CEO Nicky says :
'While Cambridge made headlines in 2018 as the most unequal city in the UK, what most people in Cambridge don’t realise is that it is Abbey, not Arbury or King’s Hedges, that has the unenviable position of being the most deprived ward in the city.
Abbey was the only ward in the city to become more deprived between 2015 and 2019 and, from January 2019 to November 2020, the ward has seen a 327 per cent increase in benefits claimants.
The ward is a ticking bomb of potential poverty.
Abbey People has been working in the ward since 2013 – we are a community organisation that has grown out of the community. Our food hub has been at the heart of the community response to Covid-19, helping 150 households a week to access food and other support.
In addition, we run community activities, gardening projects and regular youth clubs. Our trustees, staff team and volunteers all have strong connections to the area, and feel strongly about fighting the poverty and inequality in the area.'
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