Our local community
Southampton Airport is committed to minimising the impact that airport operations have on its neighbours, and to running the airport responsibly. We work closely with our local community and report on a regular basis to the Southampton Airport Consultative Committee.
The Southampton Airport Community Fund invests grant funding in community projects in the local area, whilst the airport’s strategic partnership with Bitterne Park School includes providing work experience opportunities to students studying travel & tourism. The airport also provides a School Governor.
Throughout the year we work with community groups who visit the terminal to undertake fundraising activity, entertain passengers, raise awareness of projects, or conduct market research. Anyone wishing to undertake such activity should contact us.
The Southampton Airport Community Fund
The Southampton Airport Community Fund invests grant funding in community projects and initiatives in the local area. Funding applications are assessed in June each year.
Previous projects supported by the Fund include gardening projects and community orchards, educational workshops for young people on managing safe relationship and skills development projects.
In addition, three community projects have benefitted from the ‘Big Idea’ funding – major grants of £50,000 which have created excellent new resources for the community.
The Big Idea beneficiaries
Hanger 4 All at Pavilion on the Park
Big Idea funding will help build to the 4all Hanger, a purpose built unit in Eastleigh which will provide storage for specialist cycles and be a focal point for developing work skills, independent living skills and recreation & leisure experiences.
The new hangar aims to improve engagement with the park, placing an emphasis on inclusivity and opportunity for everyone. The new facilities will encourage adventurous, challenging and inspiring activities, engage families in sustainable living and provide facilities to help those with challenging lives integrate with the community.
The GreenHouse Project at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Activities Centre
The GreenHouse at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre is a vocational day service for adults with learning disabilities which uses gardening and related activities to develop social and practical skills, independent living skills, and core skills such as numeracy and literacy.
The airport’s donation helped build a fully accessible and environmentally sound facility in the centre’s grounds. The building consists of a workspace which can be used as a classroom, dining room or meeting room, comfortable seating area, a kitchen with accessible work-surface as well as toilets and wash areas.
Bitterne Park School – Destinations Lounge
The Destinations Lounge is used as a learning and careers advice centre for students and the local community, incorporating the latest learning resources and technologies. The students helped to design the space, using the airport for inspiration and working with airport staff for guidance and advice.
Projects supported by Southampton Airport Community Fund
Community projects which have benefitted from funding from Southampton Airport Community Fund include:
Ashtrim Garden Centre
A donation was made to help turn a derelict garden centre into a sustainable and thriving community enterprise that will provide training and employment opportunities for local young people and adults.
The Southampton Airport Community Fund sponsored Safe DATE workshops held in schools in Eastleigh and Southampton, aimed at educating young people about domestic abuse. The workshops look at what makes good and bad relationships, what signs to look out for in others, and what to do if you find yourself in an abusive relationship. They also use real life case studies to illustrate how domestic abuse can manifest itself and how in many cases the warning signs are there.
Mansbridge Community Orchard
A donation was made to the Mansbridge Community Orchard for the purchase of apple harvesting and cider making equipment. The orchard, which is close to the airport, was badly overgrown, but with several different varieties of eating and cooking apples in it, it is set to become an excellent community resource. For more information visit their website urbaneforager.
Green Space Community Gardens
A donation was made to complete GreenSpace 3 in Swaythling, a community garden just a few miles from the airport. Flowers and plants will be grown, and the garden will be maintained by local residents in conjunction with GreenSpace. Airport staff have the opportunity to be actively involved.
Whomadeyourpants is a campaigning lingerie brand based in Southampton which in their own words is about two things – ‘amazing pants, and amazing women’. The women it employs are primarily refugees, and as well as making beautiful pants, they receive education and training in employability and UK norms, all within a safe and supportive environment.
Life Education Wessex
Following our donation, a new ‘Quizdom’ hand held electronic voting system was purchased by Life Education Wessex, allowing them to operate a programme of primary and secondary school education visits in Hampshire. The system allows children to anonymously answer questions about drugs, alcohol and smoking, then the findings, attitudes and perceptions are discussed.
STAR4Locals is a social enterprise organisation which helps people with moderate and substantial disabilities who experience significant disadvantage in the employment market and who are unable to get the support they need from public or private services to develop their business and work skills. The donation will support MOWtivation, a gardening service for older vulnerable residents in Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford.