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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.

 

Could you be a trustee for Hunts Forum?

Hunts Forum is recruiting to its board of trustees. Do you have the skills and the passion to take on this key role and be a champion for the voluntary sector?

Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations supports the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Huntingdonshire and beyond, helping to empower communities and improve the lives of residents. We are a registered charity with 128 member organisations ranging from volunteer-led community groups to county-wide charities and town and parish councils. To our members we are a trusted ally, confidant, coach, trouble-shooter and campaigner. We play a vital role in helping new organisations establish themselves, upskilling volunteers and staff, helping our members through challenging times and championing their causes to the wider VCSE sector and beyond.

Our small team of experienced staff is governed by our board of trustees, many of whom are drawn from our member organisations. The board sets the strategic direction, monitors performance and ensures that Hunts Forum delivers on its stated objects. It provides oversight of finances, legal compliance and the appointment and management of staff.

We are fortunate to have an extremely talented, dedicated team of trustees from a range of backgrounds, and we are looking to expand this team. We are appealing to you, the volunteers and staff of our member organisations, because you know more than anyone how Hunts Forum can best serve its members. We are particularly keen to hear from people with experience in HR, legal and fundraising. Trustee meetings are held bi-monthly during the day.

If you think you might be interested, please call Julie Farrow, our CEO, for an informal chat on 07809 214893 or email her at julie@huntsforum.org.uk.

Click here for information from NCVO on the role of trustees.

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