The social care charity, Community Integrated Care, has been supported by Cheshire Community Foundation with an overwhelming donation to help with the pressures that accompany living through a global pandemic.
The Cheshire Community Foundation, who raise funds to support hundreds of charities and voluntary groups across Cheshire and Warrington, launched an appeal earlier this year to assist not-for-profit organisations cope with the challenges surrounding Coronavirus.
Showing their support for those caring for the vulnerable, the Cheshire Community Foundation kindly donated almost £5000 to Community Integrated Care – one of the UK’s largest health and social care charities. The charity, which employs over 1,200 colleagues across the North West, supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health concerns and dementia.
Such donation, spread across multiple services within the Cheshire and Warrington area, enabled teams to purchase items for the people they support in order to continue living fulfilled and enjoyable lives.
It is during these challenging times that donations like these are truly a blessing as they have created the opportunity for newly built, or expansions of, sensory rooms. Furthermore, some services ordered exercise equipment, whilst others bought items that could transform their facilities into an on-site spa.
This donation also allowed many senior members of staff to purchase wellbeing packs for their teams as a small token of their appreciation. Comments such as “Receiving the gesture of a mug and treats made me feel a valued member of the team”, “I felt appreciated during these difficult times” and “It was a lovely gesture, it made me emotional.”
The Foundation’s donation also supported the charity to purchase state-of-the-art air filters for local care homes, to reduce the risk of the transmission of Coronavirus, and to boost it’s supply of specialist infection prevention items.
John Hughes, Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care said, “This is a challenging time for the social care sector, so it’s invaluable to have the support of other organisations. We need to ensure that our frontline colleagues can continue to focus on the most important thing, which is providing great care and support and managing our services. By receiving this invaluable donation from the Cheshire Community Foundation, our teams have been able to purchase important items for the people we support.”
He continued, “While we’re all battling through these unprecedented times, it’s beyond touching to know that others are still willing to offer their services and help out where they can. I know our teams in the Cheshire and Warrington area are very grateful for the donation and what they’ve been able to do with it. Thank you Cheshire Community Foundation.”