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£150k to help local people into work


The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP has invested £150,000 into three voluntary and social enterprises to help get local people back into paid work.

The LEP prize challenge has already supported seven schemes - one year on, the best three will receive an extra £50,000 to scale up their projects.

In total, the LEP prize challenge fund has invested £360,000 into the local community; creating around 110 paid jobs and supporting almost 300 people to become work-ready.

The three organisations who will receive additional funding are:

  • Wintercomfort for the Homeless ‘Overstream Clean’ – Based in Cambridge, Overstream Clean is a cleaning social enterprise that uses cargo bikes to transport its workers and their equipment around the city. All employees have experienced homelessness, and have been given the opportunity to learn new skills and get back into work.
  • Cross Keys Homes ‘Moving 4ward into work’ – Based in Peterborough, Cross Keys Homes’ ‘Moving 4ward into work’ programme supports young people aged 16 to 24 to get into work through six-month pre-apprentice placements within Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough (TWIP) organisations.
  • CHS Group ‘Enterprising Communities’– Based in Histon, CHS Group is a social enterprise and charitable housing association that helps to unlock communities’ assets using time-banking, which enables disadvantaged people to secure jobs, create their own micro-businesses and practise their skills.

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