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Making a difference to our communities! - 14/02/2020

Every year CCVS holds a photo competition so that our members can showcase their work. The theme for 2019 was The Difference you make.   Mark Freeman the CEO of CCVS said “While we write and talk about the fantastic work that is being done there is a real place for photographs that engage, inform and motivate people to find out more about what community group and charities do”. 

Anyone who was involved with one of our member voluntary organisations as clients, volunteers, staff or trustees could take part and Doreen Wallace and Stewart Goodacre who work for Age UK Cambridgeshire andPeterborough, which has its HQ in Chatteris, entered four photographs highlighting the work and activities of the Friendship clubs across Cambridgeshire.

Two of their photographs were chosen as the winners one by a panel of judges, and one by a vote at the CCVS AGM. Today Doreen (who was unable attend and was represented by Hazel Williams, Chairperson of AGE UK) and Stewart were presented with their prizes. Each prize is £100 for the group shown in the picture and £50 for the photographer, and both Doreen and Stewart donated their prize to the groups. A cheque for £300 was presented by Elizabeth Forbes, a trustee of CCVS and one of the competition judges to support the Age UK Friendship clubs continuing work,.

Winning Photos:

What Age Gap? Photographer: Doreen Wallace.  (Ourton Day Centre organiser)

A nursery visits our Orton Day Centre Peterborough and beautifully portrays how sharing something brings people together. Service users and children are so engaged in what they are doing that age is irrelevant.

Bee Good! Photographer: Stewart Goodacre (Friendship Club Co-ordinator)

Building insect boxes from old pallets at Wisbech Friendship Club based at the Rosmini Centre., the Club gives older people in Wisbech a place to meet and socialise. Comprised mainly of men, the members organise a range of activities that entertain and challenge each other.

Further information:

Age UK CAP Friendship Cubs

Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough supports several Friendship Clubs in and around Peterborough, as well as in Somersham, Little Thetford, Whittlesey and Wisbech. The clubs are independent and run by volunteers, with Age UK guidance and support.

The clubs generally meet once a week (a few meet every other week) and offer a place to enjoy the company of others as well as having a hot meal. Members enjoy a variety of activities such as flower arranging, insect box making, keep-fit; as well as being entertained by singers and speakers, covering topics from SCAM Awareness to age related advice and information.

The main reason that most members like coming to a Friendship Club is to meet other people and make new friends. Getting out of the house and a change of scenery are also important motivations, as is participating in the activities. While some members enjoy the keep fit activities, others just like meeting up with the friends they’ve made at the club for a “natter” over a cup of tea and a home cooked meal.

Please see our website for further information:


CCVS is a registered charity set up to champion and support community and voluntary groups, and promote volunteering across Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland.