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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

CALA Homes (North) has donated £500 to Sunrise Partnership to fund four puppets which will be used during loss and bereavement sessions for children and young people across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The charity, based in Aberdeen, offers free, confidential support to children and young people aged 18 and under who have been affected by loss and bereavement.  Support is available in the form of one-to-one sessions, one day ‘Bereavement Days’ and ‘Seasons for Growth’ groups.

The charity was formed by six trustees and advisors with backgrounds in social work, complementary therapy, teaching and counselling to fulfil the need for bereavement support for children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Prior to Sunrise Partnership, there were no local bereavement organisations specifically for children which offered ongoing direct support to any bereaved child.

The donation was made as 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.

Manager at Sunrise Partnership, Eileen Wheeler, said: “The four new puppets we have been able to purchase with CALA’s donation will be an important resource for our sessions.

“Using puppets tends to be less threatening for children and young people than asking them to speak directly about situations and how they’re feeling.”

Vivian Bisset, Sales and Marketing Manager at CALA Homes (North) welcomed Eileen to the luxury housebuilder’s Oldfold Village development in Milltimber to hear more about the vital work the charity undertakes and see the puppets purchased with the donation.

Vivian said: “It is great to know that bereaved children in the area can seek the support of the experienced and dedicated staff at Sunrise Partnership.

“We are very pleased to enable the charity to purchase the new puppets and hope that they will prove useful in the sessions it provides.”

The CALA Homes (North) community bursary will support 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, Grampian Deaf Children's Society, 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 won ‘Housebuilder of The Year’ at the Scottish Home Awards.  It was also awarded bronze for the UK’s ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ at the What House? Awards.
  • 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.