If you live in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough or West Norfolk and are not working, we can help you with your money issues, help you get online and get closer to finding paid work.
Our most recent evaluation report from the University of Cambridge has now been published and can be found here.
For information on how we use personal data on the New Horizons project, you can find our privacy notice here
What is the New Horizons Project?
- One to one support in the home or at a local venue for people who are not currently in work
- Up to 20 hours coaching on money, work or getting online
- A chromebook loan scheme for people who are eligible
Our coaches work for one of the organisations in the partnership: Longhurst Group (formally Axiom Housing Association), CHS Group, Centre 33, Cross Keys Homes and Voluntary Norfolk
Who is the project for?
We work out of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Cambridge and Peterborough as well as the surrounding rural areas. We try to offer home visits where needed, but this isn’t always possible. If we can’t visit you in your home, we can pay for your travel expenses to your sessions with us.
To be able to be enrolled on the project, you must have the right to live and work in the UK, and not be currently working. ‘Working’ includes include permitted work, maternity, paternity and sick leave and occasional hours with a zero hour contracts.
The project is for people who are furthest from the labour market and are at most risk of social exclusion. We might be able to help if you:
- are struggling to make ends meet
- have accessed crisis support e.g. foodbanks
- have significant priority debt
- live in households in which no-one works
- will be affected by benefits changes and/or are likely to struggle when Universal Credit is introduced locally.
We want to help people move closer to the job market by helping them feel more confident and in control of their money, by helping them get on-line and by giving them the tools to be able to look for work.
We are aiming to work with over 600 people. Of these:
- 81 will move into job searching
- 103 will move into training
- 183 will feel more confident and in control of their day to day money
- 150 will feel more confident and better able to get help when it’s needed
- 122 will be better able to find work due to decreased financial pressures and difficulties
- 90 will have increased ability to plan ahead for money needs
To date we have enrolled over 400 people. See our Who we’ve helped section for stories about the people we have worked with.
“I have always been fairly confident I think, but I just couldn’t be bothered doing things before – now I have someone to motivate me.”
We are also helping up to 200 front line staff through a series of training events. These will help front line staff or volunteers:
- to be able to spot households in financially precarious situations
- to be more confident about starting conversations about money issues
- to refer into the New Horizons project
How do I access New Horizons?
You can fill in this New Horizons Referral Form for yourself or someone else and email it to: newhorizons@CHSGroup.org.uk
You can also fill in this on-line form
Alternatively phone 0300 1113555 and ask to speak to someone on the New Horizons team for more information.
New Horizons is funded by European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. It is managed by CHS Group in partnership with Longhurst group, Centre 33, Cross Keys Homes and Voluntary Norfolk. The project is being evaluated by the University of Cambridge
Contact the Project Manager Lynne McAulay for more details on 07590 861337 or Lynne.McAulay@CHSGroup.org.uk
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