New Community Link Advisor for Footprints in the Community and FROG

Local charity Footprints in the Community is delighted to be working in collaboration with FROG (Future Regeneration of Grangetown) who have appointed a new Community Link Advisor to help local people with a range of issues which affect their everyday lives.

 The advisor, Sarah Freeney, will be based at the Grangetown United Community Hub and will be offering one-to-one advice sessions with the aim of reducing the impact of poverty and improve the lives of local people in the Redcar and Cleveland area. Sarah will be working closely with other charities and agencies across Redcar and Cleveland to tackle various issues from financial and benefits advice, to digital inclusion.

The post is funded for three years through the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK.

Drop-in sessions will be held at various locations, including at the Grangetown United Community Hub on Derwentwater Road.  Support will also be offered to both clients of Redcar Area Foodbank and many other support services across the area, to bring this vital service closer to the communities who need it the most.

Grangetown United Community Hub is also the home of one of Footprints in the Community’s Next Step Shops.  Next Step Shops are subsidised members’ shops.  They are usually the ‘next step’ for clients of Redcar Area Foodbank, though anyone who is struggling to afford to feed themselves and their families can be referred to become a member by a network of local agencies. 

Footprints in the Community CEO Ruth Fox said “Footprints in the Community is dedicated to reducing poverty and isolation in Redcar and the surrounding area.   We are delighted that in partnership with FROG, together we can extend the way we help people, through this new advice service.  It will enhance the way we support clients to deal with a crisis and move forward from it.”

Lynn Pallister, Community Enterprise Manager at FROG said thanks to the National Lottery “We’re really pleased to extend the services on offer at Grangetown United Community Hub.  Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed the Next Step Shop and now Sarah, our new Community Link Advisor.  It’s another way we at FROG can help local people with a range of different issues that impact on their everyday lives.”

To contact Sarah directly, email You can find out more about the work of Footprints in the Community at and about FROG at