Cross Keys Homes set to help those at risk of social exclusion
Cross Keys Homes set to help those at risk of social exclusion

Peterborough’s largest landlord has been successful in winning two funding competitions to help to benefit those in the city who are suffering financial pressures or are at risk of social exclusion.

Cross Keys Homes has been chosen as Peterborough’s delivery partner for the New Horizons and Community Connections projects, which are targeted at tackling the root causes of poverty and support those needing the most help to gain employment.

The New Horizons project is a partnership between eight organisations across the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership area (GCGP LEP), and is being led by CHS Group, a housing association based in Histon, Cambridgeshire.

The Community Connections project is a partnership of 14 organisations running in the north part of the Local Enterprise Partnership area and is being led by The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC).

Both projects aim to support the local community and assist those in need through one-to-one sessions, which aim to build upon a participant’s long-term stability, confidence and employability. Two new recruits have already joined Cross Keys Homes to help deliver these projects for the residents of Peterborough.

Cross Keys Homes’ Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in winning the competitions to deliver these projects which will help to make a remarkable difference to many people’s lives over the course of the next three years.

“We are determined to make a long-term positive difference in our local communities and understand that by creating real opportunities for people to improve their lives, we can help mitigate the effects of poverty and deprivation that too many face.”

Cross Keys Homes helped over 160 adults during the course of last year get back into work and nearly 300 sign up to free courses focusing on moving into employment. This extra £200,000 funding will mean that the housing association will be able to help even more people in the city improve their job prospects and financial circumstances.

Both projects have been supported through the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF).

For more information on these two projects, contact Cross Keys Homes on: 01733 385069.