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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

  • CARESCO AGM 2020 Please note that the CARESCO AGM for this year has been postponed from the originally advertised date of Thursday 8th October and will now be held on Thursday 12th November 2020. Due to the current situation, the meeting will probably be held virtually rather than in person, but details will be circulated nearer the time.
  • Sawtry Scarecrow Trail 2020 Thank you to everyone who entered our Scarecrow Trail this year, we were delighted with the number of visitors. Look out for details for next year's, which will be even bigger and better!
  • Reopening services We have continued to monitor government advice and guidance closely, and are please to announce the reopening of some of our services. Our Green End Day Club be it in a limited capacity, has now started meeting again. The Sawtry Car Scheme has also begun to operate again, however the service is only available in the first instance to passengers needing a lift to medical appointments and who have no alternative options. Please download their guidelines for more information. We hope to be restarting our other activities as soon as is practicable. When we know any more, we will confirm details on here and through our social media. For now however, the only other activities currently operating are the Sawtry Foodbank, the Sawtry Eye magazine, and our Charity shop. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
  • Hunts COVID Response We have been honoured to be part of the Huntingdonshire response to COVID as a Recognised Organisation. You can read Hunts Forum's press release here and download the summary of what has been achieved for more information. A huge thanks to everyone who has made this fantastic response a possibility for our community.
  • 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.