Since launching our Building Communities Fund in October 2016 we are delighted to be able to report that £12,000 has been donated to good causes spread across Ayrshire, Glasgow, Newton Mearns, Edinburgh and Midlothian.
The funds were carefully allocated by various judging panels made up of Mac & Mic employees from across the company.
Below are a few examples of the causes we have helped since October:
Castlemilk Community Church
This organisation provides support and services for refugees and people coming out of homelessness. We were delighted to be able to help fund the church’s Christmas party for the families that they helped in 2016. One of our judges, Contracts Manager Jamie McLean, went along to lend a hand at the party and hand out presents to the children, many of whom were experiencing their first Christmas in a new country.
Mearns Kirk Helping Hands, in Newton Mearns
This charity provides much needed services and support to individuals and carers affected by the onset of dementia, or suffering social isolation or bereavement.
The judges agreed on the importance of supporting those suffering from these debilitating conditions, which can affect individuals unexpectedly. Our funds helped purchase some much-needed new interactive IT equipment.
Break the Silence, based in Ayrshire
The judges felt strongly about supporting this organisation, which tackles a difficult and traumatic issue: helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse move forward and improve their social and psychological health. Pictured below are Alison Tait, chief executive of Break the Silence, and her colleagues, with their donation certificate. In January our support for this charity was also commended by a parliamentary motion raised by Jamie Greene, MSP for the West Region, and was supported by a further 22 MSPs from various parties.
Midlothian Association of Play
This organisation was chosen because of its contribution to the quality of life of disabled children and young people in Midlothian. The funds will go towards their Play for All Project, which focusses on the improvement of play opportunities/facilities for disabled children in the area.
Action Against Stalking, based in Ayrshire
This organisation, run by a very small and dedicated team, impressed the judges with their activities promoting awareness of the crime of stalking and providing victim support. Ann Moulds, Founder and CEO of Action Against Stalking dropped in to our Greenan Views development to meet our Sales Consultants Gheila Galbraith and Emily Clark and to offer their thanks to Mac & Mic for the donation.
Our most recent recipients of donations are St Martin’s Community Resource Centre in Edinburgh, Paisley & District Scouts, Young Enterprise Scotland who are based in Giffnock, Milngavie Football Club and The Willowacre Trust, which has been set up by West of Scotland Housing Association. We look forward to sharing more details soon of these good causes and their work.
Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ history of supporting good causes goes back to our core company values - contributing to and supporting the communities in which we build. We are delighted to have been able to make a difference to so many organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities.
Our Building Communities Fund is still open for applications!
We welcome submissions from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five mile radius of any live Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development – click here for more details of how to apply.