Monday, 19 September 2016

Grampian Deaf Children’s Society arranged a fun-packed day out for its members thanks to an £800 donation from the CALA Homes (North) community bursary fund.

The funds contributed towards the charity’s monthly activity programme which provides its children and young people with the opportunity to learn and develop their social skills. The charity took 16 of its member families to see a British Sign Language interpreted performance of a pantomime in Inverurie with the community bursary funds.

Grampian Deaf Children’s Society was established in the 1970s as a support group by parents of children at Aberdeen School for the Deaf. All of its trustees and committee members are parents of deaf children or deaf young adults and volunteer their time to running the organisation.

The donation was part of the housebuilder’s £10,000 community bursary scheme which was launched last year to mark 140 years since the company was established as the City of Aberdeen Land Association.

Carrie Heddle, Chairperson at Grampian Deaf Children’s Society, said: “We’d like to thank CALA for its very generous donation.

“The money enabled us to take member families on a fantastic outing which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It also helped us to continue to support a great local theatre group which does a superb job to ensure those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment can still enjoy its shows.

“Our organisation is entirely made up of volunteers so it is lovely to have the support of CALA to help us continue to raise awareness of hearing loss among the community.”

The charity plans to extend its range of activities for young people of secondary school age and offer support during the transitioning period between leaving school and entering further education or employment.

Carrie and the charity’s treasurer, Vanessa Ross visited CALA’s Oldfold Village development to meet Lynn Bell, Land Manager at CALA Homes (North) to discuss the work the charity does.

Lynn said: “It was wonderful to meet Carrie and Vanessa to hear more about Grampian Deaf Children’s Society and its range of activities for its member children and young people. It was a privilege to be able to fund a pantomime outing for the charity through CALA’s community bursary.”

The CALA Homes (North) community bursary is supporting 12 different charities and community groups across Aberdeen and the surrounding area this year by funding vital equipment and services. Beneficiaries include Grampian MS Therapy Centre, Children 1st, Aberdeen Science Centre, and SensationalALL.




Issued on behalf of CALA Homes (North) by Beattie Communications 


Notes to Editor – CALA Homes


CALA Homes, part of the CALA Group, is the UK’s most upmarket major home builder operating in the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland. The company is a Top 10 UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high quality homes in prime locations.


Key Facts:

  • In its full year results for the year ending 30th June 2015, CALA announced record profits of £50.9m (2014: £26.8m) and an improved house sales gross margin of 23.4% (2014: 22.8%).
  • CALA’s average selling price (ASP), as at 30th June 2015, was £509,000 (2014: £423,000) – the highest ASP outside London of any major UK housebuilder, thanks to the Group’s market positioning and geographic presence in more affluent areas of the UK.
  • As at 30th June 2015, CALA’s owned and contracted landbank stood at 14,236 plots (2014: 12,690) with a potential gross development value approaching £5.2bn, up 11% versus 2014 (£4.7bn).
  • In 2015, CALA Homes was named ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the Scottish Business Awards and was also awarded bronze for the UK’s ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ at the What House? Awards. In 2016, CALA won ‘Large Housebuilder of The Year’ at the Scottish Home Awards for the second consecutive year.
  • CALA Homes has received the maximum 5 Star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey for seven consecutive years.
  • In March 2013, the CALA Group was acquired by Patron Capital Partners, the private equity group, and Legal & General Group, the insurance, savings and investment management company.
  • At the end of March 2014, CALA acquired Banner Homes, a leading developer and retailer of luxury new homes in the affluent markets of the Midlands and the South East of England. The acquisition expanded the company’s geographical footprint and volume scale to make it a Top 10 UK home builder.
  • CALA started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. As CALA is an acronym it is always reproduced in upper case.


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