cam·bi·um (kam'be-um) n. The layer of a tree where growth occurs, just under the bark. [from the Latin cambiare, to exchange, of Celtic origin.]
Below is a selection of our work and what some of our clients have to say about us.
Cambium has provided ongoing policy, campaigns and secretariat support for the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland since April 2011. We helped establish the Alliance and have worked with members to develop and progress the ideas and political/stakeholder support for the National Retrofit Programme for housing, recently adopted by the Scottish Government, and proposals for minimum energy standards for homes. The aims of the Alliance are to tackle both climate change and fuel poverty see http://www.existinghomesalliancescotland.co.uk/
Cambium has provided highly professional and extremely effective support to the Existing Homes Alliance since its inception.
They have been central role to the Alliance’s success in developing and pursuing policies aimed at achieving warm, affordable, low carbon homes for Scotland. Their advice and guidance on influencing the Sustainable Housing Strategy has been invaluable, ensuring the Alliance has a high profile with the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and key stakeholders.
I have no hesitation in recommending Cambium for policy development, public affairs or secretariat work. Alan Ferguson, Director, CIH Scotland & Chair of ExHA
As Manager of the Commission’s Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland, I can say that Cambium provided us with superb editorial assistance in drafting the full and summary reports of the Commission’s Inquiry into human trafficking in Scotland, which was published in November 2011, and is available here
Cambium were highly professional; especially in terms of impressively assimilating complex information effectively and efficiently, in providing high-quality editorial assistance and written work throughout, and in discussing, agreeing, and then meeting all timelines in what was an intense and high profile project. They are to be highly recommended. Graham O’Neill, Manager of Commission’s Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland
Cambium produced this report one year on from the Inquiry. It as an assessment of progress against each of the ten recommendations in the Inquiry report with an outline of what more needs to be done to ensure the recommendations are met. The full report can be viewed here
Produced for the Energy Agency and WWF Scotland this report analyses the effectiveness of an area based, non-means tested approach to tackling fuel poverty and reducing the environmental impact of housing in Scotland. View the full report here:
"I can highly recommend Cambium Advocacy for research, analysis and design of reports. They completed a report on area-based home energy efficiency initiatives which was thorough, well-written and well-presented. The report was done to schedule and on budget, and took account of the steering group's comments. This report has gone on to influence government policy, supporting the introduction of a universal or non-means tested home insulation programme". Elizabeth Leighton, Senior Policy Officer, WWF Scotland
This discussion paper sets out the policy and legislative context related to community ownership in Scotland. It identifies the barriers to the development of the community ownership of assets in low-income communities and makes a number of recommendations aimed at the Scottish Government and local authorities. The full report can be accessed here:
"Cambium Advocacy has provided a hugely valuable service for Save the Children stepping in to do some complex research work and providing information that has helped to shape our policy calls. The service we received was professional, friendly and helpful whilst working to a tight deadline, and the end result was one of quality. We will certainly look to Cambium again for any future policy and research needs" Douglas Hamilton, Head of Save the Children in Scotland
This report summarises the findings of a one day seminar and a series of workshops, interviews and desk-based research on legislation, policy and international comparators. Cambium analysed the evidence, drew conclusions and made specific and clear recommendations for legal changes across Scotland and the UK which would achieve equal access to marriage. View the report here: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/scotland/key-projects-in-scotland/equal-marriage-report/
"Cambium delivered an entirely bespoke product for us, tailored exactly to our organisation’s needs. The whole process from working together on the brief to the production of a fully comprehensive, timely, well researched, articulate and thought provoking report was flawless. We are using Cambium again and would not hesitate in recommending them to others". Ally Thomson, Head of Communications
Cambium also supported the EHRC’s Scottish Debate Series from which we produced the following reports:
This report sets the context for the debate around euthanasia and assisted suicide, reports on the main themes from the debate on the night and gives a number of policy options and/or issues for further consideration. View the full report here: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/Scotland/equal_to_the_end_report.pdf
This report explored the debate on whether Scotland should adopt legislation that criminalises the purchase of sex or is regulation or whether decriminalisation is a better option? The report outlines the different policy and legislative options that could be taken, the current legal position, attitudes of women involved in prostitution, as well as public attitudes and issues such as human trafficking. It also outlines the main themes from the debate and gives a range of policy and legislative options and issues for further consideration. View the full report here: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/Scotland/give_prostitution_the_red_light_report__pdf_.pdf
This report gives the context for a debate which explored issues of identity, equality and the chasm between our national aspirations and cultural norms. The report sets out the main themes from the debate and considers narratives related to identity, identity in a wider world and the discrimination and disadvantage that comes with the concept of identity. Key points from the debate are highlighted. View the full report here:
We helped CAS develop a strategy to support CABx engage more strategically and effectively with local authority partners across Scotland, we have also worked with CAS to raise the profile of their rights work within the NHS.
"Cambium provided support to Citizens Advice Scotland in developing our strategy for engagement with councils. Their professionalism and commitment to meeting our needs was second to none and we have been delighted with their work" David Brownlee, Head of Services
Working with community activists from the local Fuel Poverty Advisory Group Cambium advised on media and parliamentary activity to take forward the campaign to end discriminatory pre-payment meter charges. The campaign received significant national and local media coverage.
"…. Cambium proved invaluable to our campaign on pre-payment meters. We made use of Cambium’s technical knowledge and expertise to ensure that the facts and figures on which our campaign was based were up to date and accurate. Cambium also helped us to plan our campaign strategy. They were able to advise us on getting media coverage and they supported group members to prepare for television and radio interviews. Cambium assisted with writing press releases and briefings and by suggesting the content of parliamentary motions.
Cambium assisted with the planning of a community conference on fuel poverty and advised how to launch our campaign at the event. With Cambium’s assistance our campaign gained a much higher profile than we expected. We intend to use Cambium again in the future as our campaign progresses”. Alison Miller, Support Worker for the North Edinburgh Fuel Poverty Action Group