Nancy Azavedo, Admin Assistant at CareTech’s Head Office, applied for Family and Friends grant to support her voluntary work with her local Scouts group. Below, Nancy explains how the Foundation’s support has supported this great local cause.
I have worked voluntarily as a Group Scout Leader for the past 25 years. I am currently based in Edmonton, where our group mission has always been to encourage, enrich and empower each individual child regardless of race, creed, colour, gender or ability to be their best.
In July this year, we were very excited to embark on an ambitious project to enable as many of our children as possible to experience at least once an international Camp in Ireland as, up to now, we had exhausted all the local camp venues.
This was going to be a huge challenge as our local area is considered one of the most socially deprived areas of Enfield and it became increasingly difficult to raise the funds needed despite various fund raising activities.
Unfortunately, one of our main concerns for the trip was that parents with siblings wanting to be part of the adventure would be unable to raise enough funds to send all their children. Fortunately, one my colleagues at work is Lucy Arciuolo is a trustee with the CareTech Foundation and she suggested making an application for a grant. After conversing with Sara and Karishma in the Foundation team about the Family and Friend’s grant scheme, it became apparent that a trip could, after all, be possible.
Thanks to the Foundation’s generous grant of £1000, we were enabled to inject the necessary funds to make it possible for this once in a lifetime chance experience for all of the children who wished to attend.
We, as a voluntary Scout charity, are enormously grateful for enabling this opportunity to take place as it was truly a magical experience for all involved and will be a fantastic memory to bank for the future!