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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, 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

  • Volunteers Week 2021 The annual national Volunteers Week gives us an excuse to publicly thank our wonderful team for giving their time effort and skills during the year to support our activities. For details of how to get involved, visit our Volunteering page, or click here to read the celebration of volunteering published in the June-July21 Sawtry Eye.
  • 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 We are delighted to announce that our weekly Coffee Shop is open again following the successful reopening of our Charity Shop and our Green End Day Club. The Sawtry Foodbank, the Sawtry Covid Response Team, and the Sawtry Eye magazine have continue through the pandemic. We are planning to restart our other activities as soon as possible, thank you for your patience.
  • How Are We Doing? At CARESCO we have been working hard throughout the pandemic to continue supporting local people. This included setting up a new service specifically dealing with needs caused by the national restrictions and the need for people to isolate or shield. We are currently reviewing this work and asking people to let us know about their experiences of our service over the past year or so. Could you please give a couple of minutes to complete our anonymous online questionnaire? Alternatively, you can download a pdf version to print and complete by hand.
  • Adult's Poetry Competition Following the success of our recent junior poetry competition and in response to the many enquiries we've received, we are launching one for adults. You find the details by visiting our Events page..
  • 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.
  • 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 t support our work. For more information, download our leaflet, or visit our support page.
  • Easter Hunt Thank you to everyone who joined in with our Easter Hunt, we hope you enjoyed finding all the hidden letters and working out the two secret words. Look out for future events by visiting our Events page..
  • Children's Poetry Competition Congratulations to our winners! Thank You to all the children who entered, your entries were amazing and you should all be very proud of yourselves. Picking a winner from each category was very difficult, but our winners are - Billie (13-16yrs), Noah (8-12yrs) & Elsie Rose (7yrs & under). Look out for their winning poems in the April-May21 issue of the Sawtry Eye magazine.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Page last updated: Thu 10 Jun 2021