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Building back better

Every year, through OVO Gives Back, we build partnerships to help our local communities. Partners receive a cash grant of up to £20,000 from OVO Foundation and staff at OVO can support through volunteering all year round.

Posted:

1 June 2020

Now entering its fifth year, OVO Gives Back is more relevant and vital than ever. Our message and mission remains the same but we know the Coronavirus crisis will have a devastating, disproportionate impact on the most disadvantaged children and young people in our society. To reflect the current need, OVO Gives Back has increased its funding to £120,000 to support local community causes requiring immediate support. The grant will also help communities recover and build resilience over the next 12 months.

We’re working with more OVO Gives Back partners than ever before by expanding to other parts of the OVO family. Spark and CORGI, both based in Scotland, will join the initiative for the first time – creating partnerships across Bristol, London, Selkirk and Dunfermline at a crucial time for communities, helping them to build back better. Together we’ll demonstrate the potential of small actions to drive big change.

Who are our OVO Gives Back partners and what will they be doing?

Beam will crowdfund immediate support for vulnerable, isolated young people in London. When the pandemic shifts into its recovery phase, they will help young homeless people find secure, stable employment.

Caring in Bristol are providing essential items and wider support services for homeless people who are isolating in temporary accommodation. They will also develop their youth homelessness service which provides emergency accommodation and early-intervention support.

Dunfermline Food Bank is part of the Trussell Trust. They will support their distribution team with improved transport to ensure they can continue to provide local vulnerable groups with food and vital supplies.

Square Food Foundation is continuing as an OVO Gives Back partner in Bristol. They’ll use the grant to re-start their School Food Project which will help local families to create nutritious meals.

Greenspace Scotland will work with youth groups to develop and pilot a new project that focuses on local actions to achieve net zero targets, including climate resilience and renewable energy.

Rowlands is a youth project based in Selkirk. They are providing ingredients and recipes to local families during lockdown and have also created ‘Radio Rowlands’ which keeps young people throughout the Scottish borders connected.

The Matthew Tree Project supports those who have fallen into crisis. They’ll use the grant to install a new kitchen so that they can cook surplus perishable food. This will enable them to provide a wide variety of healthy meals to their local community in Bristol, while also reducing food waste.

We believe it’s important that during unprecedented times, communities pull together and help one another wherever they can. We’re proud to be working with seven brilliant partners who can support the needs of our local communities and enable them to build back better in its aftermath. OVO volunteers will be right there alongside them as soon as we can to provide valuable support. 

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