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Bluebird Care’s South Somerset franchise has restarted its £250 Community Grant Scheme.

The scheme, first launched in 2016, was introduced with the purpose of supporting local groups, charities and organisations that work with older people or address loneliness in the South Somerset area.

 
This year, the Community Grant has returned once again, with the hope of providing vital support to the local community after a difficult period due to COVID-19.

After shortlisting potential recipients, the home care provider awarded the 2021 grant to Coffee and Care, a support group charity based in Somerton.

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Run by volunteers, the group provides a safe environment for vulnerable adults to meet and enjoy each other’s company.

Offering a range of activities for people to get involved with, including BBQs, gardening, and arts and crafts, it encourages members to take an active role in helping run the group.

Throughout the pandemic, Coffee and Care has supplied meals and shopping to the most vulnerable individuals within the local community.

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Since this point, the local volunteer organisation has also supported group members booking their COVID-19 vaccinations and providing transportation to and from vaccination centres.

Bluebird Care South Somerset is hopeful that the grant will make a big difference to Coffee and Care.

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Reflecting on the relaunch of the Community Grant Scheme, Registered Manager at Bluebird Care South Somerset, Jemma LeGrevese, said: “As a frontline community care company, we have seen first-hand the incredible work that Coffee and Care do to support people. The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everyone, and I am so pleased that we are now able to re-start our community grants to do our little bit to help.”

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

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