From challenge comes change
Our DO GOOD mission unites The Bicester Village Shopping Collection around one cause: the empowerment of women and children. Through this we have partnered with ten charities, each one doing its part to give countless women and children around the world a brighter future. Together, we are committed to making a difference and being a force for good.
This International Women’s Day, our Villages are handing over their social platforms to these charity partners – to let their hard work shine through and give a voice to those who need it. Among these partners are five ‘philantrepreneurial’ organisations that, together, work to empower women and empower nations.
Women for Women International works in areas affected by conflict and war, helping women survivors rebuild their lives by enrolling them on a year-long training programme where they gain the skills and resources to become successful entrepreneurs, while harnessing the power of sisterhood.
World Connect, too, believes that the projects with the greatest potential for impact are not imposed upon a community, but come from within it. This non-government organisation supports innovative ideas and local solutions for the challenges facing women and children in under-resourced communities worldwide.
By providing them with easier access to clean water and significantly reducing what can be as much as a three-hour daily ordeal for some, Charity: Water literally makes more time for mothers around the world. That clean water also saves the lives of their babies and gives their children more time in school.
Because ours should be a world where all girls have the right to a childhood, Brides do Good mobilises the power of the bridal industry to help protect vulnerable women and girls around the world. Through the resale of wedding dresses donated by brides and brands, they fund international charity programmes aimed at empowering girls, and ensuring they have access to the support and education they need to choose a brighter future of their own, free from the dangers of early marriage. Brides do Good offers forward-thinking brides a more ethical way to wed, and ensures that every step taken down the aisle is a step towards a fairer more sustainable world.
Also tapping into the power of clothing, Smart Works prepares women for entering the workforce by improving confidence with an interview-acing outfit and providing one-on-one interview coaching. Using donations of quality clothing, this UK charity then equips them with a capsule working wardrobe to see them through to their first pay cheques.
Empowering the next generation
The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s DO GOOD charitable network also includes five organisations that support children and young people – giving them, and young women especially, the best chance to fulfil their potential.
Barretstown Camp in Ireland and L’ENVOL Camp in France are part of a worldwide community of 30 Serious Fun camps and programmes that help children with serious illnesses and their families see beyond the limits of their medical conditions and experience all that life has to offer... because, in the words of late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, who inspired the network’s philosophy, “There really is no such thing as a sick child; there are children who happen to be sick.”
In the business of bringing magic to life, Make-A-Wish works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses at a time when they need it most. Like Paul Newman, the foundation believes that a child’s life shouldn’t be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis – it should be about wonder, joy and hope.
Education-access charity IntoUniversity works to address social mobility, educational and other inequalities among young people in the UK. Local learning centres and out-of-school programmes support more than 42,000 students a year, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend university.
And, endeavouring to address inequalities in China’s education sector, Adream seeks to cultivate a sense of awareness and confidence among underprivileged children in rural and urban inner-cities. So that they can forge and embrace a future of possibilities, the non-profit organisation equips China’s children through a programme of innovative teaching and interactive classroom experiences.
As a global platform of 11 Villages spanning eight countries and two continents, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s 10 partner charities are embedded in both its local communities as well as in communities in need around the world.