Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. The charity was set up in 1994 to support local voluntary and community groups throughout Huntingdonshire, which it does through a mixture of training, one-to-one mentoring, practical resources and networking opportunities. Back then it had 40 members. Today it has 115 member organisations, ranging from small community groups to large charities, community interest companies and town and parish councils. It’s a network of thousands of volunteers and staff who go to extraordinary lengths to make Huntingdonshire a better place to live.
A few organisations have been members of Hunts Forum from the start. These include Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group, an advice and sign-posting service for people in rural areas, CARESCO, which provides a wide range of services to the local community in Sawtry, and Hunts Society for the Blind, a local charity dedicated to supporting people with sight impairment.
Hunts Forum CEO Julie Farrow wants to use this opportunity to celebrate the amazing work that its member organisations do. “We are proud of the collective impact the voluntary and community sector makes in our communities; and in this, our 25th year, we are proud of the role we play in ensuring that our communities are safe, healthy and vibrant. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have dedicated their time to supporting others – staff, volunteers, trustees, funders and members. The strength of our Forum is the members. The strength of each member is the Forum.”
Sara Garner, Manager at Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group, commented, “Hunts Forum are a huge support to our team. The staff are so knowledgeable and such a fantastic source of information and help and advice.” Emma Flanz, General Manager at CARESCO, said, “Hunts Forum have been instrumental in helping CARESCO to develop and grow our projects over the last 25 years. We can always rely on the Hunts Forum team for advice and guidance. It’s a partnership that we value and look forward to having for many years to come.”
Hunts Forum will be kicking off a year of celebrations at its Volunteer Awards and AGM, which takes place on Wednesday 20 November from 5:30pm at Huntingdon Town Hall. Anyone who is involved or interested in volunteering and community activities is warmly invited; please contact Jackie on 01480 420601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free place.