CARESCO Centre - 01487 832105 ----- CARESCO Charity Shop - 01487 208026

CARESCO is a unique charity based in the village of Sawtry, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, which exists to serve the local community in Sawtry and its satellite villages.

Under the CARESCO umbrella are a number of services offered to our local community, including our Green End Day Club, our Cave, our Friday drop-in cafe, our carers support group, a music-based social group, a Christmas Day party and our charity shop which helps to fund our activities.

In partnership with other organisations we also host the local foodbank (working with the local churches) and the village car scheme (working with Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority).

CARESCO also edits and publishes the popular Sawtry Eye magazine.

There are lots of ways you can get involved and help with the work of CARESCO, for an introduction to the whole family of CARESCO activities, download our general leaflet.

Most of our services are run from our own purpose-built CARESCO Centre in the heart of the village.

Latest News

  • Sawtry 10 Mile Race - Sunday 4th September Sawtry Walk to Run are organising the first Sawtry 10 Mile Race and our lovely volunteer Chris is running on behalf of CARESCO to raise funds for our minibus appeal. You can sponsor him by visiting his Justgiving page. Thank you to all concerned!
  • Latest Sawtry Eye The most recent issue of the Sawtry Eye is now available to download, please click here to find the link, and all previous issues back to October 2008.
  • Vacancy - CARESCO Grants Officer. We are looking to appoint a part-time Grants Officer to help secure our future. For more information, visit our Vacancies page. The deadline for applications is Friday 12th August 2022.
  • Sawtry Foodbank's Basket Challenge. Can you have our Foodbank’s shopping basket for one week this summer? You could take it into work, or to your favourite club and encourage your friends and family to fill it up with items on our shopping list. For more information, download our poster, or visit our Events page.
  • Queen's Award for Voluntary Service We are delighted to announce that CARESCO’s amazing volunteers have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for local voluntary groups. Visit our dedicated QAVS page for details. You can find out more about the Award itself on the official website or by clicking on the QAVS emblem on the right.
  • CARESCO Cave Open Day - Saturday 30th July 2022. Thank you to everyone who came along to visit our Cave during their Open Day and joined in the fun.
  • Sawtry Sport 4 All Thank you to everyone who came along to the third SS4A and especially to those community groups who ran the activities and to our wonderful team of volunteers.
  • Volunteering Vacancies We are looking to grow our volunteering team and are currently advertising a number of vacancies. In particular we are recruiting new trustees to help guide CARESCO through the coming months and years as we build on our work through the pandemic and beyond. For more information, visit our Vacancies page.
  • Good to Go: Good Governance We are very excited to have been awarded the Good to Go: Good Governance mark by Hunts Forum. This mark ensures that organisations are well run with a good level of internal governance, financial control, management and data protection. Hunts Forum has seen our policies, interviewed us, and then a panel has reviewed the evidence and granted us the mark. You can see the details on the Hunts Forum website or by clicking on the Good Governance Mark on the right.
  • Up for a new Challenge? Are you looking to get involved with CARESCO? We are always in need of new volunteers to help us to provide our various services. For more information, download our vacancies newsletter, or visit our Vacancies page.
  • Volunteer Car Scheme Co-ordinator Needed Would you like to get involved? Our Car Scheme team are looking for a new co-ordinator and additional drivers to join and help local people with transport to medical appointments. For more information, visit our Vacancies page.
  • CARESCO in 2021 We were busy in 2021 supporting our local community in and around Sawtry! If you'd like to see what we got upto download our poster, with details of some of the numbers involved.
  • CARESCO Minibus Help! We need a new minibus to replace our 15 year old one and help us to continue supporting local people. Any contribution you can make, no matter how big or small, will be very welcome. Please visit our Justgiving page to find out more.
  • New Building After 20 years, our CARESCO Centre is wearing out and we are starting on the work to replace it. Do you have useful skills or knowledge you could use to help us? We would love to hear from you! For more information, download our invitation, or contact us.


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During the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, our Sounds Good music and spoken word group were challenged to write relevant poems. 'We're Still Here' was penned by one of the members as his response to the situation and is here performed by CARESCO staff, trustees and volunteers.

Page last updated: Wed 10 Aug 2022