Bluebird Care event, Wroughton Ellendune Centre which was opening by Robert Buckland MP. 1/10/16. Pictures Stuart Harrison Photography.

A community grant to benefit older people is up for grabs in Swindon, thanks to care at home provider Bluebird Care.

The company is making available £250 to a community group or initiative that works with older people within Swindon and the local area.

It’s part of Bluebird Care’s commitment to supporting organisations which themselves support older people. The company has already run two public events, bringing together groups supporting older people, so they can showcase their services. 

The grant will go to the group that can best demonstrate a need for additional support. Bluebird Care is particularly interested in groups working in the field of dementia and mental health for older people. 

Ben Curtis, Bluebird Care Director, said: “As well as providing care and 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.”

This new grants scheme will was launched on Monday 14 November and will remain open for applications until Friday 16 December. For more details or to request an application form, please email or telephone Michael Auton on 07862 253514. Copies of the application form can also be picked up from the Bluebird Care office in Suite E6, Gemini House, Groundwell Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN25 5AZ.

Bluebird Care Swindon offers a realistic alternative to residential care by allowing people to stay in their own homes with care and support. The carers’ work can involve one or more short visits a day in order to help with the everyday tasks of life. However, the service doesn’t stop there because longer duration visits are also available, including overnight help and live-in care.

Ben added: “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.”

For more details about Bluebird Care Swindon visit   

Pictured top: Ben Curtis of Bluebird Care at a recent event in Wroughton’s Ellendune Centre