Our focus here is on making a positive impact on the community, which includes charitable support. Our staff select a chosen charity partner, which is currently NI Children’s Hospice. Staff are involved in regular fundraising for their selected charity. Events have included a relay team in the Belfast City Marathon and regular coffee mornings and Bake Sales. Each Christmas they also support the Barnardo’s Christmas Gift Appeal.
Staff often make a range of delicious cakes and buns for the company coffee morning, with all proceeds going to NI Childrens Hospice.
Every year the staff from Co-Ownership donate presents to the Barnardos Gift Appeal, Michelle from Barnardos says, ” Christmas is a very emotional time 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”.
In 2017 we launched a social fund. With a budget of £12,000, the social fund is intended to support projects which make a positive social impact in the lives of individuals, local neighbourhoods, or communities. Funding was open to constituted organisations which are interested in working with and receiving funding from Co-Ownership Housing to deliver a project in one of the following areas:
- Helping regenerate, rebuild, and revitalise neighbourhoods and communities
- Supporting elderly or disabled people
- Providing advice and educational services to promote either financial capability and inclusion, energy efficiency or biodiversity in the community
The social fund builds on Co-Ownership’s commitment to responsible business and working for social good.