Waitrose Community Matters

By placing a token in the Community Matters box at your local branch you’re helping your community. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to local charities chosen by you.

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that you choose.

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Online, Waitrose.com also shares a donation of £25,000 between 3 national causes. After checkout, you will be asked to vote for one of the national causes we are supporting. Each cause will receive a share according to the number of votes - just as we do in our branches.

Find out more about the good causes we support>

Our short video explains how you have the power to make a difference, and the easiest way to get involved.

 
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National causes we are currently supporting on Waitrose.com

 

Campaign for National Parks

Campaign for National Parks

Children's Liver Disease Foundation

Children's Liver Disease Foundation

UK Men's Sheds Association

UK Men's Sheds Association

Campaign for National Parks

Campaign for National Parks

National Parks are among the most beautiful and valued landscapes in the British Isles, containing some of our most breath-taking scenery, rare wildlife and cultural heritage. Parks such as the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Pembrokeshire Coast contain stunning vistas, wildlife and communities. They are also essential to the nation’s health and well-being; visiting a National Park can help lift the soul, boost the body and benefit the mind. But these places are under threat.

Inappropriate development, climate change and intensive land management threaten to degrade and even destroy the beauty of these places. Wildlife is declining, pressures for new developments are increasing and as a society we are more disconnected from nature than ever.

Campaign for National Parks was established over 80 years ago to secure the protection of these places for the good of the nation. We remain the only national charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing the English and Welsh National Parks and we continue to champion the Parks to make sure they are beautiful, inspirational places that are relevant, valued and protected for all.

Earlier this year we successfully fought against plans for zip wires across a tranquil part of the Lake District and we continue to fight against threats such as major road building projects in the South Downs and Peak District and potential fracking under the North York Moors.

Many of us are lucky enough to have spent time camping with our families, exploring the coastline of Exmoor or climbing the peaks of Snowdonia, and some of us will be looking forward to our next National Park adventure. We want future generations to be able to do the same. Please support our work to protect and defend the most beautiful places in England and Wales.

Children's Liver Disease Foundation

Children's Liver Disease Foundation

The moment parents are given a diagnosis of liver disease in their child, their world changes.

CLDF currently supports more than 5,000 families from across the UK and 68% of all the families who find out about the charity, and then access the variety of support services we provide, first hear about CLDF in hospital at a liver clinic.

However, due to staffing resources and the costs of travel and accommodation we are only able to attend 20% of liver clinics. We are missing the opportunity to support hundreds of families and young people affected by the condition.

CLDF want to be there for every child and family affected by childhood liver disease. Your support will mean we can attend more clinics, do so in a more cost-effective way and most importantly reach out to more families when they need us the most:

Alex knew that something was wrong with her newborn baby but she wasn’t prepared for the news the doctors gave her. Five week old Imogen had biliary atresia, a rare and incurable liver disease.

“It was heartbreaking,” says Alex. “The doctors told me she would need surgery immediately. I remember asking if this meant she might die and they said she might. Luckily Imogen’s surgery was successful but I still struggled to take in the fact that she has a lifelong condition and may need a liver transplant one day.

“A lovely lady from Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) came to see me in hospital. She sat with me while I cried and then told me about the Foundation and how they could help us. “

“What CLDF have done for me and my family is truly amazing,” says Alex.

UK Men's Sheds Association

UK Men's Sheds Association

A Men’s Shed brings older men together to stay healthier and happier for longer by making, mending and learning. It’s a shared workspace where the sound of laughter and banter is often as loud as the banging of hammers and the whirring of drills.  

When faced by life-changing experiences such as retirement, unemployment, bereavement, or divorce, older men can feel disoriented and disconnected, particularly when their identify and social network has been tied up with their working lives. A Men’s Shed is a bit like a garden shed or a garage, only bigger and for the benefit of more men. Sheds connect older men to other ‘shedders’ and, through practical projects, to the wider community. Purposeful and productive activity that can help sustain a man’s sense of self-worth as well as his mental and physical health.

The UK Men’s Sheds Association exists to inspire and support the development of Men’s Sheds.  As a membership organisation, we represent the interests of more than 500 Men’s Sheds at different stages of development, and over 10,000 shedders. Our mission is to enable access to a Shed for every man that wants it.

With your support we can ensure that older men, their partners, family and friends know about Men’s Sheds and how to find them. Please help us develop our programme of volunteer Shed Ambassadors to bring men together locally to plan new Sheds, supported nationally through our website and by emails, phone calls and visits. As a voice for Sheds everywhere we are working to create environments in which community-driven, member-led Sheds can survive and thrive. With your help we can build the movement across the UK for people like Harry, 91, who says of his Shed “It’s wonderful here, I just wish I could have done it 30 years ago!”

Community Matters results

To see the results and amounts that we have donated to previous charities click here

Contact us

If you are a UK-registered national charity and would like to be considered for our Community Matters Online initiative then please post your applications on headed paper for consideration to:

Waitrose Community Matters Team
Waitrose Limited
Doncastle Road
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 8YA

Please give a brief outline of the work your charity does along with details of any current projects that you are seeking funding for. This should be no more than one side of A4. The Community Matters Team will then only contact you if your application is successful or if they require further details.

If you are a local charity or not for profit organisation and you would like to be considered for Community Matters in one of our branches, please go to your local branch, complete a nomination form and hand it in at the Welcome Desk.  If you are successful the branch Community Matters Champion will be in touch.  All applications are held for 6 months.