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Don’t you just love getting a letter?

Introducing the Letters from ‘Lockdown’ Exchange

Want to be part of a great exchange? Love writing? Want to build connections?

How about becoming a pen pal?

Many of us can’t go out to meet friends and family as we did a few weeks ago. It’s especially hard if you’re living on your own or you’re not able to get out and about during the pandemic. You may be self-isolating and feeling cut off from the community.

We’re connecting young, old and those in between through means of letter exchange, to be able to share thoughts, concerns, hopes, and challenges whilst being on lockdown.


If you like idea and want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Call: 01954 211919


Or write a letter telling us a bit about yourself and send it to –

Sarah Bellow, Letters from Lockdown, Community Development, Care Network, 18 Broadway House, 149-151 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridge, CB23 7QJ.

New Warden needed for Harston & District Mobile Warden Scheme

We would like to help one of our members, Harston & District Mobile Warden Scheme, in their search for a new Mobile Warden.

The scheme covers the villages of Barrington, Harston, Hauxton, Newton and Orwell and has been providing assurance and security to their members and their relatives for around twenty years.

For more the full advert click here

For more information on the scheme click here

For the Job Description click here.

If you would like to apply please email the scheme as soon as possible on

Community Funding for South Cambridgeshire

South Cambs District Council Community Chest has increased it fund to £49,000 and the criteria has widened to allow more groups to bid. Changes to the eligibility criteria of the Community Chest fund  will give more Parish Councils in South Cambridgeshire a chance to bid for funding to support their community projects – while at the same time the total funding, available to March, will increase to £49,070.


The Community Chest fund supports Parish Councils and other local groups in their efforts to promote active and healthy lifestyles, build inclusive communities, and enhance the natural environment – and groups can bid for up to £1,000 from the fund towards these projects.


Each year, the fund is split in half so that groups applying later in the year will still have an opportunity to bid before the funding has all been allocated. Applications for the second half of the pot are now being taken. Bids will be reviewed on a monthly basis until March, or until the year’s allocated funds have all been awarded.


Please contact  or  if you would like more information


More information about the new eligibility criteria can be found on SCDC website

Whittlesey Festival

The Whittlesey Festival has been running for 11 years and has grown immeasurably over time. Whittlesey is a market town on the outskirts of Peterborough but has always come under the Fenland District Council boundaries. The Festival is a celebration of the towns’ vibrancies and diversity and has a reputation for lots of entertainments and local talent. They expect at least 5000 visitors over the weekend.

Care Network held an information stand with Adam Fraser from the Open Arms project, Julie Jeffryes from the Healthy Fenland Team and Azanda Sithole the new volunteer lead. The weather was glorious it was a perfect early autumn day with glorious sunshine. We spent the day talking to lots of people about all of the different Care Network projects. Julie identified a number of potential new group opportunities. Adam talked to lots of people about Open Arms and Azanda identified some potential new volunteers.

We all spent time walking around the festival stalls and activities giving out our leaflets & information and talking to people we were able to see some of the varied entertainments such as the Local Pipe Band, Ukrainian Cossack Dancers and a local Children’s Theatre Group perform. There was music and entertainment all day. Lots of lovely food and charity stalls, a Photography Competition and lots of raffles and games of chance to entertain people. We would all recommend you try to attend next year’s event.

It is very important that Care Network is seen out and about it the communities we serve and this was a great opportunity to meet lots of different people.