REPRESENT- SILVERBURN CARES COMITTEE
The pandemic provided unbelievable challenges for our community, the Silverburn team focussed on supporting our local people. Our “Giving Back” project we donated £20,000 to 10 local charities, this included everything from local food banks to cancer research and even, bikes for Refugees.
Our committee and community fund “Silverburn Cares” raised and donated over £6,000 since 2020. We reached out to local schools, recognising the struggle that the pandemic had on young people and provided them with donations. We also acknowledged the mental health challenges post-pandemic providing mall space, free advertising and donations to Men Matter Scotland and the Samaritans. As well as providing Samaritans support to our own teams. Our team also climbed Ben Lomond to raise money for The Outward Bound Trust. Also took part in the Social Bite “Break the Cycle” challenge, the team completed a 65-mile on mall cycle, raising money for the homeless population of Scotland.
We also assisted organisations to increase donations by providing free space including 25 days to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity which raised £13,000. Recently we engaged with local Rotary Clubs providing space to raise money for Ukrainian Refugees. Inclusion is important for Silverburn, our team’s dedicated to make sure everyone is welcome. We re-launched our Autism sensory map which allows individuals with autism to plan their visits. We introduced more inclusive toilet signage, stating “not every disability is visible”. We also invested in an LGBTQ+ history of Glasgow poster in a prime location, to highlight that all are welcome in our space.
These activities had a huge impact on the lives and experiences in our community, but they also served to improve the morale of our team. We felt inspired and privileged to provide support at such a difficult time as such a key stakeholder in our community.
“We are thrilled to receive the generous donation by Silverburn Giving Back project. This shall provide delivery of our Specialist Health and Work Service (SHAWS) workshops to support patients and families through the incredibly stressful and difficult journeys they face at the time of a cancer diagnosis. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Silverburn Shopping Centre – their continued support has been outstanding and this will make a huge difference.”
Maisie McCormick – Community Fundraising Manager at Beatson Cancer Charity