Cornwall LivingIssue #76

Supporting Cornwall’s communities

Since launching the Cornwall Glass Fund in 2009, Cornwall Glass has granted more than £65K to worthy local organisations, groups and charities across the south west.

This year, Cornwall Glass is celebrating 40 years of business and to mark this milestone, they are awarding 40 grants of £400 from their Cornwall Glass Fund to community groups throughout the county. Cornwall Glass Chairman, Mark Mitchell tells us: “Being part of the community is an important part of who we are and what we do. We feel privileged to have directly supported 65 local groups who are working to improve the lives of people in their areas. In this special 40th year of our business, we wanted to do something to mark this important achievement.”

Being part of the community is an important part of who we are and what we do”

Cornwall Glass is a family owned business specialising in the manufacture, production and installation of glass and glazing products for commercial, trade and domestic customers. With 13 branches throughout Cornwall and the south west, the company has supported local communities since its foundation in 1978. The Cornwall Glass Fund is managed by the Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) to provide funding for community groups. The fund has grown and to date has invested more than £60,000 to 65 local groups, organisations and charities within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Tamas Haydu, CCF Chief Executive, comments: “Cornwall Glass are an exemplary business having invested with us over the long term to ensure they are always helping local Cornish communities. The company’s 40th anniversary is a great achievement and marking it with 40 grant awards of £400 will go a long way towards helping more community projects across Cornwall.”

Cornwall Glass colleagues take an active role in the decision-making process for the grant applications to the fund and this year they will be prioritising projects that demonstrate bringing people together in their local community. With so many worthy causes, this is far from being an easy task and the response for these modest grants this year from grass root groups, coming forward, has been amazing. So many people are helping others in their community, giving their time and efforts to help with isolation, peer to peer support, community gardens, accessible activities for all, the list goes on.

As is the case in many places across the UK, while Cornwall is a beautiful place to be, it has a side that’s easily forgotten about – one of isolation, child poverty, low wages and ill health. Mark explains: “We can’t make everything better, but we aim and hope that it will help enrich the lives of some of those most in need.”

"Being part of the community is an important part of who we are and what we do"