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Help at Home – May Update

Our committed team of volunteers continue to offer services such as shopping, befriending, helping to build confidence and supporting people to regain independence and further to support more people where there are more complex social situations involved and where we have worked closely with health and social care professionals to help return people to their level of independence at home.

Over the past year we have received over 2000 referrals with a large number of those going on to receive volunteer support.

Our flexible approach to volunteering has recently seen a flurry of interested people wanting to support local communities and as a result we will be running another volunteers training session in July.  Well-being training is available to all our volunteers.

With support from our amazing team of volunteers, our service continues to help people to be confident and independent again.

Would you like to volunteer with the Help at Home team? Please see our Volunteers page for more details or contact us directly.

Would You Like To Support Funding To Come Into Fenland?

Groups who received grants from the Healthy Fenland Project (HFP) told us last year that they felt it would be more appropriate for the assessment panel to be comprised of local residents.

We have set-up this new funding panel and are now ready to go but we need local people to be part of the assessment panel.

If you are a Fenland resident that has benefited from HFP Funding, or your community group has evolved thanks to HFP funding and you could join us for 2 hours a month to review the applications then we would love your help.

Please contact  Julie Jeffryes HFP Project Manager to ask for more details or get involved.

Networking Events For Community Car Scheme

If you are involved in the Community Car Scheme as a volunteer or you would like to know more about the Community Car Scheme and how you can get involved please feel free to attend one of the following networking events. You will need to book in advance so our coordinators now to expect you.

Please make a note of these dates in your diary so that you or any of your coordinators can attend our networking events:

  • Tuesday 4th June at Hardwick 1.30 – 2.30
  • Wednesday 17thJune at Caresco in Sawtry from 2 – 4
  • Wednesday 17th July at South Fens, Chatteris from 2pm – 3.30
  • Thursday 25th July at Hardwick   10:30-11:30
  • Wednesday 25th  September at Hardwick   10:30-11:30
  • Monday 30th September at Caresco, Sawtry 2 – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 30th October at South Fens, Chatteris from 2 – 3.30
  • Thursday 28th  November at Hardwick   10:30-11:30
  • Monday 20th January 2020 at Hardwick   13:30-14:30
  • Monday 20th January at Caresco, Sawtry 2 – 3.30
  • Wednesday 29th January at South Fens, Chatteris 2 – 3.30
  • Tuesday 17th March at Hardwick   13:30-14:30

We aim for each event to be a two way process and ask that you let us know if there are any specific information or discussion points that you would like us to add to the agenda. In the past this has included: Papworth move to Addenbrooke’s), mileage charged by schemes / expense returns & HMRC, wheel chair adapted vehicles, aids (eg: for higher vehicles), other car aids /equipment.

If you would like to reserve a place please select your geographical location and email the right person;

Community Car Scheme South or Community Car Scheme Hunts and Fenland


Meet Our New Trustee Margaret

I’ve always lived in Cambridgeshire, training as an SRN at Old Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and worked as a staff nurse and sister at the new Addenbrooke’s and Papworth.

I married in 1965 and gave up nursing when my elder daughter was born, But I became a carer with three small children.  Once the children were all at school,   I completed my District Nurse and practical work training.

I was a District Nursing Sister in Cambridge when Care Network started, and with all the changes in health and social care since then I realise how important Care Network is in providing volunteers to help older, isolated and vulnerable people maintain their independence.  Thus I hope that my experience may be valuable to Care Network Cambridgeshire as a Trustee

In 1990 I left district Nursing, obtained teaching qualifications and became the Tutor for NVQ Care Programmes based at Cambridge Regional College but working for Cambridge Health Authority.

I was a Trustee of Carers Trust from 1998 to 2014, chairman for the last 3 years.  I have looked after my own parents, my in-laws and neighbours.  Today I am a Carer Ambassador for Carers Trust, volunteer as a flower arranger and Dementia Champion at Arthur Rank House.

I am an active member of the community. I go to the gym and play tennis and am a member of a local Church & the WI. I am pleased to be a trustee of Care Network Cambridgeshire and look forward to seeing what the future brings.

Picking Up The Pace With Open Arms – Adam Fraser

The Open Arms Project is funded for 12 months by The National Lottery Community Fund, working with communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, to take action against loneliness for their elderly.

We enable communities to focus on what is already strong within their locality and look for opportunities to build on these strengths by connecting local assets and people. By working in this way we  develop opportunities to connect people together to prevent loneliness.

The Team are taking preventative measures for the future through inter-generational projects, a vital way to educate our adults of tomorrow; benefiting young people’s personal development and understanding. By spending time with older people, they can gain insight into the impacts of old age and how this can lead to isolation.

Open Arms is also looking to work with small businesses,  for example a local fish and chip shop or café may have regular contact with an older person who is on their own and would like to know how they could help that person connect  with others. We will support businesses to develop their ideas for interacting with the elderly, encouraging practices that promote connection, for example Sit and Chat tables.

We are keen to hear from residents and communities who have ideas and the desire to take action but might not quite know how. Please contact Adam if you would like to know more abut OpenArms or how you can get involved.

Healthy Fenland Funding

Our Healthy Fenland Team offers advice, support and some funding for community groups in Fenland that delivers a activity to help local people improve their health and well-being.

We can help anyone who has an idea for a group to develop this by giving practical support and advice on the procedures associated with running a successful group. Our aim is to help you achieve a sustainable activity.

Healthy Fenland has a small funding pot with three funding levels available.

The first is a Small Grant Fund of up to £500 to allow new groups to meet start-up costs.  The funding application is very straight forward and allows groups to get started and have a go!
There are two further levels of funding, up to £1500.00 for groups that may need to look at more expensive equipment or materials such as an Art or Sports based group.

Then there is funding of up to £5000.00 for groups who may have more expensive requirements such as a Shed Group (needing a shed)or more technical equipment like laptops, musical instruments or larger sports equipment.

Both of the higher grant funds are managed for us by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and the application process is more vigorous, although the Healthy Fenland Team support groups through all of these processes.

Groups can be for any purpose from a group supporting families in the Migrant Community to an exercise group for people over 50.