On the 17th May 2020, Care Network Cambridgeshire will be 34 years old.
We were founded by members of a successful village community group, in response to requests from other like-minded people wanting to set up similar schemes in their villages, to support local residents at times – when they were struggling, their independence and happiness threatened.
Covid-19 has made the need for support of local residents and communities even more vital and will affect us for many months to come. In response, we have launched #Challenge34 a fundraising campaign to support the continued delivery of our Covid-19 Responsive Services, enabling us to support Cambridgeshire residents and communities on the long road to recovery that lies ahead of us.
Our Staff and Trustees have become involved, with several different challenges, including
- making & selling 34 jars of marmalade
- making & selling 34 bespoke greeting cards
- cycling 34 miles
- walking round a local lake 34 times dressed in an inflatable unicorn costume.
Details of more of #Challenge34 challenges are being posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
We would love you to get involved, for more information about #Challenge34 please go to our Fundraising and Donations page, where you can also find details of our #Challenge34 Fundraising Toolkit.
Please spread the word, join us and take part in this fundraising activity, become part of our birthday celebrations and help support us to minimise the impact of Covid-19 upon the health and wellbeing of the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
A quick glance through the news headlines can feel really bleak. Loneliness epidemics, our struggling NHS and Social Care system, pubs and other important community facilities closing.
But then I read the feedback from people Care Network has supported – the very real difference that time, kindness and understanding makes, and I can’t help but feel excited for the future.
In April this year I was brought in to make sure we have the funds to continue to be here when people need us. One of the first things I did was to see what was in place, then I made sure that it was easy for people who wanted to support us to do so.
I am really pleased to say we have now made it even easier to make a donation by texting CARENETWORK to 70085 to donate £5* or you can donate here through Wonderful.org
Over the next year I will be looking to our supporters, volunteers and staff to help make our fundraising successful. I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas, or would like to get involved. Call me on 01954 211919, or email Alison.email@example.com
* Each text costs your donation amount plus one standard rate message.
So, you’ve a great idea and need a bit of funding to get started but don’t know where to look?
Depending on the amount you need, your local Parish Council would be a good first contact. There are many small local charities that have funding for individual villages or areas.
For larger sums, try your District Council.
For example, in South Cambs there are Community Chest Grants available to voluntary and community groups wishing to improve the quality of life, you can find out more on their website under the community chest grants page.
Meanwhile East Cambridgeshire District Council have a range of grants available for community projects, there’s more information on the website which you can view by following this link.
Cambridgeshire County Council welcomes applications to the Innovate & Cultivate Fund to set up community projects find out more by visiting their website here.
Here at Care Network we are always happy to help you find funds for your group or idea, do give us a call.