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Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation Funds: Building Futures and Community Champions

Building Futures

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.  

Building Futures will offer three major prizes up to £100k to fund projects which support children.  Alongside the top prizes there are smaller individual prizes of £1,000 each to give away during April and May 2020.

£300M National Lottery Funding to help Communities Tackle Covid-19 Crisis

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis​


The funds will be used to support the most vulnerable in communities across the UK during these difficult times. From next week, hundreds of millions of pounds will start benefiting those projects that are at the forefront of the Coronavirus crisis - from supporting food banks, to causes that combat loneliness and isolation, help for the elderly and projects that support health in the community.

Persimmon Community Champions Fund

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis​


Persimmon Community Champions re giving away up to £2000 each every month – that’s a whopping £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives.

From 1st April for the foreseeable future, they want to focus on organisations that support the over-70s - a vulnerable group in our society that we feel need our support at this time.

Sean Killion; The passing of a much loved member of staff

YMCA Burton have been observing a period of mourning this week after Sean Killion a long serving member of staff died suddenly at his home on Monday 3rd August.

Sean Killion (55) a well-known figure in the community worked as a Navigator at the YMCA, supporting the homeless and helping them off the streets into secure accommodation.     Sean had previously been involved in the YMCA Outreach Service, Burton Night Shelter and had led a large team at the YMCA furniture shop.   

Developing Staffordshire's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy

Thank you to everyone who completed the SEND online feedback form.

We had almost 400 people submit a response. This feedback has been really insightful and has helped us to understand what is working well, what could be better, and if you had a magic wand, what you would do to improve SEND support in Staffordshire.