Hammerson Giving Back project supports local communities

3 Dec 2020

During 2020, Hammerson launched the Giving Back Project, a new initiative which 88 charities, community groups and organisations received their share of £180,000 to support their important work.

Nine flagship destinations across the UK distributed £20,000 each. The Giving Back project specifically supported those groups that have been particularly badly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and operate in the following categories:

  • Food bank support and tackling food poverty
  • Providing support services to people affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Supporting those who are homeless or rough sleeping
  • Providing employment opportunities, enterprise or skills development

Each centre collaborated with a local Community Foundation to oversee and shortlist applications, which were then reviewed by a panel.

Caring in Bristol and Leeds Women’s Aid both received Giving Back Project grants.

Edd Smith, Head of Income Generation, Caring in Bristol: “This has been a year of unprecedented difficulty for everyone, but especially for those who are most marginalised in our community. The work of Caring in Bristol is only made possible by the people of Bristol. Our vision is to create a city empowered to solve homelessness and we believe support from engaged Bristol businesses, like Cabot Circus, is an incredibly important way to achieve that. This donation from Cabot Circus will support our caring at Christmas project to provide shelter, warmth, nutritious food, activities and entertainment for those who are homeless at Christmas”.

Nik Peasgood, CEO of Leeds Women’s Aid: “Leeds Women’s Aid is absolutely delighted to receive a grant of £2,500 from Victoria Leeds. The funding will help us to continue to provide a range of the very best services for vulnerable women and families who are victims and survivors of: domestic, sexual and honour-based violence and abuse; forced marriage, trafficking, stalking and harassment”.

The John Trotter Trust – Brent Cross Giving Back Project grant recipient

Street Friends Helping the Homeless Aberdeen – Union Square Giving Back Project grant recipient