As part of World Kindness Day, which is celebrated in November, our staff were asked to nominate worthy causes that they would like to support. They quickly rose to the occasion, nominating 16 different charities and good causes.
Following an employee-wide vote the following four organisations were selected to receive £500 each:
- APCAM (Assisting Parents with Children with Mental Health): a West Oxfordshire based group who provide support to parents of children affected by mental health.
- Dogs for Good: A Banbury based charity which makes life-changing differences for people with disabilities through the power of expertly trained dogs.
- Sobell House: who offer specialist palliative care to those facing life threatening illness, death and bereavement in Oxfordshire, supporting around 3,000 patients and their families every year.
- Yellow Submarine: an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that helps people with learning disabilities and autism to live life to the full, helping to build their social skills, confidence, independence and ultimately their employability.
We are West Oxfordshire’s largest housing provider but we also have properties in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Wiltshire.
Our Chief Executive, Vivian Rosser, said: “After what’s been another challenging year for everyone, we were keen to support community projects and charities doing valuable work in our local area.
“Our staff are ardent fundraisers, but it’s been difficult to hold bake sales and raffles of late as most of them have been working at home due to the pandemic. Giving them the option to continue to support causes close to their heart has given a real boost, both to the charities in question and to staff morale.”
APCAM was a pertinent choice for our staff as the group was set up in 2017 by two Cottsway customers.
Lauren Jacobs who co-founded APCAM with Lyndsy Doyle, said: “As parents of children with mental health struggles ourselves, we fully understand what families in similar situations are going through. We set the group up to offer a safe place to talk and be heard - without the worry of judgement or misunderstanding - and have grown from there.
“We now offer in-school training, an onsite psychotherapist, holistic family support and mental health first aid training to name but a few of our services. We are totally reliant on donations so it’s wonderful that Cottsway staff have chosen to support us, and their generosity means a lot to APCAM.”
We also offer grants to projects, groups and events that benefit the wider community, and to support our customers with training and education. To find out more and apply, see our Community Fund
Pictured: Lyndsy Doyle, Elizabeth Hubbard and Lauren Jacobs from APCAM at their fundraising ball held earlier this month.
We help local people, charities and voluntary groups improve local communities by offering grants of up to £5,000.