Wates Construction, which is currently working on a project at the University of Southampton’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus, has made it possible for a substantial grant to be awarded to Southampton Sight, which will play a vital role in supporting the charity’s services for children and young people over the next year.
Southampton Sight serves as a one-stop hub for people affected by issues relating to sight loss and seeks to promote independence, life skills and social inclusion. This takes the form of providing information and advice about equipment and visual aids, as well as arranging for volunteers to visit blind or partially sighted people at home.
Wates Giving, a charitable programme run by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and which forms part of the Wates family’s commitment to being responsible business owners, has made a grant of £9,000 to the charity, which will cover the cost of running the Children and Young People Sight Loss Group for the next year. This sum will cover the cost of the services manager, youth coordinator, youth worker as well as overheads such as rent and insurance associated with the day-to-day activities of the group. Wates Construction put forward the grant application on behalf of the charity.
The cheque was presented to Southampton Sight at a ceremony attended by Wates team members Sally Kinchin (Community Investment Adviser) and Darren Grinham (Project Manager) as well as Southampton Sight’s Chief Executive Jackie Powers and several members of the Children and Young People Sight Loss Group.
Southampton Sight is located near the Campus and Wates has shown consistent support for the charity throughout its time on site. The contractor’s annual Reshaping Tomorrow volunteering week in June saw members of the Wates team undertake various painting and gardening jobs at the organisation.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, said:
“We’re proud to have developed a strong relationship with Southampton Sight since we commenced work at the University so it’s an even greater privilege for us to be able to support the excellent work they do with a financial contribution from Wates Giving. We hope this funding helps the young people who utilise the excellent services at this inspiring organisation achieve their potential.”
Jackie Powers, Chief Executive of Southampton Sight, commented:
“We are delighted to be receiving this grant from Wates Giving to support visually impaired children and young people and are looking forward to running a programme of activities that will offer opportunities to gain confidence in a safe and risk controlled environment whilst having fun, making new friends and trying something new.”