DISH Vacancies

Disability Huntingdonshire (DISH) has two vacancies to work with them in the new year.

Mental Health Benefits Caseworker

Fixed term for 1 year
10 hours per week initially
Actual Salary: £6230.79 per annum
It is anticipated the hours will increase as the service develops

Role and Responsibilities: You will report to the Chief Executive and will deliver disability benefits support to clients affected by mental health issues.

You will be responsible for managing a caseload of clients, promoting the service to local stakeholders, and building strong partnerships with external providers of services. You will have a good knowledge and an understanding of advice giving in the key areas and the ability to support clients with mental health issues in a sensitive but empowering way. You will also have strong IT skills and be able to communicate clearly and effectively face-to-face, in writing and over the phone.

Click here for more information: Benefit caseworker advert


Chair of Trustees

Do you have a passion and commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in our community? Could you use your skills to support a small but vital local charity? Then we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for new Chair of Trustees to support us in developing ambitious goals over the next three years (from 2021). We have an excellent and committed staff team and a well-established and vibrant Board that is keen to step up and meet the new challenges that lie ahead.

The Chair of DISH will hold the Board, Chief Executive and Team to account for the charity’s mission and vision. They will provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees and ensure that each Trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity.

The Chair will also support and challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board operates well as a team and works closely to achieve agreed objectives. They will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity alongside the Chief Executive.

For more information, please contact A formal application is by way of a CV and a Supporting Statement.


For more information on either role please contact the organisation directly.

Public Health message from Huntingdon District Council

Updated on 28th May at  12:20 pm

Huntingdon District Council have released this updated statement. It can also be read here on the HDC website

Messages urging people to continue following the social distancing guidelines are being reiterated and translated into other languages to encourage people from all of Huntingdonshire’s communities to pull together to avoid a second peak of coronavirus – particularly ahead of a potentially warm weekend.

A recent increase in local people going to their GP surgeries in Huntingdonshire with Coronavirus-like symptoms does not mean an increase in cases – but while rates of infection across the East of England and Cambridgeshire as a whole are generally low, Huntingdonshire infection rates have ‘plateaued’ and are not falling as fast as other parts of the county, Dr Liz Robin, the county’s Director of Public health has confirmed.

Information about patients attending GP surgeries in Cambridgeshire with symptoms which may be related to Covid-19 show that some areas in Huntingdonshire are above the Cambridgeshire average – but these symptoms also occur in other illnesses, so we can’t draw firm conclusions. Dr Robin said: “Although the Government has eased the lockdown measures, there are still strict guidelines in place to control the spread of the virus, which we must all follow. Coronavirus has not gone away, and, unless we follow the guidelines, infection rates will increase, leading to more illness and more deaths.

“If you leave the home to take outdoor exercise, you must stay at least two metres away from anyone not in your household. In addition, if you go outside to meet up with anyone not in your household, you can only meet one other person, and must stay at least 2 metres apart. It is still not allowed to invite visitors into your home, including friends and relatives.”

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Ryan Fuller, said: “Based on this very clear health advice I would ask everyone in Huntingdonshire to understand that the recent relaxation of lockdown rules changes things only very slightly. The national test and trace system which was introduced today will help us isolate and quarantine cases – but there is no substitute for people all continuing to follow public health advice.”

Jo Lancaster, Managing Director of Huntingdonshire District Council said: “If we all follow this guidance, rates of infection will stay under control, and the Government may be able to make further changes to the lockdown measures. It will protect you, your family, your friends, and all the fantastic people in the health and care sector who are caring for our loved ones. If we ignore the rules, we will face a second wave of the virus and a tightening of the lockdown measures. We are reaching out to everyone to say – do the right thing to protect everyone in our district.”

Member’s emergency services during lockdown

Please find details we have received from our member organisations detailing their emergency procedures during this time.

Member service updates 6

Safeguarding – who cares?

Following a combined £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment, a new portal has been launched to strengthen the support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations. The portal will be promoted by NAVCA and five other organisations across England. We have been appointed to champion the importance of good safeguarding and locally available sources of advice and support.

The portal, at, offers a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.