McCarthy & Stone, a UK developer and manager of retirement communities, has today announced the launch of a charitable foundation to celebrate and defend the role of older people.
Supported by the organisation’s employees, home owners and partners, the McCarthy & Stone Foundation will deliver a series of grants programmes, each designed to strengthen communities, support local charities and provide a voice to champion the role of older people in society.
It is hoped that the Foundation’s work will provide support for those who need it most, including older people facing isolation, loneliness, or poor health; young people who may be falling behind personally and academically; and communities in need of regeneration.
McCarthy & Stone CEO and Trustee of the new Foundation John Tonkiss said: “COVID-19 has shown that there are real challenges to overcome within local communities and sadly the most vulnerable in our society are often older people and the young.
“We are therefore delighted to be able to launch the McCarthy & Stone Foundation to help bring generations together, do more to support the lives of older people and support regeneration. We look forward to working together with our employees, partners and homeowners to have an important and lasting impact on people experiencing challenges around the country.”
Foundation manager Graeme Marsh commented: “An independent charitable Foundation is a tangible commitment to making a real difference to the lives of people in communities around the country and couldn’t come at a more important time. I am delighted to have the opportunity to take this fantastic initiative forwards and start creating a real positive impact in communities up and down the country.”
McCarthy & Stone said its grants programmes commence in the coming months and the application window for grants will be confirmed in due course.