Sunday, 1 July 2012

Cambridgeshire ACRE News Digest 1 July 2012

Welcome to Cambridgeshire ACRE’s latest News Digest. Please forward this email to friends and colleagues who you think might be interested in our rural news and events briefing.

Latest News:

Community Rights Support Package Announced
The government has announced a £17.5 million package of support for communities who wish to use the Community Right to Build to shape development in their areas. Alongside the financial support, a new support hub, managed by Locality, is being launched which will give local people the tools and confidence to make best use of the new Right.


Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy
A consultation on the draft Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been launched and will run until 17 September.
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Consultation on Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire County Council is now consulting on issues for a new transport strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
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Have you clicked for Cambridgeshire yet?
The ‘Get Cambridgeshire Connected’ campaign is urging local people and businesses to register their demand for Superfast Broadband on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website, Over 7,000 residents and businesses have registered so far – make sure you do too, if you haven’t already.

Give your views on Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Services
A major survey of Cambridgeshire ACRE’s customers is now under way. We want to hear from as many people who have used our services as possible. Please spare us 10 minutes of your time to help us improve what we do.

Useful Contacts:

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils
There are more than 240 Local Councils and 2,000 elected Town, Parish and Community councillors in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who work to improve their community. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils is the membership association for Local Councils (Town, Parish and Community councils) in the four Districts within Cambridgeshire and Unitary Authority area of Peterborough. CAPALC’s website can be accessed by visiting This website is open for anyone to view without the need for passwords or log in details.


Locality is the leading nationwide network of settlements, development trusts, social action centres and community enterprises. They help people to set up locally owned and led organizations and support existing organisations to work effectively through peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and best practice on community asset ownership, community enterprise, collaboration, commissioning support, social action, community voice, community rights and regeneration. Locality also works to influence government and others at national and local level to build support and investment for the movement. Locality’s website can be found by clicking on this link:

Funding Sources:

Cambridge News Press Relief Community Fund
The Fund will support many smaller local charities, groups, organisations and individuals covering a wide spectrum of need. The Fund makes awards of up to £5k in support of helping the disadvantaged to achieve their potential; contributing to the quality of life for an individual or a community; providing funds or partial funds for specific projects to be set up; or providing for essential items e.g. medical, social, play equipment. The next funding decisions will be made on 8 August 2012 and applications must be received 3 weeks beforehand.

Warburtons can provide financial support to charities, organisations and initiatives which aim to have a positive effect on young people, their families and the surrounding community. They are particularly interested in projects and activities which improve life chances and provide opportunities for those who face more challenges than most. For example, projects which have a positive effect on the aspirations, education and employability of young people; have a strong family focus; encourage healthier lifestyles in the community; or improve the local environment of the community.

Cambridgeshire ACRE Services:

Cambridgeshire ACRE Community Oil Buying Scheme – Latest prices
For the June oil buying round (completed on 29 June), our members paid 47.8 pence per litre for their heating oil. That’s a saving of 6.2 ppl against the average price we found of 54 ppl. If the price we paid beat the price you paid then why not considering joining our community oil buying scheme? Please tell your neighbours, friends and family too.


Free Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Roadshows
The Government has now received Royal Assent of the Protection of Freedoms Act which is repealing the Vetting and Barring Scheme and replacing it with a new scaled back range of disclosure and barring services. The Home Office is running a series of road shows around the country to explain the changes to the CRB process. The focus will be on the 5 initial changes being introduced in September this year. The target audience is employers, voluntary organisations and charities. Please note East of England road show is Peterborough on 12th July at the Bull Hotel. Bookings can be made by visiting

Job Vacancies:

CFRS Community Champions
Cambridgeshire ACRE is supporting Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service with piloting a Community Champion Scheme in the South Cambridgeshire area. Community Champions are being recruited to speak to local communities about home fire safety and escape plans, as well as referring those people who don’t feel confident about undertaking a check of their own home. If you live in the South Cambridgeshire area and could spare a few hours each month then you could really make a difference in your community.