You may have heard of the East Cambs District Council Community Eyes and Ears Scheme; see East Cambs website www.eastcambs.gov.uk or Littleport Life’s Facebook page for further information.
The scheme was developed to help residents report anything they are concerned about, and the booklet has been distributed widely throughout the district. The scheme has been very successful and is now moving on a stage further with a relaunch in October at Ely Cathedral, an updated booklet, and a campaign to recruit Community Eyes and Ears Champions within our communities.
With this in mind, Shona McKenzie, the Community Safety Partnership representative for ECDC has been working closely with Nyree Scott of the County Council to set up an ‘Award in Volunteering’ course. The ‘Award in Volunteering’ is a recognised qualification in itself, but the course is being developed with additional material to cover the Community Eyes and Ears scheme, which will enable the learners to become Community Eyes and Ears Champions.
We are really pleased that Littleport is the first location within East Cambs where the course will run, and a flyer is attached giving further information, but I’ve listed a few details below:-
- Location – Parish Council Chamber, The Barn, Littleport
- Start Date – 19th September – 23rd January 2020 (15 weeks)
- Time – 1.00-3.00pm (times can be tweaked if children need to be collected from school)
- Cost – Free for adults over 19 years with an income of £16,000 and under. The full cost of the course is £95.00, but if anyone would like to do this course and is not sure if they are eligible for full funding please do contact Cambridgeshire County Council on the number or email below to check, or the Parish Council who will find out for you.
The course is suitable for anyone who is currently a volunteer, might wish to become a volunteer, or may like the opportunity to gain an additional qualification.
If interested, please do contact either the County Council on 01223 7033530 or email CambsALS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk if you require any further information. Alternatively you can contact me, or the Littleport Parish Council Clerks on 01353 860449. Spaces are limited so be sure to register your interest at the earliest opportunity.