SouthGate Bath announces new charity partners

By Anita Jaynes on 27 June, 2022

SouthGate Bath has announced Trauma Breakthrough, Julian House, Oasis Hub and Bath Cats and Dogs Home as the latest charity partners to be supported by its Giving Box.

The shopping centre’s Giving Box, located on SouthGate Place, was launched in December 2020 and is designed to help the local community easily give to local charities by using contactless payment to donate £3.

Trauma Breakthrough helps adult survivors of trauma and abuse by providing specialist therapy and support, wellbeing services and mental health courses for the public.

Julian House focuses on supporting vulnerable and at-risk individuals by providing specialised support services, accommodation and training programmes to those affected by homelessness, domestic abuse, addiction, long-term unemployment and mental health issues.

Through its community hub, Oasis Bath delivers and hosts a range of projects in the city including addiction support groups, a mental health crisis service that runs every night of the year, two weekly food pantries and an affordable counselling service.

Bath Cats and Dogs Home’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome vulnerable cats and dogs living in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset. The Home rescues over 800 cats and dogs every year, offering them care, safety and a secure place to live while they wait for their forever homes.

Last year SouthGate Bath and its visitors raised almost £10,000 for local charities Age UK Bath & North East Somerset, Genesis Trust, Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre and Dorothy House through its Giving Box.

Guy Henderson, Centre Director at SouthGate Bath, said, “The past couple of years have been incredibly difficult for many charities, and we’re really pleased to be supporting four new charities – Trauma Breakthrough, Julian House, Oasis Hub and Bath Cats and Dogs Home – through our Giving Box.

“Our visitors are always very generous, and we’d like to say a huge thank you for their continued support. Their donations will be vital in ensuring the charities can continue their brilliant work, helping those in our local communities who need it most.”

As part of SouthGate Bath’s ongoing community work, the design for this year’s annual summer installation – which is butterfly-themed – has been chosen in support of Trauma Breakthrough. Butterflies are a symbol of freedom, recovery and growth, and parts of the installation have been fitted with QR codes where visitors can make a small donation to the charity to help support the crucial work it does in the local community. Find out more about it here.