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THE FORUM The Magazine of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF)

Issue 3 Aug-Oct 2017



Helping to show donors what their investment can achieve


A culture of supporting local grassroots groups

Tutoring for educationally disadvantaged children


Volunteers are often unrecognised and it is important to acknowledge their contributions

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The Cheffins Grassroots Endowment Fund works in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to support the local community. Cheffins is a multi-disciplinary property and auctioneering business operating from six offices in the Anglia region, offering a first class customer service delivered with experience, expertise and integrity. With a rich history stretching back over 192 years, the firm has grown to become a modern and dynamic business operating across estate agency; residential lettings; commercial property services; new homes and development land; planning; farm management and rural business consultancy. Auctioneering remains at the heart of our business and we host auctions in fine art and antiques, property and machinery and vintage vehicles. We are justifiably proud of our legacy of supporting the communities within which we live and work and we hope our charitable donations and fundraising initiatives reach far beyond our day to day business and empower, improve and enrich the lives of people in the region.

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THE FORUM ONE OF THE questions I like to ask companies and individuals who are happy to talk to me about their charitable giving is, “what difference did your money make?” It is disappointing that few can offer a summary of the impact of their money how people have been helped and how lives have been changed. This issue of The Forum has a focus on impact. At Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) we give considerable attention to impact. Jane Darlington, It is therefore pleasing to note that the House Chief Executive of CCF of Lords Select Committee on Charities’ report “Stronger charities for a stronger society” published in March of this year makes more than passing reference to impact in its 42 recommendations. The Select Committee gives its support for initiatives that seek to assist charities in demonstrating impact and recommends that the Government and the charity sector continue to pursue initiatives to better understand and promote the impact of charities. At CCF we aim to increase the understanding of impact for both our grant recipients and our donors. We start by providing grant recipients with some of the tools they need to identify the potential impact of their work and to track the changes their project has brought about. In return, they provide us with project monitoring in the form of feedback from beneficiaries and third parties, photographs, quotes, data from surveys, questionnaires, and summary reports. This project monitoring allows us to prepare impact reports (see pages 14 to 19). In each impact report we seek to show how relatively small grants (awarded from the charitable funds our donors support) can make meaningful and longlasting changes to local people’s lives. Impact reports therefore help us show we are delivering the mission of CCF; to improve the quality of life for the people of Cambridgeshire. They also provide funded groups with a narrative about the value of their work when they approach new volunteers, new beneficiaries and other funders. Moreover, impact reports give our donors a simple answer to the question, “what difference has my money made?”

We would love to know what you think of The Forum. Please send your comments and suggestions to info@cambscf.org.uk Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (registered charity 1103314) Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8TG T: 01223 410535 W: www.cambscf.org.uk E: info@cambscf.org.uk

Editor Marion Carey, Donor Communications Manager, CCF, marion@cambscf.org.uk www.cambscf.org.uk, 01223 410535 Contributors Jane Darlington, Sam Weller, Jonathan Clark, Florence Gildea, Ken McKay

What’s Inside About CCF 4 WHY AND HOW WE EVALUATE IMPACT Sam Weller explains the importance of evaluating the impact of grants awarded

Corporate funding 6 THE CHEFFINS GRASSROOTS ENDOWMENT FUND Cheffins prioritises support of local grassroots groups

Profiles 8 TRUSTEE PROFILE Philip Woolner had a desire to contribute to the local community 9 VOLUNTEER PROFILE Liz Damazer explains what motivates her to volunteer for CCF 10 DONOR PROFILE The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire believes volunteers should be recognised for their valuable contributions to the community

Funded projects 12 SCHOOLS PLUS Ken McKay visits a student volunteering project run by Cambridge Hub

Spotlight on impact 14 REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF GRANTMAKING Marion Carey summarises CCF’s grant-making in 2016

New fund 20 THE LOOKER ENERGY ENVIRONMENTAL FUND Renewable energy in Godmanchester

CCF news 22 AMEY COMMUNITY FUND EVENT Celebrating grants awarded to enhance local communities



Photography Louis Sinclair Photography info@louissinclair.com www.louissinclair.com Editorial support Alison Griffiths, CCF Trustee, Chair of Finance and HR Committees Sub-editor Vanya Marks

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Gareth Thomas, a member of the Amey Community Fund panel (see page 22)


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Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) – How we operate Sam Weller, CCF Trustee and Chair of the Grants and Community Impact Committee, explains why and how we evaluate the impact of grants awarded

WHAT IS IMPACT? Impact is the wider and longer-term effects of a project or organisation’s work, often referred to as the difference a project makes to a community or society broadly, and usually related to improved quality of life and well-being of beneficiaries, or reduced costs to society in general. The impact could be on direct beneficiaries of a project, people who are not direct beneficiaries, such as family, friends or carers, or the wider community such as neighbours, social workers, teachers, the police and health workers. An example of a grant creating positive social impact is the funding of homeless charities whose primary goal is to allow homeless people to access warmth, shelter, food and access to counsellors and social workers. In the longer term, successful social impact relates to these homeless people reducing their reliance on alcohol and drugs, developing a focus in their lives through artistic or social enterprise groups, finding a home and eventually a job. This has a positive impact on the individual’s quality of life, and society more broadly as well as reducing the necessity for statutory interventions and therefore cost.

WHY DO WE EVALUATE IMPACT? Community Foundations are committed to strengthening local communities, creating opportunities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion. They do this by targeting grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people in their local geographic area. CCF recognises how important it is to demonstrate the difference made through a rigorous monitoring programme and asks grant recipients to provide detailed information and feedback on their funded projects, which describes how the grant was spent and what impact this had for the beneficiaries and the wider community. The measurement of social impact can be difficult, especially for small charitable groups. However, demonstrating the longer term and broader social impact of a group’s activities on the direct beneficiaries of the projects, on the families of those participating and on the wider community, such as neighbours, social workers, teachers, the police and health workers, etc. will help to attract future potential donors by showing them what their investment can achieve. As well as helping to secure future funding in a competitive environment, social impact measurement can enable groups to develop new work and improve services, market and raise profile, help beneficiaries understand the group’s overall impact, as well as motivate and inspire staff and volunteers who devote a great deal of time and effort supporting the organisation’s objectives.

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CCF funds hundreds of small charities or community groups. We report back the social impact of our grants to our donors and we expect that the quality of this information will influence their future behaviour regarding grant-making. So, we work together with our grant recipients to ensure, through a multistage process, that the best possible information on a grant’s impact is reported.

HOW DO WE EVALUATE IMPACT? CCF’s grants enable projects to be carried out which will lead to outputs, outcomes and impacts measured using indicators agreed at the start of the project. Outputs - actual deliverables of a project, usually measured as numbers of beneficiaries involved, numbers and types of activities, demographics, pictures, or publications for example. Outcomes - changes in people, the environment, or the community that directly result from the activities. For example, people becoming more employable, a reduction in numbers of homeless people, or more productive social activities for young people. This is usually measured by evidence of benefit or change for beneficiaries, such as feedback and questionnaires from beneficiaries, volunteers or third parties, or qualifications achieved. It is particularly important to obtain third party input rather than just the organisation’s view. We also expect a case study or story of change for a beneficiary. Impact - as described earlier, the wider and longer term changes of the project that affect society or the community. It is often measured by evidence provided by third parties and government or regional statistics. Our volunteer visitors also play a role in the impact monitoring process. During their visit to a project, they can provide help and guidance regarding the type and methods of collection of data needed for the final report. Grant recipients are encouraged to collect data throughout their funded project. At the end of each project, CCF requests the submission of a grant monitoring report detailing how the grant was spent and what impact this had for the beneficiaries and the wider community. Following assessment of each monitoring report, groups are advised whether CCF has all it needs to compile impact reports for our donors, and offered the opportunity to add further helpful data. The information collected through CCF’s monitoring programme has significantly improved over the last few years through a rigorous approach, and is helping to show donors, present and potential, what their investment can achieve.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT, our processes simplified: Grant applications received – applications are assessed, taking into account the need for the project and potential impact, as well as value for money, sustainability and risk

Grant offers made – timescale for spending grant and reporting is specified, along with any specific conditions of the grant

Outcomes and impact agreed – when accepting their grant offer, recipients are asked to specify the expected outcomes and impacts of their project and the indicators they will measure to demonstrate these

Volunteer discusses data collection during visit – volunteer visitors make sure that grant recipients are on track with their projects and data collection, offering advice where necessary

Monitoring report submitted to CCF – following completion of the funded project, or by the date specified by CCF (whichever is earliest) grant recipients submit a standard monitoring report along with photographs and examples of their data collection tools

Monitoring report reviewed and feedback given to the grant recipient – monitoring is assessed against a standard set of criteria and grant recipients are given the opportunity to provide additional information if their report is lacking

CCF provides feedback to donors in the form of regular fund reports and publishes an annual impact report

How to SET UP A fund CCF can help with your charitable giving. Contact the CCF office to discuss the various options and find out which best fit your needs.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FUNDING Local community organisations and charities should visit the CCF website at www.cambscf.org.uk for information on the application process and upcoming deadlines.

HOW TO volunteer Volunteers are very important to CCF, supporting the team in the office, visiting funded projects on CCF’s behalf, helping to strengthen links within the community, and serving on panels or committees. Contact the CCF office for more information on volunteering opportunities.

A pupil of the Schools Plus project, page 12

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Cheffins Grassroots Endowment Fund A culture of supporting local grassroots groups

Philip Woolner, Joint Managing Partner at Cheffins and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Trustee

Jonathan Clark talks to Philip Woolner, Joint Managing Partner at Cheffins, about setting up the Cheffins Grassroots Endowment Fund, managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) ESTABLISHED IN 1825, Cheffins is a market-leading firm of auctioneers, surveyors, property advisors and estate agents. The firm is head-quartered in Cambridge and operates from six offices across the region, including Ely, Newmarket, Haverhill and Saffron Walden. Its farm machinery salesground is in Sutton. The company boasts a staff of around 160. Best known for residential sales and lettings, Cheffins also operates fine art sale rooms in Cambridge, plus it delivers property auctions, rural agricultural work and auctioneering of farm machinery. Indeed from the sale site at Sutton near Ely, Cheffins holds one of the world’s largest monthly auctions of farm machinery, with buyers from more than 100 countries.

We have given to projects supporting homeless people, people with disabilities, the elderly, youth groups, the arts, and people with mental health issues

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The firm’s rich heritage and long-established local presence have placed it at the heart of the local business community. This significance is not lost on Joint Managing Partner Philip Woolner, who says that there has always been a desire within the partnership to put back into the communities where Cheffins makes its money. However, he goes on to say: “While we had always given to charity locally, we were not in control of the process and didn’t know how much was being spent or how it was being spent.” In 2007, Philip was introduced to CCF and he was asked whether Cheffins needed support with its charitable donations. He had to admit that the firm received lots of requests, but had no coordinated approach to dealing with them. Jane Darlington, CCF’s Chief Executive, explained how the foundation could help and a fund was soon established. The Cheffins Grassroots Endowment Fund offers small grants to voluntary and community organisations that work to help people in need, and that are local to Cheffins’ offices, including those outside Cambridgeshire. “We set up a fund and it worked really well,” enthuses Philip, who goes on to say that the service provided by CCF is an excellent way to channel support to those who need it most. “You wouldn’t even know that some of these groups are out there. Some of the things that go on under the radar don’t get a lot of publicity. You can give £500 or £1,000, but the amount of impact it can have on people’s lives is absolutely fantastic.”

Little Miracles, a charity that runs parent-led support groups for families with children who have autism, additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions, their carers and siblings. Photograph courtesy of Little Miracles

CCF was also able to give advice on match funding through the government’s Grassroots Grants Programme and other ways to increase the leverage of the funds available. Cheffins gives flow-through funding and contributes to an endowed fund, ensuring that funding will continue to be available in perpetuity. Philip suggests that any business considering an approach to corporate social responsibility, should ask themselves: “Have we got the competency to know what we’re doing with the money and getting bang for our buck when giving money out?” If the answer is no, then CCF can help to support more effective giving.

Some of the things that go on under the radar don’t get a lot of publicity

The Cheffins Grassroots Endowment Fund focuses on smaller grassroots organisations. “We have given to projects supporting homeless people, people with disabilities, the elderly, youth groups, the arts, and people with mental health issues. Across the board really and we have got some lovely stories” says Philip. Philip sees Cheffins’ relationship with CCF and support for the local community as positive for the firm from several points of view. While he attended the first few meetings of the staff panel which make decisions about where funds should be allocated, he has since encouraged other staff to get involved. Philip feels that it is increasingly important for new generations of staff starting at Cheffins to see that social responsibility forms part of workplace culture. Of course, there are also the occasional PR opportunities that come with the award of a big cheque, but the fund primarily fits nicely with the local roots and the ethos that the firm promotes. Philip identifies a real contrast in a local area which on the surface appears affluent, yet in reality hides significant deprivation, as highlighted in the Vital Signs® report produced Get in touch

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by CCF. The opportunity to meet and support groups working to alleviate these issues is a particular highlight; Cheffins has even been able to offer its sales rooms as a venue for events bringing together donors and grant recipients. “It is eye opening that people do that – give up their time to support these things,” he says before recounting the story of meeting a group tackling sexual exploitation locally, an issue he was previously unaware of and was subsequently able to support. Asked what Cheffins hoped to achieve when setting up the fund, Philip says: “We wanted our charitable giving to be more organised, controlled and impactful, rather than scattergun. I’d now like to see us grow the endowment so that we have an everlasting source of funding for the local community.”

To date the Cheffins Grassroots Endowment Fund has awarded more than £39,000 to 61 projects. Recent grants awarded include: A grant of £1,000 to Romsey Mill Trust in Cambridge. Romsey Mill provides support to more than 3,500 individuals and families each year, including young parents, young people at risk of involvement in antisocial behaviour, young people struggling to engage in education, families with pre-school children, and young people with an autistic spectrum condition. The grant was awarded towards delivery of three six-week courses providing support and information to at least 24 parents of anxious children. A grant of £1,000 to the Red Balloon Learner Centre in Cambridge. Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. The grant was awarded towards the cost of providing therapists for children who are severely bullied, traumatised, or schoolphobic during one academic year. A grant of £1,500 to Little Miracles, a charity that runs parentled support groups for families with children who have autism, additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions, their carers and siblings. The grant was awarded to provide additional sessions in the school summer holidays of 2016.


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Philip Woolner Jonathan Clark asks Philip Woolner why he decided to become a Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) trustee

cosmopolitan area with a great network of professional people, incredible growth and a strong economy. Philip’s first introduction to CCF came some years ago in 2007 after Cheffins published a newsletter, in which he had written about the importance of supporting and nurturing the communities in which the business operated and its employees lived and worked. The article soon attracted the attention of Jane Darlington, who had recently set up the foundation, and Philip was approached about the opportunity of starting a named fund that would meet these aspirations. The result of that conversation was the Cheffins Grassroots Endowed Fund (page 6), which was the start of a strong collaboration between the two organisations that has gone from strength to strength. Philip has been very impressed with the comprehensive service offered by CCF, and about four years ago he was asked to become a trustee. Philip says: “I had seen the difference that could be made to the local community through the Cheffins fund, and I had a desire to put something back into the community too, so I accepted.” Despite already being extremely busy with work and family commitments, Philip says he gets a lot from being a trustee. “I believe in what CCF is about and what it does. I can see Philip Woolner, the good it does within the community, and the more funds I Joint Managing can help bring in, the more that can be done. To see groups Partner at Cheffins and Cambridgeshire in action, money being given, used effectively and meeting Community outcomes, is very worthwhile.” Foundation Trustee Cheffins is long established in the Cambridge professional network, and acting for local clients has enabled Philip to make CCF TRUSTEE PHILIP WOOLNER is a Joint Managing one or two introductions of his own. “I think it’s a great thing Partner at Cheffins, the well-known local firm of auctioneers, to be involved with. When I’m out talking to peers and other surveyors, property advisors and estate agents which are head- firms, I ask them, why haven’t you got your fund yet?” quartered in Cambridge. Born and raised in Cambridgeshire, While Philip says, “You’d have to ask Jane!” (CCF’s Chief Philip grew up in Wisbech, and has retained a strong affinity Executive) when asked about the skills he brings to the to the area. He now lives with his family in Haddenham and is trustees, it is clear that his business acumen, impressive father to three teenage boys, aged 13, 17 and 19. network of contacts and ability to share personal experience of Philip joined Cheffins in 1998 and was responsible for using the service is invaluable to CCF. setting up the firm’s commercial department in Cambridge, Philip is clearly impressed with what has been achieved since which has now grown to a team of 15 out of a total staff he first became involved with CCF, but accepts that more can complement of around 160 across the business’s five local always be done, highlighting the challenges of setting up the offices. He previously worked for Bidwells in both Norwich Peterborough arm of the Community Foundation and getting and Cambridge, where he completed his qualifications as a funding into isolated areas such as Fenland. chartered surveyor. Looking to the future and his ambition for CCF, Philip says that: “If you are a large organisation or one of the county set Nearly 20 years later, Philip credits his contentment with and don’t have a fund with the local community foundation, his job and the area to a company ethos of employing good you are not in the club. Wouldn’t it be nice to get folk in people and delivering a quality service. That is combined Cambridgeshire thinking the same way?” with the attraction of working in a vibrant, exciting and Alex Reid, founder of the Outlook Fund, which helps looked-after children

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Liz Damazer Florence Gildea finds out what motivates Liz to spend a day each week volunteering in the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) office

LIZ DAMAZER, A regular volunteer with CCF for the past two years, is known in the office for bringing her enthusiastic energy and can-do attitude to whatever the task in hand. Having spent 30 years in sales in the pharmaceutical industry, Liz came to work with CCF following six years running the local charity Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust (CPST). In her role at CPST, Liz regularly applied to CCF for grants for the Trust’s Bobby Scheme and for lessons at Alconbury Driving Centre, for teenagers with special needs. The Bobby Scheme helps secure the homes of people over 60 who have been victims of burglaries or victims of domestic abuse, providing them with alarms and door chains, and advice about safety. In this way, it helps to keep people living independently, and to feel safe again in their own homes. I ask what effect the driving lessons that CCF helped fund had on beneficiaries. Liz says: “You could see what a difference it made: for some of them, it gave them so much confidence”. When the time came for her to step down from CPST, Liz offered CCF her services as a volunteer for one day a week. “I knew that they did great work, and rather than just be a lady who lunches, I thought I could do something useful”. Both her previous roles have helped Liz in the voluntary work she now does for CCF. From working in sales, she became familiar with the sort of database used by CCF. “I can find my way around without someone having to tell me what to do”, she grins. This is useful given that one of her main tasks has been to assess the monitoring information provided by funded groups, which documents how the grant money they received has been used and the impact it has had on beneficiaries. Her time with CPST helped to develop her understanding of the charitable sector. Knowing the effort that fundraising requires, Liz says she can, “easily empathise with people applying for grants”. Liz has now experienced both sides of the grant-application process, as one of her roles with CCF involves sitting on the CCF grants panel every quarter, assessing which applications should go forward to donors. As it takes Liz two hours to travel to and from the office, I ask her what she finds so valuable about working with CCF. Because CCF manages an increasing number of funds, she says that: “There’s always plenty to do. I never feel like I have wasted my time”. Despite having lived on the Cambridgeshire border for 30 years, Liz says: “I know more about what goes on in Cambridgeshire than I did when I first started volunteering with CCF”. What it has revealed in particular she believes is, “just Get in touch

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Liz Damazer, regular Cambridgeshire Community Foundation volunteer how many people there are who are prepared to give their time to make a difference. It is heart-warming to see that”. But, Liz adds: “Without the ability to access funding, it couldn’t happen”, which is why she enjoys being able to support CCF. Liz particularly appreciates the fact that grants are available in a variety of sizes and are therefore accessible even to small groups, which might otherwise struggle to secure funding. “These days, there is such a shortage of funding in the voluntary sector and from the government, that if it was not for what CCF does – finding donors and distributing money in the right places – then many people would not get the sort of support they need”. Liz says that seeing the difference these grants make to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people (through the monitoring reports) makes that commute worthwhile. info@cambscf.org.uk

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The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Richard Pemberton, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Marion Carey speaks to Richard Pemberton about his plans to celebrate volunteering during his year of office THERE IS A LONG history of High Sheriffs in the Pemberton family; most recently Richard Pemberton’s grandfather Sir Francis Pemberton held the office in 1965 and his father Antony in 2000. Now following suit, Richard is the current High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, holding office from April 2017 to March 2018, and taking over from the outgoing High Sheriff, Sir David Arculus. Richard says that “being nominated for the office of High Sheriff is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a huge honour”. A High Sheriff is appointed for one year, by Her Majesty The Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council. The office of High Sheriff is more than 1,000 years old, and the key elements of the role are to support those who administer law and order. It

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is an apolitical role, undertaken on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the public purse. Richard’s calendar includes Mayor Making Ceremonies, attendance at court, and royal visits. There will also be visits to a number of local charities and other organisations including the emergency services. All of which have to fit in around Richard’s running of Trumpington Farms. Richard took over the management of Trumpington Farms 10 years ago, when he moved back to Cambridgeshire, having been an Associate Director at Savills in Oxford for a number of years. Although familiar with the communities of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire where his family have had roots for decades, Richard looks forward to finding out more about

other parts of this diverse county. He has already been taken on a fascinating tour of Peterborough by the outgoing mayor, Councillor David Sanders. Richard noticed a visible contrast between the new developments and older housing estates in the City of Peterborough, and acknowledges the importance of the large number of voluntary groups and charities supporting communities there. He says there is a great deal of volunteering taking place in Peterborough, which should be celebrated. Richard is now planning a visit to Wisbech, to learn more about the Fenland District.

Volunteers are often unrecognised and it is important to acknowledge their contributions

Despite an ever-increasing schedule of official appointments, Richard intends to find time to celebrate volunteering during his year in office. “Volunteers are often unrecognised and it is important to acknowledge their contributions”, he says. As mentioned in the “Spotlight on Volunteering” in issue 2 of The Forum, a local survey of volunteering in the county, completed in 2016 by CVS5 (the collective name for the three community voluntary services (CVS) organisations that together cover Cambridgeshire), suggests that the proportion of people in Cambridgeshire aged 15-75 who volunteer is 20 per cent below the national average. Richard believes this could be because much volunteering goes unreported and unrecognised. High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising during their year in office. The High Sheriff’s Award Fund in Cambridgeshire was established 18 years ago and is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF). The Award Fund recognises achievement and awards grants to projects involving young people in positive activities which benefit the community. CCF manages an endowed fund – contributed to by the High Sheriff each year – that will be held in perpetuity and used to award grants. Richard believes it is important to fundraise for the Award Fund and has completed a long-distance walk to raise sponsorship. Through the Award Fund, he will be focusing particularly on supporting projects that encourage young people to volunteer in their community for the benefit of others. Results of a 2014 survey by Ipsos MORI suggested that 60 per cent of young people in the UK are not involved, or participate infrequently, in social action. Social action encompasses campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which are activities that create a double benefit – for communities, and for the young people themselves, who can build on their skills and experience. The Award Fund is open for applications, with a deadline of 1 August 2017. Richard plans to be as involved as possible in the process of reviewing applications. He hopes that applications will come from a wide variety of organisations working with young people, and that new applicants will be encouraged to apply.

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Richard Pemberton, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and his daughter Rose completed a 58-mile walk along the Pembrokeshire coast

Richard’s charitable engagements Three major events that Richard is organising include fundraising for the Award Fund; a summer drinks reception; and the annual Justice Service, which takes place in October. Richard plans to involve his wife and three children in his engagements where possible. He undertook a three-day walk covering 58 miles in Pembrokeshire from Strumble Head to Druidstone, accompanied by his daughter Rose, her friends and their families. The long-distance walk raised over £11,000 for the High Sheriff’s Award Fund and Rose chose to raise money for the Elifar Foundation (www. elifarfoundation.org.uk). On day one, the team had to walk 20 miles into a 50mph headwind with driving rain. Camping that night was interesting to say the least with multiple tent collapses in the high winds! The weather improved on days two and three and they were able to appreciate the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast line, sea birds, seals and beautiful wild flowers. Richard also has plans to involve his family in visits to local charities that provide food for homeless people, where they will be able to gain experience volunteering their time to help people less fortunate. To support the High Sheriff’s Award Fund, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RPemberton Applications to the High Sheriff’s Award Fund can be made online at www.cambscf.org.uk/how-to-apply.html and should be submitted by 1 August 2017


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Students tutor disadvantaged children

A student volunteer from Cambridge Hub teaching pupils from the North Cambridge Academy

Ken McKay, one of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF)’s team of volunteers visits Schools Plus, a student volunteering project run by Cambridge Hub at North Cambridge Academy THE SCHOOLS PLUS project provides extracurricular tutoring to educationally disadvantaged school children in the most deprived areas of Cambridge. This is just one of the student volunteering projects run by Cambridge Hub, a charity established to transform students’ involvement with social and environmental challenges, mainstreaming student social action in order to create a generation of active citizens. CCF first came into contact with Cambridge Hub in 2011, and has since awarded grants totalling £15,500 for a number of different student volunteering projects. “No. We don’t want to be historians or teachers. We want to be spies!” That was the unsurprising reaction from a group of year seven and eight pupils

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(aged between 11 and 13) at North Cambridge Academy after they’d taken part in a seven-week Schools Plus history project run by Cambridge University students, which finished before Easter. Schools Plus is one strand of Cambridge Hub, a student-led initiative that involves around 3,000 university students in all sorts of voluntary activities in and around the city. More than 100 students are active in Schools Plus and this year they ran projects in five schools. North Cambridge Academy was one such location. It started life in 1959 as Manor School and, although it is in Cambridge, it hasn’t sent many students to the city’s university. When I visited, a group of eight pupils were having a recap on their spies project. Their teacher had identified children who would gain

I’d never thought about history as something to study. I might now

from the sort of intensive and inspiring approach of a small group. “They rose to the challenge,” says teacher Steve Shortland. “In class, there is never enough time to develop the depth of interest that some subjects can give. As an after-school initiative, Schools Plus delivered very effectively.” The university team chose spies as their theme and concentrated on three

episodes: the Babington Plot to depose Mary Queen of Scots; The Bletchley Park Enigma code breakers; and the 1950s Cambridge Five communist spies. Part of the project was an introduction to the concept of historiography, looking at how historians develop ideas about history. This was a big concept and it changed the way the pupils looked at history. The schoolchildren also went on a visit to King’s College. “That was awesome,” says one of them, Lisa. “It has been quite hard to think about the pace of change in my lifetime,” says

pupil Tim. “I’ve really only got memories of about seven years and that’s not very long in history. But it’s a very big part of my life. I’d never thought about history as something to study. I might now.” Martin Campbell, principal of the Academy, says: “Pupils are more knowledgeable; they have developed good relationships with the mentors and benefited from small group and one-to-one teaching. Schools Plus is a fantastic resource, well administered by people who really do want to make a difference. Thank you!”

Schools Plus is a fantastic resource, well administered by people who really do want to make a difference

PHOTOS: Pupils from North Cambridge Academy participating in the Schools Plus history project run by student volunteers from Cambridge Hub

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Impact IMPACT REPORT 2017 Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF)’s report on the impact of grant-making in the 12 months from January to December 2016 THE HOUSE OF LORDS Select Committee on Charities’ report “Stronger charities for a stronger society” states that the Committee welcomes initiatives seeking to assist charities in demonstrating impact. You will have read about why and how we evaluate impact on page 4. This impact report seeks to illustrate the wider and longer-term changes resulting from projects funded by CCF. Not just the direct deliverables of a project – meals cooked, food bank vouchers issued, support sessions run – but, the longer-term effects these can have on the beneficiaries and on the community. These longer-term effects could include enabling beneficiaries to get back into education, gain employment, or in some cases a reduction in reliance on statutory services.

Improving Lives

Improving Communities

Through an ever-increasing number of funds managed on CCF provides funding for projects that develop and strengthen behalf of individual and corporate donors, local and national local communities and enrich local life. Funds within this stream government and national grant-making bodies, CCF supports include the Amey Community Fund, Dulverton Trust Fund, A14 projects and initiatives that aim to improve the quality of Community Fund (see Issue 1 of The Forum), Looker Energy life for local people who face disadvantage, and to tackle Environmental Fund (see page 20) and a growing number of social issues. Funding within this stream is targeted towards a Wind Farm Community Benefit Funds. number of priority beneficiary groups, including In the 12 months from January to December Overall, in the those featured in this report. 2016, a total of £867,868 was awarded to 127 12 months In the 12 months from January to December projects focused on improving Cambridgeshire from January to 2016, a total of £636,823 was awarded to communities. The average grant awarded December 2016, a was £6,833. This average is higher than the 331 projects and individuals with the aim of improving lives in Cambridgeshire communities. total of £1,504,691 Improving Lives average because of large was awarded by The average grant awarded was £1,924. This sums (greater than £10,000) awarded for CCF to 458 groups capital building projects from the Amey average is brought down by a large number and individuals of small grants (max £300) paid to individuals Community Fund. affected by fuel poverty, to contribute to the Projects supported through the Improving cost of heating their homes. These individuals are referred by Communities stream include restoration of churches, organisations which can verify their circumstances, and many of purchase of playground equipment, installation of skate these individuals are also dealing with health and social issues. parks, upgrading of village halls, community events and Grants from the Improving Lives stream were awarded environmental projects. across all five Cambridgeshire districts (see figure 1 opposite), and monitoring information received to date suggests that PHOTOS: Young people demonstrating the qualities of resilience more than 20,000 people have benefitted. and perseverance that the course run by Romsey Mill for parents of Figure 2 (opposite) shows the distribution of grants across anxious children (see page 7) has helped the parents to develop in their the different beneficiary groups. children. Photographs courtesy of Romsey Mill

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SPOTLIGHT Figure 1 The geographical distribution of grant funding from the Improving Lives stream across the county of Cambridgeshire

Cambridge City – £108,125 South Cambs – £62,552 East Cambs – £17,620 Huntingdonshire – £80,510 Fenland – £133,796 Peterborough – £127,915 Countywide projects – £75,979 Out of county projects – £30,326

Figure 2 The distribution of grant funding from the Improving Lives stream across beneficiary groups

Social inclusion of children, young people and families

Victims of crime and antisocial behaviour People impacted by mental health issues

£22,641 Education and skills for children, young people and families

£30,245 Healthy living


People with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illness



£191,504 People facing economic hardship Families in crisis


Homeless people



The following pages provide examples of the impact that funded projects have had on some of CCF’s priority beneficiary groups. It is not possible to write about all the beneficiary groups supported by CCF in the limited space available, so we sought to select some of the best stories, demonstrating the valuable impact that voluntary sector projects have on local communities. Get in touch

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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE National prevalence data suggests there are approximately 17,865 children and young people aged 16 and under with mental health problems in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 13,000 in Cambridgeshire and 4,865 in Peterborough, according to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Emotional Health and Wellbeing Transformation Plan 2015/16

Jessica Lechner from Red Balloon says: “At the residential centre, students have amazing outdoor experiences and gain lifelong skills that enable them to recover their health and selfesteem, get back on track and reconnect with society.”

CCF looks for projects supporting children and young people to achieve the following outcomes: • Improved educational attainment • Improved life opportunities • Reduced isolation or improved social inclusion

A grant of £4,000 was awarded from the Ridgeon Family Charity Fund managed by CCF to the Red Balloon Learner Centre. Red Balloon is a community in which children who have been traumatised by bullying or other events and circumstances can feel safe, regain their self-esteem, get back on an academic track, and become confident enough to re-join their mainstream peers. The grant was awarded to provide a five-day residential experience for 13 young people who have experienced bullying to such a degree that it has had a negative effect on their mental health.

Young people who participated in a five-day residential run by the Red Balloon Learner Centre


11 students reported improved mental and emotional health

11 students reported improved physical health

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CASE STUDY When he first started at Red Balloon, Ben [his name has been changed to maintain anonymity], aged 16, was in a bad way. He was not attending school, he was disengaged from his family, he lacked friends, misused drugs and alcohol, suffered low selfesteem, and felt despairing about the future. Ben had improved during his time at Red Balloon, but it was the residential trip that saw him take his biggest steps. As a direct result of the five days away, Ben reports feeling closer to his peers and feeling increasingly confident in his own skills and abilities. His insecurities fell away as the week went on and he started to enjoy sharing his skills and helping others. He has started the new academic year at Red Balloon with renewed confidence and optimism for the future.

2 completed the course despite pre-existing mental health issues making it particularly difficult

13 students participated in new activities


PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY Peterborough is the most deprived region in the East of England according to the English Indices of Deprivation

The level of child poverty in Peterborough is worse than the national average with nearly one in four children Elizabeth under the age of 16 living in poverty

Bartley from FoodCycle Peterborough says: “The guests who come to eat tell us that it isn’t only the food that brings them; they feel very welcome and they are able to chat over dinner with people in similar situations to themselves, which makes them feel less isolated.”

according to Public Health England

CCF looks for projects supporting people living in poverty to achieve the following outcomes: • Improved economic wellbeing • Support for vulnerable people • Improved physical, mental and emotional health

A grant of £2,000 was awarded through CCF from the Dulverton Trust Fund, to FoodCycle Peterborough. FoodCycle uses surplus food as a catalyst to strengthen communities; and volunteers provide nutritious three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. The grant was used to purchase equipment and train volunteers.

CASE STUDY “One elderly gentleman started to come regularly about six months ago. He is always extremely smart, you would describe him as dapper, and we have got to know him quite well. He was a chauffeur for an MP all his life but now that he is retired he lives alone. He goes out for a walk every day, but he tells us that the only time he actually sits down and talks to anyone is at FoodCycle, and it is the highlight of his week. He has no family and a few weeks ago he was 84: he had 65 people singing Happy Birthday to him - and if it wasn’t for FoodCycle I don’t think he would have had any recognition that it was his birthday. He is much happier now because he says he is less isolated and feels part of our community!” Elizabeth Bartley, FoodCycle

Photograph courtesy of FoodCycle Peterborough


2,441 meals were served


people engaged in regular volunteering

food parcels were given out

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20% of individuals (adults and children) living in families with a disabled member live in income poverty compared with 15% of people living in families with no disabled member DWP 2013

Audrey Gatford from DISH says: “We offer a straightforward but much needed service. Last year, through our family project, we assisted benefits applications for children with a range of disabilities from 66 families.”

CCF looks for projects supporting people with disabilities to achieve the following outcomes: • More independent living • Improved long-term health and fitness • Reduced isolation or improved social inclusion

A grant of £5,000 was awarded from the Ridgeon Family Charity Fund managed by CCF to Disability Huntingdonshire (DISH). DISH was established to help individuals with disabilities achieve independent living, through sharing advice and information, and by providing advocacy. The grant was awarded to deliver outreach work, providing welfare benefits advice to help disabled adults and children increase their independence.

CASE STUDY DISH was approached by the parents of a child who was severely affected by autism and other related conditions. Their lives are completely dominated by the care needs of their six-year-old son and they rarely have any respite. They had made their own application for Disability Living Allowance, and this had been completely rejected. DISH submitted a mandatory reconsideration request, which led to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) changing their decision, and the family being able to claim lower-rate mobility and middle-rate personal care funding.

A regular client and friend of DISH. Photograph courtesy of DISH


18 people now require less living support

14 people started on the path to employability

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12 people accessed support services for the first time


VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE The Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service supported 119 medium and high risk victims with 135 children in East Cambridgeshire between September 2012 and September 2013 East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership November 2013

CCF looks for projects supporting victims of domestic abuse to achieve the following outcomes: • Promote safer communities • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour • Strengthen organisations through capacity building

Shirley Simpson from the CPST says: “The visits have helped victims feel safer in their own homes. They have helped them and their children to cope and recover from the trauma, given them greater peace of mind, and allowed them to start moving forward and take control in their lives.”

A grant of £3,500 was awarded through CCF’s Restore Programme (see Issue 1 of The Forum) to the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust (CPST). The CPST runs the Bobby Scheme, which aims to improve home security for older, vulnerable and disabled people, and to reduce fear of crime as well as repeat incidents. In 2012, the scheme extended its remit to include victims of domestic abuse. The grant was awarded to carry out at least 15 visits to make the homes of domestic abuse victims in East Cambridgeshire more secure.

A Bobby Scheme security advisor fitting a security device at the home of a vulnerable person. Photograph courtesy of CPST

CASE STUDY One victim visited by a CPST security advisor had ended her relationship in September 2016. During the relationship, the perpetrator was verbally aggressive and controlling. The perpetrator was paranoid about her seeing other people, and two violent incidents had been reported to the police. He was following the victim, calling her phone and turning up at her place of work. A CPST security advisor visited her home and fitted door and window alarms, door chains, sash jammers, letter-box guards, padlocks on gates, and changed the front and back door locks. Before the visit, the victim had felt extremely vulnerable and worried about someone getting in. She now felt much safer and less anxious, and said that she and her children would sleep better at night.


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children living in the same households, reported feeling safer in their communities

victims of domestic abuse are able to remain living in their own homes

victims of domestic abuse reported feeling safer in their communities

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Charles Looker (right), with his wife Ann and son William

Renewable energy in Godmanchester The Looker Energy Environmental Fund Godmanchester farmer Charles Looker talks to Marion Carey about his family’s passion for the environment A COMBINATION OF backgrounds including science, engineering and farming is the driving force that inspires the Looker family’s concern for the environment and feeds their drive to raise awareness of environmental issues, especially the seriousness of climate change. It was this passion for the environment and a desire to contribute to renewable energy that led to the Looker family installing a wind turbine on their farm in 2015. There was a lot of preparatory work involved in siting the turbine, public consultation, pre-planning and planning applications, plus landscape and heritage assessments. The turbine is 73m high at the hub and 100m at the tip of the blades. Made by German company Enercon, Charles considers this model, with its raindrop-shaped hub, to be “more aesthetically pleasing than some of the alternatives”. The turbine generates up to 500kW of power and provides roughly enough electricity per year to power 450 houses. The Lookers sell the energy produced to Good Energy, a UK-based company that generates and purchases renewable energy, supplying private and business consumers. The Looker family has farmed land adjacent to Godmanchester for more than 200 years. Charles himself has been living on the farm for 38 years, returning to Godmanchester after obtaining a degree in Agricultural

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Science, completing a PhD and settling on a career in IT. Charles’s wife Ann, also an Agricultural Science graduate, managed the family farm. The family went to see another local wind turbine, Gamlingay Community Turbine (www.gamlingay-communityturbine.co.uk), which was installed by a group of local residents – a project run by the community for the community. This led the Looker family to ask themselves: “How can we involve people?” Charles’s son, an electrical engineer, came up with the idea of establishing a community fund, and calculated that they could put £5 per MWh of energy produced into the fund. The Lookers didn’t want to just give the money away and, until they stumbled across Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF), they were starting the process of establishing their own charitable trust to administer grants.

If food production is adversely affected by climate change, it is an issue that will affect everyone

Julie Jeffryes, Care Network

Charles Looker stands at the base of the wind turbine on his farm outside Godmanchester

Charles explains that they came across CCF by chance at an exhibition about the A14 Improvement Scheme and associated community fund, managed by CCF (www.cambscf. org.uk/A14.html). “I immediately saw the benefits of working with CCF. There was no longer a need to recruit trustees, sign a trust deed, or open a bank account”, he says. CCF already has the charitable framework in place, making the process of establishing a fund much less time consuming and more straightforward. Having already asked a number of potential trustees with relevant expertise and experience if they wanted to be involved, Charles instead asked this group of people to become the decision-making grant panel. He had particularly selected people with an understanding of environmental issues and an understanding of governance. Charles wants people to see the turbine, understand why it is there and how it benefits the environment. He says: “Grants will be awarded for projects that educate people about climate change and other environmental issues, as well as projects that make changes to the local environment, or that enable people to volunteer to carry out environmental work elsewhere.” He feels that the community in Godmanchester would be receptive to being encouraged to consider the environment, and that the fund would be successful in attracting grant applications. For the Lookers, the benefits of working with CCF include not only removing the need to complete the lengthy process of setting up their own charitable organisation, but also the due diligence checks that CCF carries out on every application received. “This is a big weight off my mind”, says Charles. Applications received and processed by CCF are presented to the Looker Energy Environmental Fund panel on an annual basis. The Looker family chooses not to attend the panel Get in touch

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meetings, believing that, as the donors, they should not be directly involved in the decision-making process. The panel follows a policy document that was agreed when the fund was set up. In the long term, the Lookers hope to improve the understanding of environmental issues locally, as well as having an impact on the local environment through practical projects they have funded. It is Charles Looker’s belief that environmental issues are just as important as the social issues that are often more widely considered. He says: “If food production is adversely affected by changes in the weather due to climate change, or an area of land or water is polluted, it is an issue that will affect everyone.”

The first round of grants was awarded in April this year. A total of £7,000 was awarded to three projects: Godmanchester in Bloom received a grant of £500 to install a “tree-trunk” bench at the bridge facing the view over the fields on Silver Street, and to replace or repair the bridge railings. The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire received a grant of £2,000 to improve access and biodiversity at Godmanchester nature reserve, by creating a new circular route and enhancing habitats. Groundwork East received a grant of £4,500 to buy a polytunnel and equipment to provide courses in horticulture, food growing and cooking for local residents who are furthest from employment – adults facing barriers to employment, including physical and mental disabilities.


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CCF News Celebrating recent grants awarded to enhance local communities Harriet Webb, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) Grants Officer, attended the fourth awards event for recipients of grants from the Amey Community Fund The Amey Community Fund has been running since 2008 and has awarded more than £4.8 million to enhance local communities. The Fund, managed by CCF, receives landfill tax credits from Amey, the waste management company, and uses the money to make grants under set criteria. Amey opted into the Landfill Communities Fund scheme (www.entrust.org.uk/landfillcommunity-fund), which allows it to contribute a portion of its landfill tax liability to community and environmental organisations. CCF acts as the distributive body – assisting applicants and ensuring compliance with national regulations. This relationship between CCF and Amey has enabled effective distribution of grants to community facilities all over Cambridgeshire. On 9 June, Amey held the fourth awards event to celebrate projects that have been completed over the past six months. A total of just under £380,000 had been awarded to these groups for a wide range of projects – including building a new rowing boathouse, providing a kitchen in a community building, and structural repairs for

Jane Darlington speaking at the fourth awards event for recipients of grants from the Amey Community Fund

a historic church. The projects were distributed throughout the county, from Foxton in South Cambridgeshire to Whittlesey in the Fenland District. The event was hosted by Amey at its Waste Management Park in Waterbeach. For those who were interested and signed up early enough, the event started with an informative site tour by minibus around Amey’s facilities. For many of the attendees living in Cambridgeshire, this was an insight into what happens to the waste that is thrown away and the importance of recycling. After the tour, Amey’s Account Director Chris Smiles introduced the event. He shared more about what Amey does and congratulated the attendees on their projects. CCF Chief Executive Jane Darlington followed with an overview of the Fund and what it has achieved so far. Jane then invited the recipients to talk about their projects, and the difference the grant made to their organisation. Charles Tallack from Balsham Scout Group started by explaining how the Chris Smiles, Amey’s Account Director introduced the event

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Scout Hut in Balsham had been out of date and was not fit for purpose. After many years of planning and fundraising, the grant from the Amey Community Fund enabled them to replace the building. “We are now putting the finishing touches to the facility, and have lots of support and interest from local groups”, he says. Five more attendees talked about their projects. For some, a grant from the Amey Community Fund paid for one stage of a larger renovation project. For others, a grant from the Amey Community Fund paid for additions to existing facilities. It was clear that improvements made with this funding were well used and appreciated. A total of 13 groups attended the event, and the impact of the Amey Community Fund was evident from speaking to them all. The event was an enjoyable opportunity for both Amey and the recipients to learn about each other, and celebrate the grants that had been awarded. For more information about the Amey Community Fund, visit www.cambscf. org.uk/amey-community-fund.html

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IN THE NEXT EDITION... A county associated with the highest of academic standards actually falls below the national average on many markers of education. CCF’s Vital SignsŽ report looks at contrasts in education within the county, particularly early years (pre-school) services.

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How to give... There are many ways you can support your local community by working with CCF. You can support an existing fund, open a foundation account, set up your own named fund, transfer an existing charitable trust or leave a legacy.

Why not contact CCF today to discuss how we can work together to help you give to tackle local needs?


So many people give their time and money to good causes because they want to see a positive change to the community around them. At CCF we are very proud of the impact we have on our community, and what is more, as you can read in this edition of The Forum, we can demonstrate just how much of a difference we are making! Chris Belcher, Chair of the CCF Board of Trustees

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