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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 Communities, Local Government

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

The successful charity will receive regular practical business and financial support for twelve months.  In return they need to demonstrate how their work benefits the Halton community and specifically the Trust’s 14,000 customers.  A shortlist will be drawn up from those expressing an interest and the Trust’s employees will vote for their preferred charity.

Vikki Mack, who leads on the Trust’s charitable work, said: “Since we started working with local charities in 2006, we’ve raised over £210,000. To become our chosen charity for 2014/15 is a fantastic opportunity and the successful organisation will benefit hugely from our fundraising efforts as well as the expertise and diverse range of skills of our colleagues.”

Every year the Trust helps charities in Halton through a variety of ways including voluntary work, financial support, fundraising activities and event sponsorship.  Keen to provide staff with broad experience and understanding of local issues, 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 12 months Alzheimer’s Society has received over £9,000 via donations and funding for the launch of a Singing for the Brain project in Halton. 

Halton Haven Hospice and Norton Priory Museum and Gardens have also benefited from the Trust’s support in recent years.

Nick Atkin, Chief Executive at the Trust said: “As a community based housing provider it makes sense for us to work with a locally based charity.

“We are keen to support local causes, even more so during these tough economic times”. I’d encourage anyone interested in applying to read Our Direction on our website, as we’re keen to work alongside charities with a similar mindset.”

Interested charities should contact Vikki Mack on 0151 510 5106 or email vikki.mack@haltonhousing.org and provide a short submission including why they should be selected.  This should also include a clear outline of any specific projects where the Trust could support their work.  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 28th February 2014.

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