Half a Million Raised Through Our Funding Search Engine

The Self-Funding Portal provided by Hunts Forum and partners under the Support Cambridgeshire banner has passed the half-million mark in funds raised by Cambridgeshire community organisations.

Over the past 12 months, the Portal has been visited on 5,860 occasions with 506 new registered organisations using the search facility and 650 repeat visitors. The top 5 search areas continue to be Youth engagement, Older people, Education, Disability and Volunteering.

Anyone can create a free account and perform their own searches to find funders for their organisation, project type, area of work and various other criteria. Simply click here to start your journey. You can use the Portal repeatedly without cost: All we ask is that when you receive an electronic questionnaire about how good or bad the site is you provide your honest opinion. This feedback helps us to improve the site, making it easier for more groups or organisations to use the service.

Here is what some users have said this year:

SC4C is incredibly easy to navigate. Its a really useful resource for community organisations.

We raised 50K off the back of a SC4C search: Its so simple and easy to use.

I use SC4C every week when searching for funds. If you use it in conjunction with the funding alerts it really does help.

If you need some help registering then please contact and put Funding Portal in your title line.

Hunts Forum Volunteer Awards 2019: The Winners Are Announced

Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations hosted its annual Volunteer Awards on Wednesday 20 November at Huntingdon Town Hall. The event marked 25 years since Hunts Forum began supporting voluntary and community organisations across Huntingdonshire, and it was a chance to celebrate some of the amazing people who give up their time to support and strengthen our communities.

Volunteer Award Winners 2019

(From left) Malcolm Lee collecting for Katy Campbell from Cornerstone Café in Confidence, Angela Fagan collecting for Shiellah Mushunje from Dhiverse, Kristi Wood collecting for Bhavana Bhakta from Centre 33, Niamh Robinson from Caring Together, Peter Fox from CARESCO, Jane Sills from Ramsey and Julie Farrow, CEO of Hunts Forum

Katy Campbell from Cornerstone Café in Confidence

Katy Campbell from Cornerstone Care in Confidence

The first award went to Peter Fox, who heads up the Car Share team at CARESCO. Peter did a huge amount of work to secure a minibus for the charity, greatly expanding its capacity to offer lifts to those who need it. Katy Campbell dedicates time every week to the Cornerstone Care in Confidence, running its social media, helping in the boutique and fundraising. Her willing attitude and sunny disposition are recognised and appreciated by everyone who works with her. Niamh Robinson volunteers at St Ives Young Carers group, a safe space for children aged five to 16 who care for a parent or sibling. She has built and maintained strong relationships with the children in the group, earning their trust and building their confidence.

Bhavana Bhakta from Centre 33

Bhavana Bhakta from Centre 33

The David Morgan Rural Volunteer Awards are specifically for volunteers whose roles take them into our rural communities. Bhavana Bhakta is a long-serving and ceaselessly dedicated volunteer at Centre 33’s Young Carers Project. Shiellah Mushunje was recognised for her voluntary work with HIV and sexual health charity Dhiverse, providing a wide range of support and playing a key role in working with BAME communities to challenge stigma around HIV. Meanwhile, Jane Sills was awarded for her voluntary work on a wide range of projects in Ramsey. She has played an instrumental role in Ramsey Million project, during which time she has overseen the creation of two youth clubs, a music festival and a walled kitchen garden, among many other projects.

Each of the winners received night’s stay in a hotel, courtesy of Room to Reward – many thanks to them for supplying the prizes.

Celebrating 25 years

Our CEO Julie Farrow with people from the organisations that have been Hunts Forum members throughout our 25-year history.

Hunts Forum also took the opportunity to celebrate the organisations that have been with them as members throughout their 25-year history: Alzheimer’s Society, CARESCO, Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind, Caring Together, CPSL Mind, CRUSE Bereavement Care, Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Disability Huntingdonshire. These organisations have made an enormous contribution to the health and wellbeing of Huntingdonshire residents. The team at Hunts Forum look forward to working with them – and all 111 member organisations – for another 25 years.

Hunts Forum Is Recruiting…

Hunts Forum is currently recruiting a Deputy CEO to join the team in Huntingdon. This exciting and challenging new position requires you to be professional, flexible and have good leadership and people management skills. You will work closely with the CEO and other partners as part of our senior leadership team. Head to our Jobs section for more details.