CareTech Foundation Impact Report 2018/2019 >> Supporting Employees & Local Communities
CareTech Foundation runs three programmes to support local communities and the family and friends of CareTech plc employees facing challenges.
This small grants programme provides support for issues affecting local communities and to family and friends of CareTech plc facing challenges.
Over the period of this report, the Foundation has provided funding of £29,662 to 25 organisations.
The Foundation provides match-funding to CareTech plc staff’s individual fundraising efforts for charitable causes in line with the Foundation’s Charitable Objectives.
Over the period of this report, the Foundation has provided match-funding totalling 26 match-funding grants to a total of £6,683.65 to support the charitable fund-raising efforts of 28 staff and service users of CareTech plc to help 25 charities.
Staff Hardship Grants
The Foundation receives a restricted donation from CareTech plc to provide small grants to CareTech plc staff who find themselves in significant financial hardship or at serious risk of becoming in significant financial hardship.
In its first year of operation, CareTech Foundation provided grants totalling
£25,000 to 19 staff facing significant hardship.
In addition, the Foundation supports the Care Workers Charity to continue to deliver a much-needed service for individual workers in the sector hitting hard times. The Foundation’s support remains vital as the only Crisis Grant that covers the entirety of the care sector.
Last year, CWC’s Crisis Grant Fund supported over 274 care workers across the industry.
Somerset Disabled Cricket Club
With support from the Foundation, the Club has been able to fund a coach and specific opportunities for a development team, the ‘Dragons Squad’, to train and play competitive matches across the county. A development squad will help to offer more opportunities in the community and increased visibility for the Club, thereby ensuring its longevity.
Elderslie Play Park
The Foundation helped reinstate the play park in the centre of Elderslie village, offering the 1,000+ village residents under 14 years old in Elderslie a place to play outdoors and get exercise. The park will be a special benefit to children at Brandy Burn.
Match Funding Grants
A team of 12 CareTech employees (most from Branas) took part in the National Three Peaks 24-hour Challenge for CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, helping to raise awareness for CALM so that others who find themselves in need might know where to turn, in support and memory of their friend James.
The team were not experienced walkers but with this challenge they took the blisters, smashed through the walls, pushed their limits and shared their memories of James! Their fundraising raised £1,582 and the Foundation was pleased to match fund the whole amount, making a total of just over £3,164.
The Foundation was delighted to support one young person in a CareTech plc service who wished to raise money for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital where she attends as an outpatient. The young person chose to do a 7-mile sponsored walk around Greenock Cut – a huge challenge, due to the physical restrictions she faces. She also said she could not have done it without the help of the staff and other young people who supported her on the day. The young person raised £217 which was immediately matched by the Foundation.