Project Catalyst: Helping People Emerging from Lockdown

Project Catalyst is a new Care Network project, covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the aim of helping improve the confidence and resilience of people and communities emerging from lockdown.

It supports people who may have been shielding or who may be anxious about getting back out and about in their community, helping to boost their confidence and independence. Their volunteers can accompany individuals to go out for a walk, take their first trip to the local shops, get back to a group or social activity or to take their first steps in attending a group.

This short-term intervention aims to build good supportive relationships in communities, so that people are encouraged to do more social activities independently moving forward.

The project also supports the wonderful work our local communities have been doing in recent months by encouraging any small group formed through lockdown or as a result of re-emerging, to help sustain activities and support the wellbeing of local people.

If you have a small community led group that was established pre-lockdown, but find you are struggling to re-emerge back out into this changed world, Care Network can support through guidance, support with governance, finding venues or helping with promotion.

For both new and existing groups, they have a small pot of funding that may assist with initial costs such as PPE, insurance or publicity.

For more information, please contact the team at projectcatalyst@care-network.org.uk or call 0330 094 5750.