Cambscuisine Community Fund
On 23rd September 2018 we launched the Cambscuisine Community Fund (CCF). Across all of our restaurants we’ve been raising money to support vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire. For every bill over £30, in all of our restaurants, we’ve been adding a discretionary £1 added to it to support the Fund.
Since launching, the Cambscuisine Community Fund has raised over £30,000 for local charities that support our vision. Thank you to our loyal local customers for their continued support with CCF.
The projects awarded funding so far are:
- CHS Group were awarded £15,641 to run an Outreach Employment Advice Service for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Cambridge to enable them to move on with their lives.
- Turtle Dove Cambridge were awarded £5,132 to provide specific employment training and emotional support to young women facing disadvantage, many of whom are at risk of homelessness and living in supported housing.
- Cogwheel Trust CIO were awarded £2,240 to provide weekly counselling sessions for vulnerable and financially disadvantaged men to improve mental well-being.
- Cambridge Cyrenians were awarded £3,000 to run the Meaningful Activities project to empower homeless or vulnerably housed people to undertake training and work experience to learn new skills, earn qualifications and ultimately move into, or towards, employment.
- Wintercomfort were awarded £3,300 to support homeless people into work by providing IDs, bus passes or bikes, and a one-off cost of living allowance once they’re employed.
At Cambscuisine our chosen charity is Wintercomfort for the Homeless. In 2018 we managed to raise a total of £9528 and since 2016 we’ve raised more than £20,000 for this fantastic local charity. We support their work in a number of ways:
– Each restaurant has chosen a popular menu item from which to donate 25p every time the dish is served.
– We produce a charity calendar each year, all proceeds of which go to Wintercomfort. Thanks to our sponsors Minuteman Press, Fisher & Woods, Stilton Butchers and Infusions Group, who helped make this possible.
– We have set up a ‘Back To Work’ scheme at a couple of our restaurants. Following on from the Summit on Homelessness #ItTakesACity we’re also part of a working group trying to help more businesses in Cambridge adopt a similar scheme.
– The leadership team put on a ‘Burgers & Bingo’ night at Wintercomfort and look forward to holding similar events in the future.
As a local restaurant group, community is at the heart of what we do. Here are a few examples of how we try to get involved:
– Each restaurant team is given two charity days each year for volunteers to spend time helping a charity of their choice.
– Staff at The Tickell Arms have lead baking classes for the children at William Westley school.
– Across our restaurants we hold regular charity coffee mornings and pub quizzes raising hundreds of pounds for charities such as Macmillan, The Children’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK as well as local community clubs and groups. Staff frequently bake cakes to bring to these events in their own time.