Hunts Forum welcomes the new measures and support announced by the Treasury on 8 April 2020. This money will indeed support those charities currently on the frontline of the current pandemic and make sure that much-needed services supporting those in need – currently including hospices, food banks, domestic abuse services along with homelessness and addiction charities – can continue to support the communities that need them more than ever at this time.
There is still work to be done though. Hunts Forum is very aware that while this money will support some, there are many charities and other voluntary organisations who will not be able to access it. Hunts Forum is working hard to identify funding options for everyone and will continue to back our members to recognise other funding pots available. Support Cambridgeshire still has the funding portal, which now has updated information relating to COVID-19, and our new weekly updates include information on new funds that we have been identified.
Hunts Forum continues to work with NCVO and NAVCA to understand what is happening at a grassroots level, which allows them to continue to make the case to government. Consequently, we ask you to keep in contact with us throughout this time, letting us know what support your group needs and what issues you are facing. This can be done by making contact via email, calling 01480 420 601 or by filling out our member survey.