community support charity shop

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, 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

  • We are recruiting! We are looking for a new member of staff to supervise our Man Cave, please click here to find out more.
  • CARESCO Community Support In September we launched our new service for local residents, Community Support, with our wonderful team of volunteers offering local shopping trips and prescription deliveries. Click here to find out more.
  • CARESCO AGM Our AGM will be held on Thursday 21st October 2021, starting at 7.30pm in the CARESCO Centre. For more information, download our leaflet, or visit our events page.
  • Sawtry Sport 4 All 2021 Thank you to everyone who came along to join in the fun on the 4th September. Next year's event will be on Saturday 9th July 2022. You can find out more on the Sport 4 All website or follow them on Facebook.
  • Sawtry Scarecrow Trail 2021 Thank you to everyone who entered a scarecrow this year, we hope you enjoyed seeing our annual visitors again.
  • Carpenters wanted Do you have advanced carpentry skills and knowledge you can share? Sawtry Man Cave are looking for new members with good carpentry skills, please click here to find out more about the Cave.
  • Sawtry Covid Response CARESCO has been managing the local community response to the pandemic by co-ordinating a dedicated team of volunteers who have been supporting local people with various tasks such as prescription deliveries and shopping trips. In addition, our Foodbank and Car Scheme teams have been working hard too. Click here to see just what they have achieved.
  • Any old coins? Do you have unwanted old or foreign coins or notes hanging around? Please donate them to CARESCO and we will use them to raise funds to support our work. For more information, download our leaflet, or visit our support page.
  • Sawtry Pumpkin Trail 2021 Advanced notice: this year's Pumpkin Trail will be taking place during half term week, Sunday 24th to Sunday 31st October. For more information, download the entry form, or visit our events page.
  • Latest Sawtry Eye The most recent issue of the Sawtry Eye is now available to download, please click here to find the link, and all previous issues back to October 2008.
  • COVID-19 Following the lifting of most restrictions on 16th August, we are still encouraging everyone attending one of our venues to continue to wear face coverings when indoors until seated, sanitise your hands on entry, and during your visit and to maintain your social distancing where possible. Let's continue to keep everyone safe!
  • Funding Our Future While our Charity Shop was closed during lockdown, CARESCO lost its main source of income. Please consider making a commitment of £4.00 per month through our Funding 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 the pandemic has passed. 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 as we go into the school holidays 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.
  • Sawtry Eye - Early issues We have been gifted copies of the first three issues of the Eye, dated Autumn 1988, Spring 1989 and Summer 1989. These are available to download by visiting our About Sawtry Eye page.
  • Community Inspiration Awards 2020 We were delighted to be nominated and then win the Chorus Homes Community Spirit Award for a local group. You can read all about the award and the winners in the other categories on the Chorus Homes website
  • CARESCO Annual Report 2019-20 Our latest Annual Report is now available, please visit our downloads page to read it.
  • Volunteer Vacancies We are looking to grow our volunteering team and are currently advertising a number of vacancies. For more information, visit our Vacancies page.
  • 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 or by clicking on the Food Hygiene logo on the right.

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.

Page last updated: Mon 6 Sep 2021