Schemes and Grants
Helping residents deal with challenges that can be faced through illness and disability, as well as assisting them to develop their lives is one of GTC's major aims. Grants can be made to adapt homes for health reasons, improve personal mobility and safety and broaden opportunities for children and individuals.
GTC has a total of 14 almshouses, comprising two and three bedroom homes at Centenary Court and bungalows in Michael's Close and Fairway. Almshouses are intended for Girton families to help them save and move onto the housing ladder or for active retirees who can live independently. Accommodation is allocated following a thorough vetting process during which each individual applicant is assessed in terms of meeting the criteria.
Educational Grant Scheme
This is open to all individuals leaving secondary education for further or higher education or training, provided the course leads to a formal qualification. The Grant, which can only be claimed against actual expenditure, is a maximum of £250 per year and is intended for books, equipment, tools or other direct costs relevant to the course.
Hospital Taxi Scheme
For Girton residents who have problems using public transport, do not have their own transport or find it difficult to use their own car, the Hospital Taxi Scheme enables them to get to outpatient appointments at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Brookfields Hospital or Chesterton Hospital. An annual registration fee of £6 is payable and then taxi fares are capped at £7 for each return trip.
CarePlus Grant Scheme
This is for people in the Village and their carers and is to assist independent living, providing short-term additional care to suit the individual's need over and above any statutory care to which the applicant is entitled. The Grant also aims to help residents return home from hospital as soon as possible, responding quickly at a time of need. Application is by referral, with care worth up to £1,600 per calendar year provided by one of two care professionals nominated by GTC – Availl and Home Instead.
In addition, GTC provides funding grants for:
This entitles residents to low-cost local transport, once they have paid the annual membership fee of £10. Dial-A-Ride offers the chance to travel around the City to attend day centres or community groups, as well as appointments at the doctor, dentist or hairdresser or for shopping, visiting friends or relatives.
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire
Based in St Ives, Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is the leading provider of family carer support services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough where there are currently over 78,000 family carers. GTC’s support is to help the many carers currently living in the Village. Courses and support groups – both daytime and evening – are available to residents who should contact Carers Trust on 01480 499090 for further information.
Citizens' Advice Bureau Girton Outreach Centre
A CAB service is available at St Vincent's Close Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons.
Working in partnership with Age UK, GTC funds a Community Warden to assist older people living in their own homes to continue an independent lifestyle and to complement the work of statutory services. Contact Gail on 07979 333963.
Girton Glebe School
GTC supports IT provision across the School. It also gives Grants to enable all children to go on residential trips regardless of family circumstance.The After School Activity Clubs receive funding for an Administrator and professionals to run a range of activities which all children resident in Girton can access.
Funding is on offer to help provide Macmillan Nurses for terminally-ill residents in their own homes.
Older Residents' Co-ordinator
Working in partnership with Age UK Cambridgeshire, GTC funds an Older Residents' Co-ordinator to support older people within the Village to access existing services and recognise gaps where new clubs and groups could be introduced. Contact Patricia on 07469 660866.
This service enables prescriptions for the housebound to be collected from the dispensary at Pepys Way Surgery and delivered to the homes of residents within the Surgery's catchment area.
Relate Girton Outreach Centre
A range of relationship counselling services are on offer to help residents address specific difficulties or learn new skills and strategies to tackle particular issues at Relate Cambridge's weekly outpost session at the Cotton Hall, each Wednesday from 3.00-6.30pm. GTC also funds the Buddy Scheme and Family Counselling delivered by Relate at Girton Glebe School.
The post of a Girton Youth Worker is supported by a GTC grant through the YMCA. The Youth Worker runs weekly Youth Clubs, holiday clubs and makes interesting and engaging activities available to the youth of the Village.