learning disabilities, and its project, ‘Overcoming the digital divide’, allowed its student artists to develop independence using technology. The equipment included a laser engraver, an interactive whiteboard, two bespoke tablets, and assistive communications software. This equipment has and will continue to allow the students to engage in the whole process of designing artworks for sale, conducting online research to inform their work, and developing communication skills. The project has enabled Rowan’s many older student artists to access and be more comfortable with digital technology. One of the tutors says: “Mark (not his real name) is nonverbal and his first language is not English. Using digital technology, he was able to manipulate drawings and turn them into figures to be engraved using the laser cutter. This technology is useful for Mark as he has sensory impairments. As a visual and tactile learner, he benefited from being able to touch and move things around. Mark was more able to participate in class discussions making the whole experience more inclusive, and it has enabled Mark to grow in confidence and self-esteem.”

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It has enhanced our student experience and provided them with opportunities to engage using digital technology in a safe and supportive environment, leading to greater confidence, independence, productivity and creativity. Des Trollip, the Director of Operations at Rowan

Rowan Humberstone

Photograph courtesy of Rowan Humberstone

Des Trollip, the Director of Operations at Rowan, says: “We are very grateful to receive this grant. It has enabled us to purchase digital equipment that would normally have been beyond the scope of the organisation to provide. It has enhanced our student experience and provided them with opportunities to engage using digital technology in a safe and supportive environment, leading to greater confidence, independence, productivity and creativity.”

Beat This received £2,499 from Cambridgeshire Technology Fund to create an interactive and immersive sound, light, and music environment using programmable software, to be used by adults and young people with additional needs. Based in Peterborough, this project aims to overcome barriers to music-making for people with additional needs. The visual programming software used can alter lighting, projections, and sounds, and users can manipulate the software to create their own sensory experience. This is more accessible for those who may struggle to create music with traditional instruments and equipment, allowing everybody to access music-making. Lee Ashton, Director of Beat This, says: “The use of music technology provides easy access to music-making. It overcomes barriers and enables new ways to create or compose music.”

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Beat This CIC

Photographs courtesy of Beat This CIC

The use of music technology provides easy access to music-making. It overcomes barriers and enables new ways to create or compose music. Lee Ashton, Director of Beat This

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Protecting vulnerable young people Early intervention to support young people at risk

Based in Bedfordshire, Unseen UK is a national charity that works to combat modern slavery through supporting survivors, providing training and advice, and influencing policy. In our county, the charity works closely with Cambridgeshire Police and Victim Support to help those who are victims of modern slavery. Unseen UK was awarded £5,000 from the Hubert Julian Grassroots Endowed Fund and other corporate donors to run workshops for secondary school pupils in Cambridgeshire on the dangers of modern slavery and the criminal practices linked to slavery. In particular, the sessions aim to inform young people of the dangers of county lines drug dealing, as criminals prey on young people to make a profit, and this issue is increasingly prevalent in Cambridgeshire. By providing informative workshops and running a youth ambassador programme, Unseen UK’s work in Cambridgeshire helps to prevent vulnerable young people from being abused and exploited, and ensures them that they are within their rights to say no.

Justine Currell, Director of Unseen, says: “I am delighted to have received a grant to address the specific issues of criminal and sexual exploitation in Cambridgeshire among our young people, through our interactive Spotlight programme. Young people are targeted because they are vulnerable, and educating them on what abuse and exploitation are, and the role the internet and social media can play, will help to prevent them from becoming victims. Making our young people more resilient to exploitation is vital, and this programme will help them understand the issues, recognise the signs to spot, and know who to tell if they have concerns.”

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Young people are targeted because they are vulnerable, and educating them on what abuse and exploitation are, and the role the internet and social media can play, will help to prevent them from becoming victims. Justine Currell, Director of Unseen

Unseen UK

Suffolk-based children’s charity Ormiston Families works throughout the East of England, helping families, children and young people to develop resilience, and helping give children the best possible start in life. Its work covers mental health support, school attendance and attainment, early parenting skills, and support for families affected by parental imprisonment. One particular project is the Breaking Barriers service, which supports children who have been affected by parental imprisonment. The charity was awarded a large grant towards the Cambridgeshire share of this project to support 20 children who have a parent or significant carer in prison. Sadly these children are the forgotten victims, struggling to come to terms with the sudden changes in their family home. More children in the UK are affected by parental imprisonment than by divorce, so this project is vital in providing support: working to reduce anxiety, support emotional wellbeing, and assist engagement in school.

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More children in the UK are affected by parental imprisonment than by divorce, so this project is vital in providing support: working to reduce anxiety, support emotional wellbeing, and assist engagement in school.

Ormiston Families

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Emma Rawlingson, Trust and Foundations Manager, says: “Our Breaking Barriers service provides vital support for children that are experiencing emotional distress due to the imprisonment of a parent or significant carer. These children are often scared, confused and worried for their parent in prison. Many are told prison is a very scary place where people who have done bad things go. This results in children worrying about their parent in prison and feeling too scared to visit. Our Cambridgeshire service helps to eliminate this fear. We work closely to help improve family relationships and help children to understand what prison is like. We are the listening ear that so many children in this situation so desperately need. This funding will allow us to keep delivering this service for a further year, which is fantastic news and we couldn’t have done this without the support of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and their generous donors.”

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Supporting people with disabilities Support and training to encourage independance

Steel Bones Set up in 2015 by husband-and-wife team Leigh and Emma Joy-Staines, Steel Bones aims to provide support for civilian amputees. From relieving poverty and distress to promoting healthy and active lifestyles, Steel Bones provides a holistic support network for people with limb loss and their families. The organisation – which is based in Isleham, near Ely – was recently awarded £4,500 from the Hubert Julian Grassroots Endowed Fund and other corporate donor, to continue providing their services to amputees across Cambridgeshire.

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Thank you CCF for making this much needed project a reality! Emma Joy-Staines, co-founder of Steel Bones

Co-founder Emma Joy-Staines says: “There are around 5,000 new amputees each year. At Steel Bones, we are passionate about empowering amputee families and uniting the amputee community to help each other. As with any trauma or lifethreatening illness, the people who can help best are often those who have experienced the same. This peer support and camaraderie is a lifeline to amputees who are often isolated at home or in hospital due to mobility and health issues. “We are so excited for the future and to build our services in Cambridge with the support of CCF, without whom none of this would be possible. We shall be supporting 100 amputee families through our ‘buddy-up’ programme, and will also be launching our newly printed children’s book through libraries. Raising awareness around inclusivity is hugely important to us, and so we will be delivering school workshops, fully funded by CCF, to educate the next generation. We also very much look forward to launching our amputee fitness club in Cambridge, which is crucial in building amputees’ confidence in the gym, and is often a lifeline to the most isolated amputees through the camaraderie it creates.Thank you CCF for making this much needed project a reality in Cambridge!”

Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust The Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust (FACET) provides practical, vocational, and accredited training for adults with learning and other disabilities living in the Fenland area. Each week, students are trained in a wide range of skills, from woodwork and horticulture to catering and healthy living. FACET was awarded £2,000 from a corporate donor towards the completion of an additional ICT suite.

ICT is a popular course at FACET, however its limited capacity meant that students could only attend one ICT session per week, despite soaring demand. Following the donation of a sales ‘pod’ from a local housing developer, the team at FACET consulted their students and decided to turn the pod into an additional ICT facility. Now more of their students can improve their ICT skills while developing their independence. Linda Ingram, CEO of FACET, says: “This award will make a really valuable contribution to our work, as we are a large training and health and social Photograph courtesy of FACET care provider, working with some of the most vulnerable adults in society. The 140 students who attend our facility each week all have learning and a wide range of other disabilities and are drawn from across the Fenland area, which is widely recognised as an area of low attainment and where many families face hardship on a daily basis. We pride ourselves in offering 32 different programmes each week, and IT plays an important role in many of those programmes.”

Volunteering with CCF Volunteers: your unique skills and expertise could be just what we need to help more people through a range of opportunities. We are keen to grow our small team of volunteers who provide support to our grant making, visiting projects and general administration activities. Trustees: you can also give your time, skills and expertise to CCF as a Trustee. We are always on the look-out for likeminded people with experience and passion. As a Trustee you will have ultimate responsibility for CCF, our finances and staff. The role is immensely rewarding, providing incredible opportunities for personal development and for you to give something back to Cambridgeshire. While you bring your skills and energy to running CCF, you will find you are gaining new connections, experience and knowledge. The role includes: • Helping develop the strategic future of CCF and our impact • Developing and managing our policies and procedures • Ensuring accountability to our beneficiaries, donors, to the Charity Commission and the public in general Work placements: we welcome enquiries from students looking for practical experience working in a charity environment. We offer time-limited projects to help you develop your skills and learn about the work of CCF. Get in touch

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If you would like to find out more, please contact our Chief Executive, Michael O’Toole at uk or call on 01223 410535 for an informal discussion.

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Improving life quality in Peterborough Brilliant projects in the cathedral city

The Box Out Of It programme offers non-contact Boxercise training to young people in Peterborough who are NEET (not in education, employment or training), at risk of offending or substance misuse, or don’t engage with sport due to financial constraints. The training engages with the whole person, aiming to develop the young people’s soft skills and prosocial behaviours, and encouraging them to pursue education, employment, training, or volunteering. Boxing Futures received a small grant from #iwillfund to run the programme in 2019 for young men and women referred to the organisation by the Prince’s Trust and Change, Grow, Live.

Young people are the future of Peterborough and so must be given every chance to realise their potential to achieve their goals. Adam Janocka, Head of Fundraising, Boxing Futures

Boxing Futures

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Adam Janocka, Head of Fundraising, says: “Young people are the future of Peterborough and so must be given every chance to realise their potential to achieve their goals. Recent data suggests that Peterborough underperforms in a number of key areas, such as education, and child poverty, whilst substance misuse seems to be a rising trend. Boxing Futures believes being able to provide the young people of Peterborough a service (such as Box Out Of It) not only improves fitness and discipline but provides enabling pathways back into education, employment and volunteering. Furthermore, it provides them with the knowledge and confidence to make positive informed choices for their future.”

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FoodCycle Peterborough

Peterborough Samaritans

Part of the national FoodCycle network, FoodCycle Peterborough runs community meals managed by volunteers using surplus food from local businesses and supermarkets. FoodCycle Peterborough was awarded a small grant to provide a weekly vegetarian three-course meal for local people, many of whom struggle to feed their families or are at risk of social isolation. Hosted at Park Road Baptist Church in central Peterborough, the weekly meal brings together people from different walks of life, but particularly supports those who are homeless, ex-offenders from HMP Peterborough, and people who live alone and have no other social activity during the week. The project is run entirely by volunteers, who transport surplus food to the location, cook the meals and welcome diners, with 24 volunteering places open each week to anybody who wants to support the project. Around 70 people attend the meal each week, 26 per cent of whom have long-term physical health problems, showing the vital need for a healthy and nutritious meal. Any ingredients that can’t be used in the meal are given to guests to take home. This grant supported the weekly running of the community meal, from food safety training for volunteers to store cupboard items to supplement the surplus food. Samantha Disney, East of England Regional Manager at FoodCycle, says: “The grant from the Charis Grassroots Endowed Fund has meant that we can continue to nourish our community in Peterborough using surplus food. In 2019 alone, FoodCycle Peterborough has served more than 1,400 guests and saved more than 28,600kg of surplus food, none of which would have been possible without the funding. Everyone at FoodCycle Peterborough is extremely grateful and we look forward to continuing our work together.”

Peterborough and District Samaritans took more than 13,000 calls and answered 2,000 emails and 3,500 texts in 2017-18, covering the entirety of Peterborough and parts of Fenland and Huntingdonshire. They were awarded a grant from the Harry Cureton Charitable Trust to support their team of volunteers and to upgrade their IT system. Samaritans volunteers dedicate 16 hours a month to the service, including listening shifts and supporting the Samaritans network within HM Prison Peterborough. The computers are an investment towards providing volunteers with improved technology to serve the community, and respond to the high number of emails that Peterborough and District Samaritans receive each year. The Peterborough Samaritans’ Trustees say: “We cannot thank the Harry Cureton Charitable Trust enough for their extremely generous offer. This grant will help us to keep listening to our callers.”

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More projects funded by CCF At a glance Wintercomfort

Photograph courtesy of Wintercomfort

Wintercomfort received a small grant from the Hopkins Homes Winter Crisis Fund towards the cost of essential welfare work during the winter period. Wintercomfort supports homeless people in Cambridge, from providing cooked breakfasts to offering advice on accessing housing and counselling services.

Human Story Theatre Human Story Theatre received £1,300 from a corporate donor towards the Cambridgeshire leg of its play Connie’s Colander, about a mother and daughter’s journey through dementia. This grant helped to fund the shows at Ely Library, Huntingdon Library, and Wisbech Library, and the performances were followed by a Q&A with dementia specialists and healthcare professionals.

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Peterborough Association For The Blind Peterborough Association For The Blind received a large grant from the Harry Cureton Charitable Trust towards a befriending service for its members of all age groups. Photograph courtesy of Peterborough Association For The Blind

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Carers Trust Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk received a large grant from the Cambridgeshire Young Carers Fund towards clubs, trips, and activities for young carers, including a day out at Grafham Water. Photograph courtesy of Carers Trust

Little Downham Youth Group Little Downham Youth Group received £1,600 from Cambridgeshire Rural Fund and Cheffins Community Fund towards a youth drama group, including an up-to-date music system for the group. The group, aged between seven and 15 years old, perform two shows a year and learn new skills while improving their confidence. Photograph courtesy of Little Downham Youth Group

Cambridge Sustainable Food Alliance Cambridge Sustainable Food Alliance received £5,000 from the Dulverton Trust Fund and Ridgeons Community Fund to promote ‘Healthy Start’ vouchers, which can be used by pregnant women or parents with children under four to purchase milk, fruit, and vegetables from local retailers, and to run cookery classes for young families in low-income areas.

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Become a Friend of CCF

WE KNOW THAT many people across Cambridgeshire face significant disadvantage and barriers. For the second year in a row, Cambridge is the least equal city in the UK, and income was more unevenly distributed among residents than in any of the other 57 UK cities measured (Centre for Cities 2018 report). Almost one in eight Cambridgeshire households are in fuel poverty (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 2018), and the difference in life expectancy between some Cambridge wards is a staggering ten years. CCF is passionate about improving our communities and the life chances of disadvantaged people. We want to help make Cambridgeshire a county where we can all share in success, where local philanthropy will be the norm and communities are empowered to help all those in need. We support incredible people brimming with hope and potential, who understand how we can bring about positive change. CCF’s role is to connect people and businesses wanting to help with those projects that genuinely change lives. CCF CEO Michael O’Toole says: “I am passionately committed to addressing issues in our county. We must inspire local philanthropy and increase funding for communities across Cambridgeshire. We must provide more grant funding and truly become the Foundation for the whole county. You can help us achieve so much more – supporting our work will increase our impact and extend our reach to many more people and communities across our county.”

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Our Friends scheme gives the opportunity to support Cambridgeshire communities in a simple but effective way. Friends of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation will make an annual gift, starting from £30 a month. By joining with us to make a difference across Cambridgeshire and help those less fortunate you will: Demonstrate your support for your local community Support the development of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Help us to help Cambridgeshire communities, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Receive thanks on our website and elsewhere Attend events, meet some of the people you helped and connect with other Friends Receive regular updates about our work If you’re a business, use our Friends of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation logo If you are interested in becoming a Friend of CCF, please visit our website at or e-mail us at

Donate to CCF You can support our work through a donation. This will help us to improve our grant-making, support charitable groups across the county, and identify and address the key issues in Cambridgeshire.

Set up a fund We help individuals, families, businesses, and public bodies to make donations (gifts or grants) to charitable projects of their choice or in their charitable areas of interest. CCF ensures riskfree giving and a tailored grants programme, from marketing to evaluation.

Companies Nominate CCF as your company’s ‘Charity of the Year’ to give back to your employees’ local community, or talk to us about working in partnership to achieve your Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

Volunteering/trusteeship We are always looking for volunteers to help us run our grantmaking programme by visiting projects and providing valued input. Alternatively, you can become a trustee and guide the direction of our charity.

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Leave a legacy If you want to help charities that are local to where you live or where you were born, your local Community Foundation offers an ideal way to leave a legacy efficiently and easily, with a number of options available to ensure that your legacy achieves exactly what you want it to.

Professional advisors If you are a lawyer, accountant, financial planner, investment advisor, or have a specific interest in the technical aspects of planned giving, we hope that you will consider working in partnership with the Community Foundation, in order to help your clients fulfil their financial and charitable goals.

Contact CCF Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8TG Registered Charity #1103314 T: 01223 410535 W: E:

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THE FORUM issue 8  

Welcome to our 8th issue of The Forum. As CCF celebrates its 15th year this year, in this edition we showcase the wide variety of projects t...

THE FORUM issue 8  

Welcome to our 8th issue of The Forum. As CCF celebrates its 15th year this year, in this edition we showcase the wide variety of projects t...

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