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Ardonagh Community Trusts gives over £45,000 to ten causes nominated by colleagues

22 September 2022

Ten causes have received over £45,000 of from Ardonagh Community Trust after being put forward for an ACT Community Grant by Ardonagh colleagues – ranging from a project to teach rowing to members of the deaf and blind community, a football club in aid of father’s who have experienced baby loss, and repairs to a local community and youth theatre. Hear from the colleagues who nominated them and why the causes are special. Read more

Meet our Final Two Bright Future Finalists, Ella and Akanksha!

05 September 2022

Watch videos from our final two finalists. Akanksha from Georgia, USA, who aspires to use art to connect young and old to combat isolation, plus Ella from London, who want to use her experience in environmentalism to create a network of eco hubs in schools across disadvantaged areas of the city. Read more

Hear from our Bright Future Prize finalists! Meet Muhammad and Eloise

30 August 2022

We’re sharing videos from each of our ACT Bright Future Prize 2022 finalists! In our penultimate instalment, we hear from Muhammad in Blackburn, who through social enterprise Uniformity is upcycling clothes to fund a school food bank, and Eloise from Yorkshire, who through the LGBTQ+ she founded aspires to create her hometown’s first ever Pride celebration. Read more

Our finalist showcase continues! Get to know Sci Squad and Kaydi

23 August 2022

Over the next month, we’re sharing videos from each of our ACT Bright Future Prize 2022 finalists! Find out more about their brilliant ideas for community projects. This week is the turn of Sci Squad from London who are inspiring the next generation of scientists through robotics and Kaydi from Scotland who has big plans to support neurodiverse teens just like her. Read more

Our finalist showcase begins! Meet Jeffrey and Sara

15 August 2022

We’re sharing videos from each of our ACT Bright Future Prize 2022 finalists! Find out more about each of our teens and their brilliant ideas for community projects. First up is Jeffrey from the USA who wants to create a documentary film about his inspiring ‘ninja nannas’ and Sara from Ireland who has an amazing design for wooden wind turbines. Read more

Smashing our target to raise £100,000 for Samaritans!

05 August 2022

We’re delighted to share that we’ve smashed our fundraising goal, reaching a phenomenal £100,000 in support of Ardonagh Community Trust’s (ACT) partner – mental health charity, Samaritans. Find out how colleagues from across the Group helped us get there. Read more

Who’s on the shortlist? Meet our Bright Future Prize finalists

04 July 2022

After receiving applications from teens across the world, we’re ready to reveal our eight ACT Bright Future Prize 2022 finalists! Find out more about each of our teens and their brilliant ideas for community projects ranging from karate lessons for senior citizens to new designs for wind turbines and a neurodiversity hub to support young people with autism. Who do you think will win a share of the £40,000 prize fund to make their idea a reality? Read more

Over £30,000 to support causes nominated by colleagues in ACT’s second round of Community grants for 2022

24 June 2022

Over £30,000 of funding has been awarded by Ardonagh Community Trust to seven community projects put forward by colleagues from across Ardonagh – ranging from defibrillators in Gibraltar, to youth internet safety, girls’ rugby sessions and a new programme of friendship sessions to support loneliness in elderly people. We share the stories behind the causes and why they mean so much to our colleagues who nominated them. Read more

Healing our healthcare heroes after the pandemic

08 June 2022

To mark National Intensive Care week, we share a recent ACT grant in which we have been able to support those working in healthcare. Ian Barclay, MD Geo Agriculture, nominated Intensive Care Society for an ACT Community Grant in support of his sister-in-law and Intensive Care Consultant Sarah Clarke. Sarah shares her story of working during the pandemic and her recent snow challenge fundraising trek. Read more

Tackling mental health through the power of football

11 May 2022

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, colleague Michael Cunningham shares the story of his mental health journey, how it led him to found Kick Start FC to help others with their own mental wellbeing, and how a grant from Ardonagh Community Trust at the start of this year is helping him grow the charity further to support teenagers. Read more