Community

As the city's number one shopping destination, we are passionate about serving the local community and playing a key part in it. Eastgate works with charities to help fundraise and raise awareness, and we also do our bit for the environment.

Community

As the largest Shopping Centre within 100 miles, Eastgate plays an active part in supporting local charities and initiatives. We seek to assist the local community by offering mall space to help promote different charities and causes, we also host special events to raise profile and money. 

In 2019, Eastgate took part in One Great Day - a series of family and community charity events that were held throughout the UK to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH) and other local children’s health charities. Divided between GOSH, and Eastgate's chosen charity partner Children’s Hospice Association across Scotland (CHAS), a total of £1,107 was raised. All money raised for CHAS stayed locally in the Highlands and helped to support the services provided by their two full-time nurses in the area.

At Eastgate, the festive period offers an opportunity for helping others and giving back to the community, and thanks to the generosity of thousands of shoppers passing through the doors of Eastgate Shopping Centre each Christmas, a staggering amount of money is raised for local causes.  

In 2019, the Inverness and North Kessock RNLI raised over £6,000 (£1,000 more than in 2018) through sales of their Christmas cards, diaries, and calendars. United Charities who were selling Christmas cards from local charities such as Blythswood Care, Highland Hospice, Christian Aid, and Marie Curie raised over £13,500.

In the lead-up to Christmas, The Salvation Army offers a gift-wrapping service. In 2019, just short of £10,000 was raised. This was an amazing amount and allowed the charity to distribute 400 gift hampers to the local area.

In aid of The Highland Hospice, Eastgate’s Beauty and the Beast-themed grotto in 2019 raised over £11,000. And a staggering 2,160 presents of all shapes and sizes were dropped off at Centre Management for The Giving Tree. Organised each year by the Order of St John, all gifts are donated by the local community and are delivered to less fortunate youngsters throughout the Highlands in time for Christmas.

Do you want to get involved? We are more than happy to help promote your charity and help boost fundraising efforts. To find out more about Eastgate's mall space, please contact Avril Reid, Administration & Commercialisation Manager. T: 01463 246894, E: avril@eastgate-centre.co.uk. And for further information regarding Eastgate's promotional opportunities, please contact Kirstin Gault, Digital & Marketing Executive. T: 01463 246891, E: marketing@eastgate-centre.co.uk.

"We are so grateful to Eastgate Centre for always being so accommodating and supportive of our fundraising and helping us fund the care and support we provide across the Highlands.” - Jenna Hayden, Highland Hospice (Events Fundraiser)

Sustainability & Environment

Creating a sustainable future is important for Eastgate Shopping Centre. We are committed to playing a role in addressing global environmental challenges through the investments we make, as well as our day-to-day operations. To become as sustainable as possible, we are undertaking a range of measures around energy efficiency, waste recycling, and awareness of environmental issues amongst employees, contractors, tenants, and visitors.

What has Eastgate Shopping Centre done so far?

Energy - Eastgate has reduced electricity consumption by 60% since 2009 and reduced gas consumption by 32% since 2009. Lighting upgrades have been installed, including movement and lux sensors throughout the building and LED lighting in the car parks, a new building energy management system has was installed which controls our heating, lighting and building systems, and will assist us in achieving our objectives in the future.

Water - Eastgate has reduced water consumption by more than 52% since 2009, and work has included the installation of waterless urinals and sensor taps.

Waste - Over 72% of all waste was recycled in 2020. Eastgate also continues to work with waste contractors and has a long-term 100% diversion from landfill target.

Awareness - Environmental communications are sent to all stores, eateries, and services in Eastgate to discuss what has been achieved, relaying future targets ensuring we work together to achieve these. Eastgate has two prestigious Green Apple Awards - "The Green Apple Environment Awards 2018: Scotland – Estate Management 2018" and "The Green World Ambassador" and entry into Volume 23 of the "Environmental Best Practice Publication".

Eastgate Shopping Centre has an Environmental Policy, a copy of which can be obtained on request from Centre Management or can be download here.

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