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.
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: Axiom Housing Association, Broadland Housing, CHS Group, Centre 33, Citizens Advice Rural Cambridgeshire, Cross Keys Homes, Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau and Papworth Trust
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 working including permitted work and 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 488 people. Of these:
- 67 will move into job searching
- 98 will move into training
- 366 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
We currently have 89 people enrolled with New Horizons. Two of these have successfully found a job! 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
Alternatively phone 0300 1113555 and ask to speak to someone on the New Horizons team for more information.
New Horizons is funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Funding and led by CHS Group in partnership with Axiom Housing Association, Broadland Housing, Centre 33, Citizens Advice Rural Cambridgeshire, Cross Keys Homes, Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau and Papworth Trust (with weblinks for all – to relevant NH page where poss)
Contact the Project Manager Lynne McAulay for more details on 07590 861337 or Lynne.McAulay@CHSGroup.org.uk
Follow us on twitter @NewHorizonsBBO