Cambourne Town Council and many Cambourne organisations have a number of opportunities for those wishing to volunteer in the community. In normal times, the Town Council hosts an annual Volunteers Fair and invite local organisations in and near to Cambourne to attend and showcase the volunteering opportunities they have. Unfortunately, we made the decision to cancel the event planned for the 22nd January in the Hub due to rising Covid cases in the area. However, we have collated all the information here on this page for you. Please take the time to read through what organisations are currently recruiting volunteers and if you could offer your time to support.
CAMBOURNE TOWN COUNCIL
Advantages to becoming a volunteer litter picker:
- It’s a great way to get outside and keep active, whilst benefitting the community too
- Helps to keep Cambourne roads, open spaces, woodlands, and country park clean
- All equipment is provided by the Council and you will be covered by insurance. You will be loaned a litter picker, bag hoop, gloves, high vis vest and bin bags
- No commitment necessary, you can do as much or as little as you like
- Rewarding – we can also support students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh award
Cambourne Town Council organises and supports numerous events throughout the year. This includes but is not limited to: Cambourne 10K, Cambourne Fete, Fireworks Night and Switch On. This year (2022) we have a few new events to organise in Cambourne and will no doubt need the support of trusty volunteers.
Tasks volunteers may be required for are marshalling, working a stall, or helping with set up/clear up of an event.
Do you have a skill (or skills) in repairing items?
Sewing, electronics, mechanics, toys, tool sharpening, jewellery repairs etc.
It would be great to have more Cambourne based repairers to come along to the Repair Café or to the Community Action Day to try and give damaged or ‘broken’ items a new lease of life.
Cambourne Town Council is made up of 19 councillors and we currently have a vacancy to be filled by election on Thursday 5th May 2022.
The Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month, and then delegates it duties to three committees – Planning, Leisure & Amenities and Finance & Policy
Councillors are encouraged to join one of the committees.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to become a town councillor and represent the community, please read the job description to give you a better understanding of the role, and email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on how to stand.
LIGHT UP CAMBOURNE
Light Up Cambourne are a voluntary group of residents who work each year in partnership with the Town Council to light up Cambourne for Christmas. We are looking for volunteers to help at all our fundraising events – typically held at the Hub on Saturday evenings – we hold half a dozen a year and the role can include set up and clear away, serving food and drink, interacting with customers and taking money. Examples of the events we host are Bingo, Quiz Night and Murder Mystery. There is also the annual Switch On event where anyone volunteering must be happy to be outside for a period of time too. This will involve working a stall or marshalling.
Cambourne is home to the headquarters of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. The nature reserve that surrounds the town is managed by the Trust.
- Cambourne ranger
- Cambourne work party volunteer
- Cambourne toad patrol volunteer
- Cambourne communities and wildlife volunteer
Alongside these roles there are these additional roles:
Young People’s Forum member
Work party volunteer (at various reserves in the area including Gamlingay, Hardwick, and Waresley and Gransden Woods)
Research and monitoring opportunities at various locations across the county
General volunteering webpage is: https://www.wildlifebcn.org/get-involved/volunteer
Rebecca Neal, Communities & Wildlife Officer – also known as Becca Badger on Facebook. She is the main contact for volunteers in the area and can help direct people to a role that suits both sides. She can be contacted on Rebecca.Neal@wildlifebcn.org
You can also find the Wildlife Trust on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildlifebcn
Timebanking is a way of helping each other by exchanging ideas, knowledge or practical help with one another. The type of help on offer includes things like shopping,beauty treatments, decorating, help with IT skills or CV writing.
Some of the local organisations in Cambourne are members including Cambourne Crier, CamCareUK and 19 the Coffee House, so people who volunteer there can sign up to the Timebank to earn Time Credits for their volunteer hours. Time Credits can be spent at participating leisure facilities such as Cambridge Light Cinema and Clip n Climb.
19 – THE COFFEE HOUSE
A community cafe situated in Cambourne Church serving a range of refreshments and run by volunteers.
Visit: www.cambournechurch.org.uk/Groups/268299/19_The_Coffee.aspx Email: email@example.com for information on how you can volunteer for the community cafe.
For more information about the foodbank email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.comThe Cambourne Distribution Centre of the Cambridge City Foodbank has sessions in the Blue Space (just behind the church building) every Thursday morning 10.00am-12.00pm.
HOPE AGAINST POVERTY CIC – COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT
Community shop is open Wednesday 11am – 2pm at the Hub community centre and can be used by anyone.
The community food project also supports those in urgent need for food by supplying food parcels. The shop is supported by South Cambs District Council, Cambourne Town Council, and long lasting and fresh food donations are supplied by Morrisons.
The project is only it’s first few months but has been successful so far with demand increasing each week. The project is looking to expand to open more days throughout the week and with a permanent shop location, as well starting up support groups.
For more information visit: hopeagainst.org/community-projects
CAMBOURNE CAR SCHEME
Volunteer drivers needed to join the community car scheme to help take people to medical or social appointments, or maybe to the shops if someone cannot use public transport.
Car scheme coordinator contact:
Cambourne Crier is a monthly magazine delivered free of charge to all residents of the South Cambridgeshire villages of Lower Cambourne, Great Cambourne and Upper Cambourne. It features community news, events and people. Any local group, club, organisation, school or non-profit is welcome to submit content.
Compiled by volunteers and funded solely by advertising, Cambourne Crier is completely independent and has been published since February 2000.
If you would like to join the editorial team, to help with writing, design and layout, our website, social media – or anything else you can bring to the team – please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
CamCare UK hosts a range of cultural community events throughout the year, as well as educational events. They also support Cambourne Electronics & Robotics Club which has been hugely successful with children’s engagement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and has resulted in the club winning at national competitions.
You can find out about all the events and projects at camcare.org.uk
CAMBOURNE SOUL – CAMBOURNE YOUTH PARTNERSHIP
CAMBOURNE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB
CAMBOURNE FIREWORKS DISPLAY
The committee may need support with set up, marshalling, and clear up. The fireworks display will take place on Saturday 5th November 2022.
If you are interested in volunteering and something is not listed here, please contact the Community Development Officer email@example.com