Care Network Cambridgeshire (CNC) helps older people stay independent for as long as possible, encouraging them to maintain good social contacts with a network of 100 community volunteer groups.
‘Help at Home’ is a shining example of one of its services. CNC volunteers provide short-term practical and emotional support to people discharged from hospital, and can enable them to remain at home when they are at risk of a hospital admission.
CNC also works with a network of local GP practices to provide information and advice, enabling GPs to refer their older patients to a range of relevant services.
What the judges thought
'Providing effective support to older people can enable them to retain their independence, reduce hospital admissions and ultimately save NHS resources. CNC provides an impressive range of locally inspired activities in rural settings. It is responding to the community’s needs intelligently and is well placed to continue its support.'