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Carecent supporters newsletter – Winter 2021

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Dear friends,

Just like that, another year has passed – and what a tumultuous year it has been. A lot has happened here at Carecent, some changes have been very exciting but they have sat alongside some sad decisions as we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic. Regardless, we have carried on throughout in the traditional Carecent manner!

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Christmas

A couple of women sitting at a table with food and drinks

Description automatically generated with low confidenceI’m glad to report that our Christmas meal went off without a hitch. After some uncertainty around what we should do in the face of the Omicron spike, we took the decision to go ahead with harm reduction measures in place. This was made possible, in part, by a very generous donation of lateral flow tests from the University of York. We were able to ensure all staff and all customers had access to LFTs despite the national shortage which gave everyone some peace of mind as we sat down to eat.

And eat we certainly did! We had a lovely combination of experienced volunteers and newbies, and served around 25 people over the course of the day. It was a classic Carecent Christmas – lots of laughter, gaudy decorations, and cracker hats over regular hats to the sweet sounds of Fairytale of New York on repeat! Everybody walked away absolutely stuffed, with many taking their dessert home for later as they couldn’t squeeze it in alongside their lunch. All the signs of a successful Christmas, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

A group of people standing around a buffet table with food

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The meal was made possible thanks to the generosity of donors like yourself. A huge thank you goes out to Olly, who provided us with turkeys, stuffing, gravy, veg – you name it, he brought it! We had enough food to feed an army, and any that we have not used has been redistributed to local food banks courtesy of our fabulous warehouse manager, Peter. Dessert was provided by the lovely folks at the York Liberal Jewish Community, and gifts were given out thank you to York Recycle Project. It was a fantastic day all round and a real testament to the generosity the York community show towards their neighbours.

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COVID

A classroom with tables and chairs

Description automatically generated with medium confidenceAs mentioned, we have had an interesting few months as we have adjusted to the ever-changing COVID situation. This has sat alongside some extensive building works that have begun at the Central Methodist Church, the building is having its roof replaced – a huge job, but great for our long-term security as tenants of the building. So, while navigating scaffolding and builders galore, we have been working hard to return to ‘normal’ as much as we are able to. We approached this in phases, first hosting coffee mornings after our outdoor shift, before moving indoors fully in early November. This was a lovely move, with customers and volunteers reporting that it felt like *real* Carecent again.

Sadly, Omicron meant that these changes couldn’t be sustained, and it was with a heavy heart that we returned to an outdoors service 2 weeks ago. We hope this won’t have to last long, and are in close communication with other local services to establish how we could work together to make working indoors as safe as possible.

In good news, we have hosted the first of our COVID booster clinics. These mornings are always a lovely addition to our service, and have seen people accessing first and second vaccines as well as boosters. We thank our friends from York Medical Group and Changing Lives for making these possible.

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Our current needs

We remain very grateful for donations of any of the following…

 Sliced meat
 Cheese
 Tinned tuna
 Crisps
 Individual fruit juice cartons
 Fresh fruit
 Bottled water

Donations can be brought to Carecent between 8.30-9.45, every Monday-Saturday. If nobody is visible, please ring 01904 624244 and someone will come to meet you.

Financial donations can be sent by cheque to Carecent, Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NQ, or please get in touch for our bank details to make a direct payment.

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Gift Aid

We’re always grateful to the Friends of Carecent who make donations to the project. If you have authorised us to Gift Aid those donations, HMRC asks us to remind you of the wording on the Gift Aid form: ‘I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.’ This means:

 donations must be from the individual named on the form, and cannot be from (e.g.) a business or a group of people;
 the donor must pay enough UK income or capital gains tax in the year to cover their total Gift Aid donations (that is, at least 25% of the total value of donations);
 if your name, address or other circumstances change after sending us a form, please let us know.

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Thank you again for your continued support of Carecent. I hope all have had a safe, warm festive period surrounded by loved ones. Happy New Year – here’s to a slightly easier one for all!

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With kindest regards,

Cat Tottie
Project Leader, Carecent

Winter 2021

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