CCF News Archive

February 2019

Cambridgeshire Charity Vote now open!

Voting has just opened for the Cambridgeshire Charity Vote, with a shortlist of Cambridgeshire-based charities that are in the running to receive a share of £10,000. The vote, run by the Hopkins Charitable Fund, will award £7,000 to the top charity and £2,000 and £1,000 to second and third place respectively.

CCF manages two funds for Hopkins Homes - the Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund funds projects addressing homelessness, deprivation and supporting vulnerable people, and the Hopkins Homes Winter Crisis Fund provides small grants for individuals to cover their heating costs as well as larger grants for organisations supporting the vulnerable over winter.

Cast your vote here!


Breakthroughs for Cambridge Street Aid

February was a big month for Cambridge Street Aid, which offers grants of up to £750 to homeless individuals to help them get off and stay off the streets. The programme is run by CCF in partnership with Cambridge City Council.

Street Aid recently awarded its 150th grant, which was given to a man looking for work in the construction industry, to pay for a health and safety course and qualification. To date, Street Aid has given out nearly £50,000 in grants to individuals.

Michael O'Toole, CEO of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, gave an interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's weekday breakfast programme about the benefits of the programme for people who want to donate to homeless people but have concerns about where their money will go. You can listen to the interview online here (from 36:50).

Finally, a new contactless donation point for Street Aid was unveiled inside the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre with a launch event on Friday 22nd February. This is the latest contactless donation point to be installed and builds on the success of others at Co-Op stores around the city, at the City Council customer service centre at Mandela House, and at The Guildhall.

Cambridge Street Aid is funded by donations from the public, turning small change into real change. You can read more about Street Aid here.