Tea and Cake with Award-winning PALS

June 2, 2017

Earlier this month, over 150,000 people made their annual outing to The Bath & West Show. It’s always an exciting time of year for us, as we watch the show come together from our headquarters here at Yeoman House, on the Bath & West Showground. The British Army set up camp on an adjoining plot – it was a total surprise to see a tank roll up next to the office!

This year we opened our doors to the public and hosted a showcase of social enterprises from around the county. From long-time supporters to potential grant applications, we welcomed a steady stream of visitors throughout the week. We were particularly delighted to sit down and enjoy some tea and cake with delegations from PALS (Proactive Lifestyle) and Home-Start West Somerset.

PALS, a water fitness club, is a friendly and enthusiastic organisation based in West Somerset which helps around 120 people aged 18 – 80 who need to exercise but can’t adopt conventional ways due to injuries or illness. SCF has supported PALS over the last 12 years, providing grants to help them provide subsidised transportation to swim classes for their members, and to purchase a hydraulic chair lift, making swimming classes more accessible.

Home-Start West Somerset provides home visiting support for families experiencing difficulties with at least one child under the age of seven, enabling them to achieve positive change, and SCF has worked with Home-Start West Somerset many times over the last 10 years providing grant funding for their vital community work.

This year, PALS were one of only two Somerset charities to win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) – the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. They celebrated their award at a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by the Queen and Prince Phillip. Home-Start West Somerset were also shortlisted for the prestigious award, which was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation and is the equivalent of the MBE for volunteer groups. The folks at PALS and Home-Start West Somerset also were invited to attend a VIP reception during The Bath & West Show and we’re really proud of them for representing our county’s VCSE sector at this highly-regarded event. 

Thank you to everyone who came to see us during The Royal Bath and West Show – see you next year!

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