Community Connections South

Community Connections will help Cambridge BME people into employment

We are now engaged in an exciting new partnership project led by Papworth Trust to build better opportunities for disadvantaged people across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership area (GCGP LEP). It is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Community Connections South Project at the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum is focused on bringing economically inactive people closer to the job market, education or training. It will support Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals with their own development needs, as well as actively enhancing self-esteem and building confidence.

This project will run through until 2023 and is designed to improve employment opportunities for some of the most marginalized BME people who are furthest from the job market and who aren’t on any existing employment programmes.

Individuals will benefit from Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum’s offer of one-to-one information, advice, and guidance, to improve their employability. They will also receive support to overcome their specific barriers to employment.

Services are being delivered across the county in accessible community settings, including Haverhill, Cambridge City (Arbury, Abbey, East Chesterton and King’s Hedges), St Neots, and Huntingdon (North and East).

If you’d like further information about the Community Connections (South) Project, please contact Panna Chowdhury, our project coordinator for Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum on 01223 655241 or email her at

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