Issue details

Grants to Mobile Warden Schemes 2021/2024

On 26 March 2021 the Grants Advisory Committee met to decide how to allocate the funding for existing Mobile/Community Warden schemes as part of the Council’s scheme of grants to the voluntary sector.


Mobile and Community Wardens Schemes (sometimes called Community Care Schemes) exist in South Cambridgeshire to support older people to live independently in their homes and in the community they know, and which knows them.


The warden schemes are complementary to statutory care services and do not duplicate or replace the medical or social care services that individuals may also require.  They can help to combat loneliness and social isolation and can provide significant benefits to clients at relatively low cost. They are seen by clients and their families as a vital community-based service.


South Cambridgeshire District Council has been providing grant funding to Mobile and Community Warden Schemes for many years.  The grant application process was run from November to January.


Grants Advisory Committee recommended to grant funding to the Mobile Warden Schemes as follows:


Year 1 (2021-2022)  £33,800

Year 2 (2022-2023)  £53,202

Year 3 (2023-2024)  £71,708


An increase in funding was made possible due to an underspend from the procurement exercise last year.   The increases in year 2 and 3 reflect incremental increases to operational costs and the addition of new schemes procured in 2020 by Age UK.  This does not include the Gamlingay scheme which will require part funding from October 2022, for which funding has been set aside. 

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/04/2021

Decision due: 1 April 2021 by Lead Cabinet member for Finance

Lead member: Lead Cabinet member for Finance

Department: Health and Environmental Services

Contact: Lesley McFarlane, Development Officer - Health Specialist 01954 713443 Email:


The applications received for the grants were considered by an officer panel consisting of Kathryn Hawkes, Lesley McFarlane and Robyn Kerrigan. The recommendation from the officer panel was then considered by the Grants Advisory Committee on 26 march 2021.


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