Cambridgeshire volunteers first winners of new award

When Cambridgeshire libraries put out a call for volunteers a couple of years ago, both the Library Service and the Friends were delighted with the numbers of people who came forward. At Rock Road Library, people come to help with gardening, reading with children, giving talks, and telling stories. I’ve seen people of all ages taking part, from the under-8s to the over-80s.

Now the willingness of local people to get stuck in with supporting these great community services has been recognized with a special award.

Cambridgeshire’s Library and Archive Service has been presented with the Five Star Focus Award for its volunteering programme by Volunteering, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, a partnership of Volunteer Centres.

Not only that, but the Library & Service is the first winner in the county.

Cambridgeshire Libraries, and Archives have a wide range of valuable volunteers of all ages – from Computer Buddie and Rhymetime Assistants to the Library at Home service.

Anyone interested in a volunteering opportunity with Cambridgeshire Libraries and Archives can find out more on the Cambridgeshire County Council website, at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/community.htm

Cambridge City Food Bank in need of your help

Cambridge City Foodbank is a local charity run by people from the city churches. It helps people in crisis by providing 3-day emergency boxes of food and other essentials while they are waiting for other care agencies to start work. Today, a representative visited St John’s Church to speak on how they are doing – and to request help.

The charity collects food – from supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, as well as from churches and schools and takes it to Pickfords on Clifton Road. There, it is boxed up to provide food boxes for three days. Those in need apply via the Citizens Advice Bureau, health visitor or other care agency. Food boxes are given out four times a week, from Cambridge Community Church, St Paul’s Church and Our Lady and the English Martyrs.

There is a box at St John’s Church on Hills Road. Every Sunday, whether you’re a member of the church or not, you can leave food there just before 10am or 6pm. St John’s is on Hills Road, opposite Homerton College and next to the EF Language School, near the Cavendish Avenue junction.

The Food Bank is always in need of people to collect at the supermarkets – and also for people to distribute the boxes. They are also looking for more warehouse space – if you know of any empty warehouses that could be lent by their owners for the Food Bank, get in touch with them: [email protected]

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