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Grants of up to Ten Thousand pounds are available through a scheme that supports people struggling with social isolation and loneliness – and it’s now accepting new applications.

 In a response to the pandemic, East Suffolk Council relaunched the ‘Hidden Needs Programme’ which offers support to older people and families with limited resources who were struggling with social isolation and loneliness. 

Following the success of two previous rounds of applications, this third round has now been opened. Applications are invited from local community groups and voluntarily organisations who are delivering projects which can help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Grants of up to £10,000 are available through the scheme.
 
Councillor Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, additional challenges for those who were already struggling with social isolation and loneliness. I would encourage community groups and voluntary organisations to apply for this funding which will help support and connect vulnerable people during this challenging time.”
 
Applications must be submitted by 15th January 2021 and more information and to apply, can be found online at:  www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/hidden-needs-grant-programme.
 

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