Older People Set to Benefit From New Community Grant

A Swindon care at home provider has decided to give away its first ever community grant – a sum of money that could benefit one local group in the town, working with older people.

The initiative comes from Bluebird Care Swindon, which has been working hard to support other organisations in the community.

The company is making available £250 to a community group or initiative that works with older people within Swindon and the local area. The group that can best demonstrate a need for additional support will be allocated the funds. The company is particularly interested in groups working in the field of dementia and mental health for older people.

Ben Curtis, Director, said,

“As well as providing care and companionship services to people living in their own homes, Bluebird Care is passionate about supporting community projects and initiatives.

“So many neighbourhoods thrive because of volunteers who work tirelessly to run community groups, host events and provide services that benefit others. Much of this work involves supporting older people who, without regular coffee mornings, day-trips or lunch clubs, would be left isolated at home.”

Bluebird Care Swindon offers a realistic alternative to residential care by allowing people to stay in their own homes with care and support. The carers’ work can involve one or more short visits a day in order to help with the everyday tasks of life. However, the service doesn’t stop there because longer duration visits are also available, including overnight help and live-in care.

Ben added:

“The Bluebird Care Community Grant will also come with support and advice. We want to work with a local project that gives older people an opportunity to try something new and that will add benefit to their lives.

“Examples of the type of projects we are looking for could include gardening, leisure, recreational, help with day trips or musical activities.”

This new grants scheme was due to be launched on Monday 14th November and will remain open for applications until Friday 16th December. For more details or to request an application form, please email michaelautonconsultancy@gmail.com or telephone Michael Auton on 07862 253514. Copies of the application form can also be picked up from the Bluebird Care office in Suite E6, Gemini House, Groundwell Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN25 5AZ.

For more details about Bluebird Care Swindon visit www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/swindon

Contact: Michael Auton on 07862 253514 or email michaelautonconsultancy@gmail.com

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