From their base at the Pavilion in Huncote, Community Action Blaby District acts as the area’s Community Hub and delivers a wide range of services directly to the people and communities of the District.
These services include community transport, befriending for older people, services for people with mental ill-health including Sporting Change and A Place To Grow, the community garden project. CABD deliver local services, provide volunteering opportunities and support communities. Their services are delivered by over 200 volunteers supported by 21 part time staff.
Through the award winning Befriending service, CABD trained volunteers provide a window to the outside world, support and friendship to isolated or physically frail older people; volunteer drivers use their own cars to provide transport to mainly elderly, isolated people who are unable to access public transport and the CABD mini-bus, fitted with full wheelchair access provides regular door to door ‘shopping trips’ across the District.
Community Action Blaby District provides weekly social drop-ins across Blaby District, Oadby & Wigston and Lutterworth for people who have mental health difficulties. These enable people to socialise, access support and provides appropriate information. The mental health team also run a befriending scheme which provides befriending support on a one to one basis, often provided by volunteers, to people who are largely confined to their homes.
Sporting Change is an exciting unique project funded by the Big Lottery. The project aims to engage vulnerable and disadvantaged people who experience mental health difficulties in physical activity as a way of improving their mental and physical health, independence and confidence. We provide sports sessions, health walks, gardening sessions and a “Grow with Confidence Programme” for adults with mental health difficulties.
In addition to the drop in’s, the award winning community garden – A Place To Grow – in Enderby, provides support through organic gardening activities to groups of people with a range of mental and physical disabilities and includes a children’s garden for young families. Other local community groups also have their own plots in the garden.
As well as their direct services, Community Action Blaby District administers community grants on behalf of Blaby District Council to support and strengthen local voluntary and community organisations. They can provide practical support for local people and organisations to help build stronger communities, including support for new community groups, local volunteering opportunities within their own organisation, helping to engaging people in local democracy.
To learn how Community Action Blaby District can help you or your community, or to find out more about how you can help them through volunteering or fundraising, please contact CABD using the details below. Or visit their website, www.cabd.org.uk
Community Action Blaby District, The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote, Leicestershire, LE9 3BN. Telephone 0116 2727669. Email firstname.lastname@example.org