Our Social Ethos

Our social giving is central to our ethos at Ortus. We run a variety of initiatives to support our local community. Our Social EthosCharity Initiative

Our Social Ethos

Giving back is fundamental to Ortus’ social ethos. This is achieved through initiatives such as direct donations to local community and voluntary organisations, free business support and mentoring to local SMEs, working in partnership with local influential groups, educational bursaries and organising charity events.

We have currently have two hubs based at our headquarters that offer free business advice and guidance to all businesses:

City Business Hub

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Social Enterprise Hub

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Our Social Giving Statistics

£350k donated through the charity initiative fund to date

£43k raised for charities through the Charity Golf day since 2009

Business Hubs opened to provide free local support

On average free workshops provided annually for local businesses

Approximately £40k free business support given annually

Over 200 free mentoring hours given to local businesses each year

Charities Initiative Fund

In 2007 we set up the charities initiative fund to support local community groups within our area. The committee works together to support a wide variety of groups with specific projects through to longer term partnership.

Some of the Groups we have supported to date:

(Listed Alphabetically)
  • Alternative Shankill Women’s Outlook
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Clic Sargent
  • Colin Gaels GAC
  • Conway Education Centre
  • Corpus Christie College
  • Des Bannon Bursaries
  • Falls Community Council
  • Falls Residence Association
  • Falls Youth Providers
  • Finn Community Group
  • Foyle Hospice Donation
  • Friends of Blacks Road Park
  • Glencolin Residents Association
  • Gort na Mona Girls Football Club
  • Greater Shankill Christmas Festival
  • Immaculata JFC
  • Karate Do-Wado Kai Ireland
  • Kollizion Krew
  • Lifestart Foundation
  • Natter Chatter Self Help Group
  • NI Hospice
  • Northern Ireland Boy’s Football
  • Now Group
  • Refugee Crisis
  • Scoil Rince
  • St James GAA
  • St John’s GAC
  • St Mary’s Community Group
  • St Paul’s Disability Care Group
  • Tennyson School of Irish Dance
  • Upper Springfield Resource Centre
  • Voices
  • Whiterock Community Centre
  • Women 4 Women Group
  • Annual partnership

We also have long term partnerships and annual events with a number of local groups supporting our community

Feile An Phobail

We are delighted to be a principal partner of the annual Feile an Phobail festival in West Belfast. The festival is a to celebration of the diverse experiences, culture, creativity, skills and potential of West Belfast and its people.

Ortus sponsor the annual Clonard Monastery event during the festival and also hold a family fun day to end the festival at its Twin Spires Complex with an annual attendance of over 700:

Twin Spires Family Fun Day 2016

Aisling Bursaries

Each year Ortus is honoured to support the Aisling Bursaries.

The Aisling Bursaries is an education bursaries scheme delivered by the West Belfast Partnership Board enabling students to access further and higher education and vocational training. Businesses, community enterprises and individuals contribute to the bursary fund and make a firm commitment to developing the skills of the local community and enhancing young people’s capacity to achieve their full potential.

For Ortus, the funds provide valuable opportunities to those within our community to grow and reach their potential. Our commitment is to helping individuals achieve their goals and the Aisling Bursaries are an essential platform for young people in West Belfast.

 

Annual Charity Golf Day
One of the highlights in The Ortus Group social calendar is our annual Charity Golf Day. Hosted at Belvoir Golf Club, Belfast up to 20 teams of 4 participate from a variety of corporate backgrounds.

 

In 2015 the contribution of businesses involved allowed us to present a cheque for £7,000 to local charity Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The funds raised had the following impact for the charity and families effected by Children’s Heart Disease

“Your support has been hugely beneficial and we thank you so much for your support in helping us to continue providing practical and emotional support to local children and their families here.” Lynn Cowan, Fundraiser

To date, our golf events have raised over £43k for local charities.

To get involved with our 2016 event contact us via the form below

golf day 2016

 

Interested in our Charities Initiative Fund? Contact us today for more information: