At Westfield, we know our centres are more than just shopping hubs. They are lifestyle destinations where people come to connect, share and inform. Our centres are safe and welcoming, and we engage with our communities through a host of programs and services including the following:
Westfield Local Heroes
Every year we discover more than 120 local heroes across Australia and New Zealand who benefit their local community or environment. We recognise and celebrate their impact, and provide more than $1.2 million annually to support their work to grow. Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted by their communities, and they represent a diverse range of sectors. To learn more about each year's program, click here. Or meet your Riccarton Local Heroes alumni by clicking on each year: 2020, 2019, 2018.
We partner with many local groups and individuals to showcase those things that are relevant to the community; and we work with key leaders to recognise and help address challenges facing the local area. If you would like to understand more about our community engagement partners and activities, please get in touch by referring to the 'contact us' information on this page. You can also read our Responsible Business Report here.
Our community partners include:
- Maia Health Foundation to help raise money for critical health services in Christchurch and to provide a platform to improve awareness of the charity
- Community Development Network Trust who help with disadvantaged youth and their families in the Christchurch area
- Dress for Success to empower women to achieve economic independence through work
Through our portfolio-wide Youth Resilience Plan, we identify opportunities to help young people to build resilience and to thrive. At a local level, we regularly collaborate with youth and youth services, we engage with schools and run events throughout the year to entertain and educate young people. For more information click here
Contributing to our local communities
We provide a dedicated space in all Westfield centres for community-focused groups (i.e. not-for-profit sports groups, community groups, charities and welfare organisations) to connect with people in the local area.
Meanwhile, our staff are passionate about giving back and we support them to do this in a variety of ways through Workplace Giving and Volunteering. For more information on any of our programs or services, please contact us.