Entries by Ben Pitt

Please Help Us to Help You

Each year the Support Cambridgeshire team conducts a survey to discover the views of the voluntary and community sector in Cambridgeshire. It’s your chance to tell us about your organisation, the challenges that lie ahead and what we can do you help you overcome them. It’s what we’re here for, after all. It should take….

Cambridgeshire Local Lottery will not go ahead

In a report to Cambridgeshire County Council Members of the Commercial and Investment Committee in November 2019, it was agreed that while there may be some financial benefit for charities of creating a County Council sponsored lottery, this could be outweighed by the possibility of losing support through direct contributions. The Council had undertaken considerable….

Pitching through the CSR Barrier

In these uncertain times for charities (particularly given how difficult it is to obtain and maintain Grant levels) we are increasingly looking towards different avenues to build future relationships and one of these has seen a growing interest in developing business partnerships. The world of CSR has been changing: The days of photographic opportunities with….

Lloyds Bank Foundation Grants

The Lloyds Bank Foundation is offering grants of up to 45K or 100K to organisations with a proven track record of helping people achieve Positive Change. Charities can apply if they have an annual turnover of between 25K and 1M pounds per annum, and have worked holistically with individuals to achieve Person Centred Support.  Charities….

Support and Advice for Village Halls

We all know that Village halls in our local communities do not run themselves: Village halls need dedicated volunteers and by default those volunteers need support and advice to ensure that their Village hall grows and thrives. Support Cambridgeshire is lucky to have Cambridgeshire ACRE as part of its Partnership. The support, advice, guidance and….

Disability Hustings

Disability Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Deaf Association are holding a hustings for Disabled and Sensory Impaired people on Friday evening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at Allia in Peterborough. Details of the venue can be found here Disability Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Deaf Association have local leaders of all the main parties in attendance to answer….

Capacity Building Partnerships

Next year,  Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council will be jointly commissioning the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Capacity Building Partnership(s) contract. In Cambridgeshire, this service is currently provided by Support Cambridgeshire (a Partnership of Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations, Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service and Cambridgeshire ACRE). Both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough….

The Portal Tops 300K

The Support Cambridgeshire self-funding Portal (SC4C) goes from strength to strength with local Cambridgeshire community organisations raising in excess of 300K by using its free self directing funding search potential (a 1164% increase on the previous year). Over the past 12 months, the Portal has been visited on 5,860 occasions with 506 new registered organisation….

Wanted: Your Health and Care experiences

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is the independent champion for people using local health and care services. Their job is to listen to what people across the area have to say – good and not so good. Can they help raise some of the issues your organisation, group or users are facing?  What’s working well or….

Meet Caroline Tyrrell- Jones – National Trustee Week

It’s National Trustee Week and Hunts Forum took the opportunity to talk to one of their latest Trustees, Caroline Tyrrell- Jones. Name: Caroline Tyrell – Jones. Born: Hammersmith in West London. Early Years: Great Dunmow and Saffren Walden in Essex. Residing: Been resident in Cambridgeshire since 1975. Caroline is currently employed as a Communities Programme….