CALA Homes has donated over £300,000 to The Prince’s Trust, helping to fund the charity’s invaluable work in supporting disadvantaged young people. CALA began its partnership with the charity in 2015 and corporate donations of £200,000 have been bolstered by a further £100,000 in fundraising by its employees.
Staff from CALA’s head offices and eight regional businesses across England and Scotland have raised money through individual and team activities, from corporate golf days to the Three Peaks Challenge. For two consecutive years a team of CALA employees have taken part in the annual 45-mile Palace to Palace cycle challenge from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, raising over £35,000 in total. This year, CALA’s contribution was recognised with a Prince’s Trust ‘Blazing Saddle Award’ which goes to the company who contributed the most per participant to the Palace to Palace challenge.
CALA has also provided practical support to young people through a series of ‘Get into Construction’ programmes. The four week initiative, which ran in partnership with local colleges, provided the opportunity for disadvantaged young people to develop new skills and get hands-on experience in the construction industry. 31 young people have now been offered an apprenticeship with CALA or one of its sub-contractor partners.
Alan Brown, chief executive of CALA Homes, comments:
“This is a fantastic milestone to reach so early on in our partnership with the Prince’s Trust. The work that the charity does is invaluable in helping young people build a better future through employment, education and training and we are very proud to be playing a part in that.
“Our original aim was to raise £10,000 each year through fundraising activity and it’s testament to the kind of team we have here at CALA that the figure so far is more than five times that.
“It’s been particularly rewarding to see how many of our colleagues have been moved to get involved, both through working directly with young people on the Get into Construction programmes and fundraising.
“The Get into Construction programmes offer valuable experience for young people looking to get into work as well as helping address the national skills shortage that our industry faces.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership as a Gold Patron of the Prince’s Trust in 2018. We have a full programme of activity planned for next 12 months including the opportunity for more CALA employees to get involved in volunteering and mentoring schemes.”
Rachael McCaffrey, head of corporate partnership at the Princes Trust, said:
“We are immensely grateful to CALA Homes for their generosity. It’s fantastic to see how the whole business has got on board with the partnership, not only through the Get into Construction programmes but also through employee fundraising. Together, we are giving disadvantaged young people skills and a future.”