SCDC Homes for Ukraine

Support for Ukraine: It all starts with a spare room

A major campaign has been launched to appeal for more hosts in South Cambridgeshire and the city of Cambridge to support families from Ukraine. Anyone who can offer a room is being asked to text ROOM to 88802.

Between the two areas, a total of almost 500 hosts have already been providing housing to guests. However, with the war in Ukraine continuing, and with it not being safe for many families to return, there is an ongoing demand to provide them with a safe place to stay.

Anyone who can offer a spare room and warm welcome is being asked to text ROOM to 88802 so that the councils can support them through the process and match hosts to guests who have already started to settle in the local area.

Read more, and watch video stories from current hosts and guests, at

Warm Hubs – Willingham

Two new Warm Hub have opened in Willingham. Warm Hubs are designed to support residents this winter. Run within existing community spaces, local residents can visit a safe, warm and friendly environment to enjoy refreshments and social activity, obtain information and advice, and share the company of others. The network of Warm Hubs is community-led; coordinated and hosted by trained volunteers, within the heart of local communities. 

  • Venue: The Octagon, St Mary and All Saints Church, Church Street, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5HS
  • Opening times: Monday, 10am – 1pm
  • Open from: Monday 14 November 2022

  • Venue: Willingham Baptist Church, George Street, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5LJ
  • Opening times: Wednesday, 10am – 4pm
  • Open from: Wednesday 16 November 2022

It is a collaboration between South and East Cambs District Councils, with funding from the local NHS Integrated Care System. The project is being delivered by charity Cambridgeshire Acre. Find out more here:

Christmas HAF programme

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Families in receipt of income-related free school meals (FSM), can access a holiday scheme for up to 16 hours per child and will receive enriching experiences, a meal and snacks daily. Ukrainian and other refugee families are also eligible as well as families struggling financially but not eligible for FSM.

Please click on the link above for the poster information.

Free Catalytic converter marking this weekend

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Following the success from previous events, we’re holding another catalytic converter marking event this Sunday. There are spaces available between 10am and 2.30pm at Kwik Fit in Maskew Avenue, Peterborough. Catalytic converters are found in the exhaust system of most cars and reduce the output of toxic gases and pollutants.  It takes just minutes for thieves to remove a catalytic converter and on many occasions victims are unaware their vehicle has been targeted even though it was sat on their driveway. Vehicle owners are urged to take advantage of this free marking to allow us to identify stolen property and provide evidence for prosecutions. It also ensures that scrap metal merchants have a way of detecting stolen items and can refuse to purchase them. As well as offering the marking, we’ve increased dedicated patrols and held multiple weeks of action to catch those responsible as well as visiting scrap metal dealers and offering people crime prevention advice and we will continue to do so. If you would like your vehicle to be marked, please register here. You will need to provide your name, registration number and email address/phone number to attend. If for any reason you can no longer make the appointment, please ensure you cancel it so it can be allocated to another driver. You can find more information about catalytic converter theft on our website. Kind Regards, PC Janine Hagger
Partnership and Prevention Team  
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Tara Dundon
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E-scooters: Christmas Gift Guidance

The more organised among us might have started doing, or planning, our Christmas shopping. With that in mind, one of the big gift requests this festive season is likely to be an electric scooter, or e-scooter.

Following a presentation from Cambridgeshire Police and the South Cambs Community Safety Partnership to parish councils in September, we wanted to provide you with some helpful information about e-scooter use.

It’s currently against the law to ride an e-scooter on a public road or pavement. The only exception to this is in zones where trials are taking place, such as some areas within the city of Cambridge. In these areas, hired scooters can be used on the road and on cycle paths.

E-scooters can never be used on the pavement, and e-scooters you may purchase can never be used:

  • On a public road without complying with several legal requirements, which users will find very difficult
  • In spaces that are set aside for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders; this includes on the pavement and in cycle lanes

You can buy e-scooters from many popular retailers, and your children may report to you that all their friends already have one. However, the law is clear – the only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land. So, right now, you can buy one, but you can’t ride it on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement.

If you are stopped by police while using an e-scooter illegally, they will advise you of the current law about how to use one legally and ask you to take your e-scooter home. They may however still penalise you depending on the nature and gravity of the offence.

This is all because e-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle in the same way that motorbikes and cars are. This means they are subject to the same legal requirements, such as MOT, licensing, tax, and insurance. As e-scooters do not have numberplates, indicators, and do not always have visible rear lights, they cannot be used legally on the roads. Further details can be found on the following Government website at

Cambridgeshire Police say: “We understand the public’s support for environmentally friendly modes of transport. We want to work with the public to make sure the roads are safe for everyone. The UK Government is currently taking part in “Future Transport Zone” trials for e-scooter hire, with a view to making them legal to use on the roads. You can find details of the trails closest to you, at” If you have a question, contact Project Officer – Community Safety Partnership, Beth Watson, on

Northstowe Community Forum

The next Northstowe Community Forum will be held in-person on Wednesday 9 November at Northstowe Secondary College. Drop in from 6pm, presentations from 7pm.

Forums are free, open, public meetings bringing together residents, planners, developers and other stakeholders to discuss and share information about new development. Everyone’s welcome.

Web chat and online reports

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary are asking you to consider using online services for non-emergency contact with police, to help reduce the pressure on call takers and save time waiting on the line for an operator. 

In September, our average response time on live web chat was just 27 seconds, making this the easiest and most efficient way to contact us. 

Our specialist web chat operators have a wealth of knowledge and are available around the clock to offer advice, answer questions and raise crime or intelligence reports, often without the wait. 

Those who are pressed for time, hard of hearing or can’t talk freely can visit the dedicated web chat page or click the green button in the bottom right corner of any page on the force’s website to start a chat with an operator.  
Online reports are another great way to contact the force in a non-emergency situation. We have dedicated forms on our website which can be submitted in a matter of minutes, without the need to wait on the line for an operator. Just provide us the details and we’ll take it from there.   

All online reports are reviewed and dealt with in the same way as calls to 101.

  Learn more about contacting us here or try our ‘contact us quiz’.   

Kind regards,   
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Lauren Watchorn
(Police, Digital Marketing Officer, Corporate Communications)

Burglary warning as clocks go back

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With the clocks going back and the evenings start to draw in, we’re urging residents to check their home security.  

With more homes empty after sunset, it is so important to make sure your home is protected from opportunistic burglars.   ·  Keep a light on when you go out or use timer switches (battery or solar powered lamps are great for keeping costs down)  ·  Lock all windows and doors, even when you’re at home  ·  Don’t leave valuable items on display ·  Close your blinds and curtains at night to prevent people looking into your home ·  Install good lighting, for example exterior lights with dawn-to-dusk sensors and an alarm. ·  Do not leave car keys near the front door or anywhere easy to find.  

Don’t become a victim of a burglary, visit our website to find out how to protect your home.  

Kind regards,  
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Grace Corney
(Police, Communications Assistant, Cambridgeshire)

Cultivate Cambs Grant

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Cultivate Cambs grant applications is 16 December 2022. Pre-application advice appointments will be offered in November.

Cultivate Cambs awards grants of £2,000 to £15,000 for new initiatives that support adults & older people with care and support needs and children, young people & families, to live independently, safe and well in thriving and inclusive communities.

The fund is open to voluntary & community organisations and social enterprises based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire, for projects that benefit Cambridgeshire residents. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.

Pre-application advice

We encourage you to seek pre-application advice on your project ideas before submitting your application.  Appointments are available on 8 & 9 November for projects supporting adults with care and support needs, 9 & 23 November for projects supporting children, young people and families, and 7 & 10 November for anti-poverty projects (e.g. enhanced community food projects). Please pre-book your 15-minute telephone or virtual advice appointment here.

Cultivate Ideas

Do you want to do something for your community but need inspiration to start a project? Cultivate Ideas offer guidance and support for setting up the following community-led initiatives – Enhanced Community Food Projects, Care Micro-enterprises, Community Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.  

Cultivate Cambs grant applications and information may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.