Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) is our main shareholder, and their focus is primarily on the difficult issues that surround housing and poverty nationally and globally. While a Christian charity, they are faith based not faith biased and support organisations of all faiths.
ACT deliver their charitable support in 3 ways. [establish], Housing and Poverty and Christian Innovation Grants.
In 2016, we launched our [establish] project, a 50 year initiative that would help to combine the expertise of the business and the charity to give back to our local communities. This enduring project aims to provide 50 homes over 50 years, working alongside local charities with the goal of providing homes to young people in need of housing.
This project has been described by one of our chosen charities as “an interwork project with accommodation included” and it indeed the aim of [establish] to offer support and guidance in the hope that the young people will be able to find work, either within Andrews or another industry, and eventually move on to become independent. We have already hired one resident from this project who now works for us as a financial adviser, with the hope of many more joining us in the future.
Housing and Poverty
When Cecil Jackson-Cole first set up Andrews Charitable Trust, he set it up in order to help those less fortunate. A major element of this was helping those in need of housing and those living in poverty, reflecting the relationship with Andrews Property Group whose purpose was to bring people and property together. It therefore makes sense that ACT funds organisations built around tackling the cycles of housing and poverty.
Since the days of Oxfam, ACT has funded innovative charitable organisations, as well as offering continued support and advice from our Trustees. We have a long term partnership with Carers Worldwide (since 2012), a charity set up by Anil Patil to highlight the vital role played by family carers in developing countries and advocates for the inclusion of carers in support programmes.
ACT also funds innovative social action projects through The Cinnamon Network. The projects offer tried and tested models of support which can be delivered to help disadvantaged or marginalised people (of all faiths and none) throughout the UK.