Changing Futures Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Changing Futures Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

During 2020 and 2021 local partners worked together to submit an Expression of Interest and Bid to the government’s national Changing Futures programme. You can find out more about our (unsuccessful) bid here.

However since then, with support from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Pubic Service Board (CPSB), local partners have continued to work together on a locally-funded and supported programme. This is known as Changing Futures Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

What is multiple disadvantage?

People are said to be in multiple disadvantaged when they experience at least three of the following five situations:

  • Homelessness Five petal flower logo
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Domestic abuse
  • Criminal Justice

The five areas of disadvantage led us to create a temporary logo for the work, a five petal flower, to help us all recognize the project and communications related to it.

Our local work is supported by the national Making Every Adult Matter team. Please follow this link to see a short video about the Making Every Adult Matter approach.

You can find out more about our existing Counting Every Adult teams, one covering Cambridgeshire and one covering Peterborough, here.

What is Changing Futures Cambridgeshire & Peterborough?

Our four vision areas are to:

  • Embed the Trusted Person Model.
  • Embed a trauma informed approach to support.
  • Establish mechanisms to support shared learning and address identified barriers.​
  • Embed co-production and co-design across the system.

Embed the Trusted Person model

The team has written a note and case studies to illustrate how we see the Trusted Person model working.

The model is all about linking up the many people who already work with individuals in this way across our system, and to extend the approach to even more people and organisations in future. Also importantly, to help these Trusted People to get the support they need and increase awareness of the various team and support “out there” who can get involved via a professionals meeting where needed.

Embed a trauma informed approach to support

In the events, conversations and meetings held so far, the importance of building a trauma-informed culture has been a common thread.

Many individual organisations are making sure staff are trained up to take a trauma-informed approach. But there is more to being trauma informed than those individual conversations.

Each organisation need to think about how people respond to the buildings and facilities on offer, and whether there is more to be done to make sure partners are helping people share and overcome past traumas, not adding to them.

This is also a topic to consider as a whole system… How do we avoid people re-telling their stories? How do we help people share information they are willing to, with other agencies? How do we reduce the time needed to access all the relevant services?

A workshop is being planned for late 2022 about trauma informed systems where interested individuals can think this though, sharing learning and experiences and creating an plan to progress the work across all the agencies. Watch this space to find out more.

Shared learning and overcoming barriers

The Changing Futures Cambridgeshire & Peterborough approach has a major focus on learning lessons, overcoming and removing barriers, and on sharing learning form each person’s experiences so others don’t have to solve the same problems, over and over again.

To help with this flow of communication, a simple governance structure has been devised to make sure that at each level of operations, people with lived experience are involved, lessons are shared with partners,  and partners can work together positively to remove barriers.

Co-production and co-design across the system

It’s crucial that this programme is centered on the experience of people who have been through multiple disadvantage. So far we have…

  • Based our plans on feedback from people with lived experience, including plans for the Trusted Person approach.
  • Built our bid for government funding on input from people with lived experience, as well as partner organisations – the graphic below sets out the vision we put together as a group for the original Changing Futures bid.
  • Gained insight and support from people with lived experience at Tactical Group meetings.
  • Invited people with lived experience to attend Cambridgeshire Public Service Board (CPSB) meetings to explain the difference this work makes.
  • Secured the help of people with lived experience to put together case studies to help a range of partners understand the Trusted Person model.

New operational partnership for Fenland & East Cambridgeshire

There are already two operational partnerships in place supporting the existing Counting Every Adult approach; one for Cambridgeshire and one for Peterborough. This is where people get together for problem-solving sessions to help people who are multiple disadvantaged.

Now, a new one is being set up in the North East of the area, for Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.

This more rural area can find itself remote and cut off from the services found in larger market towns and cities, so it is vital people living on those areas who may be disadvantaged, can more easily access the kind of support and services being offered elsewhere in the area.

Once the new Fenland & East Cambridgeshire partnership is up and running, the Cambridgeshire partnership will focus  on people in Cambridge, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire.

Support has been committed & is building

Taking a lead from CPSB, a range of partners have pledged to support Changing Futures Cambridgeshire & Peterborough either financially, in the form of staffing resource, or other contributions. Contributions total £377K, with a potential further £180K (subject to formal agreement). Partners include…

  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Public Health
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough)
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Probation Service
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council

Other partners (and the list keeps growing!) include:

  • Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre
  • CGL (Change-Grow-Live)
  • CPSL Mind
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership
  • DWP and Jobcentre Plus Safeguarding team
  • Ferry Project (Wisbech)
  • Housing Board for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & West Suffolk
  • It Takes a City
  • Peterborough Light Project
  • SUN network
  • Think Communities
  • Women’s Aid

Materials & milestones

  • (date) 2022: CPSB agrees to explore funding and supporting Changing Futures C&P – summary report here (to be added)
  • 7 July 2022: first project newsletter produced – link here
  • 14 July 2022: first Changing Futures C&P strategic group meeting – find out more here (link to be added to workshop outcomes)


If you have questions, feedback or want to get involved, please contact