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Housing Trust looking to support local charities

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Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities

Local charities are encouraged to apply for a chance of becoming Halton Housing Trust’s chosen charity of the year.

The successful charity will receive regular practical and financial support for twelve months if they can show how their work benefits the wider community.  A shortlist will be drawn up from those expressing an interest and employees will vote for their preferred charity.

Vikki Mack, who leads on the Trust’s charitable work, said: “Since forming in 2006, we’ve raised over £200,000 for local causes. To become our chosen charity for 2013/14 is a fantastic opportunity and the successful organisation will benefit hugely from our fundraising efforts as well as the expertise and skills of Trust employees.

“Supporting a charity brings us even closer to the local community and we are looking to form a strong and lasting partnership with them”.

Every year the Trust helps charities in Halton through a variety of ways including voluntary work, dedicated projects, financial support, fundraising activities and event sponsorship.  Keen to provide staff with as broad an experience as possible, the Trust is always open to helping different charities and spreading its support to some of the most financially challenged across the borough.

As the Trust’s nominated charity for the past five years, Halton Haven Hospice has received over £160,000 via donations and projects carried out.  As well as raising money, staff regularly volunteer at the hospice, offering practical help to a variety of projects. In October last year over 100 staff gave the exterior of the hospice a massive makeover, whilst in March staff painted the interior, installed a shower room and tidied the gardens. Many staff also take part in December’s annual Santa Dash and Run the Bridge.

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens have also benefited from £30,000 of support two years ago, which included the refurbishment of the main gallery, café and reception as well as the fixing of lights and improvements to plumbing.

Nick Atkin, Chief Executive at the Trust said: ““One of our goals is to play a supportive role within the community and working with a locally based charity each year is one ways to achieve this.

“We are keen to support local causes, even more so during these tough economic times and the fast approaching “welfare tsunami”. We’ve recently launched Our Direction which is a new set of priorities that the Trust is working towards. I’d encourage anyone interested in applying to read this on our website, as we’re keen to work alongside charities with a similar outlook.”

Interested charities should contact Vikki Mack on 0151 510 5106 or email vikki.mack@haltonhousing.org in the first instance and provide a short submission including why they should be selected, as well as a clear outline of specific projects that the Trust can work with them on.  Another key selection criteria is how their aims and objectives match those of the Trust’s and how the two organisations can work together to benefit the wider communities within Halton. The deadline for submissions is  1st March 2013.

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