House builders support regional health projects

Two projects supporting the health and wellbeing of people across the Midlands have received financial backing from a national house builder.

Northampton-based youth counselling, information and support service, The Lowdown, and Oxfordshire charity YoungDementia UK have each been awarded £1,000 from the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme.

The national match-funding programme seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life or environment for local people.

Claire Davidson, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Midlands, said:

“The Lowdown provides free and confidential counselling to young people aged 12 to 25. The charity offers a helpline, youth groups and support for parents, as well as working with schools.

“The Community Champions award will help to fund an anti-bullying campaign called Now Is The Time, which will be rolled out across Northamptonshire.”

Claire added:

“YoungDementia UK is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity supporting people aged 35 to 65 who have dementia. The impact of the condition on those diagnosed, and their families, is huge so the charity holds a monthly Café event which brings together those affected in a supportive social environment.

“We are proud to be able to assist this very worthy charity and help to fund the Café.”

The YoungDementia UK website – – has information and advice for anyone interested in the charity.

Community groups, charities and good causes across the county have benefited thanks to the donations from Persimmon Homes. Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at

The scheme invites local groups and charities to bid for cash from a £750,000 national fund, with two donations of up to £1,000 being made locally every month.

Persimmon Homes Midlands operates new homes developments across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.