The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Valerie Laurent, has chosen three charities to support in her mayoral year. Any monies raised will be given to the charities at the end of her term of office. All charities are local and very relevant for Southampton.
Saints Foundation, the charity of Southampton Football Club, supports Southampton by delivering projects that respond to the ever-evolving needs of the people of the city. Connecting with communities using the power of the Saints badge, we help those who feel the impact of inequalities the most. We support people in need throughout Southampton, providing life-changing opportunities to help our city and its communities thrive.
We have five key focus areas:
- Gender equality
Our work is delivered in schools, community centres, parks, hospitals, care homes, leisure centres and at our home at St Mary’s Stadium.
Our vision is that Southampton is a city where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
Oasis Southampton City Farm
Oasis Southampton City Farm has been at the heart of the local Southampton community for over 80 years providing a range of services to targeted groups as well as the wider local community. Our work includes targeted sessions for Learning Disability and Brain Injury clients, school and youth group visits, birthday parties and more. The farm also holds four extremely successful open days each year, and all activity is supported by a strong local volunteer team.
Southampton Sea Cadets
Operating since 1942, Southampton Sea Cadets is a registered youth charity. The Unit is located on the banks of the River Itchen in Southampton, and its cadet members and staff (all volunteers) are drawn from the wider Southampton area. It is a thriving unit with 65 cadets and 26 adult volunteers, meeting twice per week and many weekends during the boating season.
At Sea Cadets, the young people aged 10 -17 enjoy adventures such as sailing, rowing, kayaking, first-aid training, piping and drill, and earn nationally recognised qualifications, sail offshore, and travel abroad. Young people become resilient and confident and have improved motivation and skills. They learn to become leaders, and Sea Cadets helps them to cope with today’s complex and often overwhelming world, and embed the values of loyalty, honesty and integrity, respect, commitment, and self-discipline in everything they do.
Adult volunteers have the opportunity to undergo training and gain recognised qualifications.
In 2022, the Unit won the area award for diversity, as it has a number of disabled cadets, is multi-cultural and tolerates no discrimination. It is a successful unit entering and achieving recognition in a number of national competitions. The unit actively supports community events, such as Remembrance Day, Merchant Navy Day and The Southampton Marathon. Southampton Sea Cadets is honoured to have been chosen as The Lord Mayor’s Charity for 2023.