Funding available for schemes to help elderly – apply now

25 October 2016

A £19,000 grant pot aimed at supporting older residents to live independently in their own homes and in the community they know has opened.

South Cambridgeshire District Council is encouraging new or existing community
schemes that provide mobile or community wardens in the district to step forward now and bid.

In previous years the grant scheme has helped support over 250 local residents by part-funding the work of 12 schemes.

Schemes match elderly residents with a local warden, and, for a small
charge, offer regular personal visits and telephone calls. These don’t replace
social care services, but do provide additional support and peace of mind to
residents and their families.

Mobile wardens are trained to understand the needs of the people they visit
and are able to advise what other services might be available to help them
continue living happily in their own home. They may also help with tasks like
light shopping, booking appointments, form-filling and picking up
prescriptions.

Existing schemes are run by local communities, many with the support of Care
Network or Age UK Cambridgeshire.

Applications need to be submitted on or before 16 December 2016.

Councillor Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet
member with responsibility for community work, said: “Mobile warden schemes do a fantastic job in supporting hundreds of residents to live independently in
their homes. There are a number of established schemes that we expect to hear from for funding, but equally we would like to hear from anyone setting
something up in their local community. The application process is easier than
ever before as we now have a simple online form.”

For further information about the grants, and to apply online, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/content/mobile-warden-scheme-grants

If you would like to know more about the schemes supported by Care Network and Age UK Cambridgeshire, know individuals who could benefit from this service, or you would like to consider setting one up in your area, please contact South Cambridgeshire District Council on Duty.Communities@scambs.gov.uk or 01954 713070