We are working with local community groups on a brand-new Health Inequalities Project, thanks to funding from the Integrated Care System. Contributing to health improvement, we are working closely with local recognised community groups to develop solutions to the challenges their residents face.

What is a Recognised Organisation?

Recognised Organisations (ROs) were identified throughout the COVID-19 crisis as volunteer-involved organisations to support their local communities. HDC and Hunts Forum worked together to set up the Network of ROs that met the accreditation criteria. We are delighted to continue working with these community groups on this project.

What groups are involved?

Click on the name of the community group to find out what they are already doing to provide support to their communities!

Brampton Village Hub offers a wide range of services, links up with other organisations and receives referrals from Brampton Surgery, the Alzheimer's Society, Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The Hub Board includes representatives from 14 organisations, with more than 120 volunteers offering more than 25 services, with new projects always on the go.

Hub services

  • ALBRAM Car Scheme and Patients Group
  • Befrienders Social Group Friday mornings
  • Brampton Community Library and Information Centre
  • Brampton Events Group - summer fete, Christmas lights on the Green, movie afternoons, quizzes etc
  • Brampton Good Neighbour Scheme
  • Dementia-friendly village
  • Strength and balance exercise and older adults circuits classes run by HDC’s One Leisure Active Lifestyles Team
  • IT mentoring and support
  • St Mary Magdalene church – support within the village
  • Social Health Walks Group
  • Jobs Club
  • Diamond Hampers
  • Youth Club
  • Volunteer opportunities

Find out more information on the Brampton Parish Council website

You can also find them on Facebook

CARESCO is a unique charity based in the village of Sawtry, which exists to serve the local community in Sawtry and its satellite villages. They run a range of services for the benefit of local people thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers from the surrounding area. Most activities run from their purpose-built Centre in the middle of the village, unless otherwise specified. As a charity, CARESCO is managed by a team of trustees who have oversight of the organisation, which they delegate on a day-to-day basis to the team of paid staff members.

CARESCO services

  • Charity shop
  • The Cave
  • Chatterbox
  • Green End Day Club
  • Community support
  • Christmas Day party
  • Sawtry Eye
  • Friday drop-in cafe
  • Carers Support Group
  • Music-Based Social Group
  • Volunteer opportunities

In partnership with other organisations, Caresco also hosts the local food bank (working with the local churches) and the village car scheme (working with the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority).

Find out more information on the CARESCO website.

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Godmanchester Timebank is a friendly and supportive network where local residents can exchange skills, support and knowledge. They aim to build a stronger community, increase community involvement, reduce social isolation, develop skills and confidence and improve health and wellbeing.

Godmanchester Community Timebank services

  • Community Walking Group
  • Gardening
  • Book trolley
  • Local financial advisor
  • Local events
  • Community Hub – Pinnies Cafe

Find out more information on Facebook.

The Parish Council represents Hail Weston to get better resources and would like to make a difference for the future. They are responsible for public open spaces and represent the Hail Weston Parish on matters of planning.

Hail Weston Parish Council services

  • Hail Weston Village Gardening Group
  • Neighbourhood cafe
  • Brand-new children’s play area
  • Ting bus service

Read their latest newsletter

Find out more information on the Hail Weston Parish Council website.

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

HemingfordHub is a community initiative and a growing part of the fabric of both villages. It offers help, friendship and advice to all residents, no matter what age or background, especially the elderly, parents who may be struggling, those with disabilities and anyone wanting a little company. It is run by local people for local people.

HemingfordHub services

  • Good Neighbour Scheme
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Hub Clubs – talks, cinema and crafting
  • Friendly phone calls
  • Strength and balance classes
  • IT support
  • Odd jobs advice
  • Help with paperwork such as bus passes, disabled badges or online applications
  • Jigsaw library
  • Dog walking
  • Newspaper delivery

Coming soon…

  • Men’s Shed
  • Hemingford Hoppa bus scheme
  • Family and new neighbour welcome group

HemingfordHub is actively recruiting new volunteers to project manage these initiatives!

  • Love to Move - An age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme

Every other Wednesday 2pm - 3pm at Hemingford Grey Pavilion, Manor Road, PE28 9BX

Contact hemingfordhub@icloud.com for further details.

Find out more information on the HemingfordHub website.

You can also find them on Facebook.

Hilton Parish Council is there to serve its community. It has many functions but overall its prime objective is to manage, improve and preserve Hilton village for the good of all. Hilton is a unique community and a very desirable place to live. The Parish Council is well placed to represent the local community and work with Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and National Government plus other authorities such as the Police, Highways England and transport groups to achieve the best for the community.

Hilton Parish Council services

  • Tea on the Green – every second Thursday of the month
  • Speed Watch
  • Hilton Community Garden
  • Tree Trail

Find out more information on the Hilton Parish Council website.

You can also find them on Facebook.

Houghton & Wyton Timebank is passionate about building a thriving community and spend its time engaging with local people and organisations offering support to everyone. Members' ages range from 6-96, and with over 250 members who support each other, exchanges range from simple DIY to prescription collection and much more. It also runs events that engage and connect the community, helping to combat loneliness and isolation.

Houghton & Wyton Timebank activities/services

  • Coffee mornings
  • Baby and toddler group
  • Village social afternoons
  • Scouts
  • Community shop
  • Chair-based exercise class
  • Sports clubs
  • Telephone support
  • Community Corner
  • Litter picks
  • Gardening Club

Find out more information on the Houghton & Wyton Timebank website.

You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Huntingdonshire Community Group (HCG) was formed in 2002 as a platform to bring together the diverse people of different nationalities living and working in Huntingdonshire.

The group aims to act as a positive force for the greater good in the promotion of the cultural diversity, increase racial tolerance and to enhance community cohesion. It aims to strengthen community spirit in the local community. HCG strives to find different ways to unite communities, by organising events and joining in the various forms of both local and national celebrations.

Huntingdonshire Community Group services

  • Unity in the Community
  • Oxmoor community fridge
  • Community days
  • Family fun days

Find out more information on the Huntingdonshire Community Group Website.

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Kimbolton may be one of the smallest villages in Huntingdonshire, but it's filled to the brim with charm and history. Kimbolton had an important market during the medieval period, and during the Saxon era it is said that King Harold Godwinson owned a hunting lodge nearby and worshipped at the local church.

The Parish Council is here to represent the local community by delivering services to meet local needs and strive to improve quality of life for their residents.

Kimbolton and Stonely Parish Council services

  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • Youth Club
  • Allotments
  • HACT Community Bus
  • RightStart 3: Strength and Balance class, Wednesdays 11am - 12pm at the Scout Hut, Thrapston Road, PE28 0HW

  • RightStart Aqua classes: Kimbolton School swimming pool, PE28 0EA

Contact clerk@kimboltonandstonely-pc.gov.uk for further details

Find out more on the Kimbolton and Stonely Parish Council website.

You can also find them on Facebook.

Love's Farm is a community of people living on a housing development east of the railway line in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. The Love’s Farm Community Association (LFCA) welcomes residents to take part whether they recently moved in or have been on Love’s Farm since the first bricks were laid.

LFCA is proud of its community and committed to doing what it can to make it happy, healthy and safe. Sometimes that means working to get things fixed or addressing a problem. Often, it’s about creating opportunities for residents to meet, socialise and form friendships. Occasionally the Association represents the views of the community at public consultations and council meetings.

LFCA organises events and activities like picnics, litter picking and work parties to maintain green spaces. It also supports local residents and community groups. The Association works within a network of community organisations including Love’s Farm House, Neighbourhood Watch, Community Money Advice and Love’s Farm Church.

Find out more information on the LFCA website.

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust (RNT) offers community led activities and services to everyone who lives or works in Ramsey and its surrounding villages. RNT is managed by a group of local volunteer trustees who are committed to the creation of a strong, active and inclusive community. By working together, RNT firmly believes that the possibilities for our little piece of Huntingdonshire are endless.

Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust services

  • Toddler Time for families with children under 5 years
  • BOSH Youth Club and holiday play scheme for those aged 5-10
  • CRUNCH Youth Club and activities for those aged 11-16
  • SPARKS Social Club for adults with additional needs
  • Boxing Fitness for young people
  • The Dog’s Meet Community Cafe
  • Workshops
  • Ramsey Timebank
  • Community events/markets
  • Job search

Find out more information on the Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust website.

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Echo North Huntingdonshire CIC is a not-for-profit organisation based in Yaxley. Its mission is to dismantle poverty and lack of opportunity by bringing together the public, private and voluntary sector. Social Echo supports individuals, charities and the public sector by bringing them together to grow together. The team at Social Echo is passionate about its local community. Training courses run by Social Echo aim to upskill and equip individuals with correct skills to better their lives.

Social Echo services

  • The Hobby Hub Yaxley & Farcet
  • Yaxley Skills Hub
  • Upcycling course
  • Jobs fairs

Social Echo partners with:

  • YaxKids Youth Club
  • Boxing Futures
  • Young Technicians Academy
  • Diamond Hampers
  • The Hobby Hub - Artist-Led Day Sessions

Daytime workshops bringing residents together, in a safe warm space and engage in art with themes around health and wellbeing.

  • The Hobby Hub - Men's Shed

A first of its kind men's shed in the Yaxley/ Farcet area. A community space for men to connect, converse and create!

Contact hello@socialecho.uk for further details.

Find out more on the Social Echo website.

You can also find them on Facebook.

Timebanking is an exciting way for local people to come together and help each other by exchanging knowledge, help and skills. In a Timebank everyone's time is equal. Regardless of the skills or expertise being exchanged, one hour equals one hour.

The Timebank is fully inclusive, encouraging everyone to get involved! There are over 150 individuals and 15 organisational members using the Time Bank to connect. Alongside Timebank exchanges, the coordinator also works on community development, collaborates with other organisations, and works closely with the voluntary and public sector.

Timebank Services

  • Coffee mornings
  • Walking groups
  • Cookery Workshops
  • Knitting and Crochet groups
  • Social gardening
  • Dog walking

Read their latest newsletter.

Find out more on the Somersham and Pidley Timebank website.

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

St Ives Cares, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council's Innovate and Cultivate Fund, is a neighbourhood-based support scheme. It plans to use local volunteers to support, work with and grow a community which helps older people in St Ives.

St Ives Cares is engaging with residents to find out what they feel could make St Ives an age friendly place to live and finding out about some of the great local resources, and what could be developed locally.

You can contact Jane Jenner, the project coordinator on 07395 629053 or email stivescares@stivestowncouncil.gov.uk

St Neots Community Support is there to help the people of the St Neots. It provides a central point of contact for each resident. Each request will be matched with a volunteer who will do everything they can to assist.

St Neots Community Support services

  • Deliver essential shopping
  • Collect prescriptions
  • Post letters
  • Friendly phone calls
  • St Neots Forum - A local forum created to encourage local charities, businesses and organisations to network and work more closely together

Contact sncsassist@gmail.com for further details.

Find out more information on the St Neots Community Support website.

You can also find them on Facebook.

New activities set up through the Health Inequalities Project

Each listed community group will be setting up new activities in their local areas to support their residents needs with the funding they receive. This webpage will be updated throughout the project as and when new activities are launched.