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13 December 2016, 12:44 | Updated: 13 December 2016, 12:49
The latest awards from the Big Lottery Fund for community projects across the East of England have been made, with more than half-a-million pounds going to three charities in Cambridgeshire.
In South Cambridgeshire, £483,887 has been awarded to Care Network for their Ensure (PrevENt SUpport and REcover) programme.
The project will provide practical support for older people and vulnerable adults. Emotional support will also be given to tackle isolation and exclusion, alongside the existing services.
Practical support will be given to enable people to stay in their own homes, a familiar environment and community, for as long as possible. Practical tasks such as help with shopping, being accompanied to GP appointments, collecting prescriptions, help with food and drink or help with household tasks will be given.
Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum is awarded £10,000.
This project will use funding to develop an advice and referral system for local asylum seekers and refugees. This will provide support, access to services, help with mental health issues and employment advice.
In Peterborough, Extended Hands will use £9,025 funding to run a variety of support activities for local women who are lonely or isolated. The activities will equip women with skills and a support network, to help improve employment prospects and reduce isolation.