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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

  • Santa's Surprise #1 Sawtry's Rudolph has been spending some time at the Sawtry Man Cave undergoing refurbishment and he is now ready to be on duty on Green End Road for December. Would your child like to write a letter to Santa and ask Rudolph to deliver it for them? For more information, click here to download the leaflet.
  • Santa's Surprise #2 Santa is also available to make a phone call to you child for a brief chat, click here to download the leaflet and here to download the application form or visit our fundraising page.
  • Sawtry Foodbank's Christmas Top Ten The Foodbank are once again working to support local families to celebrate this Christmas. To help them, they are asking for donations of items from their Top Ten. For more information, download our leaflet, or visit the Sawtry Foodbank page.
  • CARESCO Annual Report 2019-20 Our latest Annual Report is now available, please visit our downloads page to read it.
  • Lockdown #2 Sadly, in the light of the latest government announcement on 31t October, we are suspending all our services with the exceptions of the Sawtry Covid Response Team, the Sawtry Foodbank, the Sawtry Car Scheme and the Sawtry Eye magazine. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
  • Sawtry's Pumpkin Trail 2020 Thank you everyone who entered the trail this year, we had 58 entries!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.