About the Trust
Helping local communities become better, brighter and stronger
Ardonagh Community Trust is the registered charity from which The Ardonagh Group supports targeted, community-focused charitable activities.
As one of the world’s leading independent brokers, The Ardonagh Group is a meeting point for best-in-class entrepreneurial and specialist brands. Our global footprint of 100+ offices and diverse set of companies means our 9,000+ strong team of colleagues are uniquely wired into communities around the world.
ACT, as the trust is affectionately known, gives all employees and local offices across Ardonagh opportunities to make a tangible impact on causes close to their heart through a quarterly Community Grant programme, match funding and volunteering. To date the trust has donated over £1.5 million to charities in local communities that matter to our colleagues.
How we work - the five pillars of ACT
Ardonagh Community Trust takes the amazing local efforts of Ardonagh colleagues and aims to amplify their impact through four inclusive and accessible pillars:
Ardonagh Community Trust's Bright Future Prize 2022 – meet our winners!
Empowering and investing in the next generation of community leaders
The Bright Future Prize searches for and invests in the next generation of community leaders and innovators, who are committed
to driving positive change and inspiring others.
We’re thrilled to share our winners for 2022, who share a prize fund of £40,000 to turn their ideas for community projects into a reality.
Since 2017, ACT is proud to have supported more than 100 incredible projects through our grants, which have made a huge impact on local communities and special causes thanks to passion of Ardonagh’s colleagues. Here are just a few.
One of ACT’s first community grants helped complete an adapted playground for the children at Merefield School, an inclusive school which educates children with complex needs and learning difficulties based in Southport. Children at the school attend from as young as three years old and can stay until they are 18.
The 100 pupils are taught a broad curriculum which helps them develop their communication, thinking and problem solving, understand how their world works, their place in the community, physical development and emotional wellbeing - these areas help the children learn, grow and become the best they can be.
Having supported the school over a number of years, the team at Paymentshield share more about this project and the difference it made.
A confronting decision is made by more and more women every month when they are met with the choice between buying sanitary products or buying food. Period Power is a Staffordshire based local charity working tirelessly to eradicate period poverty, a term coined to capture the indignity no woman should have to face. The charity collects donations of sanitary items by placing 'dignity boxes' within local Staffordshire businesses, distributing the items across foodbanks, schools, colleges, universities, women's refuges, homeless charities, child welfare and other public spaces for women to access without embarrassment.
ACT awarded Period Power a grant in May 2019 to ensure the continuation of this work and to allow the team to expand their awareness and education projects in local schools and colleagues.
We hear from Donna Sturge who applied for the grant and Linda Albutt, Founder of Period Power.
Amman Valley Hospital League of Friends
Another of ACT's first grants back in November 2017 was to the Amman Valley Hospital League of Friends. The Amman Valley Hospital is a small surgery located near one of the Group’s offices in Ammanford, in the heart of Wales and one which has been fundraising continuously for the last five years to offer new facilities and services to their local community. ACT awarded a £2,500 grant towards the x-ray machine in the hope this would reduce NHS waiting times at nearby practices.
Margaret Thomas, Ammanford Office Manager - Towergate Insurance Brokers and big supporter of the League of Friends, applied for the grant to help fund a new x-ray machine at the hospital so residents of the surrounding Carmarthenshire region no longer need to travel hours for a diagnosis.
Stevenage Starlets FC
Stevenage Starlets FC are an inclusive junior club promoting the benefits of football for physical, mental and social wellbeing, particularly focused on getting girls into sports.
One of our employees, Sarah Campbell, has seen first-hand the impact this club has through her daughter whose confidence has grown significantly as a result of playing in a Starlets team.
In July 2018, ACT awarded a grant to help the club provide training and equipment to accommodate more teams and players at the club, which would not be possible without additional funding outside the usual player fees. Hear how this funding had an impact on the players, coaches and parents of the team.
Head to ‘Our Stories’ for the full list of projects and causes we have supported since 2017.
Give Back Day 2021
Employees from across the Ardonagh family come together each year to raise funds for causes their care about – all matched by ACT – on our annual Give Back Day event.
For the first time in 2021, Give Back Day was celebrated globally by teams in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the US, who united to make a difference to causes close to their hearts.
The day was filled with fun and inspiring activities, raising much-needed funds for more than 60 charities.
In total, fundraising activities raised £75,000, with Ardonagh Community Trust (ACT) match funding this amount to create a final total of £150,000. This takes the total raised across all our events, since our launch, to £520,000.