Wednesday, August 23, 2017

About us

History

We began as the Ely Volunteer Centre in 1991.
In 1996 we started the Helping Hands Gardening Team and in 1998 we started the East Cambs Social Car Scheme

In 2007, the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) came to Ely, and the two organisations merged in 2008. The name Voluntary and Community Action for East Cambridgeshire (VCAEC) was agreed at our annual general meeting.

What We Do

  • We are the Volunteer Centre for East Cambridgeshire.  
  • We can arrange for volunteering opportunities to be advertised nationally and locally.  If you would like to volunteer or are an organisation wishing to recruit volunteers please contact us or visit our volunteering web page.
  • Helping Hands Gardening Scheme.  We provide gardening services to those in most need.
  • Social Car Scheme . We provide private cars driven by volunteers to take individuals who are unable to use conventional transport to hospital and doctors.  We also help if you need to get your shopping or to visit friends and family.
  • We are the CVS (Community Voluntary Sector), support organisation for East Cambridgeshire.  We provide FREE advice and support for any voluntary groups operating within in East Cambs.  We are unique as we are also the Volunteer Centre for East Cambridgeshire.
     
    If you need help with:

    • Governance issues; such as creating a Constitution;
    • Assistance with getting your community group off the ground;
    • Financial matters, including assistance with managing your accounts;
    • Training such as Safeguarding children, Health & Safety, First Aid and Safeguarding Adults (see our training section);
    • Funding opportunities and assistance with applications (see the funding section);
    • Networking opportunities including our VITAL Lunches, which are a great opportunity for people to network (see our VITAL Lunch section)
    • Representation of the voluntary & community sector at various meetings;
    • Information and resources for you to utilise such as information on safeguarding issues;
    • Assistance with the creation of policies and procedures for your group.

    If you need assistance with any of the above please contact us on 01353 666166 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

          You can also follow us on Facebook or on twitter@vcaec

 

Latest News

We have awarded Burwell Museum with the Five Star Focus Award.  This is awarded to organisations whose volunteer support is excellent.  If you want to know more please contact granville@vcaec.org.uk.  The Five Star Focus checklist is here if you want to see if you can gain this award.  If you need assistance with any of the items please contact us.