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Getting Back to Work

We deliver a number of different projects to support people and depending on your situation we will connect you with the most relevant service. All CHS customers may access these services and members of the public may access them too if they are able to meet the eligibility criteria.

To read what our clients say about the support we offer click here


CHS can advise and support you in many ways:

  • Improving your chances of getting the job you want
  • Finding the right training courses for you, advice on writing your cv, and advice on applying for jobs. Click here for free self-help tools
  • Working out what you want to do and how to get there
  • Understanding the skills you already have and making a plan for learning new ones. Click here for free self-help tools
  • Brushing up on any rusty Maths or English skills

New Horizons

If you live in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough or West Norfolk and money problems are preventing you from getting back to work, we may be able to help you through New Horizons.

It is part of Building Better Opportunities programme funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund. If you live in the area, we can help you tackle your money problems, get online and get closer to finding paid work.

Our New Horizons coaches offer:

  • One-to-one support in the home or at a local venue for people
  • Up to 20 hours coaching on money, work and getting online
  • A chromebook loan scheme for eligible participants. To access the
    service you must have the right to live and work in the UK, and not
    be working including permitted work and zero hour contracts

The project is for people who are furthest away from employment – they might be:

  • Struggling to make ends meet
  • Have used crisis support e.g. foodbanks
  • Have significant priority debt
  • Live-in households in which no-one works
  • Be affected by benefits changes and/or are likely
    to struggle when Universal Credit is introduced locally

To access New Horizons support for yourself or someone else please complete our online referral form

Employment Support

If you know someone living in Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire who has found it difficult to find work and who is not being supported by other employment support programmes, we may be able to help.

We provide free employment advice and coaching support to people who are unemployed or ‘economically inactive’ – for example, carers or people with disabilities or long term health conditions. We do it by working alongside people meeting them face to face and supporting them over a period of time to enable them to get on in life and back to work. Typically, people get a job through the service or start their journey back to work through work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships, training or learning. We are very well connected to other support services in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and so also make sure that people are connected with other relevant organisations.

Our employment support service is part of a project called Community Connections South (CCS) which, like New Horizons, is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund. CCS is designed to improve employment opportunities for people who are furthest away from the labour market.


What People Say…

“My New Horizons coach has been very helpful, introducing me to different courses to help me in the future, such as an IT course which I passed so now I am more confident with using computers and the internet. I am also now more in control of my money situation and managing my bills and more confident about getting into voluntary work in the future.”

“My New Horizons coach is brilliant. She listens and doesn’t talk down to you. She is kind and caring. I love the Chromebook and am learning loads on it. Thanks to my coach I am in a much better place.”

“My New Horizons coach is the best…you can talk to them about anything and she listens to you and helps you. It has helped me so much that I would recommend them to people that have money problems.”

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