"Life is about finding the balance between what we do for ourselves and what we do for others."
- Garreth Wood
"Life is about finding the balance between what we do for ourselves and what we do for others."
- Garreth Wood
"At the Boozy Cow, we work passionately to deliver value, consistency, quality and an unforgettable atmosphere for our guests. 100% of our profits from our business go directly back into funding charities and local projects near to where each restaurant is located. We recognise the important role that local charities play in supporting disadvantaged people in our communities, and we want to help them to make real, measurable difference to people’s lives.
We are so proud of all of our Boozy Cow Management and Staff, who work hard, play hard and give back even harder… And that is why we love what we do, how we do it and the direct impact that we are having on the communities we live and work in."
Founder of the Boozy Cow Foundation
Find out which charities your local Boozy Cow supports and why:
At the Boozy Cow we are proud to support the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. This inspiring initiative was one of our first selected charities in 2014. We’re pleased to continue to aid and be involved with CHAS through our Edinburgh Boozy Cow. CHAS as a charity provides care for terminally ill children and young people. They do this via homecare and at two children’s hospices in Scotland, the Rachel House in Kinross and the Robin House in Balloch. CHAS has helped over 400 families in Scotland to relax and enjoy precious moments together in difficult times.
Maria McGill, chief executive at CHAS, stated: “We are excited to be chosen as one of the Boozy Cow’s first beneficiary charities and to be associated with a venture that has charity at its heart. Thanks to the generosity of Garreth and the Speratus Group, we are able to continue to care for families around Scotland who face the devastation that their child will die young and to support them when they need it most, both during the child’s life and after.”
To date, the donations from the Boozy Cow Edinburgh have helped build the Garden Room in the Robin House. This is a dedicated care space for both parents and children overlooking the garden and countryside.
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal had said, “By dining at The Boozy Cow, customers have helped make a real difference to the lives of children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland."He further stated, "Boozy Cow for me is the precise definition of a social business – drive maximum commercial benefit from a business that makes money then reinvest that profit for the common good. Garreth is redefining how we think about business and its overwhelming ability to do good whilst making money; hopefully many more will follow their lead.”
One in five children and young people in Scotland live in poverty. With over 220,000 people affected, STV’s Children’s Appeal invests in activity that targets the root causes and consequences of child poverty in Scotland. Since 2011, they’ve raised over £11 million pounds which has enabled over 470 awards and supported over 59,000 children. At the Boozy Cow Edinburgh, we're excited to contribute to future successes with STV Children's Appeal.
The Boozy Cow Edinburgh is a proud supporter of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Scotland). YPI Scotland is a fully inclusive, active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI Grant to a local charity through a unique programme of team work, research and competition. YPI Scotland is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about. Originating in Canada, YPI is now an international programme and, in 2016/17, will be delivered in partnership with 210 secondary schools across Scotland. To date, YPI Scotland has engaged over 135,000 young people, providing them with the essential skills and confidence to grant over £2million to thousands of small, local charities. At the Boozy Cow, we are so excited that our work is helping young people in Edinburgh and East Lothian get actively involved in youth philanthropy and social action, whilst directing targeted financial support to the charities that need it most. YPI Scotland is principally funded and managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation. For further programme information please visit YPI Scotland online or on Twitter.
LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Scotland. Their vision is for Scotland to be the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up.
They work with LGBTI young people across the country through their local youth groups, one to one support, digital service and national participation projects, empowering LGBTI young people so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.
LGBT Youth Scotland also works in the wider community, provide training and guidance to professionals, and engaging with local and national decision makers to highlight the changing needs of LGBTI young people growing up in Scotland.
The Stirling’s Carers Centre assists unpaid carers. The people whose lives have become restricted by the responsibility of taking care of another. Another who due to illness, disability or age cannot manage on their own. Carers can come in any form, from the very young to the very elderly, and they often need additional support. Often carers struggle to juggle the demands of care and day to day responsibilities. Stirling Carer Centre provides a wealth of information, advice and 1 on 1 support to unpaid carers in the Stirling council area. We’re pleased to report that Stirling Carers Centre has become a beneficiary from the future profits of the Boozy Cow Stirling. We hope that this partnership adds significant value to Stirling Carers Centre, and we're humbled to be involved in such an admirable cause.
At Boozy Cow Stirling we're bursting with pride to include PLUS Stirling in our line-up of beneficiaries. As a charity, PLUS supports local children and young people with disabilities across the Forth Valley. One of PLUS's main goals is to improve their quality of life. For disabled children and young people to have plenty of access to social, leisure and recreational opportunities. PLUS is currently engaged with over 230 families in the community; providing breaks, events and activities. Boozy Cow Stirling is thrilled to be able to support PLUS Stirling in their efforts and to get involved in future activities and events.
The Boozy Cow Stirling couldn’t be more honoured and proud to be supporting the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund. Set up by Eilidh and her family, the aim of the fund is to build and maintain a respite home in the Stirling area available to young people and their families. Eilidh’s wish was to help others to have the same opportunities she had, to have somewhere for families to be together and to make memories. Boozy Cow Stirling hopes to contribute to Eilidh's dream coming true and to be able to help sustain it long after as well.
Start-Up Stirling is all about supporting families and individuals who are homeless or experiencing financial hardship. Start-Up Stirling does this by providing them with home starter, well-being and crisis food packs. The contents of these packs are sourced locally. From individuals, community groups, local churches, schools, colleges, voluntary organisations and businesses. Any help is appreciated and the Boozy Cow Stirling is delighted to aid Start-Up Stirling with their inspiring and much-needed efforts.
Since 1968 Aberdeen Cyrenians have provided food, shelter and other services to people affected by homelessness in Aberdeen and the surrounding area. They provide advice, support and education programmes to prevent homelessness. They can facilitate up to 29 short-term accommodations to alleviate homelessness. They aid with rehabilitation and tackle underlying issues such as alcohol, drugs, mental health and abuse. They also support resettlement by assisting people to gain employment. No one gets turned away at Aberdeen Cyrenians, the staff work hard to help everyone they can.
Aberdeen Cyrenians currently run 6 projects; the Wernham House, Margaret House, Information, Advice & Support Service, Violence Against Women Project, Domestic Abuse Support and an Accommodation Project and Street Alternative Service. Through these projects, the Aberdeen Cyrenians are able to cater to different groups of people affected by homelessness and displacement.
At the Boozy Cow Aberdeen, we are passionate about supporting this worthwhile cause. With our contributions to the Aberdeen Cyrenians, we hope to help many people get back on their feet with long-term solutions for the future.
Operated by Northsound Radio, Cash for Kids is a charity that supports disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
The money raised by Cash for Kids gets distributed to worthy causes through grants, which get considered and allocated four times a year. The demand for grants always exceeds the money available, urging the necessity of support for Northsound’s Cash for Kids. Examples of groups and individuals who have benefited in the past have been givers of respite care, special needs groups, sports and music clubs, family centres, nursery groups and after school clubs. Cash for Kids also regularly buy beds, clothes and other essentials for children living in poverty. They also fund after-school projects, lunch clubs during school holidays and street play.
A lot of passion goes into helping those with physical or sensory disabilities and those with behavioural and psychological disorders. A lot goes into supporting those living in poverty or in situations of deprivation such as abuse, distress or neglect. At Boozy Cow Aberdeen, we’re humbled to be able to help provide better care for the disabled and disadvantaged children in the area by supporting Cash for Kids.
The Boozy Cow Aberdeen is so proud to include the new charity Charlie House in our list of beneficiaries. As a children’s charity, Charlie house is engaged in various projects and activities revolving around supporting children and young people with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions. People whose conditions are so complex that they cannot turn to normal support services. Charlie House aims to fill this gap in service. Currently, they provide support through an engaging monthly Saturday club, days out for siblings, short breaks and a support and information service.
Charlie House is also working hard to create the Charlie House Community Team. Consisting of children’s nurses, this team will provide essential support to children and their families. They will be assisting the transition from hospital to home and the care required after that. But that’s not all. The people behind Charlie House hope to one day build a care centre. A place that will facilitate day care, emergency care, palliative and end of life care services as well as other features which will vastly improve the quality of life of the effected children and their families.
We hope with the donations provided by the profits from the Boozy Cow Aberdeen, that we can greatly assist Charlie House in achieving their goals and continue to operate their existing services.
We’re so proud at Boozy Cow Aberdeen to support the Grampian Autistic Society. The first of its kind in the area, this inspiring initiative was set up in 1987 by a small group of parents and professionals seeking support for the needs of those affected by autism. Their vision is to see all those that are on the autism spectrum living in the Grampian region have the full support that they need. That they have access to the means to fulfil their potential within their community and society. The charity was born as a support group for autistic individuals and their families. From there it grew into a parent run organisation before finally becoming a charity. Now with a staff of 40 specifically trained in ASC support and intervention, GAS offers ongoing services for over a 100 families. The services include play schemes, help with employment, sibling support, outreach, social groups, training in ASCs, and self-directed support.
Established in 1980, Cornerstone is all about providing services to adults, children and young people with disabilities and support needs. Taking a person-centred approach, Cornerstone works to empower people to achieve and appreciate everyday things that we all sometimes take for granted. Things like being able to enjoy a social life and comfortably living inside a home. Cornerstone aims to go that extra mile to help people reach their goals of social inclusion, improved health, independence and wellbeing. They support over 2,200 people through 215 different services. These services include playgroups, home care, respite care, short breaks, flexible and responsive support to families, and community support. Cornerstone also supports 3 social firms that provide employment and training opportunities for the disabled. We look forward at the Boozy Cow Aberdeen to be actively involved and to help many individuals live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives with Cornerstone.
Set up 1994, the project was inspired by the desire to alleviate loneliness and isolation among the older population in Dundee. Now operating from its own premises, staff and volunteers at Mid-Lin Day Care Centre offer a supportive environment and work hard to offer a wide range of social activities and events - all designed to encourage older people to lead happy, independent lives. This can impact on people’s lives by improving confidence, by encouraging interaction and contributing to the making and sustaining of friendships. A nutritious three course meal which is cooked on the premises also assists in meeting the dietary needs of service users who attend. The Day Service also, importantly, provides much needed respite for carers.
We hope, through our support at the Boozy Cow Dundee, Mid-Lin Day Care Centre can continue to provide support for those most vulnerable to social isolation. We’re delighted to assist Mid-Lin in the fantastic work they do to promote independence, dignity, privacy, choice, safety and motivation for older people across the city.
This youth work organisation, based in the city centre of Dundee, began from humble roots and connections founded over a cup of hot chocolate outside The Steeple Church. 16 years later and Hot Chocolate provides a place where young people (who often believe they don’t belong within their schools or local communities) feel safe, accepted, trusted and respected. Through drop-ins, groups, one-on-ones, education, employment and training support, trips and residentials, art and cooking…to name a few, Hot Chocolate’s vision to grow a positive community with young people is being realised every day.
The team at Boozy Cow Dundee are proud to support an organisation so determined to empower young people to develop their own personal and professional opportunities and look forward to building on our existing relationship with Hot Chocolate.
Established in Dundee for over 40 years, Dundee Woman’s Aid provides vital services to women, young people and children who have experienced domestic abuse. These services include 1-to-1 support, group work, information, safety planning and refuge accommodation. Dundee Woman’s Aid also focus their work on prevention by raising awareness of domestic abuse in the community.
At the Boozy Cow Dundee we are proud to be supporting such an important and long established charitable organisation in the city. We do hope the donations from The Boozy Cow Foundation will help Dundee Woman’s Aid continue its invaluable work.
Described as ‘life-saving’ by one participant, this transformative arts project helps to build confidence and self-esteem in a friendly and inclusive environment, allowing participants to better cope during periods of ill health. The project allows the artists to share their talents with the community, while also successfully raising awareness of mental health issues.
Boozy Cow Dundee is delighted to support Art Angel’s promotion of positive self-expression and self-development through creativity.
Based in the heart of Dundee, Help for Kids supports local children disadvantaged through social and economic circumstances, or through health and disability. Help for Kids are facilitated through their partnership with Overgate Shopping Centre, and Wave 102 and have helped over 16,000 children since established in 2011
The team at the Boozy Cow Dundee are delighted to be working with Help for Kids as they work directly with local communities to support those most in need.