Chipping Sodbury-based Bluebird Care opened its doors 18 months ago, and ever since has been working hard to support other organisations across South Gloucestershire, as well as providing a daily care service to local people.
Jack Whitfield, Managing Director, said:
“As well as providing care & companionship services to people living in their own homes, Bluebird Care is passionate about supporting community projects and initiatives.
So many neighbourhoods thrive because of volunteers who work tirelessly to run community groups, host events and provide services that benefit others. Much of this work involves supporting older people who, without regular coffee mornings, day-trips or lunch clubs, would be left isolated at home.”
She 7, a weekly lunch club in Filton, received a cheque for £250 last week in recognition for the work the group does to tackle isolation among the elderly, and provide a lifeline and support network for those who wouldn’t have one otherwise.
Bluebird Care was inspired by the dedication of 94 year old Ruth Perkins, who has run the group for more than 40 years. Despite her senior years, Ruth organises the activities each week, makes sure all the meals are cooked and prepared, and raises money to cover all the group’s operational costs.
She 7 meets every Wednesday and Thursday and feeds more than 150 people at their centre in Braemar Crescent, Filton. They are currently fundraising for a new roof with hopes of replacements works being carried out this summer.
Sophie Rowland-Jones, Bluebird Care Manager Director, added:
“We hope our grant of £250 will help Ruth and support all the work she does. Thanks to her, She 7 has a positive and welcoming reputation in the Filton community.
This was just the type of initiative we were hoping to fund this year – something that makes a difference to the lives of others, and ensures that older people have opportunities to socialise, leave their homes, and feel less isolated.”