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Member Newsletter September 2019

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 place across the county.

Latest news

12 day adults campaign is 'fur real'

Image of robotic cat on BBC Look East.

Robotic cat features on BBC Look East.

Our 12 day campaign is highlighting the great transformation work being done by adult social care teams. One of the stories on BBC Look East and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire focused on robotic cats and how they can help reduce stress and anxiety in people with learning disabilities and dementia. The features also discussed technology to help keep people safe, well and independent.

Watch the video below to see our furry friends in action.

Meet the robotic cats

Recommissioning integrated lifestyles

The county council’s public health commissioners will be re-procuring the county’s lifestyle services in 2019/20. This will include health trainers to support lifestyle change, weight management services, community lifestyle programmes, outreach health checks, behaviour change training and the National Child Measurement Programme. The aim is to support people to maintain their health and wellbeing, and reduce their risk of developing illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. In turn this reduces future demand on health and care services.

Cambridgeshire County Council will commission the service for Peterborough City Council and the new contract will commence in June 2020.

Recycling Centres e-permit scheme for vans and trailers set to be introduced

A van and trailer e-permit scheme across Cambridgeshire’s nine household recycling centres (HRCs) will start in October 2019. The scheme will allow the council to better regulate the use of vans and trailers at HRCs helping to ensure only household waste is delivered to sites.

Any resident planning to visit a HRC with a van or trailer should obtain an e-permit using an online system beforehand.

Additional site staff will be available to help at all nine HRCs in the early months of the scheme being introduced. More information is available online on our HRC van and trailer permit scheme webpage.

Once the scheme is live, information on how to apply will also be found on that webpage.

New Cambridgeshire Skills launches this month

Since August, the £2.25m funding for Cambridgeshire Adult Learning and Skills Service (CALSS) was devolved to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA). This move sees no reduction in the amount of money spent in the county – but a change and re-prioritisation to focus it more on those who need it most. 

To coincide with this move and reflect on these new priorities, the service is relaunching in September with a new name ‘Cambridgeshire Skills’ and a new extended offer. 

From September, the service will offer an extended provision of accredited and non-accredited Basic Skills courses such as English, Maths, IT and English for speakers of other languages alongside other skills that help people find work. In addition, it will now provide a range of vocational courses including programmes in customer service, retail, business administration, hospitality, warehousing, horticulture, childcare and development, and becoming a teaching assistant. The service will also continue to provide its well established programmes for local people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop life and employment skills. 

There will be more communications around the new service and offer in September and as students sign up to the autumn term. To promote the change of service to Cambridgeshire Skills, an open event will also be held on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 10am to 3pm at March Community Centre. This will provide an opportunity to showcase both accredited and non-accredited learning and the variety of courses on offer.

Successful fundraising for visionary projects in Cambridgeshire Museums

Recent fundraising successes at the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, Ely Museum, Cambridge Centre for Computing History and Wisbech and Fenland Museum resulted in awards totalling over £2.8 million.

  • Cromwell Museum closes for re-development from October 2019 - March 2020 following charitable grants totalling over £160,000.
  • Ely Museum secured a grant of £1.66 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to unlock the potential of the Old Gaol and create a vibrant venue for local people and visitors.
  • Cambridge Centre for Computing History received £1 million to purchase their city centre premises.
  • Wisbech and Fenland Museum’s popular Re-Founder and Patron Schemes will help cover running costs, whilst a £95,000 lottery grant enables a volunteer development and community engagement programme.

Museums in Cambridgeshire Awards

We are holding the inaugural Museums in Cambridgeshire Awards on 4 November 2019 at the spectacular Zoology Museum in Cambridge. Award categories celebrate museum volunteers, community partnerships and outstanding collections.

If you would like to attend the MiC Awards, please RSVP by 13 September 2019 to Melanie Worgan, Museum Partnership Officer on 01223 703 828 or at [email protected]

Car Club

Image of Enterprise car parked on street.

Last month, in partnership with Cambridge City Council and Enterprise Car Hire, the Car Club launched. The Car Club supports the council’s goals around improving air quality through the use of cleaner vehicles, reducing vehicle emissions and cutting congestion.

The club provides individuals and businesses with access to sustainable transport, which is available for hire by the hour or day. It also encourages car sharing in the city.

Vehicles will be located at various car parks in Cambridge as well as on-street bays. The majority of the vehicles will be hybrids with an ambition to move to electric vehicles. People can sign-up and drive within hours by booking the car via a smartphone app.

Read more about the scheme on our Car Club webpage.

Innovate and Cultivate Fund

The council's Innovate and Cultivate Fund has invested almost £1m into our communities, supporting projects like Ramsey's Men's Shed. Your constituents can seek funding for a community project, they can find out more about the fund by attending an advice session on 19 September 2019 between 9.30am and 12.30pm at Ely Community Centre.

To read more about existing Innovate and Cultivate Fund projects and the next round of funding, please visit our Innovate and Cultivate Fund webpage.

Watch the video below to find out more about Ramsey's Men's Shed.

Sawston Community Hub

Work will begin on site for Sawston Community Hub. A temporary library building has been on site since the fire but now all legal agreements have been signed and work can start.

The building has been designed as a community hub, housing other services to benefit the residents of Sawston. It will include the relocated Children’s Centre, multipurpose spaces and an outdoor play area.

Health and Wellbeing Board

The first joint sub-committee of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Board was held in August chaired by Cllr Roger Hickford. This joint sub-committee will work across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to deliver specific functions, including joint commissioning and service integration arrangements for health, social care and public health services and sign-off plans for the nationally allocated ‘Better Care Fund’.

Wondering what a Dutch-style roundabout is?

We have created two short videos to explain some of the background behind why the Dutch-style roundabout project is happening. The first video explains the reasoning behind why changes are needed to some of the roads in Cambridge, the UK's fastest growing city. The second video visualises how the new roundabout will look and why.

You can also find out more about the project on our Fendon Road and Queen Edith's Way roundabout webpage.

Fendon Road and Queen Edith's Way - Dutch-style roundabout

Explaining the Dutch-style roundabout

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