A new initiative Community Connections North which is part of Building Better Opportunities, was launched today to support people furthest away from work to move them towards employment, training or education.

The programme running in Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough, Fenlands and surrounding area, brings together a wealth of local knowledge and experience from community organisations working together to help the more disadvantaged in the community move closer to work.

Community Connections has received £1.6 million of match funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to enable it to develop a wide range of support opportunities for over 600 unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged locals across all ages

The programme which is coordinated by TCHC offers a tailored package of support which meets the needs of individuals. Each person will receive an advice and guidance session where any barriers to work they face will be assessed. This information will be used to determine the exact support required. This could include improving numeracy and literacy, English for speakers of other languages, childcare support, goal setting and other wide ranging help. Each person will have their own mentor who will help them on their journey and will refer them to other support organisations should they need it. The ultimate aim, to support them into employment, self-employment or education and training, enabling them to improve their circumstances.

Dale Morgan Chairman for TCHC who are leading the programme said "The funding will allow specific and much needed support and help to the local community. Being economically inactive can bring huge pressures on the individual and their family. Supporting people into work or improving their wellbeing, not only improves their own outlook, but that of their family and can help the whole community. That is why this programme is so important and why as an organisation we are thrilled to be running this project."

The programme is running for three years from the 1 August. If you would like to find out more contact TCHC on 01923 698 472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.tchc.net

This programme is funded by the European Union's European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund