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Community groups in South Cambridgeshire share more than £148,000 in grants

Eleven community groups are sharing more than £148,000 in grant funding from South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The money will help people with their mental health, aid families with young children, support the elderly, tackle poverty and provide disability transport. The biggest grant, of £100,000, has gone to Citizen Advice.

Announcing the recipients of the council’s grants to the voluntary sector scheme, Cllr Bill Handley, the lead cabinet member for communities, said: “The grant process this year has prioritised more funding to projects that support those people who are being impacted the most by the cost-of-living crisis. We are extremely proud of the continuing work we do to support the voluntary sector in our communities. These groups are invaluable in making sure that people who require it, receive timely and compassionate support.”

South Cambridgeshire district councillor Bill Handley
South Cambridgeshire district councillor Bill Handley

The groups receiving grants are:

Home Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire - £13,711 - provides early-intervention, volunteer-led home visiting support for vulnerable at-risk families with diverse and often complex issues. The grant will help support the mental wellbeing of 10 families in South Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge Dial-a-Ride - £5,000 - provides local transport services to elderly and disabled residents through a membership scheme which is safe, affordable, and accessible to community groups and individuals who have difficulty accessing public transport.

Care Network Cambridgeshire - £8,000 – helps communities to involve local people to support each other both individually and through groups and activities. The group supports 29 community car schemes and around 900 people across the district.

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service - £11,400 - provides independent support services to community and voluntary groups in South Cambridgeshire. It supports and advises parish councils on community-related projects and advice on non-statutory governance matters.

Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise - £2,000 - a voluntary organisation comprising residents aged 50+ fulfilling various health-related functions including social contact, friendship, support and information. The grant will help produce a bimonthly newsletter of health and articles with details of social and fitness groups, circulated by post, email, libraries, GP surgeries and other groups for older people.

Arts and Minds - £4,000 - supports positive mental health and wellbeing through creativity, with an aim to increase resident engagement in programmes such as the twice monthly creative cafe, weekly choir and pottery workshops.

The Voluntary Network - £5,000 – provides very low-cost community transport and befriending service. The grant will help provide Dial A Ride transport, a community car service, recruit new volunteer drivers for the South Cambridgeshire area and a referrals-only befriending scheme to help build friendships and support networks.

REACH Community - £5,000 - a charity that tackles poverty and recognises that debt, low/no income and homelessness can have a devastating effect. The grant will help provide an outreach adviser to various villages in and around Haverhill.

Disability Huntingdon – £6,289 - providing advice, information and advocacy services for people of all ages with disabilities, including children, carers and older people, through outreach where possible.

Royston & District Community Transport - £7,000 - providing a very low cost, door-to-door, demand responsive, transport service to residents of South Cambridgeshire, who for reasons of age or infirmity or social isolation cannot use or have no access to public transport.

Citizens Advice - £100,000 - provides free advice to meet the needs of everyone who lives, works, or studies in Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire, with general information, advice and advocacy on rights and responsibilities in areas including debt, benefits, employment, housing, legal and family matters.

The grants are given at the start of each new financial year, with the council pledging to continue the support for the next three years, subject to satisfactory progress reports.

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