Volunteer for Cambridge

Many thanks to everyone who came along to Volunteer for Cambridge 2016! Volunteer for Cambridge is your one-stop shop for finding out how you can get involved in the causes you care about, give something back and gain new skills. 100 organisations who are changing the world. Confirm your attendance for Volunteer for Cambridge today by registering on Eventbrite for free, or just drop by on the day.

Saturday 30th January 2016

The Guildhall, Cambridge

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Many thanks to everyone who came along to Volunteer for Cambridge 2016! Re-live the action by searching #Vol4Cam on Twitter, or having a browse of our photos from the event here.


Hosted by Cambridge City Council & Cambridge Hub, Volunteer for Cambridge is a city-wide fair that will bring together over 100 Cambridge-based organisations who work to create positive social and environmental change through volunteering. The fair will feature a marketplace of charities, voluntary organisations and student societies. There'll be refreshments available from Meadows Cafe, and even a free kids activity area - we've got it covered!

The aims of the fair are to get more people involved in volunteering, bring together organisations with shared aims and to break down the town/gown divide by opening the event up to students and locals alike. Anyone and everyone in Cambridge is welcome to attend.

Register for a free ticket here before 4pm on Friday 29th January. There's no need to register in advance if you'd rather just drop in on the day, but those who register for the event in advance will be entered into the prize draw to win one of these fantastic prizes:

  • A £500 voucher to spend at University Cycles
  • 3 months Gym membership
  • £100 Corn Exchange Voucher
  • Dinner & wine at Camb Events February Popup at Sticky Beaks

To find out more, visit the Facebook event here.

Scroll down to see the full list of organisations who'll be there on the day.

If you would like to get in contact about the event, please contact Anna Malan (manager@cambridgehub.org | 01223 350365), or Bridget Keady (Bridget.Keady@cambridge.gov.uk).

Organisations represented at Volunteer for Cambridge 2016

We're bringing together almost 100 organisations who are changing the world for the better. Find out who they are here:


38 Degrees Cambridge - Local Cambridge residents meeting to discuss and campaign on the issues that matter to them.

Cambridgeshire County Council Library Service - Developing the local economy for the benefit of all; helping people live healthy and independent lives; supporting and protecting vulnerable people.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Cambridge & District Volunteer Centre - We provide volunteers for organisations and opportunities for volunteers, as well as training and support.

Cambridge Dial a Ride - Cambridge Dial-a-Ride is a non-profit organisation which provides local transport services that are safe, affordable, and accessible to community groups and to individuals who have difficulty in accessing public transport.

Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum - Our mission is to bring together individuals and organisations of different cultural and racial identity as a collective body to work towards the elimination of racial discrimination, the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups in a spirit of conciliation and co-operation.

Cambridge Hub - transforming students involvement in social and environmental challenges in Cambridge and around the world.

Cambridge RAG - The University-wide student charity fundraising organisation, raising over £180,000 each year for charities of your choosing.

Cambridge Re-Use - Cambridge Re-Use is a volunteer based service helping people on low income to furnish their homes.

Cambridge Rotary

Cambridge Street Pastors - Volunteers from local Christian churches, offering practical help with water, flip flops, blankets, showing Gods love and compassion to people of all faiths or none.

Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise (COPE) - COPE informs, represents, campaigns and organises meetings and outings for the older person to help improve welfare, health and reduce loneliness and isolation.

Macmillan Cancer Support - Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.

Mill Road Bridges

Museum of Cambridge/Capturing Cambridge

Rainbow Saver Credit Union

Soroptimist International of Cambridge - Soroptimist International is a world-wide organisation which campaigns to improve the lives of women and girls mainly through eduction, health, human rights and leadership programmes and volunteer members have been working in Cambridge for nearly 70 years.

Spice - Time Credits Cambridgeshire - We create meaningful change in communities.

Crime & Justice

Cambridgeshire Police - Volunteering represents an opportunity for the public to truly be part of local policing, our vision is to strengthen and enhance our service to the public with the help of our volunteers.

Crisis & Poverty


80,000 Hours: Cambridge - Have a greater social impact with your career.

Cambridge Development Initiative - Through supporting and empowering local change-makers, we believe that students at Cambridge can catalyse sustainable change in Dar es Salaam.

Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme - CAMBRIDGE HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAMME (CHOP) works to link Cambridge students with volunteer opportunities to serve the homeless community in the city. We partner with local organisations, investigate unmet needs and strive to create initiatives to address them while supporting each other in service work and social engagement.

Citizens Advice Bureau

FoodCycle Cambridge - FoodCycle Cambridge is a charity that takes surplus food, that would otherwise be destined for landfill, from local supermarkets and cooks it into a three course meal every Saturday. They aim not only to fight food waste and food poverty, but also to combat social isolation among their 30+ regular guests and support their volunteers in developing new skills such as cooking, project management, publicity and fundraising.

Jimmy's Cambridge - We welcome 22 men and women who would otherwise be homeless, providing short-term, emergency accommodation and a full support and resettlement service.

Oxfam Shop Bridge St

Riverside Care and Support - Helping homeless people in Cambridge transform their lives and working with local partners to build a great community.

SOS Children - SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children. We provide vulnerable children, including child refugees, with loving homes, quality education and medical assistance. We also run outreach programmes in impoverished communities.

The Centre for Global Equality - The Centre for Global Equality's aim is to identify and solve problems that tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality and to alleviate their enduring symptoms through partnerships with one another.

Wintercomfort for the Homeless - Wintercomfort supports people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes in Cambridge

Culture & Sport

Acting Now

Balik Arts - Social change via film

Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders

Cambridge Community Arts - Cambridge Community Arts provide creative learning opportunities (including Music, Music Production, Drama and Visual Art courses) designed to improve mental Wellbeing, prevent social isolation and build confidence particularly for people with mental health challenges.

Cambridge Rollerbillies - Via Roller Derby, the Cambridge Rollerbillies will inspire women to participate in and enjoy competitive sport regardless of their level of prior experience or current fitness. We aim to give all committed skaters the tuition and training opportunities necessary to allow them to excel.

e-Luminate Foundation CIC - e-Luminate Foundation: experiment – entertain – empower. We promote the importance of Light through a collaborative approach within the community.

Kettle's Yard - Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery next door that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Strawberry Fair - Completely free, and completely run by unpaid volunteers: Strawberry Fair is one of the last of a kind, but still one of the biggest and best independent and free festivals around.

The Churches Conservation Trust - The CCT is discovering the beauty of a decorated Victorian masterpiece and hoping you might help us preserve it.


Born to be Beautiful - Born to be Beautiful is a charity providing beauty therapy training and skills to victims of abject poverty and modern day slavery.

Cambridge Online - Cambridge Online is a digital inclusion charity providing disabled and disadvantaged people with the training and skills they need to use computers, the internet and all things technology based.

Cambridge Sea Cadets - Part of the UK's oldest nautical youth charity. As a Sea Cadet you can go to sea, learn to sail and do adventure training, plus get extra skills to give you a great head start in life.

Code Club - A nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

ESOL Cafe Chesterton

Farmland Museum

GAP Learning CIC - GAP Learning CIC is a social enterprise with a mission to create financial independence for those society has failed.

Heritage at Great St Mary's - Great St Mary's is an historic church at the heart of Cambridge. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, we are launching a heritage education centre to bring GSM's history to life.

Scientific Literacy Tool - Lowering the barriers to scientific knowledge.

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team - The University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team coordinates major events including the Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, and Open Cambridge as well as other projects which share higher education activity and research with the public.


Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill - National Trust

Cambridge Conservation Volunteers - Cambridge Conservation Volunteers have been providing practical help to nature reserves in and around Cambridge since 1962.

Cambridge Friends of the Earth - Challenging environmentally damaging activities and policies by promoting sustainable alternatives.

Cambridge Sustainable Food - Cambridge Sustainable Food is a network of public, private and community organisations and individuals whose aim is to support people to eat food that is good for us and good for the planet (i.e. healthy, environmentally sustainable, fair and accessible to all).

Fossil Free Cambridgeshire - Fossil Free Cambridgeshire is calling on all local councils in Cambridgeshire to divest investments and pensions from fossil fuels, to institute and abide by ethical investment policies that prevent profiting through causing social harm, and to invest in sustainable industries, such as the renewable energy industry, that help to solve the environmental and social problems we face.

Streets and Open Spaces

Nature Reserves (Cambridge City Council) - Conservation work undertaken on the city’s nature reserves, promoting biodiversity and enhancing the natural environment.

Positive Investment Cambridge - Positive Investment Cambridge is a broad-based coalition working to ensure that Cambridge University and its Colleges engage in responsible, transparent and accountable investment for a positive social, environmental and economic global impact.

Recycling Champions - Volunteer recycling champions help others to recycle more and waste less.

Transition Cambridge

Zero Carbon Society

Health & Social Care

Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT)

Age UK Cambridgeshire

Alzheimer's Research UK - Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity based in Cambridge, and our vision is a world free from dementia.

Alzheimer's Society

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity - Arthur Rank Hospice is dedicated to providing specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their family, friends and carers.

British Heart Foundation

Cambridge Branch of Parkinson's UK - Because we're here, no one has to face Parkinson's alone.

Cambridge City Council Independent Living Service - Older Peoples Support - 65+ Community Support and Sheltered Housing. We are recruiting to all areas: Befriending services, social inclusion, marketing and publicity, service performance monitoring and community event organising for older people.

Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living - The Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living believes that every person with a disability or long term health condition should be treated with respect and have equal rights and opportunities; People should be able to control and manage the support needed to live independent lives; we listen to peoples experiences and take them to people who can actually make a difference.

Care Network Cambridgeshire - To help older, isolated and vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire to stay independent and keep in touch with friends and their community.

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire - Carers Trust Cambridgeshire supports family carers of all ages across the county and also offers flexible, professional care services to adults and children with a range of disabilities and health conditions.

Cancer Research UK

Dementia Compass - ... tools for your journey with dementia

Everyone Health

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire

Marie Curie

NYAS - NYAS is a UK charity providing socio-legal services. We offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults through a network of dedicated paid workers and volunteers throughout England and Wales.

Papworth Trust

Rowan - Rowan is a Cambridge City based charity and arts centre that was established in 1984 to bring artists and learning-disabled people together in the production of fine artwork and crafts; while providing opportunities for self-expression and creative exploration.


Royal Voluntary Service

St John Ambulance - St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity. It believes that anyone who needs first aid should get it. But the fact is that’s not happening. St John Ambulance is determined to be the difference between lives lost and lives saved.

Stroke Association

Voluntary Services at Addenbrookes - Volunteers give valuable time to contribute to the quality of patient experience and family support. The Trust recognises the significant value that volunteers bring in donating their time, goodwill and expertise to serve the needs of patients, their families/carers and supporting staff with the delivery of our service.

People, Youth & Family

Blue Smile - Blue Smile is a Cambridgeshire children's charity which provides counselling and support in schools to help children fulfil their true potential and have happier childhoods.

Campus Children's Holidays - Campus Children’s Holidays exists to provide respite from difficult home lives for children ages six to thirteen.

Centre 33 - Centre 33 exists to help every young person in Cambridgeshire fulfil their potential, supporting and empower them to overcome their problems through a range of free and confidential services, including counselling, information and advice, and a Young Carers project.

Eddie's - Offering community based services for children, young people and Adults with learning disabilities in Cambridgeshire.

Home-start Cambridgeshire - Our aim is to give every child the best possible start in life.

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Neighbourhood Resolution Panel Scheme

Romsey Mill

SSAFA Cambridge & South Cambridgeshire Division - The Armed Forces charity. We support serving men and women, veterans and their families.

Students Supporting Street Kids