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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CALA Homes (North) has announced the 11 community groups, charities and local organisations in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which will receive a share of its £10,000 community bursary.

The bursary, which is in its second year, will make contributions to a wide variety of groups and charities, enabling them to provide a range of services and equipment for the local community.

Successful applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, which requested funds to purchase new camping equipment, and Seaton Community Church, which will receive a sum to help continue its Make Lunches scheme which provides free lunches for around 50 primary school children during holidays.

The broad walk at Pitscurry Day Service will undergo vital repairs to allow visitors better access along the path in its grounds, while Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) will purchase sanitary products for disadvantaged and vulnerable women in the area.

Official presentations will be made by CALA to each organisation over the coming months.

Mike Naysmith, Managing Director at CALA Homes (North), said: “I’d like to thank all the groups, charities and organisations that took the time to get in touch with us. Our community bursary judging panel carefully considered every application.

“All of the successful organisations and charities were looking for funds for very worthy projects and I’m very pleased that we’re able to help so many of them. It was fantastic to see some of the charities we helped last year reapply, a few of them will be receiving a donation to assist with new projects this year.

“Supporting communities within Aberdeen is an important focus for CALA and our community bursary initiative has provided us with the opportunity to reach out to groups and charities in the area, and help a number of vital causes that have a positive impact on the lives of locals.”

The further seven successful applicants include SensationALL, GCRA Ltd, Sunrise Partnership, Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeen Riding Club, CHAS, and Aberdeen Science Centre (see full details below).




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


Notes to Editor – Community


Group name

About the group

Amount awarded

What the funds provide

17th Aberdeen Scout Group

Delivers scouting to children in Aberdeen


Camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment

Aberdeen Riding Club

Provides riding sessions, including a number of free sessions for those in the community who benefit from riding as a form of therapy


25 riding sessions and 23 stable management sessions

Seaton Community Church

Runs a number of groups including Cage Football, Seaton Stars Under Five Group, and a youth club


Purchasing food for its Make Lunches scheme

Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

Has two hospices for children, Rachel House (Kinross) and Robin House (Balloch)


To expand its CHAS at Home care team based in Aberdeen

Sunrise Partnership SCIO

A service offering support to children and young people who have been affected by loss or bereavement


20 one-to-one sessions for children who are trying to come to terms with a devastating loss

Pitscurry Day Service

Part of a service offered to adults with learning disabilities who live in central Aberdeenshire


Renewal of its broad walk

Aberdeen Science Centre

Helps to engage disadvantaged groups in science, technology, engineering and maths


Kit and resources for a local outreach project

Alzheimer Scotland

Dementia support group


Local History and Reminiscence sessions


Supports people with Multiple Support Needs


The addition of a second weekly session for adults with learning and physical disabilities


Offers exercise classes for people with cardiac conditions


Upgrading its stock of older defibrillators

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)

Community food organisation assisting disadvantaged, vulnerable and low income individuals and families


Sanitary products and training and support programmes 

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 2016, CALA announced record profits of £60.1m (2015: £50.9m).
  • CALA’s average selling price (ASP), as at 30th June 2016, was £538,000 (2015: £509,000) – 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 2016, CALA’s owned and contracted landbank stood at 15,399 plots (2015: 14,236) with a potential gross development value approaching £5.5bn, up 16% versus 2015 (£5.2bn).
  • In 2016, CALA won ‘Large Housebuilder of The Year’ at the Scottish Home Awards for the second consecutive year, was crowned ‘Medium Housebuilder of the Year’ at the Housebuilder Awards as well as collecting a silver award for ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ at the What House? Awards.
  • On average over the past eight years, 93% of our customers have been willing to recommend CALA to a friend in the Home Builders Federation National New Homes customer satisfaction survey
  • 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.


For further information visit www.cala.co.uk