Grassroots groups working in Cambridgeshire have received much-needed grants to help support local people facing challenges such as homelessness, financial hardship and mental well-being.
The Cambscuisine Community Fund, managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation in partnership with Cambscuisine, was set up in September last year and will award local charities and community groups twice a year. The fund will enable local charities and organisations to improve lives and build upon the already fantastic work that is happening in the local community.
Cambscuisine raise the funds by adding a discretionary £1 to every bill over £30 throughout the group’s 9 restaurants. The fund builds upon existing charitable work done by the local family-run business which has roots deep in Cambridgeshire. They already have many charitable programmes in place including paid staff volunteering days and a Back To Work Scheme which gives vulnerable people a chance to get back into work.
“With the support of our loyal customers, Cambscuisine Community Fund will be able to support local charities and organisations that aim to improve the quality of life for the vulnerable people of Cambridge,” said Oliver Thain, Managing Director at Cambscuisine.
The projects awarded funding are:
- CHS Group were awarded £15,641 to run an Outreach Employment Advice Service for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Cambridge to enable them to move on with their lives.
- Turtle Dove Cambridge were awarded £5,132 to provide specific employment training and emotional support to young women facing disadvantage, many of whom are at risk of homelessness and living in supported housing.
- Cogwheel Trust CIO were awarded £2,240 to provide weekly counselling sessions for vulnerable and financially disadvantaged men to improve mental well-being.
- Cambridge Cyrenians were awarded £3,000 to run the Meaningful Activities project to empower homeless or vulnerably housed people to undertake training and work experience to learn new skills, earn qualifications and ultimately move into, or towards, employment.
- Wintercomfort were awarded £3,300 to support homeless people into work by providing IDs, bus passes or bikes, and a one-off cost of living allowance once they're employed.
You can find out more about the Cambscuisine Community Fund here.