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 using the search facility and 650 repeat visitors.

The top 5 search areas continue to be Youth engagement, Older people, Education, Disability and Volunteering.

So our advice is to register and use the Portal: Simply click here to start your journey. You can use the Portal repeatedly without cost: All we ask is that when you receive an electronic  questionnaire about how good or bad the site is you provide your honest opinion. This feedback helps us to improve the site, making it easier for more groups or organisations to use the service.

Here is what some users have said this year:

SC4C is incredibly easy to navigate. Its a really useful resource for community organisations.

We raised 50K off the back of a SC4C search: Its so simple and easy to use.

I use SC4C every week when searching for funds. If you use it in conjunction with the funding alerts it really does help.

If you need some help registering then please contact and put SC4C in your title line.  

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 where could things be improved?

People tell Healthwatch about recent visits to GPs, dentists and opticians as well as clinic and hospital visits.  They also share views on care services in and around Peterborough.

Any information you give Healthwatch is logged and shared anonymously with the people who make decisions about local services and who can make change happen.

Can they help you too?

They area always looking for opportunities to spread the word about local organisations with GPs and patient groups too.

They might also be able to pass on your details to members of the public calling our Information Service for health and care support, help and advice.

Their engagement team are out and about at events across the area every week – could they come and talk to you too? Please get in touch.

Like to share your feedback and experiences?


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 Manager for Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Healthwatch champions the views of local people who use health and care services.

This is Caroline’s first foray into the world of Trusteeship, becoming a member of the Hunts Forum Board in April of 2019.

Why did you become a Trustee?

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough reside in the Maple Centre, which is managed on behalf of Huntingdonshire District Council by Hunts Forum. I became interested in the work of our host and decided the best way to learn more was to join the Board. Although I am relatively new and still finding my feet, I am enjoying the experience.

Would you encourage others to volunteers as a Board Member?

Absolutely. The more people that put themselves forward as Trustees, the better local organisations become. There are lots of challenges at the moment, not least the financial context in which Charities work, so the more people that bring their experience and skills to bear the better Charities can navigate the current climate.

And here’s some more things you may wish to know about Caroline:

Favourite food: Winter comfort food (stews, casseroles and the like).

Favourite football manager: Frank Lampard

Favourite pastime: Caroline runs regularly with her local club.

What’s on the bucket list: Racing BMW’s at Silverstone.


There are lots of local organisations who are desperate to find volunteer Trustees. Give it a go – you may be surprised at the results..!!

If you wish to become a Board member at Hunts Forum please contact


Volunteer for Cambridge Conference 2019

Volunteer for Cambridge was first initiated by Cambridge City Council in 2015. It began life as a free annual fair where local community organisations could promote both themselves and their volunteering opportunities to members of the public who might be interested. Extremely successful events have taken place over the last few years, with over 80 organisations and 800 delegates in attendance. The 2019 conference took place on the 4th November 2019 at the Meadows Centre in Cambridge. The keynote presentation was provided by Veronique Jochum of NCVO who talked about their Time Well Spent Research.  

This was followed by a series of workshops on varying aspects of volunteering.

Session 1 was labelled How inclusive are we?: Facilitated by Hannah Touey of the Arthur Rank Hospice with support from Eddie Stadnik and Suzan Murrad from the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum, this session examined what we can do as organisations to overcome the barriers that some people face when attempting to volunteer, how do we better reflect the communities we serve and are we doing enough as a sector to encourage volunteers.

Session 2 was labelled How flexible are we?: Facilitated by Vic Hopkins of Food Cycle, with Chris Pursell and Ania Udalowska from Anglia Ruskin and Kerrie Thackray from Girl Guides East, this session debated such issues as can we let people pilot volunteering opportunities without commitment, can we accommodate those with a limited time offer and how responsive are we to volunteer interests and skills.

Session 3 was about Making volunteering attractive and relevant?: Facilitated by Roxanne de Beaux of Camcyle, Marika Newman of Eddies and Lorraine Payne from Citizen’s Advice, this session examined issues such as do we know what volunteers want, how effective are organisations at retaining volunteers and what recognition or incentives are on offer.

The final session was labelled How do we make business volunteering work for everyone?: Facilitated by Peter Griffiths of Ingleton Wood, Hetti Wood and Abi More from Rowan, Heidi Mulvey from Cambridge University Press and Maria Varallo from Illuminate, this session examined topics such as do we as a sector know what business wants, how does the sector build engagement with business and how can we partner for greater impact.

If you want to know more about the Volunteer for Cambridge Conference then please contact Bridget Keady (Community Funding and Engagement Officer) at Cambridge City Council by E-Mailing



Innovate and Cultivate Funding – New Round

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce the the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications which is the 1st February 2020.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment.

Council services that are inviting applications are adult social care and children & families services. 

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

There are two funding streams: a Cultivate fund for smaller projects that build community support networks and an Innovate fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives.

New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects:

The County Council have developed guidance on starting Cultivate Seed Fund Projects that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services.  Projects include Time-banks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.

See their webpages for details.

Upcoming application deadlines:

1st February 2020 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000)

1st May 2020 – Cultivate grants only (£2,000 – £19,000)

Preapplication advice session:

If you wish to talk through your ideas before you submit your application then a Preapplication session is being provided:  Bookings are now open for the Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Tuesday 10th December 2019 between 9:30am and 12:30pm at the William Collyn Community Centre in Girton. Please book your space by clicking here

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the website. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund and organisations should contact


Trustees Week November 2019

Between the 4th and the 8th November 2019 organisations across the country will be celebrating the people that are in charge of our charities, the Trustees.

Trustees play a pivotal role in local organisations across Cambridgeshire, make often difficult decisions and give their time freely, all of which contributes to the UK being the sixth most giving country in the world.

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Support Cambridgeshire wants to play it’s part.

So if you want to recognise a Trustee from your organisation in that week please send us one side of A4 plus a JPEG photograph of the individual concerned and we will include them in our news items for that week. Tell us why they are such a great Trustee, how they help and why they do what they do.

Contributions should be with by 5PM on the 1st November 2019. 



The Skills Network – fully funded courses

The Skills Network has recently received Government funding in the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority area which enables them to offer a variety of nationally recognised qualifications to staff, volunteers and the wider community at no cost to the participating organisation or the individual.

There are over 40 subjects available. Sectors include:

  • Mental Health
  • Health & Social Care
  • Children & Education
  • Nutrition, Health & Well Being
  • Professional Development.

These courses are flexible, and can be completed either online or paper-based via distance learning.

The comprehensive directory can be seen by clicking here.

The Skills Network works extensively with organisations of different sizes, and have seen a huge uptake in these courses which up-skill staff and improve development opportunities.

Enrolment to these courses is simple: Just follow this link, find your chosen course and click apply now.




Community ARC Activities and Resource Hire Centre

The Community ARC is an activities and resource hire centre. It offers resources to support clubs, voluntary organisations and community projects throughout Cambridgeshire.

Formerly known as The Youth Store, it’s a service provided by Cambridgeshire County Council and has been supporting the Youth sector for more than 20 years. It is now extending its services to wider community groups.

Community ARC provides a range of arts and crafts activities, equipment, games, and for hire at reasonable cost. These resources can be used to support you in your work to engage communities and encourage participation in positive activities. For our customers we are a one-stop shop for community engagement and can give you the resources you need to engage with your Community.

Some of the resources available include

  • Fundraising activities (including a professional candy floss machine)
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Team building games
  • Sports Equipment
  • Library Resources
  • Electrical Equipment

For more information on resources available please visit our website

How it works

Resources are hired for a weekly set hire fee and others are charged per item by materials used, plus a standard hire charge. Some items such as library resources can be borrowed free of charge.


Community ARC is located in Cambridge and Huntingdon allowing easy access from all areas of the county

Libby Morley – Community ARC Coordinator St Luke’s Barn, French’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3JZ Tel: 01223 712116 Email:

Opening times: Monday to Friday 1.15 – 4.15 pm

Pauline Brooker – Community ARC Coordinator Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon PE27 7AF Tel: 01480 372325 Email:

Opening times: Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm

Nominations Required for the Hunts Forum Volunteer and Rural Volunteer Awards

Support Cambridgeshire partner Hunts Forum is hosting its AGM on 20th November to celebrate 25 years since the charity was formed. The event takes place at Huntingdon Town Hall from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Please email if you’re able to attend.

As in previous years, it is inviting people to nominate a volunteer/s to receive recognition for their skills and time given to local organisations and communities. There is also a Rural Volunteer Award, which was introduced following the retirement of our Treasurer, David Morgan, who asked that an award be made to volunteers working in the more rural areas of our county.

Every nomination will receive a certificate of recognition, so please bring your volunteer along to receive it personally on the night.

Nominations must be submitted by 1 November to allow time for them to be judged, certificates to be produced and prizes arranged.

Please use the links below to download the nomination forms, to be returned to

Hunts Forum Volunteer Award 2019 nomination form

Hunts Forum Rural Volunteer Award 2019 nomination form

Have Your Say on Changes to Adult Social Care Charging Policy

Members of the public are invited to have a say over Cambridgeshire County Council’s plans to change its Adult Social Care charging policy.
The council wants the people who use its social care services to pay a bigger contribution for their care to raise extra money.

It is proposing five changes which would bring in nearly £2m of extra money for the council. Read the full story over on the Healthwatch Cambridgeshire website.

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