Older people in South Gloucestershire set to benefit from Community Grant

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Bluebird_Care-Process_Blue_Loo-PrintA home care provider has re-opened its Community Grant scheme – a sum of money that could benefit any local group in South Gloucestershire working with older people.

Bluebird Care South Gloucestershire opened its office in Chipping Sodbury almost two years ago, and ever since has been working hard to support other organisations in the community.

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.”

The care provider is making available £250, as part of its 2nd anniversary celebrations, to a community group or initiative that works with older people within the area. The group that can best demonstrate a need for additional support will be allocated the funds.

Bluebird Care is a local provider of care in the home. They specialise in working with customers who suffer from dementia, physical and learning disabilities, and work alongside their families, Social Services, GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups to ensure each person receives the care they need.

Sophie Rowland-Jones, Managing Director, says support will be offered to the successful applicant to ensure older people get the most from their Community Grant:

“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 or musical activities.”

Last year, Filton-based lunch club, She 7, received a cheque for £250 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 95 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.

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