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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) has received a £750 donation from CALA Homes (North) which will be used to purchase supplies for its food bank.

The charity supports more than 5,000 disadvantaged, vulnerable, families and communities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

CFINE is one of 11 community groups, charities and local organisations in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which will receive a share of the housebuilder’s £10,000 community bursary this year.

The sum will be used to purchase sanitary products for the food bank and will also contribute towards the charity’s support and training programmes.

Dave Simmers, CEO at Community Food Initiatives North East, said: “We applied for a share of CALA’s community bursary to help us respond to the ever increasing demand on our food bank.

“We handed out 10,000 parcels in 2016 and we expect this will rise to more than 12,000 this year.

“We also aim to try to help beneficiaries address their issues, including financial capability and education, so that they do not need to use our food bank. CFINE recruits food bank users as volunteers, supporting around 250 volunteers annually, which builds their confidence and self-esteem, improves skills, and creates social networks.”

Emma Gelati, Marketing Manager at CALA Homes (North), visited CFINE to chat to staff and officially present the charity with the donation.

She said: “CFINE provides a wonderful service to so many people in our community, offering vital supplies and a chance to develop their skills as a volunteer.

“As demand for parcels from its food bank continues to increase, we were delighted to help replenish stocks to enable CFINE to provide essential items that the majority of us take for granted.”

Other successful community bursary applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, Seaton Community Church,

Pitscurry Day Service, SensationALL, GCRA Ltd, Sunrise Partnership, Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeen Riding Club, CHAS, and Aberdeen Science Centre.




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 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