Cambridge Central Aid Society

The Cambridge Central Aid Society dates back to 1880 for the relief of poverty amongst Cambridge residents. The Society offers financial help to individuals and families in need, whilst the referring organisation may be dealing with the underlying causes of distress. The grants give comfort, provide basic essential needs and help to maintain dignity. Their objectives are:

  • to assess needs based on information received and give appropriate financial support in individual cases of social distress or difficulty in Cambridge
  • to receive and distribute monies donated for this purpose

The Society seeks donations from various local organisations, trusts, charities and individuals. The funds are administered by voluntary trustees who meet fortnightly to consider applications for support which are submitted on behalf of individuals or families. The Society is recognised as offering a rapid and flexible response with minimal overhead costs. Support can be provided to homeless people, victims of domestic violence, single parents on basic benefits, people moving from institutional care into unfurnished accommodation, those suffering from physical or mental health difficulties etc. All cases are considered on merit, and applications are often for help with white goods, furniture, carpets, clothing, food, disabled or child safety equipment and utility bills. Please visit the Society's website for a more detailed list.

Who to contact

01763 260 304 01763 260 304
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The Society's funds are not large. Average grants are £120.


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