Developing the local economy for the benefit of all

Transport study into A10 options

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is set to discuss options put forward by travel planning experts at Cambridgeshire County Council based on a two year study of the A10 between Ely and Cambridge, at its meeting on Thursday 18 January 2018.

The County Council, along with consultants Mott McDonald, undertook a review looking at how to make travelling between Ely and Cambridge easier, quicker and more reliable. At this stage, no options or routes have been put forward, as only preliminary desktop modelling has been done. Further work, including involvement of people who live and work along the route, needs to take place.

The study will also be discussed at the Economy and Environment Committee on 8 February 2018, before being considered at the Combined Authority's board meeting on 28 February 2018.

Residents' parking schemes

Early indications show the majority of residents in four areas across the city of Cambridge support the introduction of residents’ parking schemes. A public consultation, run by the County Council and funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, was carried out between 23 October and 4 December 2017.

The feedback received during the consultation will now be reviewed and considered before the final parking plans are developed and put forward to the next stage, which is a statutory consultation. 

View more information on the consultation

Supporting and protecting vulnerable people

Shared Lives

A new campaign to recruit more Shared Lives carers in Fenland and Huntingdon will be launched soon. A Shared Lives carer is someone who can open up their home to those with a learning disability or an older person needing care and support. 

For more information, please contact:

Mandy Langley
Countywide Shared Lives Manager
Email: [email protected] 
Web: Visit the Shared Lives webpage

New Year boost for Cambridgeshire good causes

Four projects, to help support vulnerable people and reduce demand for council services, secured funding from Cambridgeshire County Council at the end of 2017.

The Communities and Partnership Committee pledged funding under its new Innovate and Cultivate Fund. These are:

  • £5,000 for Ely St John's Primary School to support children with behavioural difficulties
  • £10,000 for the Houghton and Wyton Timebank
  • £9,999 for the British Gymnastics Association's 'Love to Move' project that helps older people, many of whom have Dementia or Parkinson's disease
  • £10,000 for Hildersham Parish Nurse Plus project

If you or someone in your area has a great idea that would benefit Cambridgeshire residents then find out more or apply online.

Call for Supported Lodgings carers

Our relaunched Supported Lodgings scheme is looking for people with a spare room or annexe who can support a young person leaving care, aged 16-21.

Carers can be from a wide range of backgrounds and an allowance of £250 per week is paid to them while they have a young person placed with them. Although the Supported Lodgings scheme requires less intensive support than other types of foster care, carers do need to be able to make time for the young people in their care.

Since our current supported lodgings recruitment campaign began in late November 2017, we have received 35 applications to the scheme, with four already at assessment stage and five awaiting home visits.

For more information, please contact:

Cambridgeshire County Council Fostering Service
Telephone: 0800 052 0078
Web: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/supported-lodgings 

Emotional wellbeing service for children and young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned a new service to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

The CHUMS service will support children and young people of primary school age through to 25 years in Cambridgeshire with mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and self-harm. It will also help those with significant emotional difficulties arising from life events such as bereavement.

The new contract started on 1 January 2018, and the latest information on how to access the service will be on www.keep-your-head.com/cyp or www.chums.uk.com

For more information, please contact:

Holly Hodge
Public Health Manager - Children's Mental Health
[email protected] 

Helping people live healthy and independent lives

Winter pressures

The local health and adult social care system is currently experiencing winter pressures with an outbreak of flu and Norovirus. Teams from across Cambridgeshire County Council are working hard with health partners to ensure transfers from hospitals happen smoothly. All partners, including the Council, are communicating messages with local residents about the need to attend hospital only when it is an emergency. As part of the Public Health Stay Well campaign, we are also sharing messages about how to stay well during the winter months. 

During December 2017 and early January 2018, the winter triggered cold weather alerts in Cambridgeshire. Using social media, we reached more than 116,000 accounts with our Stay Well messages, being liked nearly 300 times and shared / retweeted 284 times.

Tips on how to stay well this winter

Dry January pharmacy campaign across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are taking part in the Dry January Campaign, promoting it to around 100 local pharmacies this month as part of the National Campaign by Alcohol Concern. The key challenge is to go alcohol free for 31 days to feel great, save money and make a difference. Pharmacy staff across all local communities will be having conversations about alcohol with the public and promoting Dry January.  

For more information, please contact:

Joseph Keegan
Substance Misuse Commissioning Manager
[email protected] 

Also of interest

Marking events for equality and diversity throughout February 2018

During February 2018, Cambridgeshire County Council has plans to celebrate two events which mark momentous improvements in the areas of equality and diversity. We celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month and we will also be taking the opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the first British women to get the vote (#vote100).

To maximise the attendance and the impact of both events, we are proposing to hold three events on Thursday 1 February 2018 and would welcome Member attendance at each.

  • Raising the Rainbow Flag with the Council Chairman at 1pm
  • Inviting all female Members and officers to be part of the #vote100 photo with the Council Chairman and Chief Executive at 1.30pm
  • Hosting a #vote100 Incredible Women Q&A in the Council Chamber at 2pm

For more information, please contact:

Diane Lane
Community Engagement Manager
[email protected] 

Adults Positive Challenge Programme

In December 2017, Councillor Anna Bailey, staff and partners took part in an event hosted by Capgemini, as part of the 'Adults Positive Challenge Programme'.

Funded by the Council’s Transformation Fund, the overall aim of the programme is to support Adult Services and Safeguarding to deliver the best possible outcomes for people, whilst meeting the challenges of increasing demand and financial pressures. A consortium of Capgemini and iMPOWER, two companies commissioned to support the programme, have been working with the Council since late October 2017, and in February 2018 they will produce a report and business cases setting out an Adult Social Care service model for the next ten years and a transition plan. The event provided an opportunity for current findings to be discussed, to explore innovations in Adult Social Care both nationally and internationally, so attendees could share their ideas about the future of adult social care services.  

An update on the programme was provided to Adults Committee in January 2018.

Update your town and parish councils

Do you have any news or updates you’d like to share, which will enable you to engage with the town and parish councils in your area? 

The next issue of the bi-monthly Cambridgeshire Matters newsletter is due in March 2018. View the January issue.

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