Connecting Communities Festival of Ideas

In June 2020, Hunts Forum and Support Cambridgeshire took their annual Connecting Communities Conference online with a Festival of Ideas. Four one-hour online events throughout the week explored volunteer retention during and after COVID-19.

These events are now available to watch via the links below. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the festival, and to Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council for funding these events.

Kat Shepherdson, Deputy CEO at Hunts Forum, speaks with Rob Jackson about his ideas and thoughts on what COVID-19 means for volunteer management and recruitment moving forward. Are there lessons we can learn? What did this influx of volunteers tell us about the public attitude to volunteering? How do we keep those who are going back to work engaged in our organisations? Rob will explore these questions and more.

Rob Jackson is the co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook and From The Top Down, both of which are used by Directory of Social Change in their training.

Please click here to view Rob’s Mind Map.


Benita Matafska talks through her ideas and thoughts about the concept of a sharing economy and how this can be applied to the current world we live in.

Benita Matofska is a world-renowned speaker, change-maker and author of Generation Share, a ground-breaking book containing the world’s first collection of inspiring stories of the change-makers building a new economy.

Please click here to view Benita’s presentation slides.


Kelly Holiday shares her experiences of managing Alzheimer’s UK’s relationships with people who fundraise for the charity via sporting events. She will draw on this to explore how smaller organisations can turn newly recruited volunteers into long-term supporters.

Kelly Holliday is the Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, and has years of experience in stewardship and volunteer management.

Please click here to read the notes to accompany this event.


Staff from CCVS and Hunts Forum invite organisations to discuss their views around the Power to Change Report, Local Heroes: How to sustain community spirit beyond Covid-19. What are the common threads between the report and the other presentations and discussions at our Festival of Ideas? How can organisations apply these ideas?


The Connecting Communities Festival of Ideas was produced by Hunts Forum on behalf of Support Cambridgeshire and funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. Many thanks to Rob Jackson, Benita Matofska, Kelly Holliday, Chris Trevorrow at CCVS and everyone else who contributed to the festival.


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