ResCu may have been quiet in the last 2 years but we have not been idle. We are now proud to announce our plans to put to good use the money you have helped us raise over the years.
The changing face of Social Care has meant we have had to look at alternative and more flexible ways of providing respite care. Whilst our initial plan was to build a care unit and then possibly to provide supported living units on land purchased in Thaxted, the Trustees now feel after many discussions and long hours of research – that this route might not benefit many individuals.
The introduction of personal budgets has meant that carers are seeking alternative solutions to respite provision and in many cases are seeking long term solutions via the provision of supported living. This has, inevitably led to a reduction in traditional respite beds and an increase in supported living.
In addition the strategy of the current and indeed future governments will be heavily focused on government spending and this brings uncertainty to Local Authority spending policies.
In effect a charity of our size faces an insurmountable task in trying to raise the necessary finance to build and manage the type of facility that we had set out as our objective.
After Careful thought the decision has been taken to place the monies that have been raised into an endowed charitable fund that will be able to distribute grants in perpetuity for the benefit of children and adults in Uttlesford who have a learning disability.
This charitable fund will be named The Maypole House Charitable Fund (the name that we had planned to give to our respite centre). The Fund has been established with Essex Community Foundation (ECF), an independent trust (Reg. No. 1052061) that manages charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and public agencies to support voluntary and community activity in Essex, Southend and Thurrock (www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk).
Through the creation of this Fund with ECF we were able to access Government match funding which increased the value of the Fund by 50% and following the sale of the land in Thaxted, the total value of the invested fund will be in the region of £750,000. This will enable long-term support to be provided to the learning disabled and their carers.
The ResCu trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your interest and support and look forward to finally seeing local families benefit from the funds we have raised over the past decade. We hope you are proud of the permanent contribution that you have made to this important part of our community.
If you would like more information or wish to apply for a grant from the Maypole House Charitable Fund please visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk.