Our first online volunteering fair will take place on

Thursday 13th May

From 12 (noon) to 2.30pm

Via Zoom

Those taking part include Safe Soulmates, Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambs & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Rape Crisis, Cambridge Street Aid, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, East Anglia's Children's Hospices and East Anglia Air Ambulance.

Each charity will give a short presentation about what they do, the difference their volunteers make and what opportunities they have on offer and there will be the chance to ask questions.  

Before the event we will send you a schedule of approximate times the charities will be presenting. After the event you will be invited to fill an expression of interest form and someone from your chosen charity will contact you to chat informally about how you can lend a hand.

CCVS works with voluntary groups across large parts of Cambridgeshire and is keen to help promote some of the rewarding and valuable opportunties they have available for volunteers. 

If you are from a voluntary organisation and want to register your interest in future events, please contact Chris at volunteer@cambridgecvs.org.uk

More about the organisations who will be at the fair

Safe Soulmates are a friendship and dating organisation based in Cambridgeshire, which brings together adults with additional needs to help them find and nurture friendships and loving relationships in a safe way, free from ‘mate crime’, sexual abuse and financial abuse.   Safe Soulmates aims to provide a supportive environment for its members by hosting meet ups on Zoom and in real life, to help people connect with one another in a safe way.  Where there is a romantic spark, Safe Soulmates supports this to grow in a positive way by chaperoning dates and offering tailored advice with the help of Dhiverse, a sexual health charity based in Cambridge. One the reasons for establishing Safe Soulmates was to help people like Lizzie, who was looking for a suitable dating organisation to join.  

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; Our aim is to improve local health and social care services. We do this by listening to people’s experiences of these services and then work with the people who run and manage these services to improve them, based on what people have told us.  Our volunteers are called Community Listeners; they attend community events and listen to what people have to say about their experiences of health and social care – this way we get real experiences we can use to help improve services. At the moment we offer virtual roles– so you would attend online community gatherings/meetings – to present information about Healthwatch by explaining what we do and how we do it and gather peoples’ experiences of health and social care.  It is simple but powerful.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports those with life limiting illnesses and their families. Many assume Hospices only provide end of life care but we provide many more services than that. This means there are lots of ways you can involved on a permanent, temporary or ad-hoc basis. We recognise that everyone has different commitments and passions so our roles are varied to ensure we can find the role that’s right for you. Whether you’d like to volunteer from home, in a clinical setting or in our shops, we can help you to find the best fit. We look forward to seeing you then and who knows, you might even be getting your Long Service Award like Tina in 20 years time…

EACH have volunteers supporting us in so many roles. We have people helping maintain our hospice gardens, running friends groups and supporting our offices with admin tasks, helping in our charity shops and fundraising. 

Can you volunteer your time to support survivors of rape and sexual violence?  Join our volunteer team to provide vital phone and email support to women and girls in your community. To hear more listen to Claire  - Volunteer Manager talk about Cambrige Rape Crisis Centre volunteers

East Anglian Air Ambulance exists to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or car to seriously ill or injured people in the region. We are on call 365 days a year to serve the community and be there in times of need. The charity receives no regular Government funding and is entirely dependent on donations and fundraising activities.

Volunteering with EAAA is fun and rewarding and we have some exciting events coming up In Cambridgeshire where we require more energetic, enthusiastic volunteers to join our already brilliant team. Every hour of time given to us makes a huge difference. To hear more listen to Debbie, Volunteer Development Officer  Check out The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) website.

Cambridge Street Aid was set up to give people a choice of how to help those on the streets of Cambridge: give to people on the streets or give to Street Aid.  Street Aid Champions raise money through fundraising events and raise awareness by acting as ambassadors.  To hear more listen to Hannah, Street Aid's volunteer coordinator

We’re part of local charity Care Network Cambridgeshire– helping people stay healthy, independent and in touch with their community. We do this with the support of our wonderful volunteers who are helping people build confidence again in these tricky times through our Trusted Friends programme. To find out more about this and other ways to help your community, come and see us at the virtual volunteer fair on 13 May. We’re Care network: People at the heart of everything. To hear more listen to Jigna talk about Trusted Friend volunteering

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting CPFT services, staff and patients. Through giving their time, they make a huge difference to the care of our patients across our Trust, and significantly contribute to the efforts of our Head to Toe Charity. Current opportunities: Fundraising for our Top to Toe Charity; Driving roles delivering Top to Toe wellbeing packages for both service users and staff and the Trust's PPE team; Support a clinician to run activity groups online including crafts, healthy eating, exercise, reading or music; administration and social media support roles; Heart and Soul telephone befriending services; Dementia carer support services volunteer listener, where you have an opportunity to support the carers of people with dementia; Virtual volunteering roles where you can assist service users with technological support and help to attend their virtual appointments.