12th Jul 2019

From left: Charlotte McMurchie (Muckle), Hugh Welch (Muckle), David Smith (Oasis), Jon Goodwin (Community Foundation), Susan Howe (Muckle)

A Community Foundation fund established by a major North East law firm has now made grants worth a total of £500,000, to mark the occasion, staff members from Muckle LLP visited the fund’s latest beneficiary.

Oasis Community Housing, based in Gateshead, recently received £1,000 from the Muckle Fund to help support its work with homeless people. The charity helps to reignite hope and future for those facing homelessness through intervention and prevention. The grant will help fund the charity’s Social Action Programme, a new initiative that empowers young people to become ambassadors for Oasis Community Housing and raise awareness of homelessness in the wider community.

David Smith, Oasis Community Housing chief executive, said:

“Young people see homelessness for what it is – a set of circumstances that needn’t exist – so their voice is vital in getting our communities to realise what can be done.  Our Social Action Programme is about giving young people a platform to shake things up and spread a message of hope and we are thrilled to have Muckle LLP’s support for this work. When a heavyweight business gets behind the next generation, the results are sure to be unstoppable. We want to thank the team at Muckle LLP for their faith in us, and for leading the way in the North East business sector by bringing genuine involvement to the community.”

Hugh Welch, Muckle LLP senior partner, said:

“We are honoured to support amazing North East charities like Oasis Housing, whose Social Action Programme has enormous potential; it is quite fitting that they should receive this landmark grant. Giving half a million pounds to charitable causes is a proud moment for Muckle, having established our charitable fund more than 15 years ago. The Community Foundation does a tremendous job of connecting us with many inspirational charities. It is absolutely right that we do all that we can to give something back to a region that has always served us so well, and we are very much looking forward to supporting many more North East causes for years to come.”

Jon Goodwin, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation, added:

“Muckle has a clear commitment to involving people from across the business in the grant-giving decision-making process. The team has a wide range of philanthropic motivations and interests, as well as a desire to think strategically in order to have the greatest impact, and their support for Oasis shows that we don’t have to make huge grants to make a big difference. Here’s to the next half-million!”

As part of its extensive community work, Muckle donates 1% of its annual profits to its fund with us, which they established more than 15 years ago. The fund’s grant-making is guided by four key impact areas - young people, disadvantage, social mobility and personal causes close to the hearts of its employees.

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