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Our Charity of the Year

Shaw Gibbs have adopted Special Effect as their charity of the year for 2018.

Special Effect put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, Special Effect are finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But they are not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, they are bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

Amongst other planned actives for the year to support Special Effect, Shaw Gibbs have entered a team in the 2018 Twin Town Challenge.

Previous Years

Charity of the Year 2017

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

The Friends of Summertown library are 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 raised over £500 for the charity via a number of fund raising activities, including; dress down days, auctioning Christmas hampers and flowers, as well as putting a small price on all deliveries in the lead up to Christmas.

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

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