Our focus here is on making a positive impact on the community, which includes charitable support.
Every year our staff choose a charity which they would like to support for the year ahead and regular fundraising events are arranged by our Fundraising Committee. Events have included coffee mornings and book sales, raffles and ‘Big lunches’ and taking part in sporting events.
Despite very challenging circumstances over the past few years, our staff have managed to raise a record breaking £6,186.60 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and £4,129 for the Alzheimer’s Society NI which is testament to the generosity and team spirit of our staff. Along with staff fundraising, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy the organisation matches funds raised up to a maximum of £2,000. We are currently fundraising for NI Chest, Heart and Stroke.
You can read our 2019/20 Social Impact Report by clicking here.
- The Annual Barnardo’s Christmas Gift Appeal
Every year the staff from Co-Ownership donate presents to the Barnardos Gift Appeal, Michelle from Barnardos says, ” Christmas is a very emotional time for a lot of us particularly for those who are coping with the sudden death of a loved one. By giving your gifts you have supported families who otherwise would’ve had little”.
- The October 2021 Belfast Marathon
In October 2021, we had a team of 5 staff take part in the Belfast marathon relay race and raised over £700 for the charity. It is always great to see our staff take up a new challenge and raise funds for our chosen charity.
We have a group of volunteers who take part in the Age NI initiative ‘Check in and Chat’, a telephone service for everyone over 60 in Northern Ireland who may be feeling isolated or lonely. We have 15 volunteers who now regularly contact a nominated person and check in and chat with them for ½ an hour each week. In 2021 this equated to 320 hours volunteering from our staff
National Trust Events
In our city centre office location, we are limited in what we can do to promote biodiversity. Instead we encourage our staff to volunteer and they have supported a number of National Trust events that promote biodiversity.