Paul Streets: Small charities are key to local partnerships

Research by the Lloyds Bank Foundation shows that small charities bring a distinctive offer and approach, writes our CEO Paul Streets.

Paul-Streets-018-20180123103542147This blog was originally posted in Third Sector on 18th June 2018.

At the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales we’re launching a new five-year strategy, Reaching Further, which is all about partnership. Maybe it doesn’t seem like such a radical idea that funders should do their best to work in partnership rather than, as is often cited, just handing out cash. But truly overcoming the power dynamic and living out partnership, rather than just aspiring to it, is I believe still a bold move and a radical change, because we and many other funders and sector bodies just aren’t there yet.

Because they’re small there’s a short chain of command, so they can act faster, often responding more quickly than others to moments of crisis.

The need…

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Local Wellbeing Area Partnership – Cambridge and South Cambs

This was the first meeting I had attended at South Cambs since the change in political leadership, firstly nothing seemed to be have been painted orange, but there were some different faces at the meeting.

These meetings are still finding their feet having replaced the old Local Health Partnerships. The bulk of the meeting was around three presentations

  1. Libraries and their role in Health & Wellbeing. Christine May from the County Council
  2. The Health & Wellbeing Network, connecting the Voluntary Sector with Primary Care. Susie Willis from Care Network
  3. “Prescribing Advice” – the impact of CAB work in GP outreaches and its role in social prescribing. Rachel Talbot from CAB

These were followed by some updates on the Health and Wellbeing Meeting and other health initiatives.

1 – Libraries – Attached presentation. Libraries presentation June 2018 ppt

The libraries are about far more than books, they are able to help people get online and have also have opportunities to help with things like assistive technology. There are 33 libraries and also 4 mobile libraries. These often have meeting spaces and are working more in partnership with organisations to deliver services.

Contact for more information to discuss how you can work with the library service

Christine May

Assistant Director, Culture and Community

01223 703521 07920 727437

2 – Health and wellbeing Network – This is a network of voluntary organisations working around health and Wellbeing. It describes itself as “The Health and Wellbeing Network aims to facilitate collaborative working across Cambridgeshire charity organisations and promote access into the wide range of interventions that the third sector offers.”

They can act as a single point of contact for others to help people find appropriate services. This could be GPS or care workers.

There are opportunities for charities to get involved if you they feel they can offer support or services around all aspects of health and wellbeing.

More information

3 – This prescribing project – The project was explained and some of the key successes and case studies were shared. There are now workers in City surgeries as well as a pilot in South Cambs.

There is very clear evidence that the project has reduced GP visits and that those helped were in a better place to move on with their lives as the stress factors had been reduced. The project has seen 622 clients across 2014 sessions with the main areas of support being

  • Welfare rights
  • Debt advice and money
  • Housing
  • Relationships and family

More info on the project and on the work of CAB

The health landscape is changing. The Cambs and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Boards met jointly for the first time, although this was a little confusing at time with different groups having to make different decisions it is likely to be the way forward. At the same time the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) have been split into a north and South in order to mirror the hospital areas.

There was a discussion around the fact that wellbeing has become the new priority for Sport England, this means that their funding is opened up to a much wider audience, for more information contact Living Sport There was a discussion about how services around wellbeing and loneliness could be funded and about the inequality of provision and health indicators across the county.

there are opportunities for more organisations to frame their work around wellbeing and isolation and if groups want to discuss this they should contact CCVS.


Networking events for Village Hall Trustees and Volunteers

Cambridgeshire ACRE's Community Buildings Service


After the success of our coffee mornings it has been suggested we try an evening networking event so that trustees who have commitments during the day are still able to get involved and network with other village hall trustees and to hear from some interesting and relevant speakers.

Our first evening event will take place on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 18:30 till 20:30, this event is hosted by Swaffham Prior Village Hall, High Street, Swaffham Prior, CB25 0LD.

Our discussion topic for the evening will be based on funding and delivering a major renovation project at your hall.

We also have another coffee morning event taking place on Wednesday 11th July 2018 – 10am till 12:30 at Gorefield Community Hall & Sports Pavilion, Wolf Lane, Gorefield, PE13 4NE.

The discussion topic will be ‘How to write a fire risk assessment for your village hall’ and the speaker will be a representative from…

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Top 10 funding tips!

Cambridgeshire ACRE's Community Buildings Service

One thing that we constantly need when running a community building is funding!  So see below 10 top tips that may help you when thinking about filling in funding application forms.

  1. Do your homework – Funders have to reject a large number of application they receive because the applicants didn’t read the guidance properly.
  2. Make sure you are ready for success – Think carefully about how you will manage the project and the finances.  Tell the funder how you are going to do it.
  3. Ask for help – there are lots of organisations (including Cambridgeshire ACRE) that can offer help and guidance – also the funders themselves.
  4. Be clear – about your project and what you want the money for.  Remember the funders know nothing about your project, so make sure you get the key message across.
  5. Keep it short and simple – You should be able to describe your…

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