46 businesses have won ‘Shared Value’ charity awards in recognition of their support for Oasis Community Housing and its work with more than 1,300 people facing homelessness this past year.

The charity’s Patron, the BBC’s Reverend Canon Kate Bottley, presented the awards at the charity’s flagship fundraising event, its Black & Gold Ball, at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Friday (17 May).

Almost 300 people attended the event, taking part in fundraising activities such as Hook a Duck sponsored by Helm and Norseal, 99 Red Balloons and a live auction. Over £44,000 was raised for the charity’s life-changing work with men, women and families facing homelessness.

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“The Black & Gold Ball, offers us the chance to celebrate the companies who support us throughout the year,” explains Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate Relationships Manager at Oasis Community Housing.

“There are so many challenges in society, so much darkness, that neither Oasis Community Housing, nor the charity sector as a whole, can bring all of the change needed on our own. By working together with businesses, with everyone who will join us, we can build stronger communities and work towards ending homelessness. This is what the Black & Gold Ball is all about.

“Our corporate partnerships play a vital role in our work to bring hope not homelessness.”

Charity Awards Winners

On the night, Shared Value Awards were presented to Oasis Community Housing’s corporate partners who support the homelessness charity through donations, their own fundraisers, volunteering and so much more.

Receiving the highest accolades were Leeds Building Society and Lovell Partnerships North East, both winning Diamond Shared Value charity awards.

Our partnership with Leeds Building Society has enabled a short-term project for families fleeing the war in Ukraine, while Lovell Partnerships North East has raised over £15,000 of vital funds from a golf day, staff taking part in the Great North Run and The Oasis Cup, and were a key supporter for our 2023 Giving a Home Christmas appeal.

After receiving the award, Phil Jones, Head of Land & Partnerships at Lovell, said: “Having a roof over your head or a stable home to call your own is sadly not a luxury many people living across the UK have – especially during the current ongoing cost-of-living crisis. However, we believe everyone deserves to have a space where they can feel safe, which is why we couldn’t think of a better cause to partner with than Oasis Community Housing.”

Other businesses awarded Platinum, Gold, Silver and Business Shared Value Awards this year, include: Consultiv utilities, deVere Group, ForeverCareMeldrum Group, Amazon MME2, FibroFind, Komatsu UK, OutsideIn, Reed in Partnership, Armadillo Self Storage, Bowmer + Kirkland, Carney Consultancy, Equans, Gentoo, Handelsbanken, HSBC, Karbon Homes, Kier Construction, Media Borne, Michelle Simpson HR Recruitment, Modo Bloc, Nexus, Pepperells Solicitors, Perro Design and Communications, Robson LaidlerSecure MPSweeney Miller Law, The Alchemist Newcastle, Toomey LegalTyne Tunnels (TT2)Utilita, Ward Hadaway, Wates Group, ATG Group, Constructing Excellence in the North EastHelm Consulting, Newcastle Building Society, Norseal, Stagecoach.

As well as winning their own Shared Value Awards, Muckle LLP, Naylors Gavin Black and Leonard Curtis sponsored this year’s Black & Gold Ball. Other sponsors included Northern Print Solutions, Big Purple Productions and Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

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Or to find out how your business could get involved with Oasis Community Housing’s work tackling homelessness, please visit our Workplace page or contact Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate Relationships Manager, on 07869 283728.