Reaching the community through partnerships
Wherever possible, we work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that the widest range of services is available to best match the needs of our clients.
None of this work is possible without the continued support from our local authorities, the local business community, trusts and individuals. As an independent charity we have no guaranteed income and each year we spend a considerable amount of time fundraising for the local bureau.
Here are a few examples of successful partnerships that we have developed in recent years to meet local needs.
The Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) provides information, advice and one-off practical support and assistance to people who live in Cambridgeshire during times of exceptional pressure (subject to eligibility).
Universal Credit Full Service was introduced into Cambridge on 17th October 2018. We are helping people to budget on the new benefit by taking referrals for people based in Cambridge City or South Cambridgeshire. You can also come and visit us directly.
Many of our clients are highly dependent on the Foodbank. We have developed a project with Cambridge City Foodbank to provide training and support to their volunteers to help them engage effectively with their clients.
The Rural Issues Group is needed because living in a rural area can often bring many different challenges. This is especially true around the issue of energy. Rural communities often suffer disproportionately from lack of choice or access to services.
It has been shown that good advice can improve health outcomes, which can save the NHS a lot of money. Because of this, we have worked with Cambridge City Council and the NHS to set up an outreach advice service at East Barnwell Medical Centre (in the Abbey ward).
We were successful in securing a 5 year Help Through Crisis Fund Big Lottery grant. The aim is to look at the issues people face, and the underlying causes, from their basic needs, to their physical and mental health, to skills and employment.
We are providing one-to-one energy advice to help clients through our Energy Best Deal (extra) project. The project offers consumers one-on-one help in reviewing energy tariffs, dealing with fuel bills, debts and energy efficiency improvements.