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.
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.
National causes we are currently supporting on Waitrose.com
“The cold just sinks into you…”
Crisis at Christmas is a vital lifeline for thousands of homeless people. We offer support and companionship during the holiday period at centres in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle and help people to take their first steps out of homelessness. Over the past two years, there has been a 31% increase in the number of people living on the streets across the UK. In London, this growth is even more extreme with 62% more people sleeping rough than in 2011.
For many people like Ben Crisis at Christmas is a lifesaver. He was shunted from foster home to care home and then went from one insecure job to the next – until, aged just 27, he found himself on the street last winter. “The cold just sinks into you,” he remembers. “I was struggling even to walk. My body was proper giving up on me.” On Christmas Eve, Ben met someone who told him about Crisis at Christmas where he was given a warm welcome with Christmas dinner, good company and a whole range of services.
“I wouldn’t have had a Christmas if it wasn’t for Crisis. I think Crisis at Christmas was the start of everything for me.”
With the support of Waitrose and money raised through Community Matters you will be helping to provide immediate help for homeless people like Ben this Christmas and setting them up for a more positive year ahead. Not only will our centres offer visitors warmth, safety, comfort and companionship to some of the most isolated and vulnerable in our society but they will also receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits and guests are encouraged to take up the life changing opportunities and learning on offer at our Crisis Skylight centres in the New Year ahead.
Contact the Elderly
Older guest, Connie, and her regular volunteer driver, Izzy, share stories and laughter before their Sunday afternoon tea party.
With almost 50% of people aged 75 and over living alone, the vital work of Contact the Elderly has never been more in demand.
The UK population is forecast to continue ageing, with the number of people aged more than 80 years projected to almost double by 2030. This demonstrates how well we have progressed in terms of medical advancements and living standards, but this also leaves society facing one of its biggest challenges.
Research shows that almost one in five older people don’t see anyone for a whole week, and around 10% of older people feel lonely often or always.
Acute loneliness has been shown to affect physical and mental health, leading to heart conditions, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Since Contact the Elderly was established in 1965, the charity has helped more than 100,000 isolated older people living alone across England, Scotland and Wales. The tea parties make a profound difference to the lives of older guests, with 80% feeling less lonely as a result of the regular social contact, and over 25% of guests now seeing their doctor less frequently.
For 92-year-old Irene, the endless days of seeing no one and doing nothing has taken its toll on her wellbeing.
Irene, who is housebound, says: “Sometimes I’ll just sit and cry, as life feels empty. I’ve no one to talk to, rarely have visitors and few phone calls. I’m completely alone.”
But since joining her local Contact the Elderly group, Irene says she “feels like a new person”.
In order to extend its lifeline of friendship and help more people like Irene, Contact the Elderly needs your help. All funds raised will enable the charity to recruit volunteers and launch new groups, and to support its existing groups across England, Scotland and Wales.
The Wildlife Trusts
‘The Wildlife Trusts are inspiring the next generation to value and take action for nature’
The Wildlife Trusts believe that nature matters. For most of us, nature matters because we love it. A walk in the countryside can be the perfect antidote to the demands of modern life; birds and insects make our gardens come alive and the smallest wildlife experiences evoke the magical days of our childhood.
But are younger generations missing out? Worries about safety, the lure of the computer screen and the loss of local wild places mean that children are less and less likely to experience nature. If children can’t experience nature they won’t love it, and they won’t feel a need to protect it as adults.
This is not just bad for nature - it’s also bad for us. Studies show that children who play in natural places are healthier and happier. They are less obese, three times less likely to suffer mental health problems and are more prepared to face the challenges of adult life.
The Wildlife Trusts are the UK’s largest people-powered organisation caring for all nature - rivers, bogs, meadows, forests, seas and much more. We are 47 Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK with a shared mission to create Living Landscapes and secure Living Seas and to inspire people to value and take action for nature for future generations.
Your support will help us to connect children with nature through our inspiring education programmes and protect wild places where children can spend long days of discovery, just like we did when we were young.
Community Matters results
To see the results and amounts that we have donated to previous charities click here
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
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.