Local befriending scheme receives grant

A neighbourhood scheme providing befriending support to older adults, some with disabilities and illness has been given a boost in the form of a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK.

Sean De Podesta, the Service Manager of the Brighton and Hove Neighbourhood Care Scheme, received a cheque from MAXIMUS’s Jeanette Eaton, who nominated the charity for the award. The Care Scheme provides befriending support to people over 60 years, those with a disability or carers.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups, particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

The grant will be used by the Neighbourhood Care Scheme to cover the expenses and support training for its 270 volunteers.

Chris Blackwell, Chairman of the MAXIMUS Foundation, said:

“Our goal in establishing the MAXIMUS Foundation UK was to support disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and groups. The Government has highlighted in the past the effect that isolation and loneliness can have on people. This scheme is providing vital support within the local community. We’re very proud to support its efforts.”

Sean De Podesta, Service Manager for the Brighton and Hove Neighbourhood Care Scheme, said:

“We’re delighted to receive a grant that helps us continue our work. Our staff and volunteers made a fantastic contribution to the local community – one we’re pleased has been recognised and supported.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015, using the model of the Foundation established by MAXIMUS in the United States. The remit of the Foundation is to provide grants to community groups and charities that contribute to personal growth and self sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

MAXIMUS is one of the Department for Work and Pensions’ accredited providers of the Work Programme, delivering the scheme in West London and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the North East Yorkshire and the Humber. MAXIMUS has forty years of experience providing support to help disadvantaged people back into the labour market and has partnered with governments around the world to provide critical health and human service programmes to a diverse range of communities in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Through its subsidiary Health Management Limited (HML), MAXIMUS is also one of the largest providers of occupational health services in the UK and carries out these services through a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians. HML is the provider of the DWP Fit for Work service available to GPs, employers and employees.

Brighton and Hove Neighbourhood Care Scheme

The Scheme is run independently, delivering a range of services to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of vulnerable adults in Brighton. Its approach enables users to access statutory services, reduce their isolation and exercise positive choices about their lives.

For further information, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / Chris.Rogers@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk) or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 / Mayar.Raouf@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk).