We are proud to announce that we are in the final stages of distributing £170,000 to 80 EEM members via our Community Donation scheme.
This include 33 members who are receiving a donation for the first time which means that we have nearly doubled the number of organisations in receipt of a donation compared with last year.
As a not-for profit organisation, we choose to distribute our operating surplus via this scheme to directly benefit the communities our members serve with donations ranging from £120 right up to £21,658.
Over the last 5 years we have distributed £627,941 via our Community Donation scheme as well as a further £91,500 raised for charities through fundraising at our annual Building Communities Awards.
The distribution of our community donations formed a large part of our submission for the Community Impact award at the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards in September 2018 which we were extremely proud to have won. Click here to read more and watch our reaction video.
Community donations are calculated based upon the income received for that member. The donations are strictly for the use of supporting the communities members serve and not to support budgets or work that the member should be doing as a right. We had some fantastic examples of where last years donations were spent and have already received updates from members on their intentions for this year’s money. We love hearing about who has benefited so please get in touch if you are receipt of a donation.
EEM Donation helps to support people living with dementia
On 15 September 2018, NCHA invited EEM to the opening of a fantastic new facility at Holmfield Day Centre, a purpose-built day centre dedicated to supporting people living with dementia and their families.
The NCHA Community Donation of £2,732 contributed towards their ‘reminiscence village’ which has been designed to provide a passage back in time, to a place that will be easily recognised by those living with dementia. Our Events & Communication Officer (Sophia Cox) attended the open day to represent EEM and we were really pleased to be presented with a certificate in recognition of our contribution.
Sophia said “It was an absolute pleasure to attend the opening of the reminiscence village. When I was there I spoke to users of the facility who regularly travel over an hour to the Day Centre as they just don’t have anything nearby to them which provides a full day out in a safe and fun environment for their parent who lives with dementia. There was a great atmosphere at the opening and everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
The reminiscence village is a collaboration between Holmfield Day Centre and neighbouring George Hythe House Care Home, both owned by Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA). Click here to read more.
For more examples of how EEM Community Donations have been spent please click here.
Pictured below: The opening of the ‘reminiscence village’ where NCHA chose to spend their Community Donation of £2,732