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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

Maple Centre Reopens for Bookings

The Maple Centre meeting rooms are now available to hire. To ensure they are as COVID-safe as possible, we have restricted the seating in both Bright Room and Peters Room to six people.

The kitchenette in the Bright Room won’t be available, and we ask that hirers and their guests bring their own refreshments with them. Hand gel will be available in all meeting spaces. There is also a (non-confidential) meeting area in the reception with seating for three people. All seating has floor markings to show social distancing limits.

Most of the Hunts Forum staff continue to work remotely, but we will be there to facilitate your room bookings as required. The Maple Centre reception and Hunts Forum offices will be open properly from 7 September.

Room charges have been reduced to reflect the lower capacity and will be reviewed after three months. There will be longer gaps between room bookings to allow for additional cleaning. The area in reception is free to use but must be booked to allow me time to clean the area between usage.

All facilities are changed per hour between 9am and 5pm.

Peters Room usual rate

Bright Room usual rate

Temporary rate

Members

£8

£10

£5

Voluntary/community groups

(non-members)

£11

£14

£8

Statutory

£16

£18

£12

Please call 01480 420601 or email trisha@huntsforum.org.uk to book a room.

More details about the facilities are available here.

 

Hunts Forum Celebrates Small Charity Week

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 NetworkThe 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 SUN Network Team – Vickie, Charlotte, Anne, KC & Lois

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 enquiries@sunnetwork.org.uk to find out what is available for you, or to offer your experiences and feedback of mental health or drug and alcohol support services.

Find more information at www.sunnetwork.org.uk or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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.

Visit www.centre33.org.uk for more information or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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.