A community grant worth £250 from care at home provider, Bluebird Care Swindon, has been awarded to Wiltshire charity, Cricklade Open Door.
The charity – which was selected from several organisations that applied – runs a café, lunches and activities for older people and is based in Jenner Hall in Cricklade.
David Tetlow, of Cricklade Open Door, said the grant would be used to provide “much-needed activity equipment” and other materials for its members.
He said, “This generous grant is particularly important at a time when local authorities are cutting back on their support to organisations like ours and we are grateful to Bluebird Care for recognising the important service that we provide to our local community.”
David added, “Bluebird Care are dedicated to combating isolation in the community. We fully support their campaign, which aligns with our own philosophy of supporting people that matter to our own community from Cricklade and the wider district.”
This is the second grant Bluebird Care Swindon has given this year, with the aim of supporting organisations which work in the area to help elderly people living in the community. The first was awarded to Eastcott Community Organisation.
Ben Curtis, managing director for Bluebird Care Swindon, said: “We were delighted to receive several applications from community organisations for our most recent grant. They were all very worthy causes, but in the end we selected Cricklade Open Door because of the excellent work they do in supporting older people in the Cricklade community, in providing activities, support and friendship.”
Bluebird Care Swindon aims to offer a ‘realistic alternative’ to residential care by allowing people to stay in their own homes with care and support. The support can involve one or more short visits a day, extending to overnight help and live-in care.
For more details about Bluebird Care Swindon visit www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/swindon