We are really pleased to announce that we will be supporting Guideposts as our charity partner for the year ahead.
We recently asked our customers to submit suggestions for charities and had some really good suggestions from our Facebook and email campaigns. We then voted internally and Guideposts was a clear choice as a well established local charity doing fantastic work in the community in West Oxfordshire and further afield.
Guideposts work in social care with vulnerable adults in the community with complex needs, providing respite, care, support and a ‘home away from home’ through a number of sites around Witney that offer day centres, a forest school and a ‘dig and grow’ outdoor wellbeing hub.
“All the staff and members at Guideposts are thrilled that Oxford Vapours have chosen Guideposts as their Charity to support for the coming year. It is only with help and support from great businesses and people that we can continue our ongoing work in the community. We are really looking forward to working with Dan and the team on charitable events in the coming months, and raising awareness for our work to their wider audience. It will be a wonderful partnership.”
Tania Kirby, Senior Fundraiser at Guideposts
We have seen some of Guideposts’ work with people with learning disabilities as the members of GLADS often take their daily walks near their Witney shop. We’ve seen the fun and friendship within the group and how the Guideposts members are supported in improving their health and being part of the local community.
We plan to run fundraising initiatives throughout the year in-store and online and hopefully next spring and summer this can include outdoor events where we can get to do something fun together in person, with the intention of raising as much money as we can for this fantastic cause.
“Guideposts is a great cause, and something I have wanted to support for a long time. My uncle had Downs Syndrome and passed away when I was 13 years old. He had lived with my family for a year and we were great friends. We used to spend a lot of time together playing pool and watching football. So people with learning disabilities have always been close to my heart.”
Dan Greenall, MD at Oxford Vapours
Please keep an eye out for news on initiatives in the coming months and if you would like to get involved sooner, please check out their current ‘global challenge’ where you can take part in a sponsored walk, run, skateboard or cycle to help them collectively get all the way around the world.Find out more