Community

Bluebird Care Community Grant

Introduction

The Bluebird Care Grant scheme has been created to provide local community and volunteer groups much needed funds so they can continue to perform the fantastic work they do.

William and Sara Flint, Directors of Bluebird Care – Exeter and East Devon, are passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives, be that of; their customers, staff or by supporting local community projects.
 

About the Grant

£500 Grant awarded quarterly 
 

Application Criteria

  1. The organisation (or it’s beneficiaries) must be based in Exeter or East Devon District Council areas
  2. The Grant awarded must be used to benefit those:
    • Aged over 65  or
    • For adults with a mental illness, physical or learning disability

Application Process

Grant applications are currently closed.
 


July Winner - East Devon Parkinson's UK Support Group


We were so pleased to announce that our first ever £500 Grant was awarded to the East Devon Parkinson’s Support Group to support them in the running of their weekly exercise classes for Parkinson’s sufferers.

Rosemary Hacker, Coordinator from the Support Group said:
 

We were thrilled to hear that we have been awarded this Community Grant as it will help us to continue running weekly exercise classes at a price the members can afford and to enable their carers, if they wish, to take a well earned break.  The classes, run by qualified Physiotherapists who have a wide knowledge and experience of Parkinson's, help participants with their mobility, posture, strength, flexibility and balance - all so important for their safe independence. Also, the friendliness and humour of the group are uplifting , giving all who attend  - carers included - an increased sense of wellbeing.

 

   
 



October Winner - Soundwaves Music Project


Soundwaves Music Project, an Exeter based charity who work with people who are differently abled were the second winner of our Community Grant!

The charity intends to use the grant to buy and replace musical instruments. Adrian Bull, Chief Officer for the Music Project said:

I am delighted that Soundwaves has been chosen for this community grant… it is great news and we are over the moon as some of our instruments have been played to within an inch of their lives and are only just holding on! As a small charity, £500 makes quite an impact

Soundwaves currently runs two groups in Exeter, one on a Saturday for up to 35 members including staff, support workers and enablers and one on a Tuesday for up to 9 members, specially designed for those who are unable to cope with a busy noisy environment. For further information about Soundwaves Music Project, please visit: www.facebook.com/soundwavesmusicproject


 


January Winner - Encounter Theatre & Therapy


Our third £500 Community Grant was awarded to Encounter Theatre & Therapy to support the work they are doing with AgeUK Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to bring the ʻLocal Elders - Weather Memories and Connectionsʼ project to elderly residents living across Exeter.

Amerie Rose, from Encounter Theatre & Therapy said

Encounter Theatre & Therapy (ETT) is a growing social enterprise which launched at the beginning of 2014. We work with a diverse range of people from all walks of life, including the more vulnerable people in our community such as the elderly and those with dementia, learning disabilities or who are marginalised through trauma. 
 
The purpose of the “Whatever the Weather” project is to guide our elders towards feeling safer, connected and more resilient when facing challenging weather events in the future. 
We would like to express our immense thanks to Bluebird Care for supporting our current project with their £500 Community Grant which will help us to deliver sessions to more local elders than was previously possible.