Community & Sustainability
Grand Arcade works to be an active member of our community through our charity partnerships, sustainability work, and links with local organisations. Every year we drive sustainability through or recycling schemes and by investing in energy saving measures. We seek to be a positive member of our community by supporting a number of worthy charities and in addition we work with local organisations and festivals to support and promote events in our region.
Zero to Landfill
The UK sends approximately 46 Million tonnes of waste to landfill every year (gov.uk). Last year, we contributed nothing towards this total, as absolutely none of our waste goes to landfill.
Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust
Our new local charity ACT is dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals. ACT believes that every patient deserves the highest quality of care available. With the help of many generous supporters they provide funds to improve our local hospital to provide cutting edge technology, additional specialist services, vital research and extra comforts for patients, making all the difference over and above what would be possible through NHS funding alone. To find out how you can support please contact 01223 217757.
Every Can Counts
In 2015 we collected 3,196 aluminium cans over 30 weeks. Cans can be recycled up to 8 times to make airplane parts, building facades, trays and of course; more cans (everycancounts.co.uk).
In 2015 we recycled 7 tonnes of mixed plastic, this is enough to make 16,500 fleece jackets (snvplastics.com).
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Grand Arcade supports our local Cambridge branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind; the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs; who have helped 29,000 blind or partially sighted people achieve independence. In 2015 Grand Arcade helped raise £7,192 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Save the Trees
In 2015 we recycled 100 tonnes of cardboard, this saves 1,700 trees being cut down to be used for packaging (packsize.com).
We recycle batteries, light bulbs, ink cartridges and waste electrical safely. Stopping hazardous materials entering our environment.
Bring Your Dog
Visit Cambridge and Beyond
Grand Arcade supports Visit Cambridge and Beyond, who will be the leading voice for the visitor economy for Cambridge and the surrounding area. Their purpose is to grow the value of the visitor economy by promoting Cambridge and it's surrounding areas by providing the best possible visitor experience.
In 2015 we recycled 89% of all waste on site, this is equal to 320 tonnes of waste, which is equal too 27 double-decker buses (boriswatch.com).
Cambridge Science Festival
Grand Arcade supports the Cambridge Science Festival, which has inspired thousands of young researchers; last year, the Festival attracted well over 45,000 visitors. The Festival, one of the largest and most respected, brings science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine to an audience of all ages through an exciting mix of demonstrations, talks, performances and debates. It draws together a diverse range of independent organisations in addition to many University departments, centres and museums.
Grand Arcade supports Newmarket Racecourses; the Rowley Mile and the Adnams July Course, together form the greatest venue in the East of England. They offer local events to our region, including; world class Flat racing, concerts and family days.
Grand Arcade supports Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID), which consists of 1,100 city centre businesses, working together to promote the city to visitors, residents and workers, while ensuring they experience a welcoming and vibrant street scene that is both clean and safe.
Newnham Croft School
This summer, Grand Arcade will be building a polytunnel at Newnham Croft School in Cambridge, named 'Grand Arcade!'. The pupils love gardening, particularly, digging, watering and harvesting and they are able to be involved in the growing of vegetables that are used in the school kitchen. The polytunnel will enable them to bring plants on more quickly so that children can harvest crops before the summer holiday. It will also give them a covered area when it is raining where they can carry on planting seeds or working on other projects related to the garden.
Grand Arcade are sponsoring Outspoken Training with their cycle seminar initiative to enthuse students to cycle more often & more safely. Outspoken Training visit local universities during Fresher's Week to promote cycling as a easy, fun and sustainable form of transport. During the hour long seminar they promote the importance of observation, how to communicate with other road users, effective road positioning and the highway code as well as identifying suitable routes for cycling around town.
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Grand Arcade has adopted five animals in the park as part of their Animal Adoption scheme. Support like this ensures they can continue their work in wildlife education and conservation, with both the animals they care for at the wildlife park, and also the conservation projects they support throughout the world.
Magpas Air Ambulance
Magpas Air Ambulance are a new charity for Grand Arcade. They bring essential lifesaving care by land & air, to seriously ill or injured patients across the region. Highly trained Magpas Doctors & Paramedics respond to patients in life threatening emergencies by helicopter or rapid response BMW 24/7. They are proud to be the second charity funded 24/7 service of its kind to be launched in the UK, so are confident that more people will benefit from the enhanced care provided by Magpas Air Ambulance in their moment of need. Funds raised throughout the year help to keep Magpas Air Ambulance flying, our emergency land vehicles maintained and our medical team, many of whom volunteer their own time to work with us, trained and equipped with crucial lifesaving drugs and equipment. Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives.
The Royal British Legion
Since 1921 The Royal British Legion has provided care and support to the whole Armed forces community past and present, and their families. The Royal British Legion’s work is encapsulated in its motto: Live On – To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. We are the national custodian of Remembrance and safeguard the Military covenant between the nation and its Armed forces. We are well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and our emblem the red poppy.