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Member Newsletter September 2018

Welcome to the September edition of the Member Newsletter!

This newsletter has been produced by the Communications and Information Service to inform all Members of the latest council news and projects taking places across the county.

Latest news

New fostering campaign

A new major fostering campaign launched on Wednesday 12 September 2018. 

Part of our work to manage the increase of children needing our care is to vastly increase the number of in house foster carers available. 

Our current cohort of around 135 fostering families already represents the biggest ‘team of foster carers’ in the county and offers stability and a hopeful childhood for those in their care – but we simply don’t have enough of these brilliant people available. The difference between placing a child with a Cambridgeshire County Council foster carer or with an independent agency carer can be as much as £400 a week! 

Launched on 12 September 2018 at the Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United, the campaign has the support of first team players and scores of local businesses and public sector partners.

Watch out for the new campaign when it launches, with information on our fostering webpages, Camweb, social media platforms and in the local media.

Children's physical activity campaign in Cambridgeshire

Change4Life and Disney, with the support of Sport England, joined forces to launch a brand-new ‘Train Like A Jedi’ programme over the summer months. It takes children on a galactic adventure and inspires them to get more active. Children need at least 60 minutes of activity per day, and just 23% of boys and 20% of girls currently meet this recommendation. 

Over the summer, children have been encouraged to take part online and at home, in the classroom and through partners nationwide. The programme helps children build confidence and learn new fitness moves and techniques that will help keep them healthy. 

Cambridgeshire County Council ‘s Public Health Team and Communications Team worked together to promote the campaign across pharmacies, libraries, child and family centres, school nurses and health visitor services, early years services, lifestyle services and other local front-line services, supporting them to engage families locally. A social media campaign ran throughout the school summer holidays alongside news releases with local case studies. The CCC commissioned public health lifestyle service provided by Everyone Health along with countywide physical activity Let's Get Moving Cambridgeshire provided by the district / city councils and Living Sport, to provide information to families and communities about local opportunities to participate in.

Shaun Birdsall
Health Improvement Specialist
[email protected] 


The Public Health Team will give all Cambridgeshire Stop Smoking Service providers (GP practices, pharmacies and CAMQUIT) resources provided by Public Health England which will include a PowerPoint and audio presentation briefing which includes details on how the Stoptober campaign should best be implemented, posters and leaflets.

Working closely with the CCC Communications Team, the campaign will use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to raise the profile of the campaign and direct people to the local stop smoking services along with press releases. In areas of the county where smoking prevalence is higher, the team will ensure that the resource packs are sent to partners such as libraries, community centres, workplaces and job centres and that the stop smoking service increase service provision throughout the month. 

The Stop Smoking Services will continue to provide weekly clinics throughout the county and information about these clinics is available at www.camquit.nhs.uk or by calling 0800 018 4304.

Claire Mead
Team Leader - Primary Care Commissioning
[email protected] 

Exercise to prevent falls for older people: "Stay stronger for longer" campaign

The Public Health Directorate has been working with the Communications Team, NHS and community partners on a social marketing campaign to encourage older people (particularly women 70-79 years old) to take up strength and balance exercises twice a week, to reduce their risk of falling and keep them doing the things they enjoy. The ‘Stay Stronger for Longer’ campaign, due to launch on 1 October 2018 – International Older People’s Day, will encourage older people to join local classes or access home programmes as well as access information and advice on the Be Well Cambridgeshire website. A communications toolkit including a news release, newsletter article, social media, posters and leaflet is in development and will be circulated in early September 2018.

Helen Tunster
Senior Partnership Manager - Falls Prevention
[email protected] 

Health Schools contract award

A competitive tender for a new Healthy Schools Support Service has been completed with the contract being awarded to Everyone Health, the current Integrated Lifestyle Service provider in Cambridgeshire.

The Service is jointly funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to provide the service across both areas. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has provided additional funding reflecting the overall aim of the service to increase resilience in children and young people, enabling them to make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid risk taking behaviours.

The service will provide all schools with bespoke information about the health needs of their school populations, evidence based interventions for creating a healthy school environment through direct contact, and a website. The work will link with and be complementary to the work of the County Council’s Education and Wellbeing Team. Schools in areas of high need will be offered additional direct support. The overarching deliverable is to facilitate collaborative approaches between the different services that work with schools to maximise benefits and avoid duplication.

Val Thomas
Consultant in Public Health
[email protected] 

The Library Presents

Libraries around the county are looking forward to a new season of arts activity. "The Library Presents" autumn season starts on Saturday 15 September 2018 and will continue bringing high quality arts activities into the heart of towns and villages until Saturday 15 December 2018.

19 libraries are involved this season:

  • Arbury Court
  • Barnwell Road
  • Cambourne
  • Cambridge Central
  • Chatteris
  • Cherry Hinton
  • Ely
  • Histon
  • Huntingdon
  • Littleport
  • March
  • Ramsey
  • Sawtry
  • Soham
  • St Ives
  • St Neots
  • Whittlesey
  • Wisbech
  • Yaxley

Funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, 'The Library Presents’ programme appeals to all ages and different interests. It will include performances of dance, music, puppetry, comedy and theatre as well as workshops in music, art, writing and performance skills.

Over 200 people helped to select the autumn programme at ‘Choosing Parties’ during June. The Library Presents team is currently planning the Spring 2019 season and welcomes opinions on the programme, so if you’d like to be involved look out for dates of the next ‘Choosing Parties’ on our website.

Programmes are available in hosting libraries and an electronic version can be found on our Arts webpage.

Ely Southern Bypass

Ely Southern Bypass is anticipated to deliver a huge boost for the area, easing congestion in and around Ely by providing a new link between Stuntney Causeway and Angel Drove avoiding the notorious level crossing and low bridge.

In the last few months, having overcome problems in delivering such a challenging design on a floodplain and near a national heritage site as quickly as possible, the project has continued to progress well:

  • Ground improvements and embankments are complete.
  • The rail bridge sections were lifted into place in a series of overnight rail closures, the concrete deck is complete and work to install the road restraint barriers is underway.
  • The complex V-piers that support the viaduct over the River Great Ouse are complete, the large beams for the viaduct lifted into place and the bridge deck is finished.
  • Road surfacing works are progressing well.
  • The piled foundations for the walkway have been completed and the walkway sections are now being delivered to site and being installed.
  • Overnight closures of Angel Drove and Stuntney Causeway have allowed completion of the two roundabouts which are now being used by traffic.

In the next few weeks, the walkway installation will continue, the road surface will be completed, safety barriers completed, signs and road markings installed ready for the opening, which is still on target for October 2018.

Following the opening of Ely Southern Bypass, the existing level crossing on Station Road will be closed to all traffic and the underpass will become single file traffic controlled by signals, the principles of which were consulted on and included as a condition of the Ely Bypass planning permission. It will not prevent local traffic from using this route should they wish to do so.  Traffic impact studies show that the majority of vehicles on the A142 will use the new road, greatly reducing the number of vehicles using the underpass. Following recent publicity, the design has sought to minimise delays at the signals so far as possible. The waiting times at the proposed signals will therefore be short compared to the existing delays caused by the level crossing and make journey times much more reliable. The benefit of the proposal will be the significant improvements for pedestrians and cyclists using the route.

As was reported in the media in April 2018, delivery of the scheme in very difficult and unpredictable conditions has meant costs have increased by £13 million to an estimated £49m. Since that time the forecast cost is unchanged.

Brian Stinton
Team Leader - Highway Projects
[email protected] 

Ely Library

Work is due to commence on a new lift at Ely Library from Saturday 8 September until Wednesday 17 October 2018. This work is essential to improve fire safety provision and provide accessibility for all.

The library will remain open apart from the following days - 8, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 September and 1, 2, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16 October.

There will be a mobile library parked on the market place on Saturday 8 September and Saturday 13 October. The lift will be unavailable during the duration of the works, however the ‘Library at Home’ service is offering temporary home visits to customers unable to access via the stairs and will deliver books to customers' homes. There is a contact number already displayed on the library to alert customers. There will also be a book drop on the ground floor while the work is carried out and a telephone number will be displayed on the ground floor that is a direct line through to the library desk on the first floor.

Customers who cannot access the library and who require assisted digital help with forms such as Blue Badge and Bus Pass applications can arrange an appointment with library staff who will assist them at Ely Job Centre.

Staff are also working with the East Cambridgeshire access group to ensure they are aware of the special arrangements that are in place throughout this period. The service are also working closely with our room hirers and partners to discuss access during closed periods to minimise any inconvenience. 

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