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Celebrating the amazing success of our support projects
We are celebrating the amazing success stories from our New Horizons and Community Connections projects, which are targeted at tackling the root causes of poverty and support those needing the most help to gain employment.
Since their launch in January this year, the two projects have between them supported 166 people to access the help they need to change their lives forever. The projects connect with the most vulnerable and hard to reach members of society to encourage them to engage with the support services available.
Support provided has included helping people to switch service providers to reduce bills, support accessing courses to gain skills for work and access to specialist services for help with mental health issues, addiction, hoarding and housing issues.
And the outcomes are amazing. Robert had his life transformed by the Community Connections project. Suffering from deteriorating eyesight, Robert was unable to read his bills and letters, and was falling behind with payments. Coupled with his hoarding issues, Robert was unable to receive the care he needed. Case worker Sally set to work sourcing equipment to help him read. With the equipment costing £4000 new, Sally was able to source the equipment second hand, which has completely changed his life now he can read again. Sally is also supporting him to declutter to enable care workers to come into his home. Robert now feels far more positive and in control of his life.
Meanwhile the New Horizons project has been helping people with their money issues, from budgeting to securing Discretionary Housing Payments, helping them to make sure they are claiming the right benefits as well as giving them the support they need to get closer to the workplace. They have also lent out two Chrome books to CKH tenants, helping them get on-line.
Doris was struggling with high bills, but with the help of Erul, New Horizons Coach, her utility and insurance bills were reduced by nearly £300 per year – a huge saving that has taken a huge amount of pressure off Doris.
Kate Newbolt, Service Manager - our Customer, Community and Stakeholder Engagement says, “These projects are really amazing, allowing us to get support to the most vulnerable people, who need it most, but are often the hardest to reach. Because the projects allow clients dedicated attention our case workers are able to take in the bigger picture of our clients lives and seek multi-faceted support to address their often very complex issues.
“Because these projects have the wider support of CKH, we are able to use our skills and resources, as well as the fantastic agencies working across Peterborough, to give our clients the best chance of success for the future.”
Both projects have been supported through the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF).
About the projects:
The New Horizons project is a partnership between eight organisations across the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership area (GCGP LEP), and is being led by CHS Group, a housing association based in Histon, Cambridgeshire.
The Community Connections project is a partnership of 14 organisations running in the north part of the Local Enterprise Partnership area and is being led by The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC).
Both projects aim to support the local community and assist those in need through one-to-one sessions, which aim to build upon a participant’s long-term stability, confidence and employability.
The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.
It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
The BBO project has received up to £300 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.