Bupa UK has launched a new Bupa Cares community fund giving its employees the chance to nominate local charitable projects that should benefit.
Every month employees can nominate local community groups or projects they think should benefit from the £1,000 Bupa Cares grant. The grant is then given to a single project or split between up to three groups.
Anna Russell, Corporate Responsibility Director, Bupa UK, said: “We passionately believe in actively contributing to the local communities where we work. We launched the Bupa Cares community fund because we care about helping our people to support charities in their area that improve people’s health and wellbeing as well as the environment we live and work in.”
Six projects have already been chosen to receive donations from the Bupa Cares community fund:
- Moodswings mental health groups, Manchester - Moodswings works with people with severe and enduring mental health problems, who struggle with isolation and have little or no social life. Bupa Cares will help fund new groups that aim to increase people’s confidence, including a men’s group, craft and chat involving the local community and particularly older, lonely people, and mindfulness.
- Multiple Sclerosis physiotherapy workshops at the MS Therapy Centre, Manchester – the grant will help fund group physio classes which aim to improve members’ fitness, mobility, and mental wellbeing.
- Preparation for Birth and Beyond, Leeds – the money will help fund free antenatal classes for low income families in the Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley areas of Leeds.
- Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Bolton – the grant will help fund the club’s Mentoring Project which has been running since 1997. The project matches young people aged eight to 19 with a fully-trained adult volunteer mentor whose role is to empower, encourage and support the young person throughout the year and help them identify a goal and achieve it. The project aims to develop self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
- Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, Cheshire – the trust provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. The grant will help fund a new project to add a range of activities to engage and encourage the children who visit to be active and have fun.
- Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds – the group was set up in 1996 to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the woods, increase public awareness and support other local groups. Bupa Cares will help fund the development of a new wildflower meadow that will be visible from the roadside so more people can appreciate their beauty while increasing biodiversity and wildlife habitat.