Volunteer for Cambridge
A series of events fostering volunteering and building the sector across Cambridge/shire
Next event: Saturday 25th February 2017 – Programme Development Workshop
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An update regarding Volunteer for Cambridge 2017
If you have not received this update by email and would like to do so, please contact Lily, Cambridge Hub Manager, on manager@cambridgehub.org
Volunteer for Cambridge 2017
Firstly many thanks to those of you who have attended previous events or expressed an interest in attending future ones. The second event held in February 2016 saw nearly 900 members of the public coming through the door, an increase of 300 from the previous year. One of the key aims is to increase the number of people volunteering in Cambridge and from feedback received we know this has happened.
Following the success of the previous two events we want to review what has happened to date and enhance the programme for the future. We want to engage with voluntary and community organisations to help us develop this to ensure events and activities help meet the needs of organisations in a more targeted way. We will continue to work with ARM, sponsors of the event, in this partnership.
The proposed Volunteer for Cambridge programme for 2017 has the following aims:
  • Review the 2015-16 events and outcomes
  • Build capacity of the sector to offer quality volunteering opportunities and practice
  • Provide networking opportunities for the sector
  • Celebrate volunteering
  • Hold an event for local people and students to come together with organisations looking for volunteers
  • Develop local projects to strengthen local communities
There will be four key areas of activity:
  • Saturday 25th February 2017 – Programme Development Workshop A Programme Development Workshop at the Meadows Community Centre 10am-12noon followed by a networking lunch to enable the voluntary sector to review previous events and contribute to the planning and focus of activity for 2017.
  • 1st – 7th June 2017 – National Volunteer Week A range of activities identified from the Development Workshop to celebrate and support volunteering in Cambridge (capacity building, celebration event, training etc.)
  • Saturday 21st October 2017 – Volunteer for Cambridge Fair at the Guildhall To be designed from feedback from the Development Workshop on a similar basis to previous years.
  • Neighbourhood Projects To be developed with City Council teams in Community Services. Local projects to increase and raise awareness of volunteering and linking with the Time Credits programme.
Please save these dates and we will be in contact with you soon with further information. Booking for the Development Workshop on 25th February 2017 will be launched in December and information regards the other elements of the programme will be available later next year.
You may be aware of some changes to the key contacts for Volunteer for Cambridge event. Anna has left Cambridge Hub to further her career and Bridget is recovering from surgery. The partnership between the City Council and Cambridge Hub remains strong and we are excited about the enhanced programme for 2017. Lily Tomson is now in post at the Hub and Jackie Hanson leading for the council, having been involved with previous events, until Bridget returns.
We look forward to seeing you in February,
With best wishes,
Yours sincerely,
Jackie Hanson Community Funding & Development Manager Cambridge City Council Jackie.hanson@cambridge.gov.uk 01223 457867
Lily Macfadyen Tomson Manager Cambridge Hub manager@cambridgehub.org (New offices: in IdeaSpace City, 3 Laundress Lane. Office number: +447999938770)
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