2019 - 2020 Charity Bursary Recipients Announced

14 Aug 2019

Each year, our Shopping Centres are allocated an annual bursary to support one or two (the sum is split equally) local charity, or charities, of their choice. The selected charities must address local needs and issues within the parameters of our core guiding priorities.

We are pleased to announce our Centre Charity Bursary recipients from 2019 to 2020. Each charity will receive a cash bonus as well as space in the mall to fundraise and support from the Centre team to strengthen their relationship with the local community. Learn more about the scheme here.

Brent Cross – Unitas Youth Zone

Barnet’s Unitas Youth Zone is a new dedicated youth facility that gives 4,000 children and young people from the most deprived communities of Barnet somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their leisure time.

Funding will be used to purchase items for the dedicated Wellbeing Room; barber chairs, barbering equipment, salon materials and nail bar materials for employability workshops.

Bullring and Grand Central - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

The charity supports 400 young people in the local Birmingham area to get back into their studies after illness via teaching support, work experience, CV preparation, conferences and leading visits to the skills show.

The bursary will provide funding for the training of specialist teachers alongside the James Brindley School to help students who have missed out on school due to sickness.

Cabot Circus – Children’s Hospice South West

Children’s Hospice South West run 3 Hospices in the South West which offer respite care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Their aim is for hospice to have more of a hotel feel than a hospice to allow parents and siblings proper respite.

Cabot Circus has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Hospice South West, with colleagues raising funds through volunteering and Community Day activities. Funding will be used to heat, power and light the Hospice for over a month.

Centrale – Evolve Housing and Support

Evolve provide housing and support to over 300 people in Croydon through their program designed to provide skills training, mentoring and counselling.

The bursary will fund the equipment required to deliver four, 1-week entrepreneurship courses over 12 months including music production kits, laptops and training for their ‘Accreditation + Pathways Coordinator’ that will be coordinating the courses. Each course has a theme ranging from digital skills to arts and music.

Dundrum – St. Michaels House

Supporting 1,782 people, St. Michael’s House provides a range of services including support in residential and independent living, clinical and day supports, schools and vocational training services for men, women and children with intellectual disabilities in 170 locations in the greater Dublin area.

The bursary will go towards buying a car for the unit so that service users have more access to transport.

Highcross – The Y

The Y is the leading youth homelessness charity for Leicester and Leicestershire. As a local YMCA, The Y provides other community services including a drop-in centre for homeless adults.

The bursary will be used to start skills workshops and find new experiences to fit the individual needs of each young person, helping them to grow their self-confidence and resilience

Highcross – Hope Against Cancer

Leicestershire and Rutland’s cancer research charity established in 2003 to bring cutting-edge research to the local area and make clinical trials available to local people

The bursary will be used to support the costs of their Hope Nurse based in the clinical trials facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary

Ilac – Inner City Helping Homeless

ICHH Staff and Volunteers go out every night to distribute essential supplies (e.g. food, water, toiletries and sleeping bags) to people sleeping out around Dublin City. The Bursary will fund these supplies.

The Oracle - Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA)

TVAA provide emergency medical care for around two million people annually; arriving at the scene of an emergency within 15 minutes of receiving an emergency call.

The bursary will fund crucial equipment, blood boxes, and kit-bags containing medical consumables carried on the helicopter and CCR vehicles.

The Oracle – Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service

Providing support to 121 families, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service aims to reach all 653 children facing life-limiting, life-threatening conditions in Berkshire.

The bursary will be used to recruit more qualified and experienced children’s palliative care nurses to give families further support especially in the evening and overnight. The aim is to eventually provide a 24-hour service, seven days a week.

Silverburn – Children 1st

Children 1st supported 416 children in the last year.

The bursary will provide a bereavement activity book for a support worker to use to help a child cope with a loss in the family. This can also provide therapeutic sessions for a child who has experienced abuse or trauma; this can cost up to £75 per child.

The bursary will help to support families living in debt and money problems by helping them to become more financially resilient and achieving long-term sustainable outcomes as well as providing them with money management skills.

Silverburn – Crookston Community Group

Since 2011, CCG have worked within the most deprived areas of Scotland providing drop-in services, work placement and training opportunities, cooking classes and food sharing.

The bursary will be used to purchase equipment for a community kitchen. This will provide low-cost meals for people residing within the most deprived areas of Scotland.

Funding will ensure theta their food sharing services continue, providing emergency food parcels on wheels, food share popups and a drop-in facility in their community centre.

Swords – St Francis Hospice

St Francis Hospice provides a specialist palliative care service for the people of North County Dublin

St Francis Hospice has been Swords charity of choice since 2015. Over the past three years, Swords have raised enough funds to purchase 20 specialised beds and mattresses for their in-patient unit

Funding will be used to purchase medical equipment for patients.

Union Square - Cancer and Leukaemia in Children Orientated

Funding will be used to create “The Teen Pit”, a dedicated young person’s area at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. The area will provide young people with a chill our zone with WIFI access, music and gaming area, TV and DVDs. The Pit will also be used as an informal meeting space for young cancer patients to meet with their clinical team.CALICO is a local charitable organisation in the Grampian Region helping and supporting families who have children suffering from cancer, leukaemia or cancer-related illness. Each year CALICO helps with the provision of essential equipment for the Oncology Ward as the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital as well as toys, games and craft supplies for the outpatients’ department.

Victoria Leeds – Guide Dogs Leeds

Guide Dogs Leeds provides people with sight loss a guide dog so they can regain independence in their lives. Currently, there are 178 guide dogs in Leeds with a further 60 people on the waiting list which can take up to 2 years to deliver.

The bursary will be used to train a puppy for the first 6 months which Victoria Leeds will get to name.

Victoria Leeds – Breast Cancer Haven

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity with a branch based in Leeds. The charity seeks to support women and men going through breast cancer treatment by providing emotional and practical support. In 2018, 545 women and men benefitted from visiting the centre in Leeds which offers classes, counselling, therapy and financial advice.

The bursary will be used to fund a holistic programme tailored to support patients and their family.

Westquay – Honeypot Children’s Charity

Honeypot runs two busy respite houses in Hampshire and Wales. The houses run extensive outdoor play equipment including a ‘trim trail’, zip wire, trampoline and swings, hard court for basketball, go-karts and cycling, playing field and football posts, art studio, play shack and guinea pig corner.

The bursary will also go towards providing local community outreach sessions to nurture children’s physical and mental wellbeing.