Community

Cambscuisine Community Fund

On 23rd September 2018 we launched the Cambscuisine Community Fund (CCF). Across all of our restaurants we’ve been raising money to support vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire. For every bill over £30, in all of our restaurants, we’ve been adding a discretionary £1 added to it to support the Fund. Naturally in the last year the fund has not grown as we would like but we will be charging the coffers very soon!

Since launching, the CCF has raised over £60,000 for local charities that support our vision. Thank you to our loyal local customers for their continued support with CCF.

Please click here to see a video explaining what we are doing and why!

The projects awarded funding so far (and more to be announced soon) are…

  • CHS Group were awarded £15,641 to run an Outreach Employment Advice Service for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Cambridge to enable them to move on with their lives.
  • Turtle Dove Cambridge were awarded £5,132 to provide specific employment training and emotional support to young women facing disadvantage, many of whom are at risk of homelessness and living in supported housing.
  • Cogwheel Trust CIO were awarded £2,240 to provide weekly counselling sessions for vulnerable and financially disadvantaged men to improve mental well-being.
  • Cambridge Cyrenians were awarded £3,000 to run the Meaningful Activities project to empower homeless or vulnerably housed people to undertake training and work experience to learn new skills, earn qualifications and ultimately move into, or towards, employment.
  • Wintercomfort were awarded £3,300 to support homeless people into work by providing IDs, bus passes or bikes, and a one-off cost of living allowance once they’re employed.
  • CHS Group were awarded again, this time, £3000 towards an Outreach Employment and Money Advice Service for up to 50 people who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Cambridge, to enable them to get on in life and thrive.
  • Cambridge Sustainable Food Alliance were awarded £3,928 towards the continued operation of the Cambridge food redistribution hub at Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre during 2021/22, and/or enabling senior staff to work on establishing a permanent home for the hub.
  • Abbey People CIO were awarded £2,000 to cover costs of the hub which provides community support, partner drop-ins, food provision and poverty alleviation services for 500 residents in the Abbey/Barnwell area of Cambridge (whilst the Community Centre is being rebuilt).
Logo of Cambscuisine Community Fund

Case Study from CHS

Polly Thurston, Homelessness Projects Coordinator at Cambridge Housing Society:

Polly has delivered a project supporting those affected by homelessness into employment, volunteering and education. Polly says “With the grants from the Cambscuisine Community Fund to support our project since April 2020, we have been able to support 28 people in Cambridge City affected by homelessness, of these 8 have found employment opportunities, 11 have returned to education and 9 have started volunteering in the community. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the Cambscuisine fund”

 

Case study 1:

Jackie had been street homeless for a while pre-pandemic. With the ‘Everyone in’ under Covid, she started to engage with services, having a roof over her head made this a possibility to detox from drug use. Eventually Jackie was starting to get bored as she didn’t have her usual habits to distract her, and she was introduced to Polly at CHS. Polly supported Jackie to look at her prospects and start again, enrolling on various courses to increase her confidence, and volunteering to get her work experience and start building her CV. Jackie is now working part-time and has a tenancy in Cambridge.

Case Study 2:

James was an ex-offender and living in supported accommodation when Polly met him. He hadn’t worked as an employee before and didn’t think it was possible. James knew he needed to keep busy to prevent him from offending again and desperately wanted to find paid employment. Polly and James worked together to create a CV and covering letter. They applied to numerous restaurants in Cambridge City and James was offered and started a position in a popular City restaurant, starting as a kitchen assistant with the hope to build a career in the field.

GIVING TIME ALONGSIDE THE CCF

As a local restaurant group, community is at the heart of what we do. Here are a few examples of how we try to get involved:

– Each restaurant team is given two charity days each year for volunteers to spend time helping a charity of their choice.

– Staff at The Tickell Arms have lead baking classes for the children at William Westley school.

– Across our restaurants we hold regular charity coffee mornings and pub quizzes raising hundreds of pounds for charities such as Macmillan, The Children’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK as well as local community clubs and groups. Staff frequently bake cakes to bring to these events in their own time.

Supporting our Community

Cambscuisine Woodlands Scheme

Work is underway to start the Charity, the Cambscuisine Woodlands Scheme. 

Vision: To convert an area of space, either fallow, agricultural or derelict land, into a woodland for the benefit of the environment, wildlife and the community:
Mission: To supply our Woodland Charity with funds from CCF (Cambscuisine Community Fund) to off-set our Carbon foot print and to develop a space that is widely used and enjoyed, always growing and developing.

Beneficiaries:
• Local community including Schools
• Cambscuisine staff and friends
• The environment
• Wildlife development and sustainability.

Watch this space…