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Sources Of Funding For Community Groups – Sarah Bellow

So, you’ve a great idea and need a bit of funding to get started but don’t know where to look?

Depending on the amount you need, your local Parish Council would be a good first contact. There are many small local charities that have funding for individual villages or areas.

For larger sums, try your District Council.

For example, in South Cambs there are Community Chest Grants available to voluntary and community groups wishing to improve the quality of life, you can find out more on their website under the community chest grants page.

Meanwhile East Cambridgeshire District Council have a range of grants available for community projects,  there’s more information on the website which you can view by following this link.

Cambridgeshire County Council welcomes applications to the Innovate & Cultivate Fund to set up community projects find out more by visiting their website here.

Here at Care Network we are always happy to help you find funds for your group or idea, do give us a call.

Community Car Schemes – May Update – Care Network Cambridgeshire

This year Sue Beel, Sarah Bellow and Mirella Teague are undertaking an evidence based research project to identify sustainability threats and support needs for community car schemes (CCSs) to ensure those who depend on them can continue to access this vital transport service. Many CCSs were established over thirty years ago, by village residents who wanted to provide lifts, to get to social events and the local GP, for example, to others living in their community.

Over the last few years, the annual survey completed by the CCSs has recorded an increase in demand in general, along with more requests for hospital journeys sometimes at the detriment of social journeys. By undertaking the research, we have the opportunity to evidence the service provided and over the next two years, we can put measures in place to ensure the continuation and sustainability of their valuable work. We will also be sharing our findings with Community Care Schemes to support them in fundraising activities, campaigning messages for recognition from District and County Council’s as well as developing further umbrella support from Care Network.

We have just sent out a questionnaire that we are asking coordinators to respond to, the data from this will be used to design the interview schedule for the forthcoming focus groups that we would like to arrange. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Bellow directly.

Community Navigators – May Update – Care Network Cambridgeshire

Our dedicated admin volunteers continue to support our Community Navigator Coordinators with district mapping exercises and updating local information and resources.  Several have now embarked on outreach and promotional activities at key community venues and events, including Volunteer for Cambridge, Golden Age Fairs and the LGSS Carers Training launch.

If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with your coordinator!

Next quarter we are looking to work with local groups to support them to share information in their communities. Do you know someone who might be interested in information-sharing training and ongoing support from our Community Navigator team?

We would like your help to recruit more volunteers to support our work.

Do you have a friend you think would enjoy volunteering?

Perhaps they are approaching retirement and considering options, or have a little free time they’d like to use to make an impact in their community?

If you can “Refer A Friend” please get in touch.

We can arrange an informal chat about current opportunities at Care Network.


Volunteer Update – May 2019 – Care Network Cambridgeshire

We have just appointed Azanda Sithole as our new volunteer lead following Christina’s departure. Azanda will be  joining us early in June. In the interim, if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl or Isobel via email or phone.

Lorraine and Corrina will be contacting volunteers who are due refresher training, which will be held at our Chatteris office on Thursday 4th July. If you would like to attend please feel free to contact them directly via email. You can email Lorraine here and Corrina here.

On the 6th June, Care Network  will be recognising, thanking and celebrating you and the amazing difference you make to the lives of local people during Volunteers’ Week. We will behaving tea and a talk from one of the rangers  at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Nr. Wisbech, PE14 9TN.   The event will run from 2pm to 4pm.

If you would like to join us please let us know  or call  01954 211919

Membership of Care Network Cambridgeshire – With Cheryl Lowe

At our Annual General Meeting in October 2018 Care Network Cambridgeshire formalised the terms of membership of the organisation.

There are now 4 classes of membership:

1. Volunteers who are active and have provided services for a minimum of 6 months
2. Transport groups e.g. community car schemes
3. Social groups – any social group active within their community that is providing activities for or support to local people
4. Home support e.g. good neighbour schemes or community wardens that support people in their own homes

Care Network Cambridgeshire will provide the following to our members:

• Free or ‘at cost’ training
• Support and advice
• Advice on funding applications
• 4 newsletters a year updating on the charity’s activities
• Email updates
• Use of the meeting room at the Hardwick Head Office – at a rate of £5 per hour
•  Low cost photocopying, current charges are:  2p a sheet for black and white,  5p a sheet for colour
•  Invitations to social and networking events

In order to provide you with relevant support and advice, our only request is that our members complete our annual survey and attend one training or support event per year.

If you are not currently a member of CNC and would like to become one, please contact:

CEO Update – Care Network Cambridgeshire


I am very pleased to bring you news that our Care Network Newsletter is back, to subscribe please email us directly, or call the office.

I am sorry that this has not been circulated for a while, but we have been busy working away in the background, improving our communications methods and techniques and we are now ready to share these with you.

Other changes that have been going on within Care Network, including changes in staff structure by introducing a middle management tier of Senior Coordinators, who provide line management as well as front-line service delivery. We were extremely pleased to achieve our Investing in Volunteers Accreditation in October of 2018, a recognition of the way that we work with our wonderful volunteers.

Two new pilots have been launched; Connected Communities encourages local communities and individuals to set up micro enterprises, circles of support and groups to meet the identified needs of their communities, in the areas of St Ives and Soham. It delivers a new approach of how social care, help and support can be provided within communities. Whilst Open Arms,working across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough,encourages and develops  community action to tackle loneliness and improve feelings of happiness and well-being in Older People.

So here’s to the future, including our newsletter which we will be sending out 4 times a year. If you have anything that you would like us to include in our newsletter, please contact: and we will see what we can do.

I hope that you enjoy reading this new look newsletter and finding out a bit more about what we are up to.

As always we would love to hear your ideas and feedback on anything CNC related,

Susie Willis,

CEO of Care Network Cambridgeshire