Countryside donates 29 Christmas presents to women’s refuge Changing Pathways


This Christmas, Countryside launched a new alternative Secret Santa campaign, aimed at giving back to the community and bringing a little festive magic to children and families experiencing financial hardship. 

As part of this campaign, Countryside employees donated gifts to Changing Pathways women’s refuge near Basildon. Changing Pathways is a charity that helps women and their children who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic abuse. It offers a range of services, including refuge accommodation, community support, advocacy and counselling.

Countryside employees donated gifts, which they carefully wrapped during their lunch break. The presents will be delivered to Changing Pathways on 17 December, for the refuge residents to open on Christmas morning.

Countryside staff volunteered at Changing Pathways earlier this year, as part of its 60th anniversary ‘60 Days of Charity’ initiative. A team from Countryside painted a living room and two kitchens at a Changing Pathways refuge, bringing along a hamper of goods for the refuge’s residents, including store-cupboard basics, children’s clothing and art supplies.

Countryside always strives to give something back to the communities in which we work. We believe that small acts of kindness have the power to make our communities more inclusive, cohesive and happy. Christmas can be a difficult time for many, making it the perfect time to reach out to those in need of support.