We are proud to be collaborating with a few great local charities in 2017 in our fundraising efforts. You will see some great volunteers all around the fair, so please donate any change you have. Remember, we are completely funded by the community, no corporate sponsors!
The charities we are collaborating with this year are:
- Turtle Dove Cambridge is a social enterprise which aims to improve the employment prospects of young women in Cambridge while developing their confidence and self‐esteem. It works with 15‐23 year olds who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming NEET. Their not-for-profit events company enables young women to develop professional, personal and social skills to improve chances of securing employment, training or voluntary work. They staff and cater a range of private, business and community events and meetings. In doing so, Turtle Dove focus on building young women’s confidence, developing teamwork and communication skills, extending their networks, and creating a sense of achievement. Young women involved also benefit from receiving Time Credits, a National initiative that can be spent at various places across Cambridge.
- Wintercomfort supports those with experience of homelessness. Seven days a week from Overstream House they provide a hot breakfast and refreshments to on average 58 homeless or vulnerably housed people per day. In addition rough sleepers can take a shower, access a laundry and clothing store and find a compassionate shoulder to lean on. During this time specialist agencies come into the centre to support individuals in accessing housing, drug and alcohol treatment, and primary and secondary health care. Project Workers hold one to one key-working sessions with service users to offer essential welfare services, learning and work opportunities to enable them to achieve their potential. The welfare service provides a safe place with much needed companionship and a sense of community as well as encouraging individuals to access Wintercomfort’s learning and development services .
- Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre provides the resources, opportunities and space for women to gain control of their lives. CWRC offers a variety of courses but primarily it potentiates a better integration in their local community, which increases their employability and raises their confidence. It also works closely with the Probation Service, the Citizens Advice Bureau and other agencies to offer advice and practical support around housing issues, finance and debt, emotional problems in the family, drug and alcohol issues. This in-depth support means that they are reducing their risk of reoffending. The majority of their learners choose to come to CWRC because they are a women only environment and because they are able to work with women to overcome the multiple barriers often faced in accessing learning.
Richmond Fellowship is part of Recovery Focus, an expert group of charities inspiring individual recovery nationwide. They are a specialist provider of mental health services and one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health care in England, placing the people they support at the heart of everything they do. Their specialist employment service provides support for people who have been off work due to mental health challenges and are keen to return to employment, voluntary work, education or relevant training. They also support people to stay in work where mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression are having a detrimental impact. This can include liaising with an employer or providing support around workplace adjustments. They offer the opportunity to understand more about how we can learn to communicate effectively, identify the signs and triggers of stress and rebuild skills to feel more confident about returning to work. Their supported housing scheme, is for young people aged 16 to 25 years offering accommodation across Cambridge in shared houses and flats. Keyworkers provide emotional and practical support and help young people set their own goals so that they can move on from Castle to full independence in the future.
- Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity runs a Hedgehog Hospital for the treatment and rehabilitation of hedgehogs brought in by the public before release back into the wild. Hedgehogs are brought in from across Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, as well as from surrounding areas, such as Greater London, Suffolk and Bedfordshire. The project is currently run by a small number of permanent hospital staff, volunteers, animal keepers and SWCC Trustees. The Hospital educates visitors to Shepreth Wildlife Park and through a programme of working with local schools.