Most people want to be independent and do not want local authority social care involved in the choices, risks and decisions around how they live their lives. Those who do require support prefer to get help from within their local community, and for it to be tailored to meet their individual needs.

Neighbourhood Cares is a project which aims to help people find the support they need locally to help live independently and the Neighbourhood Cares workers will provide the support themselves where appropriate .

Initially in Soham (Staploe Medical Practice patients) and St Ives (The Spinney Practice Patients), Neighbourhood  Cares workers  will help people to find support within their community. This might mean helping someone to find support to live with the effects of a stroke, or putting someone who is lonely in touch with a friendship group or social club. It could mean finding support for carers, or helping those who are struggling with bereavement. Neighbourhood Cares workers will help to create and develop  new services  were they are needed .

The Neighbourhood Cares worker will meet with the person to find out what they need help with, and what they want to achieve, and identify local groups and services which can help. They will then support the person in any way necessary to take up the support: by completing applications, assessments, or by accompanying them on first visits for example. This could also include working with health services to provide the support needed to prevent someone going into hospital working.

The Neighbourhood Cares workers will help people  over 18 years old who are not already being supported by a social care team. Please contact the teams for more information.

Contact us

Neighbourhood Cares Soham (Staploe Medical Practice patients), Soham Library, 7 Clay St, Soham, CB7 5HJ
Phone: 01353 613000
Email: [email protected]

Neighbourhood Cares St Ives, Broad Leas Centre, Norris Rd, St Ives, PE27 5QB
Phone: 01480 379680
Email: [email protected]

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