14 September 2020
From the significant contributions we make to local facilities and services through planning conditions, to grassroots support for local good causes, we strive to leave a lasting legacy for future generations to come.
Since our Hopefield Grange development launched in Benson in 2017, we have supported the village and the surrounding area in a number of different ways, working with local residents, community groups and good causes to provide support where it is needed most.
Each year, CALA supports hundreds of good causes across the UK through its Community Bursary scheme.
The initiative aims to help local groups and charitable organisations by giving them the opportunity to apply for a share of a Bursary pot, with awards being made by local CALA teams.
In 2018, three worthwhile local causes received funds to help them continue the valuable work they do in the local community Benson Striders Running Club, Benson Church of England Primary School, Friends of Benson Library and Friends of Benson C of E Primary School.
CALA has also been involved in grass roots projects, such as Benson Community Gardens, which received funding towards a space for the whole community.
The initiative brings the wellbeing benefits of gardening to local people and a forum in which mini horticultural events and workshops can be held to educate people and bring them together.
We’ve also partnered with CANVAS Spaces to deliver a community skate park as part of Hopefield Grange.
The skate park is part of a wider range of community facilities provided by CALA at Hopefield Grange, which will include a brand new community building, sports pitches alongside open space, a nature walk and ecological enhancements.
Benson United Football Club, which provides youth footballing opportunities children aged 16 and under, has also benefited from CALA’s support for grassroots sport.
The club received a donation of £500 enabling them to update their pitches with the installation of brand new goal posts.
RAF Benson’s Youth Scheme enables young people to earn credits for volunteer work.
For every 10 volunteer session completed, participants receive a £40 Amazon Voucher and a testimonial from the Station Commander.
The scheme was piloted in 2019 and CALA contributed £600 to enable more young people to take part.
A further donation of £500 was also made to help the Little Cherubs play group, which is run by volunteers at RAF Benson. The group is self-funded and CALA’s contribution will go towards new equipment to support a programme of sensory and development based activities.
Local charity support has included CALA’s involvement in a Secret Santa scheme which sees local companies and individuals donate presents for disadvantaged children. The gifts are distributed by Oxford Social Services, West Berkshire Social Services and Children Heard and Seen, a charity which supports young people affected by parental imprisonment.
CALA donated £1,000 to help fill Santa’s sack with Christmas presents, bringing some much-needed festive cheer to local children and their families.
With the launch of Merlin Gardens, the latest phase at Hopefield Grange, CALA is looking forward to continuing its support for local good causes.