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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

  • Children's Poetry Competition We have launched our poetry competition for children. We would love to receive their creations based on how they feel about lockdown. Closing date Friday 26th February. You can download details here, or visit our fundraising page.
  • Sawtry Eye - 150th issue To help us celebrate this milestone, we have made the first issue from Autumn 1988 available to download.
  • COVID-19 Due to the latest national lockdown, only some of our activities are currently running. These include the Sawtry Foodbank, the Sawtry Covid Response Team, and the Sawtry Eye magazine.
  • Funding Our Future While our Charity Shop is closed during the latest lockdown, CARESCO has 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Page last updated: Thu 17 Dec 2020