Care Network Cambridgeshire has been delivering services in Cambridgeshire for 35 years, supporting adults and communities to improve health and wellbeing through a person-centred approach. With a 44% increase in wellbeing referrals since March 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic, tailored support has proved critical in reducing health and economic inequalities as people continue to deal with longer-term impacts.
The Evelyn Trust has awarded a Health and Wellbeing grant towards the extension of these services to meet the increasing demand for this holistic, person-centred support.
Care Network’s wellbeing services are delivered by specialist staff and trained Trusted Friend volunteers. A recent report recording outcomes for their work during the pandemic found they helped people to:
- Feel better equipped to manage wellbeing
- Feel less isolated
- Learn reframing techniques and coping strategies
- Make positive lifestyle choices to proactively manage their own wellbeing
- Engage with peer-to-peer support
- Learn to identify and address problems before they escalate
Rebecca Wood, Charity Director at The Evelyn Trust said, “We are impressed by the dedication and expertise of Care Network Cambridgeshire in improving the wellbeing of local people and we are really pleased to be able to support their work.”
Kate Blackwell, Wellbeing Service Development Lead at Care Network Cambridgeshire, said, “I am delighted that this award from The Evelyn Trust enables the Wellbeing Team to support more people across Cambridgeshire. A wellbeing client recently said, ‘[my advisor is] a great listener and supportive in setting targets – I don’t know what I would have done without him!’”
Read more about Care Network Cambridgeshire’s Wellbeing service and how you can get involved or access support at www.care-network.org.uk/wellbeing .
For more information about The Evelyn Trust and their grants supporting medical research and health and wellbeing projects in Cambridgeshire, visit https://evelyntrust.com/.