In working closely together with representatives from the County Council, Support Cambridgeshire will focus work within the County Council’s Stronger Together and Supporting New Communities strategies in an effort to create vibrant and resilient communities. Areas with the highest levels of need will be targeted for specific initiatives, and additional work will be directed to reducing the issues that these communities are facing.
Julie Farrow, CEO of Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations
“Cambridgeshire has a vibrant and responsive voluntary and community sector, they understand the needs of our communities and the vital work they do. But to enable our communities to survive and thrive we need to understand the challenges and opportunities that public bodies, voluntary organisations and communities are facing and work together to unleash the potential of individuals and communities.”
Brad Stombock, CEO of Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service
“In today’s environment of declining funding and increasing levels of need throughout our communities, it is vital that local voluntary and community organisations, village halls and parish councils look toward the future while still being able to deliver current services. Support Cambridgeshire represents a wonderful opportunity for these groups to develop and gain valuable skills to help them make themselves more sustainable in the most efficient and effective manner.”
Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire ACRE.
“This partnership comes together at an important time and will strengthen the provision of advice and support given to community building committees and Town and Parish Councils. Over the next three years our plans include a joint programme of training and events held across the County giving opportunities for communities to come together to learn from each other’s achievements and enabling volunteers to feel more equipped to manage community-owned facilities. The vital advice service to Village Halls will continue, as well as an increase in provision of online resources and support with Neighbourhood Planning”