City Bridge Trust – funding awarded

COL_LOGO_2COL_Blk_v2 We are delighted to announce that we’ve received a grant of over £100,000 over three years from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust for our Older Carers Advice & Support Project.  The funding has allowed us to recruit a full-time, experienced Benefits Adviser, Marion Cooke, who started in July.   Marion will support Carers over 65 in Enfield by providing advice and support on a one-to-one basis or via group advice sessions.  The service aims to reduce financial hardship, isolation, deprivation and the threat of homelessness and improve personal well-being.

 

Our Older Carers Advice & Support Project will aim to target and reach carers who are:

  • elderly, vulnerable people
  • those with poor health
  • those supporting someone discharged after a long hospital stay
  • hidden carers from BME and hard-to-reach community groups

The project will offer:

  • home visits to elderly, vulnerable carers unable to access the service due to frailty, transport difficulties, mobility/disability issues or their caring role
  • interpreting, signing and translation services to ensure accessibility of information
  • regular weekly benefits/income maximisation appointments at ECC
  • quarterly advice sessions at GP practices or other local, community venues
  • a smooth gateway into the comprehensive and free support services at the Carers Centre such as the carers emergency card scheme, counselling, information/training workshops, breaks/days out, support groups, advocacy services and carers assessments.