CSR & Volunteering Activities

As well as mitigating the negative environmental impact, we must also think about the positive impacts that events can have too.  With planning you could build activities into your conference that can really make a difference. Offering a volunteering activity, for example, can help you get closer to your sustainability goals and if that activity directly benefits a community, you can create a real positive impact.

We have a wealth of ideas for how you can add value to your event by creating opportunities for positive impacts, here are a few ideas:

Meet Up and Make a Difference

Meet Up & Make a Difference is a positive impact campaign led by Meet Cambridge, involving the events community: clients, venues and suppliers to raise funds and supplies for those in need in our city. With over 50 of our venues already on board, your event can be a lifeline to those in need. Get involved today and help us make a real impact to those communities who are struggling. Read more here.


Volunteering Activities in Cambridge

Streets & Open Space Volunteers

Could you work with Cambridge’s Community Engagement team to help us improve the quality the local area? Could you help us share our message that a cleaner, greener Cambridge starts here?

Teams of volunteers are already making a vast improvement in helping to keep the city cleaner, greener and safer. Whether you’re a local resident, business, community group or school, the Cambridge Street Scene team are keen to work with you, too.

Find out more and register a group for an activity.


CSR Opportunities

Organise a Collection for the Cambridge Food Bank

Help local people in crisis by organising a collection for the city’s foodbank and ask delegates to bring a food item with them – it’s such an easy thing to do and your actions will have a real impact.

Find out more and check the list of items most in need.

From the Heart to the Table: Compassionate Cooking

Join Forces with Cambridge Sustainable Food, It Takes a City and Crossways and be part of our new CSR pilot where you can make a tangible impact by preparing hearty meals for the local homeless shelter, Crossways. We've taken care of every detail. We will provide expert chefs to guide you, all the necessary equipment, ingredients, insurance, and more. Your only task? Show up and immerse yourselves in meaningful connection and teamwork.

Find out more and get in touch.

Trees for Streets

Cambridge City Council has partnered with Trees for Streets; businesses and organisations are encouraged to help green up the city’s streets by either sponsoring a single tree in a street or in a park and they’d be delighted to chat with you if you have ideas for something bigger!

Find out more and get in touch.


Offer funded or discounted conference places to local charities and students.

Cambridge is home to some fantastic charities so why not extend an invitation to your event to a local charity worker or a student, giving them access to the content and networking opportunities could really make a difference to them and the organisations that they serve.

Find information on registered charities in Cambridge.

Turtle Dove Cambridge

Turtle Dove Cambridge was created to fill a gap in youth support work.

With one very specific aim, Kate Nation founded Turtle Dove to improve the future of young women who are or are at risk of becoming unemployed through not having the confidence or experience to seek employment. By providing them with opportunities in hospitality, working as part of a team and with a defined structure, these young women can gain invaluable life experience. Turtle Dove Cambridge offers a range of event services, from manning the event to catering and beyond.

Find out more


Sustainable Events Toolkit