CMS Window Systems has supported more good causes than ever in the past 12 months, providing a mix of hands-on practical and financial assistance to community initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of local people.
In the run up to Christmas, CMS boosted its support for The Halliday Foundation, which helps homeless people living on the streets of Glasgow. The charity was set up by Chris Halliday, the brother of Nadia Halliday who works in the HR department at CMS, and in just two years it has developed to a point where it has the resources available to help more than 140 people. CMS organised a clothing collection to enable the charity to help vulnerable individuals stay warm during the coldest time of the year.
Ongoing support for charities and not-for-profit initiatives throughout 2019 spanned an extremely broad range of causes, including a charity night to raise money for SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and K9 Search and Rescue organised by Jennifer Harley, who works for CMS as a Quality Administrator. Jennifer’s father, Paul Harley, sadly went missing five years ago and has not yet been found, so the CMS team were keen to help Jennifer and her family raise money for the charities helping to search for him.
As a socially sustainable supply chain partner to numerous housing associations and councils, CMS seeks to assist initiatives that bring communities together. In South Ayrshire, it supported the council’s Communities Fun Day by donating 2,000 ‘goodie bags’ to be handed out at the popular local event, which this year was attended by 3,400 people.
CMS also assisted Link Hillhouse Tenants & Residents Association to provide a spectacular Christmas party for 150 young people from Hillhouse by donating £250 towards the buffet. And in Airdrie, CMS donated Christmas hampers for residents of the John Smith Court sheltered housing complex. This North Lanarkshire Council run facility has recently been refurbished with new windows and doors by CMS, so an extra Christmas gesture for residents was fitting.
Other important community initiatives which benefited from CMS support in 2019 included North Lanarkshire Council’s St Andrew’s Ball 2019, for which CMS donated a raffle prize to raise funds for Children In Need. At the East Dunbartonshire Business Awards CMS donated a prize for the raffle which, along with an auction that also took place during the event, helped raise a total of £1,870 to support local social enterprise Creatovators CIC which works to support people on the autistic spectrum and their families.
The Balfour Beatty Summer Ball at Kelvingrove Art Galleries was also supported in aid of Clyde Cash for Kids, as were the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards – CMS’s raffle prize donations helped to ensure these important events raised significant sums for these worthy causes.
One of the latest initiatives that CMS is supporting is in Fife. Here, CMS is working with the council and other charities including Veterans First, RNIB, Hearing Loss and Dementia Awareness to create ‘One Stop Pop Up Pods’ within local shopping centres or Council buildings. The pods will give individuals who are in need of support to retain their independence in their daily lives, access to assessments and information about the services and innovative products available to them at the heart of their community.
David Ritchie, CEO at CMS Window Systems said: “We are delighted to able to support these excellent causes and help to improve the lives of people and communities at a local level right across Scotland. It reflects our commitment to social sustainability, which is at the core of how we operate our business, and it is great to see so many members of the CMS team volunteering to do what they can to help.”