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giving back to our community

Campus Living Villages (CLV) not only creates a place to live, learn and grow for our residents but we also want to make sure we make a positive impact on the communities that surround us. This is why we created CLV Communities.

CLV Communities ensure that we, as a business and home of students, are committed to ensuring we take into account the social and environmental impacts of the way we operate and that our activities contribute to the sustainable development of the communities in which we do business.

We recognise that success cannot just be measured in terms of profits and growth so we have aligned our brand values, business objectives and strategy with the needs of our people, partners, local communities and the wider environment.

dedicated to corporate social responsibilty

CLV Communities’ mission is to provide support and enhance the lives of its customers, employees and the local community. Dedicated to supporting higher education, CLV Communities will offer bursaries to students facing financial difficulty to enable them remain in UK higher education, as well as providing fundraising and volunteering support to local charities and organisations.

building strong partnerships

working with vulnerable young people 

We are big believers in the potential of young people, and we are proud to support the National Youth Theatre’s (NYT) Playing Up programme. Participants on the course were previously not in employment, education or training and are often likely to have come from chaotic backgrounds. The programme provides them with a recognised programme equivalent to several A levels, enabling them to enter the arts through a Higher Education route. Read more on our work with NYT.





making lives better

Our staff support numerous causes and campaigns and we encourage residents to join us in our efforts to raise awareness of key issues and generate funds for the. Over the past few years we have raised over £8000 for Movember and saved enough energy to power 6000 40w lightbulbs as a result of supporting EarthHour.

we develop programmes that deliver on commitments

helping people to achieve goals

Stepping Up is our initiative to support young people through internships, graduate placements and work experience. Focused on providing employability skills through workplace experiences. Read more about how Stepping Up supports young people.

supporting students to remain in education

We operate an accommodation bursary scheme for residents in CLV UK villages. This bursary is available to those who are facing financial difficulties so that these challenges do not create a barrier to completing their higher education.

Young Leaders Awards 2015

We are proud to be part of this year’s prestigious Young leaders Awards, being held at the five star Park Lane hotel, London. The Young Leaders Awards recognise inspirational under-30s delivering excellence for universities across the UK. The inaugural event is set to be a landmark ceremony with representatives from across the UK Higher Education sector coming together to celebrate our future industry leaders. This year clvcommunities is sponsoring the People pioneer which is awarded to the team leader offering great guidance and top advice to their troupe

CLV becomes a member of the Prince of Wale’s responsible business network.

This network is known as Business in the community (BiTC). BiTC are a business-led, issue-focused charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business to be more socially responsible. They have a core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations. As a member we will be given guidance on how CLV can make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate and reduce our environmental impact.

NYT and CLV in partnership for another year!

Yet again, CLV are supporting the National Youth Theatre’s amazing work of readying young people to enter the arts through a Higher Education route. All those on their Playing Up programme have come from chaotic backgrounds and were prior to the programme, not in education, training or employment. The programme provides them with a recognised programme equivalent to several A levels. Alex Mayes delivered a two hour session entitled ‘employability’ designed to empower them to find and refine the soft skills that employers are looking for. It was a fully interactive workshop and all left with clear idea of the steps they could take to develop their skills, and how to frame them in an application form.

Clvcommunities Award

We wanted to find those people in our business who through their actions are having a direct impact on their community, whether that be at work or home. We sought nominations for people who invested their spare time in a local or national charity, or someone who had a passion for the environment and was always looking for ways to reduce our collective footprint on it, or someone who is always generous with their time, energy or money when approached with fundraising requests. We had lots of nominations and the winners were invited to be part of an exclusive event run by the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity. This lunchtime fundraiser had a distinctly ‘Ladies day at Ascot’ theme but along with the fashion, there was live entertainment, raffles and a chance to have a flutter on all the races screened live from Royal Ascot.

Big lunch - CLV style

Inspired by a national event- the big lunch- each village or office took a few hours from their busy work schedules to come together and use a shared lunch experience as way to build friendships and stronger teams. This event fitted nicely with one of CLV’s company value’s - Community, but we also added a touch of fun and competition. We asked each table to be decorate so that it captured the spirit of the office or village. We had a range of themes such as Garden Party , Summer Picnic, Builders Brunch, American Diner and even a Mad Hatters Tea party.

Manchester on the Move

Three members of the team joined 40,000 other runners in the Great Manchester Run. This run is hugely popular and is the biggest 10k race in Europe. David Ashcroft and Robert Newman both ran in support for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Fran Hass raised over £1000 for the Manchester Homeless Hub and in recognition of Fran’s huge fundraising effort Clvcommunities donated £500 to the Homeless hub.

CLV supporting Earth Hour campaign

In the last weekend in March, CLV supported an international initiative to raise awareness about climate change. Earth hour started in 2007 as a simple ‘lights off’ event, and is now an influential voice in climate legislation around the world. We wanted to do our bit to raise awareness and inspire staff and students to consider their impact on the environment and the simple acts we can do to reduce our footprint on the environment. We asked each village to record its electricity usage on two weekends. The first weekend was when the Earth Hour campaign was taking place, the second was used as benchmark of average use of power over the same time period.

christmas day and toy collection

On the 19th December CLV Communities held its annual Christmas Jumper day; we saw some pretty funky jumpers and we collected the funds generated which were matched funded and sent to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. During December we also asked our team to donate gifts for the children in the hospital, we had an overwhelming response. We received over 70 gifts which were delivered to the Hospital on the 22nd December just in time for Christmas!


On 1st November we started our national Movember campaign and the Communities team where thrilled to see so many people taking part. The clean shaven photo’s started coming in and the pledges from the ladies to show support. During a mad flurry of activity on the final days up to the end of the month and the contribution pledged by CLV Communities to show support, our total hit £6,978!! The month showed some well cultivated Mo’s that had been painstakingly grown and we thank everyone for taking part in this.

clv goes pink!

CLV Communities raised over £1,000 during September and October with two dress down days held in aid of Children with Cancer Awareness (Go Gold!) and Breast Cancer Awareness (Wear it Pink!). A very big thank you to everyone that participated.

Football Tournament

clv communities sponsored a team of keen football players to participate in the third annual Barclays Real Estate Football Tournament. The five a side event was held on 29 October at Canary Wharf with 20 teams participating in the competition. The tournament was supporting two charities: Oasis Charitable Trust and Children with Cancer. Team CLV made it to the quarter finals but lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw!!

clv communities and rmch

CLV Communities is also very proud to announce it has renewed its partnership with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as our National Charity. The hospital provides specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West, as well as nationally and internationally and sees 200,000 patient visits each year across a range of specialties including oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant, burns, genetics, and orthopaedics. The committee have collected votes from members of staff and it was unanimous that we should continue to support this fantastic cause.

clv communities & children with cancer

Throughout June and July, the Committee hosted the BIG CLV Staff quiz providing all employees an opportunity to engage in a national event to support a charity of their choice. The winning team from McMillian Student Village nominated Children with Cancer as their preferred charity to donate the £2,500 prize fund. CLV Communities was proud to match fund and presented the charity with a cheque for £5,000 in August 2014.

raising funds

Joel Oxberry from Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital visited Salford Student Village to collect a cheque for funds raised through various cake sales, easter hunts, christmas parties. CLV Communities were proud to match fund that raised by staff and a grand sum of £2,500 was presented. Staff from the village viewed a presenation by the hospital on where the funds are spent. The Committee are currently looking at raising funds for a specific project next year with a national target I.R.O £15,000 as well as Christmas gift collections to take to the children.

round the island for cystic fibrosis

CLV Communities sponsored Sean McKeown and crew in this year’s JP Morgan Round Island Race. Sean’s daughter India has Cystic Fibrosis, but is one of the very few who does not suffer from many symptoms. Sean says “The Race was tough as we broke part of the boat but the team had a great time. Thanks so much for the donation. The CF Trust does appreciate it and we know that every year they creep closer to a cure. As an example, when I was born the average life expectancy for CF was 18 years. When India was born with it in 2004 in was 65 years and if a baby is born today, just 7 years later they predict a normal life span!