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Kairos cooks up kitchen project with help from CALA Homes (West)

Monday, 22 July 2019

A support group for women based in Renfrewshire is celebrating after receiving a funding boost from CALA Homes (West).

Kairos Women’s Space, a voluntary organisation in Johnstone which offers support, personal development and learning opportunities to women aged over 16 in Renfrewshire – and beyond – was awarded funding through CALA Homes’ annual community bursary scheme.

The group, whose tagline is ‘women supporting women’, has been operating since May 2018 and offers weekly drop-in sessions encouraging discussion, skills development and education in subjects like women’s history as well as 12-week personal development courses.

Part of Active Communities (Scotland), it is driven entirely by 14 local women who dedicate their time to driving new ideas, initiatives and projects to given women from all walks of life, including those with additional support needs or those who have experienced trauma, a safe and welcoming space.

The £1,000 of funding from CALA Homes (West) will go towards purchasing cookery and food preparation equipment for the Kairos Kitchen Project.

The new project will get up and running when the group moves into new premises in Johnstone in August, and will teach participants about preparing meals from a range of different countries and cultures.

Katy Wilson-Scott, Kairos’ Development Manager, said: “We cannot thank CALA Homes (West) enough for offering such a generous donation. The money has gone a long way to ensuring we have all the essentials for kick-starting our new kitchen project when we move into our new premises in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to get started.”

Sophie Whittaker, Marketing Assistant at CALA Homes (West), visited the group to hear more about its work and find out how the Community Bursary funding is being used.

She said: “It was wonderful to meet Katy and the rest of the Kairos Women’s Space volunteers and hear more about the amazing work they do – and to see first-hand the support they offer to women at their drop-in sessions.

“All of the women get so much from the group, including vital support from other women in similar situations as well as those from different walks of life. It is a warm and welcoming environment, and I am delighted to see that, with our help the group will be able to do even more from their new premises.”

Liana Canavan, Sales and Marketing Director of CALA Homes (West), said: “We are really pleased to support Kairos Women’s Space. The group does fantastic work and is a vital resource for many women, both locally and further afield.”


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of CALA Homes.

Notes to Editor – CALA Homes

CALA Homes, part of the CALA Group, is a major UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high quality homes in prime locations throughout the South of England, the Midlands and .Scotland.

Key Facts:

  • In the 18 months to December 2018, CALA sold over 3000 homes and announced record profit before tax of £122.4m and also record revenues of £1,220.8m.
  • CALA has a strong pipeline of land with an owned and contracted land bank of over 17,000 homes.
  • CALA employs more than 1,000 people across 10 offices and more than 70 developments
  • CALA Homes has received the maximum 5 Star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey for 2019. On average over the past 10 years, the independent survey has found that more than 93% of our customers would recommend CALA to a friend.
  • In 2017, and for the second consecutive year, CALA has collected the Silver award for ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ at the WhatHouse? Awards. At the 2018 Scottish Home Awards, CALA received the Customer Service Excellence Award for the third year running. In 2019, CALA was named Home Builder of the Year at the Homes for Scotland Awards.
  • CALA is proud to be a Gold Patron of the Prince’s Trust, our national charity partner since 2015.
  • In March 2018, CALA Group was acquired by Legal & General Group, the insurance, savings and investment management company.
  • 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