Member Newsletter November 2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP)

Could you help encourage local community groups to join the partnership as a supporter? 

Supporters are local councils, community groups, charities, schools, housing associations etc who receive communications from us to share within their community. It doesn't cost anything to become a supporter and they’re listed on our website and celebrate the great things they do. Please help us to spot and stop scams in and around your ward by encouraging new CAPASP supporters and helping make sure victims do not suffer in silence.  If you know of an organisation that is inspired to deliver the '5 Simple Steps' and do their bit to spot and stop scams we'd love to welcome them as an official supporter. 

New app to help local Armed Forces community connect and thrive

Mobile phone displaying the Forces Connect app
Image of mobile phone displaying the Forces Connect app

A new mobile app has been launched to signpost members of the armed forces community in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support and advice in their area.

The free ‘Forces Connect’ app is aimed at serving personnel, veterans, and their families as well as public sector organisations, who can know find local services and organisations offering support in just four clicks. The new app was launched at the Annual Conference of the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which took place in St Ives on Tuesday 5 November. 

To download the app, search “Forces Connect” in Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Read more here.

Time Exchange News

The positive impact of Time Credits
The positive impact of Time Credits

Celebrations were in order last month for Time Exchange schemes, as the Time Credits initiative marked their fifth anniversary. There was much to celebrate. In Fenland alone since 2014, over 25,000 Time Credits have been earned – that’s 25,000 hours of time given to Fenland communities or 12.5 years. Since March this year, nearly 10,000 Time Credits have been earned by people who give their time all over Cambridgeshire in many different ways – from reading with children in school, to litter picking and running groups for the elderly who are isolated which is having a positive impact on skills development, health and well-being and community involvement. 

Family Safeguarding update

CCC has secured a £4.15m investment from the Department for Education (DfE) for the implementation of Family Safeguarding which will be introduced in February 2020. 

The Strengthening Families, Protecting Children - Family Safeguarding approach improves outcomes for vulnerable children and young people by involving multi-disciplinary teams in children’s social care, and builds on work which has been underway in Peterborough for the last two years. Initially developed in Hertfordshire, the model has resulted in significantly better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and at risk children.   

Most children who are facing the greatest risks to their wellbeing are those who live in families where at least one of the adults is struggling with mental or emotional health issues, substance or alcohol difficulties, or where there is domestic abuse. Under the Family Safeguarding approach, children’s social work teams are expanded to include adult practitioners who are experts at supporting parents to address these challenges. We will soon be recruiting for these roles.

In Hertfordshire, it has been reported that Family Safeguarding saved an estimated £2.6m for Children’s Services in the first year. There were also additional estimated savings of £107,000 to the Police, due primarily to a reduction in incidents of domestic abuse and £200,000 to the NHS due to a 53% reduction in emergency admissions.

If you have any questions or queries please contact

New Archives Centre, Ely

The move of the archives at Shire Hall to the new building is now well underway. A new bespoke barcode system is being used and matches a historical document’s entry on the online CALM database to that specific document’s location allowing staff to locate a document within seconds no matter where it may be stored in the new centre’s seven miles of shelving. Currently we anticipate that the new centre will open to the public towards the end of the year. 

Registration Service

Baby Isaac and his family
Baby Isaac and his family - the first baby to have been registered at our new Archive and Registration Centre in Ely.

Baby Isaac and his family - the first baby to have been registered at our new Archive and Registration Centre in Ely.

The first appointments in the new combined Archive and Registration Centre in Ely have been taken. They have moved some records in and are starting to issue certificates. However people need to apply online / via the Contact Centre – there is no reception facility in the building. Pictured is baby Isaac and his parents, the first baby to have been registered at Ely.

Cambridgeshire Libraries

A second Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business and IP Centre start-up day took place at Cambridge Central Library last month. Residents were able to attend a day of talks, workshops, networking and advice from industry experts and take their first steps towards turning their ideas into a successful business. 

Summer Reading Challenge success

Children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 at Cambridge Central, Comberton and St Neots Libraries
Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Over 7,400 children joined in with the Cambridgeshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 2019. 4,450 children were awarded medals and certificates for reading six books over the school summer holidays, completing the challenge – an increase of 9% compared to last year and over 750 children joined to take part. Star performer this year was the new Milton Road Library – 168 children took part, an increase of over 300%. 

Health Data update

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment provides data on health and wellbeing issues and outcomes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We have recently added three resources:

  • District Council summaries
  • Individual reports for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • A presentation that has supported the development of the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy

These can all be found on Cambridgeshire Insight

A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a group of general practices covering a population of about 30,000-50,000. We have recently developed initial population health data packs for the 21 new PCNs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the two NHS Provider Alliances (North and South).

These can all be found on Cambridgeshire Insight under “Primary Care Networks” and “North and South Provider Alliances”. 

Public Health England have recently published a Fingertips based resource for their Local Health small area data resource. Local Health contains small area geographic data, including electoral wards.

David Lea
Assistant Director Public Health

Healthy Fenland and Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) Evaluation Framework

Public Health commissions a five year Asset Based Community Development (ACBD) programme targeting health inequalities in Fenland. The Healthy Fenland Fund nurtures community assets through providing small grants and / or support to engage communities in leading, developing and implementing sustainable interventions to promote health and wellbeing. 

Evaluation of these types of programmes are challenging. There have been very positive results from the Programme and it was acknowledged by the Health Committee that a more comprehensive evaluation was required. Support was secured from CUSPE and its researchers have developed an evaluation framework and tools for evaluating the Healthy Fenland Fund and also other similar programmes supported by the Local Authority. 

Val Thomas
Consultant in Public Health

Stay Well campaign 2019/20

We’re working with our partners to prevent ill health in vulnerable groups during the winter months. There are a range of approaches such as the distribution of 20,000 Winter Health Packs, which include tips, information, key contacts and resources to keep our most vulnerable groups stay well and warm during the winter months. 

Led by Public Health, the Stay Well Steering Group has continued its commitment to involve frontline health and social care staff (who play key roles in identifying those at risk) and is proud to have developed new links with Transfer of Care Teams across all Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Hospitals and the British Red Cross. 

Sion James
Senior Public Health Manager  

Best Start in Life update

More than 150 people from across a wide range of early years services and organisations attended Best Start in Life Workforce Focus Groups in September 2019.

The comments shared at these sessions have helped us to shape the next phase of this project; realising an integrated model of delivery. Since the sessions we have spent time going through the feedback and collating this into themes. The very clear message to come out of the Focus Group sessions was the appetite for further opportunities to meet as a broader workforce, to continue the conversation, as well as further developing working relationships across the whole network. In response to this we are holding a further run of focus groups which members are welcome to attend.

  • Sackville House, Cambourne - 10 December 2019, 3.30pm-5.30pm
  • Bargroves Centre, St Neots - 12 December 2019, 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • First Steps, Peterborough - 12 December 2019, 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • Huntingdon Youth Centre - 13 January 2020, 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • Oasis Centre, Wisbech - 14 January 2020, 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • Ely Child and Family Centre - 15 January 2020, 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • North Cambridge Child and Family Centre - 16 January 2020, 4.00pm-6.00pm
  • East Children's Centre, Peterborough - 16 January 2020, 4.00pm-6.00pm

To book a place or for other queries, please email

LGC Awards - double shortlisting success

Cambridgeshire County Council has been shortlisted in two categories for next year’s LGC Awards.

The judging panel received a record number of entries this year and just to be shortlisted is an achievement.

For the Entrepreneurial Council category the entry highlighted innovation across the Council, including in energy, property acquisitions, the Commercial Strategy, Greater Cambridge Partnership, and digital infrastructure.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)’s Smart Cambridge programme has also been shortlisted in the Future Places category. The entry highlighted the strong portfolio of exciting projects underway, and the growing list of technology partners that the team work collaboratively with, to help reduce congestion and pollution to improve quality of life in Greater Cambridge.

The LGC Awards are the biggest celebration of excellence in local government and celebrate local authority teams and individuals making the biggest difference to their communities. Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 18 March 2020.