Older people in Swindon to benefit from community grant

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Ben Curtis, of Bluebird Care Swindon

Care at home provider Bluebird Care Swindon is again offering to back a local group which supports older people.

The company will fund a £250 community grant, and is currently looking for applications from groups, charities and organisations which work in Swindon to help support elderly people living in the community.

This the second community grant being offered this year by the company.

The first was awarded to Eastcott Community Organisation to help fund its popular fortnightly afternoon teas for older people living the area.

Bluebird Care Swindon will give the funds to the group that can best demonstrate a need for additional support will be allocated the funds, being especially interested in groups working in the field of dementia and mental health for older people.

Ben Curtis, director, said: “We were very pleased to support a group like Eastcott Community Organisation in their important work with older members of the community.

“We know there are lots of smaller charities and community groups like them, which work tirelessly for the benefit of the community. We are committed to supporting these groups and hope our new grant will enable one organisation to continue to provide its services within Swindon.”

Bluebird Care Swindon offers an alternative to residential care by allowing people to stay in their own homes with care and support. The support can involve one or more short visits a day, extending to overnight help and live-in care.

Ben said: “The Bluebird Care Community Grant will also come with support and advice. We want to work with a local project that gives older people an opportunity to try something new and that will add benefit to their lives.

“Examples of the type of projects we are looking for could include gardening, leisure, recreational, help with day trips or musical activities.”

The next round for grant applications will be launched on Friday, May 19, and will be open until Friday, June 30.

For more details or to request an application form, email michaelautonconsultancy@gmail.com or call Michael Auton on 07862 253514. Copies of the application form can also be picked up from the Bluebird Care office in Swindon at Suite E6, Gemini House, Groundwell Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN25 5AZ.

For more details about Bluebird Care Swindon visit www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/swindon

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