Project launched to help Wellingborough people in need of support

Support Wellingborough has been given a Lottery grant to help vulnerable families in the town

Support Wellingborough has been given a Lottery grant to help vulnerable families in the town

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A Lottery-funded project is being launched to help vulnerable people across Wellingborough.

Connecting Communities is a new scheme which will see residents receive free advice and support in their homes.

It is targeted at people living in the Hemmingwell, Queensway and Croyland areas as well as for black and minority ethnic communities in the town.

The project by Support Wellingborough, which is a network of 30 local support organisations, has received £350,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, and was officially launched yesterday.

A team will be out in the Hemmingwell, Queensway, Croyland and Castle ward areas of the town today and tomorrow to tell people about the new scheme, which will offer support on everything from money management to energy efficiency.

The project also wants to recruit volunteers, or Good Neighbours, to go out into the community and support isolated or vulnerable people.

This could mean helping them with everything from paying bills to doing their shopping or just having a chat.

Trained Community Law Service advisers, based at the FISH (Free Impartial Support and Help) shop in the town, will also offer help to vulnerable people with welfare, benefits and debt advice.

Pratima Dattani, head of Support Wellingborough, said: “We are delighted to be able to officially launch Connecting Communities.

“Since Support Wellingborough launched just over a year ago we have provided crucial support to hundreds of people.

“This project is about expanding that work and helping people in communities connect with each other and to reach people who struggle to find the help or support that they need.

“We want to make sure we are reaching as many people as possible.

“I’d invite anyone who thinks they could benefit from the service, or who thinks they could be a Good Neighbour to just give us a call.

“We are here to help.”

For more information about the scheme go to www.supportwellingborough.org.

You can also call 01933 234 452 for further details.