We mark Small Charity Week 2020 by highlighting the work of two of our member organisations.
Small Charity Week is a national celebration of small charities and the huge positive impact they have on our communities. At Hunts Forum, much of our work is focused on these organisations, from helping new charities get up and running to supporting existing ones through difficult times and ongoing challenges. We’re immensely proud to be able to support them in the tremendous work they do. This week we’re taking the opportunity to highlight two of our member organisations, The Sun Network and Centre 33.
A huge thanks to all the small charities across Huntingdonshire and beyond… keep up the good work!
The SUN Network is a small team of five who ensure that the voice of people who need mental health or substance misuse services is heard and amplified and that services and commissioners are listening. The intention is to influence and shape services to ensure that the best possible service is being received by those who need it, when they need it across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The team does this by gathering feedback, completing evaluations on mental health and drug and alcohol services, supporting people to attend strategic meetings, working alongside people to share their story through blogs and vlogs, having people with lived experience co-produce, and co-deliver training and many other ways such as surveys, workshops and one-off projects.
It is really important that the lived experience voice is heard, as it really does influence changes for the better. There have been local services developed or changed based on the feedback they have received from local people.
The SUN Network can also signpost to services, as sometimes people don’t know what or who is out there to support them.
Contact them on WhatsApp/Text 07712 358172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what is available for you, or to offer your experiences and feedback of mental health or drug and alcohol support services.
Centre 33 supports young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with their emotional needs and practical issues. They are specialists in mental health, caring responsibilities, housing and money, sexual health, education and employment. All of their services are free and confidential. Last year the team worked closely with 2,500 young people.
Young people can come to them about anything that is on their minds and they will listen and help.