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Council contract will help Peterborough community work continue

A group which provides essential support to its 500 members across Peterborough has won a three-year contract with the city council.
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Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (PCVS) was set up in 1980 as an umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in Peterborough, and over 40 years later still provides essential support to its 500 members.

It will now deliver infrastructure support to organisations which need guidance on starting a new group, business planning, securing funding, legal structures and governing documents.

This support will be delivered in the form of group sessions with one-to-one help also available for organisations to get advice in a confidential setting to help trouble-shoot specific issues on an individual basis.

Matt Oliver, head of think communities at Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City councils said: "We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with PCVS through the award of this contract.

"We have achieved some amazing things together through the pandemic, working jointly to ensure that community groups have the information, guidance and support that they need to be resilient to the challenges of the past 18 months.

"We are blessed with tremendous community spirit in Peterborough and we are proud to make this investment, which will support local groups and organisations to help us meet the needs of our citizens together in the future."

The new contract is due to start in December but PCVS is already offering support through an existing contract by recently holding sessions on business planning and legal structures.

Coordinator Sarah Woodbine said: “So far over 20 groups have attended and already we are making a huge difference.

"For example, the Romanian community in Peterborough attended both sessions and with the guidance received, have since have become a constituted group.

"This is fantastic news as it will enable them to apply for grant funding to ensure their future is viable. I am absolutely thrilled to have secured council funding so that we can continue to help other organisations in this way, delivering the vital support they need to run their entities and ensuring that Peterborough’s voluntary and charity sector thrives”

PCVS will be running their one-to-one trouble-shooting sessions this month on October 20 and 28. To book your place email communities@pcvs.co.uk.