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CalMac has earned a top award for its commitment to generating social value for its local communities.
Projects it has helped include North Argyll Carers Centre supporting five young carers through learning photography and also providing more involvement opportunities with Islay Archers.
The UK’s largest ferry operator has become the first Scottish company to be awarded a Level 2 Social Value Quality Mark with recognition of its CalMac Community Fund.
Last year, the Fund supported 76 different projects helping the lives of children and young people living in west coast communities and it is expected to deliver £676,391 of value over three years.
To get the Quality Mark, it had to show it helped make improvements including health and wellbeing; social and community; education and skills and employment and volunteering.
Other projects included Barra Children’s Centre developed and promoted awareness of water safety and increased participation in water sports for 45 young people.
CalMac’s community programmes were recently praised in a motion lodged in the Scottish Parliament by Donald Cameron, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, and which received cross-party support.
Gordon McKillop, corporate social responsibility manager for CalMac, said: ‘Our Community Fund is much more than corporate giving. The Community Fund was created to make a difference and we are beginning to see those results. We hope to build on the funds early success and sustain its impact for years to come by tackling the material issues affecting our communities.
‘This year we will support projects tackling mental health, loneliness, social isolation and or poverty and will announce the successful projects in the coming weeks.’
And Richard Dickins, managing director of Social Value Quality Mark added:
‘This award recognises CalMac’s outstanding commitment to create, report and embed social value within the fabric of their organisation. We are delighted to remain their social value partner as they move through up through the levels.’