Introduction to the Foundation
Founded in 1989 by the late Mr David Clarke, the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation is a registered charity situated on the edge of Charnwood Forest. The Foundation is mainly dedicated to Ivy Shuttlewood, David's mother, who by marriage became Mrs Arnold Clarke. Her spirit of faith, love and giving to which she dedicated her life still lives on in the wonderful work of this unique, local charity.
It's often the simple things in life that matter most. Unfortunately, it’s the simple things in life that are most often taken for granted. Further, their contribution to social, physical and mental well being is often overlooked.
A chat, meeting with like-minded people, an arm around your shoulder just to reassure you that everything’s going to be OK, taking part in an activity or game, an opportunity to learn something new, a laugh and a joke, just knowing there’s someone there for you if you need them, being part of a community, getting out of the four walls you’re used to seeing day in day out and experiencing different surroundings…all simple things…but also things that aren’t easily accessible for anyone who is lonely, disabled, vulnerable, isolated, unwell or disadvantaged.
The main focus of the Foundation's work is to ease loneliness and suffering and to offer comfort and support to the elderly and adults of all ages with disabilities, throughout the Leicestershire area.
Looking forward - through the activities and services we provide, we give many people something to look forward to which can be an incredibly positive influence on their lives. Looking forward is also key to the educational services we deliver, which help to equip and prepare young people for the future.
Doing something different - we provide variety throughout everything we do, introducing our visitors to stimulating activities and enabling them to develop new life skills through education and participation.
Freedom to belong - we are inclusive and make it easy for people to find a sense of belonging through an open community where they will find a common bond with others. This also opens doors to new activities, helpful services, friendships and opportunities to learn.
At home, away from home - we provide a change of environment and different surroundings that are designed to inspire and energise our visitors but in which they feel immediately at home and entirely comfortable.