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Our Charity of the Year

Summertown Library

Shaw Gibbs have chosen the Friends of Summertown Library as their charity of the year for 2017.

The Friends of Summertown library are currently raising funds to upgrade the local library for the benefit of the community. The upgrade will allow a safer and more attractive location for the children’s section, improve the computer set up and electrical fittings, and create a more welcoming frontage for the building. The friends of Summertown Library have been successful in their fundraising thus far, having raised over £78,000 to date and consequently need just £10,000 to reach their target.

Shaw Gibbs have a number of plans for raising the money, including; auctioning Christmas hampers and weekly office flowers, as well as putting a small price on all deliveries in the lead up to Christmas.

Last year Shaw Gibbs raised over £2,400 for SeeSaw, a Headington-based charity who provide grief support for young people and their families. To read more about the work we did for SeeSaw, take a look at our press release.

Previous Years

Charity of the Year 2015 - 2016


Shaw Gibbs employees vote to support bereaved children’s charity SeeSaw

Employees at Shaw Gibbs have chosen children’s bereavement charity SeeSaw for their Charity of the Year. The charity provides support for children and their families around Oxfordshire who are experiencing bereavement from the loss of a family member or friend.

SeeSaw received the majority vote from Shaw Gibbs employees in a ballot organised by the social committee. Chair of the social committee, Victoria Taylor, commented:

“This is the first year we have asked employees to vote for their choice of charity, and we are proud that SeeSaw has been selected,” she says. “Because the voting was a team effort, everyone feels involved. We’re already getting lots of ideas for fundraising and expect to have a lot of fun over the coming year raising as much as we can for SeeSaw.”

Helen Mackinnon, Director of SeeSaw said: “We are delighted that staff at Shaw Gibbs have voted to support us as charity of the year. We depend hugely on community support to raise money so that we can continue supporting around 400 bereaved children and young people each year. Our community links are especially important in raising awareness of SeeSaw so that families in need know we are here to help.”

The Shaw Gibbs team have already raised almost over £500 for the charity, mostly from a GPS Treasure Hunt and Rush Hockey Tournament. Last year the firm raised over £2,500 for North Oxford Association and are hoping to do at least the same for SeeSaw.

SeeSaw operates with a core team of just eight staff, supported by volunteers around Oxfordshire. The vast majority of the charity’s budget is raised from the community, support from businesses and fundraising events.

Charity of the Year 2014 - 2015

North Oxford Association

We chose to make North Oxford Association our charity of the year because we feel we can make a difference by raising funds and through volunteering. As it is based in Summertown, we like to think we are really supporting the local area!

We do everything we can to support the local community and supporting North Oxford Association is a key way of achieving this. 

What is North Oxford Association?

North Oxford Association (‘NOA’) was established in 1966 and operates from a community building in Diamond Place, Summertown. Among a wide range of activities, it facilitates a Neighbourly Help scheme for the elderly or disabled, and offers a befriending service to members of the community in need of someone to drop in to their homes for a cup of tea and a chat from timetotime. There is also a coffee bar in the reception area.
The charity is very popular with people of all ages and abilities throughout the community, as it runs a wide range of activities including language classes, yoga and other exercise classes, health walks, bridge groups, mother & baby groups, and training for babysitters.

Visit North Oxford Association's website

Charity of the Year 2013 - 2014

Thomley Activity Centre

We chose to make Thomley Activity Centre our charity of the year because we feel we can make a difference by raising funds and through volunteering.

We do everything we can to support the local community and supporting Thomley is a key way of achieving this. As the only fully accessible facility of its kind within 35 miles, we recognise how vital it is to its patrons.

Who is Thomley for?

Thomley welcomes disabled children (0-19yrs), their families, friends, inclusive schools, play schemes and groups. Thomley also holds activity days for disabled adults (16yrs +).

All children (0-19yrs) are welcome on community days. The purpose of community days is to encourage disabled and non-disabled children to play together, to promote a greater understanding of differing abilities.

Thomley's goals are to:

  • increase self esteem, health, confidence, social and physical skills of disabled children, their siblings and friends through accessible play, recreation and informal education;
  • provide parents and carers with opportunities to meet others who have disabled children, to lessen their isolation & to increase their ability to support their children through play, recreation and access to information; and
  • raise awareness amongst the community, to encourage understanding and acceptance of disability issues, and to increase ability to include disabled children within their own community activities. 

Visit Thomley Activity Centre's website

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