Council Relaunches Scheme To Tackle Social Isolation

East Suffolk Council has relaunched a scheme to help people who are struggling with social isolation and loneliness during the pandemic.

The Hidden Needs Programme was originally launched in 2018 to support older people and families with limited resources who were struggling with social isolation and loneliness.

In a response to COVID-19, East Suffolk Council has now relaunched the scheme with a fund of £100,000 and adapted it to help fund projects which support people of all ages who are particularly vulnerable during this time.
Therefore, the council is asking local community groups and voluntarily organisations to bring to life projects which can help reduce social isolation and loneliness by applying for a grant of up to £10,000 through the scheme.

Councillor Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “I am really pleased to be able to announce the re-launch of the Hidden Needs Grant Programme. A lot of work has already gone into tackling social isolation in East Suffolk. However, we know that this is a very unusual time and some people will be finding it very challenging as they have not been able to see family or friends during the lockdown.

“We want to encourage local community groups and voluntary organisations to submit innovative ideas for projects which can help those feeling social isolation to be more connected and supported in this challenging time.”

The scheme is now open for the first round applications, which must be submitted by 17 July 2020. A second round will open on 18 July 2020 for applications which must be submitted by 30 September 2020.

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