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CARESCO is a unique charity based in the village of Sawtry, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, which exists to serve the local community in Sawtry and its satellite villages.

Under the CARESCO umbrella are a number of services offered to our local community, including our Green End Day Club and Thursday Club, our Man Cave, our Friday drop-in cafe, our carers support group, a music-based social group, a Christmas Day party and our charity shop which helps to fund our activities.

In partnership with other organisations we also host the local foodbank (working with the local churches) and the village car scheme (working with Cambs County Council).

CARESCO also edits and publishes the popular Sawtry Eye magazine.

Most of our services are run from our own purpose-built CARESCO Centre in the heart of the village.


Latest News

  • Charity Shop Reopens We are delighted to announce that our Charity Shop reopened on Monday 22nd June. Please note our new procedures for both making donations and also when shopping to help keep everyone safe.
  • COVID-19 Shutdown We continue to monitor government advice and guidance closely while our services are suspended. As and when we consider it safe, we will begin to reopen activities. When we know any more, we will confirm details on here and through our social media. For now however, the only activities currently active are the Sawtry Foodbank, the Sawtry Eye magazine and our Charity shop. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
  • Fund Our Future While our Charity Shop was closed during the lockdown, CARESCO lost its main source of income. Please consider making a commitment of £4.00 per month through our new Fund Our Future campaign to help us to continue to respond to local need during this crisis and also to ensure we can return in a strong position once permitted to do so. For more information, download our leaflet, or visit our fundraising page.
  • Foodbank Donations A huge thank you to everyone who have made recent donations of food or money to Sawtry Foodbank, please keep them coming. We are unfortunately expecting to be extra busy over the coming weeks and your support will enable us to continue supporting local families in crisis. Please visit our Foodbank page to find out more about our work.
  • CARESCO Annual Report Our latest Annual Report is now available, please click here to read it.
  • Food Hygiene Rating We're delighted to have received the results of our recent hygiene inspection by Hunts DC when we have been awarded the top rating of 5 out of 5 yet again. You can see the details on the Food Standards Agency website

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During the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, our Sounds Good music and spoken word group were challenged to write relevant poems. 'We're Still Here' was penned by one of the members as his response to the situation and is here performed by CARESCO staff, trustees and volunteers.