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Hunts Forum Volunteer Awards 2020: Nominations Now Open

Hunts Forum is inviting nominations for its annual Volunteer Awards.

Volunteering is the lifeblood of our communities. It can take many forms, from befriender to bookkeeper, tea-maker to trustee. All of these roles are equally important in ensuring that our community organisations thrive. In 2020, volunteering has never been more important, and the people of Huntingdonshire have truly risen to the challenge.

Our Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to shine a light on the people who deserve special praise for their contribution. It might be someone who kick-started a new project, an unsung hero who rarely receives thanks, someone who has provided years of service or who has gone the extra mile in recent months. Please share their stories with us and your fellow Hunts Forum members. You can do so by filling in the 2020 Member Volunteer Award Nomination Form and returning it to Trisha@huntsforum.org.uk by Monday 9th November 2020.  Anyone who volunteers for a Hunts Forum member organisation is eligible for this award.

We are also welcoming nominations for our Rural Volunteer Award, which is open to all community organisations across Cambridgeshire. It celebrates the contribution of volunteers in rural areas of our county. Please download the 2020 Rural Volunteer Award nomination form and return it to Trisha@huntsforum.org.uk by Monday 9th November 2020

The awards winners will be announced at the Hunts Forum AGM on Wednesday 2 December 2020, starting at 16:00. This year it will be a blended event, so people can either attend online or in-person subject to the government’s guidelines for social distancing. Please mark this date in your diary.

 

Celebrating the Work of Recognised Organisations

Our network of COVID-response voluntary organisations has achieved an incredible amount in a few short months. We take a moment to reflect on their successes.

The Recognised Organisations are a network of trusted voluntary and community groups, charities and town and parish councils who are supporting Huntingdonshire residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some groups already had well-established relationships with the people they are supporting, while others have had to refocus their resources to emerging needs. The thing they have in common is that each and every group has heroically risen to the challenges they’ve faced.

Over 1,000 volunteers have shopped for groceries, delivered letters and parcels, provided friendship and comfort and a huge range of other tasks for people in need across Huntingdonshire. It proves that beyond doubt that, when faced with uncertain and stressful circumstances, there are people who are all the more willing to help their neighbours out.

Hunts Forum has been working closely with the Recognised Organisations since the beginning of lockdown, with a combination of one-to-one support, networking meetings, forging of alliances and generating resources via our COVID-19 Portal. It has been our privilege to support these fabulous groups of volunteers and watch them flourish through such challenging times.

We have created the infographic below to tell the story of the Recognised Organisations and their tremendous achievements through the first three months of lockdown. We hope it gives an understanding of the value that our voluntary sector has – and continues to – bring to the people of Huntingdonshire.

We would like to thank all the groups who supported this piece of work.  If you would like to download the document click here Recognised Org Info-graphic

Briefing: How Can the Voluntary Sector Help Primary Care Networks Engage with Communities?

NHS England has set out a new way for health and care services to be organised at a local level; these are called primary care networks (PCNs).

National Voices (a coalition of health and care charities in England) has published a briefing that explores how voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations might supply knowledge, expertise and training to help PCNs develop. This could be significant in making sure the PCNs – as they are supposed to do – become closely engaged with their local population and focus on what matters most to individuals and communities.

Please click here to open the briefing in your browser.

In The Loop

In the Loop Winter 2020  edition of the Hunts Forum Newsletter is now available to download

Inside you will find information about training, networking, news from our members and news stories we thought may interest you.