SNCS Star Maker

Do you know an individual, family or group who has:
  • Had a positive impact on their community?
  • Gone above and beyond just because they could?
  • Shown an amazing act of kindness?

Every month St Neots Community Support will honour a community star in one of these categories:

  • Shining star – Key workers
  • Rising star – 18’s and under
  • Shooting star – Local hero

Celebrate the impact these amazing people have had on all of our lives by contacting us on 0333 3355 344 (8AM – 8PM) or simply nominate below

Nominate HERE

Get in touch and put your nominations forward. It is always nice to help and give thanks to those in our community.

SNCS Make Good Things Happen

Do you know someone in poor health that needs their lawn mowing, weeding or a garage sorting?
Is there an area that has been graffitied or fly tipped that needs a tidy up?
Could a school, care home or your neighbour’s house do with a DIY SOS?

If you’ve seen something that needs doing in your community that could make the world of difference then contact us on 0333 3355 344 (8AM – 8PM) or simply nominate below

Nominate HERE

Get in touch and put your nominations forward. It is always nice to help and give thanks to those in our community.

SNCS Volunteer Sign-Up

Wish to volunteer for your community?
  • Do you have spare time on your hands?
  • Do you like helping people?
  • Have you got a car or a computer?
  • Can you use WhatsApp?
  • Are you good at coordination?
  • Are you a friendly person, can you talk on the phone?

If any of these questions are a “Yes”, then you’re perfect to be a volunteer for St Neots Community Support. We are actively seeking for more volunteers to come onboard and help their community.

We have 3 distinct roles:
Coordinators

Receive calls from the St Neots public requesting help. Allocates tasks to volunteers. Controls and updates log entries for audit and safeguarding.

Couriers

Receive tasks from the Coordinators and are out there delivering shopping, prescriptions, posting letters – the workforce with time to help their neighbours across St Neots

Friendly Callers

Volunteers with a mild mannered, patient and calm demeanour who enjoy listening to others. A vital and growing service provided by St Neots Community support. Regular friendly calls to isolated, elderly or individuals who would just like a friendly voice to talk to

To get started, click “Volunteer Sign Up” (2 forms of ID will be required including photo ID)

SNCS Volunteers

Just a small example of some of the awesome SNCS volunteers
  • Volunteers couriers = 61
  • Coordinators = 17
  • Friendly Callers = 8

Daphne Baker

Librarian, Courier

Daphne helps as a volunteer and has taken on a separate role as the SNCS Librarian to manage the unending plethora of informational services and produce the detail in a easy to read format. See Links & Services SNCS section for her work.

Ian Peacock

Coordinator, WhatsApp Conroller

Ian is one of our Coordinators and has recently taken on the responsibility to control our WhatsApp group memberships. An unenvious task, but one that needs doing.

Alicia Audi

Friendly Caller, Resilience

Alicia helps SNCS by acting as one of our Friendly Caller volunteers. She has also produced some fantastic resiliency and stress relieving information to guide and strengthen our team of volunteers. Her work can be referenced by all the Coordinators who certainly need this information.

Chantal Palmer

Design, Advertising, Courier

Chantal is one of our fantastic volunteers, who has helped SNCS publicise its presence on the web and locally around St Neots. Her skills and work you’ll see all over the web from Facebook, Twitter and SNCS.Org.uk (logo and posters are all her work).

COVID-19 Links
SNCS Links
Local Services

Statistics

Since 1st April 2020, our volunteers have been hard at work

Have a look at what they’ve done so far.

(Stats from 01 April 20 – 03 Jul 20)

Lynette Knott

Lynette Knott

Secretary, Safeguarding

Lynette is a our group Secretary, Safeguarding Lead and Trustee, she is mum to three lovely beans and a life long civil servant. She has used her professional skills and knowledge to assist in the setting up and growth of SNCS - and has loved every minute of it.

"I’m constantly blown away by the generosity of spirit demonstrated on a daily basis by those across this wonderful town and surrounding areas. THANK YOU for all you are doing"

Karen Burrett

Karen Burrett

Lead Coordinator, Safeguarding

Karen is one of our Lead Coordinators overseeing call-taking, task allocation right through to completion. She also supports Lynette in the Safeguarding role. A former life-long civil servant working in business change and business management, she had some amazing opportunities during her career and is now trying to use her skills and experience to help the residents of her home town.

While admitting that the Trustee role can be challenging, she says "the volunteers are undoubtedly the real stars"

James Goodman

James Goodman

Co-Chair, Data Officer

James is one of our chair’s and our data officer. He has also been the public face of SNCS from the early days. In real life he has worked in telecoms, consulting & education in a wide variety of roles from call centres through to subject matter expert in various IT systems. These days he is plying his skills with a well-known education firm as a solution architect within the IT department (which mostly means working with business and people and not computers).

He has lived in St Neots since 2002 founded SNARL (St Neots Against Rubbish & Litter) in 2019 and got involved with SNCS because “We can’t let anyone fall through the cracks during this crisis.”

Andy Shaw

Andy Shaw

Co-Chair

Andy is a former police officer who was based in St Neots for a number of years so knows the area well. She is married with two daughters and works in sales and security. She set up the original Facebook group - St Neots Community Support just prior to lockdown.

“What started out as a simple Facebook group to offer help to our community, has evolved into a full blown charity with an invaluable helpline due to the tireless efforts of a wonderful team. Our team of volunteers are absolutely amazing and prove what a fantastic community spirit there is in St. Neots!”

Kitty Sismey Williamson

Kitty Sismey Williamson

Lead Coordinator, Treasurer

Kitty is our youngest trustee and is recent business graduate now completing further studies in interior design. Long term plans include moving abroad and starting a family - but not for a while yet!

Clair Slade

Clair Slade

Coordinator, Trustee

Clair is one of our Coordinators and has lived in St Neots since 2008 with her husband and two sons. Having volunteered with many local groups including Timebank, Serious About St Neots and Black Cat Radio, she knows just how much good will and immense talent is in our town. A director of Neotists she is also working towards creating more community events such as the upcoming St Neots Festival.

Scott Manning

Scott Manning

IT, Onboarding

Married to Jennifer they moved to St Neots in 2008 and have two teenage children. Scott has been serving for HM Royal Air Force for 20 years, and is a Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the Information Communications and Technology trade. He is putting his IT and management skills to good use, by representing St Neots Community Support as the IT lead and assists Lynette with the on-boarding of new volunteers. He is our newest Trustee!

He also finds time to volunteer as a courier and coordinator with the ‘Service by Emergency Response Volunteers’ - SERV Herts and Beds Blood Bikes. So if you see him around St Neots with his Blood Bike - give him a friendly wave.

Barry Chapman

Council Liaison

St Neots Community Support would be nothing without YOU. Here is a list of local companies, who have in some way supported our cause.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts

Cakes by Yasmin

Yasmin created and delivered over 150 cup cakes for our army of volunteers as a thank you for their commitment. She even offered to donate the entire the entire batch to our charity. A true local hero. Thank you Yasmin.

Visit her Facebook page: Cakes by Yasmin

HUNTREE FENCING LTD

The kind hearted people of Huntree Fencing Ltd based in Little Paxton, donated to our cause in order to support the SNCS Star Awards prize fund. A great local company who match our spirit to serve. Visit them for all your fencing needs: Huntree Fencing Ltd

Call them for a quote: 01480 471082

Rotary St Neots – St Marys

Rotary St Neots were instrumental in the creation of St Neots Community Support. Like many organisations, funding is a necessary part of the setup. Rotary kindly donated to pay for the first 3 months of our phone switchboard service and leaflet creation. Without that, no one would be able to request help. It’s all this background effort that needs recognising. Thank you Rotary.

Visit their website and see what they do: Rotary St Neots

Top Hat Projects – Property Management

Top Hat Projects property management were their right at the start of St Neots Community Support. All the volunteers ID Lanyards and PPE was purchased and kindly donated by Top Hat Projects. Thank you so much Top Hat Projects, we couldn’t have done this without you.

Visit their website and see what they can do for you: Top Hat Projects

Longsands St Neots – FLOS Cutting & Sewing Group

Tricia Hopewell and the entire team of wonderful volunteers have been busy preparing, cutting and sewing thousands of face masks, scrubs and other protective apparel for the St Neots community. A recent donation by St Neots Rotary allowed them to create 50 pairs of face masks for St Neots Community Support. A chance meeting at Longsands between Scott Manning (Trustee of SNCS) and Tricia led to the donation taking place within hours of completion by the team. Thank you to all for this generous donation and extremely hard work. You have protected our volunteers and service users.