One cause, 40 awards

We help people into homes every day and we couldn't do it without your support, so Community Giving is our way of giving something back. When we invited you to nominate charities and community groups you support to receive one of the donations, we couldn't have predicted such a brilliant response.

Meet our successful nominees

40 donations might seem like a lot. But that didn't make the judges' job any easier, given that the stories you shared with us were so different, despite the fact they were all focused on supporting housing or people at risk of homelessness. The judges ultimately chose 40 groups they believed a donation would positively impact the most. You can see the successful nominees below.
St Petrocks

This generous Community Giving donation will help St Petrock’s to provide essential housing and homelessness services to the 50 – 80 people who visit our homelessness resource centre each day this winter. The specialist housing advice, welfare service, hot meals, showers, laundry facilities and on-site healthcare provided are the first step for many towards more settled and fulfilling lives.

St Petrock's (Exeter) Ltd nominated by Russell Hailstone.
York Road Project

We're absolutely delighted to hear that Alison's nomination of our work has been successfully chosen to receive a £1,000 donation.

York Road Project is a local charity providing accommodation and support for those experiencing homelessness in Woking and the surrounding areas of Surrey. The generous support from Skipton will help provide hot meals to more people over the winter and facilitate regular cooking workshops throughout the year to improve life skills, confidence in the kitchen and wellbeing.

York Road Project nominated by Alison Whittaker
Jackie Didcock

When I saw that Skipton were being kind enough to offer donations to good causes, I thought it was an excellent idea and I wanted to try and help make sure some of that money went to causes local to me. The charities which I chose to nominate need money more than ever, and the timing of them being chosen to each receive a nomination could not have been better.

Both charities help those unfortunate enough to be homeless. We’re expecting a cold winter and it’s not an overstatement when I say that this money will change, and potentially save lives this year, by helping to provide much needed food and sleeping bags during this cold spell. The charities rely on donations only and simply did not have enough money to be able to help people this year, so Skipton should be really proud of the difference they have made to local people with these donations.”

James Webster nominated Plymouth Soup Run and Shekinah.
Full list of successful nominees
  1. Trendlewood Church, Nailsea, Bristol
  2. Aberdeen Cyrenians
  3. Bury Drop In
  4. HITS
  5. Trinity Winchester
  6. Plymouth Soup Run
  7. Three Roses Homes Ltd
  8. Wycombe Homeless Connection
  9. Shekinah
  10. Bexley Winter Shelter
  11. Oasis Aquila Housing
  12. HARP, Southend's Homeless Charity
  13. Street Paws
  14. YMCA Downs Link Group
  15. Devon Communities Together - Constructing Future Devon
  16. Streetlife Blackpool
  17. St Basils
  18. Matthew's House (The Hill Church)
  19. HOPE
  20. Freedom Community Project
  21. Newquay Drop in and Share Centre (DISC)
  22. The Grantham Passage (Grantham Poverty Concern)
  23. Helping Our Homeless Wales
  24. Turning Tides
  25. P.A.T.H. Torbay (People Assisting Torbay Homeless)
  26. Charity Link
  27. Dartford Churches Winter Shelter
  28. Steps to Hope SCIO
  29. Street Support Wales
  30. York Road Project
  31. BACKUP
  32. Inn Churches
  33. St Petrock's (Exeter) Ltd
  34. Whitechapel Mission for the homeless
  35. St Georges Crypt
  36. The Basement Advisory Centre
  37. Launchpad
  38. Accommodation Concern
  39. The Whitechapel Centre
  40. The Howarth Foundation
The selection process

A panel of colleagues from Skipton reviewed every application and scored it against a selection scorecard, which was based on three elements:

  • the nominee – we were looking for an ongoing commitment to the cause and an explanation of how the nominee actively supported it.
  • the cause – we wanted to make sure the proposal fit with our sustainability agenda of helping with housing and homelessness.
  • the long term – we were looking for long-term benefits as opposed to short-term fixes.