Community help and resources in March

Resources / Help Page!

  • Do you need some sort of help?  Either for yourself or for someone else?
  • No idea where to start?  This page may help.  Scroll on down to see a growing list of local resources.

 

CareNetwork

Care Network, Cambridgeshire, can help you find the support and activities you need. Tel: 01354 695208    (More detailed phone numbers and contact details can be found here) on their website.

Do you run a group - new or old?

  • Are you having problems finding accommodation or volunteers for your group?
  • Do you want to volunteer?
  • Can you contribute in any way at all?
  • Do Care Network know about your group?

Please contact Care Network, to discuss what they can offer, and to make sure your details are known to them. And do let me know as well. 

 

Other useful sites:

Note:  Mental health support has a separate set of listings towards the end of this page. 

20Twenty Productions - see below 20Twenty Productions under "T"  (!)

Alcoholics Anonymous   Their free national helpline is 0800 9177650

Age UK - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  A list of services they provide.  Their phone number is 0300 666 9860

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation  Connecting People who care with local causes that matter

Caring together.  They support carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. They also offer flexible, professional homecare services to adults and children with a range of disabilities and health conditions.

Care Choices The Cambridgeshire Guide to Independent Living contains a host of useful information about staying independent, safe and well in Cambridgeshire as well as listings of all care homes, nursing homes and home care providers in the wider area.

Chat-tea.  Chat-Tea is a not for profit, non-faith based community project based at St John’s church hall in March. For more details see this site

Citizen's Advice - Offers a wide range of help and advice.  There does not appear to be an office in March, but this may change, so do check.  A more local site is here

Community Transport including car schemes.  This is a list on the Fenland District Council website.  The Community Car Scheme for March, is currently provided by Wimbilington as the March scheme was closed due to covid. Please contact 07563 782938.  There is a charge for mileage.  

Community Fridge Project. The community fridge is located in FACT’s Community Hub (5 Martin Avenue, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AY). The community fridge is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10am-12noon. Food will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. To contact the community fridge team, please call 07704 070563, or FACT on 01354 661234.  They can also be found on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/marchcommunityfridge/

Creative Fenland  Creative arts for well-being.  Priority for people with health conditions, disabilities and/or unpaid caring responsibilities.

CRUSE bereavement support - Their helpline is 0808 808 1677

Fenland Association of Community Transport. Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Car services. FACT Community Transport is a charity serving the Fenland, Huntingdonshire and East Cambs Areas, for people who have difficulties using conventional modes of transport. We provide Accessible, Affordable and Safe Transport Services.  Tel: 01354 661234.

Fenland Grub Growers.  Seeks to promote health equality, food education and to support community health initiatives.  Find them on Facebook @Fenland Grub Growers

Friends of March Library - see below under Library (March)

H.A.Y. Fenland - How are you Fenland - See below under 'How are you Fenland'

Help with eating disorders.  If you're concerned about a friend or family member you feel might have an eating disorder, call them on 01733 391 537 or fill out the confidential on-line referral form.

The Happy Helpers Network  Their goal is to help maintain independence and reduce social isolation.  Help, advice and support.

Hockey Club in March.  Every Thursday at Neale Wade School. Juniors -  18:00 - 19:00.  Adults - 19:00 - 20:00  For further details go to their website or search March Town Hockey Club on Facebook

How are you Fenland  (H.A.Y. Fenland) A large website with an extensive list of resources covering all sorts of topics.  Well worth a visit.  If you are simply looking for a resource, select 'support' from the top menu to get you going.

Hot pots -

This coffee shop is run by a group of enthusiastic individuals with a learning disability, with the support of Employment Skills Workers. The project provides learners with a training placement where they are able to learn new skills. And they make excellent coffee and cakes and other goodies!

Hot pots is open as follows:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at the March Community Centre at 34 Station Road, March, PE15 8LE,
  • Thursdays and Fridays at the March Cricket Club, just off Burrowmoor Road, March, PE15 9RS 
  • For details of opening times contact 07767 050616, or their Facebook page.

Jive Club in March.  Every Wednesday at 19:30 - 22:30  at The Braza Club, Elm Road, March.  PE15 8NZ.  For details contact Andrew and Donna on 01354 776229 or Terry on 07979 442920

Library (March) - Friends of March Library.  There is a coffee morning on the last Saturday of every month from 10:30am - 12:00 noon.  Hot and cold drinks plus biscuits.  Cost 50p.  Also a raffle.  All profits are spent on/by March Library.  Contact Maureen Malvern:  01354 658247

Lunch and Film Club.  Meets on the first Thursday of each month in March Town Hall.  Lunch is served at midday followed by the film.  Tickets are available from Paninis.  £14.00 per person

MADCAT

A group of organisations who are committed to supporting members of the Fenland Community who need additional food and fuel

NHS - Guide to Local NHS Services  Help us and your family stay well.   There is a link to a PDF document of the same name a little way down the page.

NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  Their emergency numbers are on their main page at the bottom

Providence Baptist Church coffee.  Saturday mornings from 10:00 - 12:00.  Lovely coffee, and excellent cakes.  Give what you can afford. 

Rape Crisis - Their national helpline is 0808 802 9999

Rotary Club of March.  Recycling Collection.  City Road car park on the second Saturday of each month between 08:30am and 10:30am to collect your old newspapers. magazines, and other paper for recycling.

Riverside practice local resources  A list of resources drawn up by the Riverside GP practice.  Well worth a look at it - you may indeed find what you want.  

Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust Centered on Ramsey, but you never know!

Samaritans.  Their free emergency call line is 116 123  They also have an extensive list of national organisations that offer help. 

Services offered by Fenland District Council  Council Services offered by Fenland District Council

St. John's ladies group.  Called "First Thursday" they meet on the first Thursday of every month. Contact is Rachel Beeson rcvoss@hotmail.co.uk   Tel: 07795 436031 to let them know numbers for catering purposes. 

Tea and Toast - Thursdays 09:00am - 10:30am St Peter's Church Hall.

Make time for yourself!

  • A place to chat about life in all its glorious messiness, meet new people, and support each other.  Informal, friendly, loosley-structured sessions about everyday life, friendship, faith and spirituality.
  • Open to all ages. Pre-school children welcome; toys/mats will be avilable.
  • Free event - tea/coffee/squash and toast and biscuits available. (Donation if you can afford it)  Drop in for all or part of a session.
  • Contact Karen Pritchard by email or by phone: 07738 294726.

The SOLO Group -

For people who have lost partners, following bereavement.

They meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 'Hot Pots' (See above) at 12pm at the March Cricket Club, to meet informally for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, and something to eat.

Membership fee is £5 per year which will be payable in January and this covers incidental running costs.

Contact details are:

You are more than welcome to come along on one of our dates to meet us, but please don’t hesitate to phone if you would like a chat or you would like more information.

The Silver Line - The free confidential help line for older people

20Twenty Productions. We are a not-for-profit organisation that uses creativity and participation to engage and empower children and young people so they may build confidence, essential skills for life and one or more creative skill sets.

Volunteer Centre in Fenland.  If you want to volunteer, go here!

Yoga Club in March.  March Community Centre on Tuesdays 16:30 - 17:45 and 18:15 - 19:30.  Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:15. Also meets in Elm and Emneth. Contact Peter on 07905 601585. 

Young Fenland Cultural Consortium   YFCC is a network of organisations working together for young people in Fenland between the ages of 5 and 19

 

Mental health support:

Creative Fenland  Creative arts for well-being.  Priority for people with health conditions, disabilities and/or unpaid caring responsibilities.

Keep your head  Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and well-being for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

How are you Peterborough  (H.A.Y. Peterborough) Bringing together everything in the local community that is good for mental well-being in the area of Peterborough

How are you Fenland  (H.A.Y. Fenland) Bringing together everything in the local community that is good for mental well-being in the area of Fenland, as well as a huge range of resources for everyone. Well worth a visit.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Carer Support (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)
phone line 07783 267013  Email: Local co-ordinator is jfgwells57@gmail.com  E-mail support service:  cambridgecarersgroup@rethink.org 

The SUN network  Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol services

MIND CPSL   At Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind we are passionate about positive well-being, and provide support to local people who may experience mental health challenges.  The main website for MIND is here.

Mind also run Our Open Door calm spaces, online via Zoom and in local community spaces.  This offer a place to find guidance on self-help techniques which can help you to ‘ground yourself’ and feel better – both in that moment and in the future.

We are making space.  They provide services supporting people in their own home, in their local community and with specialist support services.  Also see this allied link

Young Minds.  You are not alone. However you're feeling right now, things can get better.

 

There may be more, so let me know, but not to duplicate the work of Care Network.  Let them know as well!