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Care Together

Care Together seed funding grant offer 2024/25

We have received the bids for 24-25 seed funding and are now in the process of evaluating them. We aim to make a decision by the end of June 2024.

The Care Together Vision

Keeping local people at the heart of everything we do, the council works with communities and partners to design and develop local services that enable our changing population to fulfil their wish to remain independent at home for as long as possible.

As a result:

  • finding the right support in the local community is easy
  • people remain active and age well, staying socially connected
  • volunteers offer a hand eg with shopping and gardening
  • there are more and better homecare and day opportunities, offering choice and flexibility for all
  • council-funded homecare is more personalised and rewarding for everyone involved
  • local people benefit from Care Together with better quality of life and a fairer, greener community

To achieve the above vision, we have dedicated place-based commissioners in each locality. The commissioners are building connections with local people and partners to co-design future services.

Our team is supporting the creation and growth of voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSEs). These will support older people to remain living independently for longer, in collaboration with Communities Service, Health professionals and other partners.

We are reshaping how we commission council-funded homecare to increase local supply. We are also introducing different types of providers into the home care market. For example, Care Micro Enterprises - to increase capacity and choice for all.

Care Micro-Enterprises

Care Micro-Enterprises are local people who are supported to set up their own small businesses. They provide their neighbours with personalised care and support amongst other services that support independence at home.

We offer training and guidance on running such a business. Benefits include:

  • longer-lasting relationships between the care worker and their clients (lower turnover)
  • opportunities to make a livelihood
  • making a difference to people's lives in communities where employment opportunities are often limited

Find out more about Care Micro-Enterprises.

Care Together news and events

Older Adults Social Inclusion (OASI) Grants - Outcome of Applications

 At the end of last year, the Care Together team received grant applications from every corner of the county for our Older Adults Social Inclusion Grants, worth £479,963 per year, for 3 years. These applications were carefully evaluated, and decisions made on how best to fund activities and services that maintain independence and support social inclusion of older adults in our communities. 

We will be funding the services and social inclusion activities below, as they offered the best value for money and will enable us to support the highest number of older people. There are additional services that will be funded but these are still subject to our governance processes – we hope to update this page in the next few weeks.

City

  • Cherry Trees Day Centre (Age UK)

East Cambridgeshire

  • Burwell & District Day Centre
  • Community Hubs in East Cambridgeshire (Cambridgeshire Acre)
  • East Cambs Social Car Scheme (Voluntary Community Action East Cambs) – to provide additional transport to social inclusion activities.
  • Cambridge Dial a Ride (East Cambs), – to provide additional transport to social inclusion activities.
  • Rock Solid Community Hub
  • Reach out! (The Field Theatre Group)

Fenland

  • March Day Club (Caring Together)
  • Monday Club (Age UK)
  • Oasis Centre Day Service (Age UK)
  • March Friendship Club (COPE)
  • Box and Brew (JG Next Generation)
  • Mindful Motion (Peterborough United Foundation)

Huntingdonshire

  • Community Pop Up hubs (Hope Against Poverty)
  • Green End Day Club (CARESCO)
  • Ramsey Seniors Lunch Club (Ramsey & District Day Centre)
  • St Neots Day Centre
  • St Ives Day Centre
  • Warboys & District Day Centre

South Cambridgeshire 

  • The Moorlands Court Day Centre (CHC)
  • Over Day Centre,
  • Community Pop Up hubs (Hope Against Poverty)
  • Community based digital inclusion (Cambridge Online)

Care Network Cambridgeshire have also received a grant for their Wellbeing Service across all districts.

Our team of Place-Based Commissioners will be working closely with these providers over the coming months, gathering evidence of impact and benefit to Older People across the county.

New Care Together Website

We are excited to launch this brand-new countywide website for Care Together! In the coming months, watch this space for the latest developments and news from the Care Together team on how we are working with communities across Cambridgeshire to support older adults to live happily at home for longer.

So far this year, our team of Care Together commissioners have been speaking to older adults at warm hubs, cost-of-living events, Senior’s Fairs, Drop-in Sessions at Libraries, Lunch clubs, “Knit and natter” meetings and many other venues and events, as well as meeting with health partners and others. Out of these conversations, which have focused on what people love most about their communities as well as things they would like to see more of to support older adults, several co-produced projects have been identified in each locality (Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland and Huntingdon).

The next step will be for grant-funding to be approved for these projects to go ahead and we hope to bring news of more opportunities for collaborative working with partners, including development of care micro-enterprises and a Capital Investment Grant to increase accessibility of public venues, like village halls, in the coming months.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like any further information.