Building Happier Futures

Help give a happier future to young people from care - Donate now
Help give a happier future to young people from care - Donate now
Help give a happier future to young people from care - Donate now

108,000 young people are growing up in the UK’s care system without the same opportunities as their peers. This means that when they reach 19, they’re three times less likely to be in education, training or have a job.

We believe that needs to change, so we’ve launched our Building Happier Futures programme, in partnership with Action for Children and Who Cares? Scotland. Scroll down to find out what we’re doing – or click below to donate now.

John Lewis Partnership | Action For Children | Who Cares Scotland
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Please give what you can to provide practical help and support to children and young people who have experienced the care system. 

Donate now

Donate online
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Donate online
Please give what you can to provide practical help and support to children and young people who have experienced the care system. 

Donate now

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More ways to donate this Christmas

... and make a difference to young people from care

Donate in store - Giving tree baubles

THE GIVING TREE

Look out for our Giving Tree in your local store. Choose a tag with the amount you’d like to donate, then scan the barcode with your shopping. You can add donations to your online shop, too.

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Buy a yule log

BUY A YULE LOG

We’ll donate 25% of all sales from the Waitrose Christmas Chocolate Yule Log to our Building Happier Futures fund – so you can enjoy an indulgent treat while helping young people from care. 

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Christmas dinners for care leavers

Christmas dinners for care leavers - Gold from the Stone

CELEBRATING TOGETHER 
We’re providing food parcels to care leavers attending Christmas dinners organised by the Gold from the Stone foundation. Founded by poet Lemn Sissay OBE, who grew up in care, Gold from the Stone aims to make sure that no care leaver feels alone. 

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Building Happier Futures - Tote Bag
Building Happier Futures - Tote Bag
Building Happier Futures - Tote Bag

Totes for a happier future

We’ll donate 25% of the sales from this tote bag to our Building Happier Futures fund. Pick one up in store or order online now. 

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Building Happier Futures - Tote Bag
Building Happier Futures - Tote Bag
Building Happier Futures - Tote Bag

Totes for a happier future

We’ll donate 25% of the sales from this tote bag to our Building Happier Futures foundation. Pick one up in store or order online now. 

Buy now

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Christmas dinners for care leavers

Christmas dinners for care leavers - Gold from the Stone

CELEBRATING TOGETHER 
We’re providing food parcels to care leavers attending Christmas dinners organised by the Gold from the Stone foundation. Founded by poet Lemn Sissay OBE, who grew up in care, Gold from the Stone aims to make sure that no care leaver feels alone. 

Find out more

Building Happier Futures - Briggit and Yvonne's story
Building Happier Futures - Briggit and Yvonne's story

Briggit and Yvonne's story

How kindness and friendship changed the life of a child in care

At the age of seven, Briggit came to London from Ghana, with her teenage sister and dad. The two girls were left with their parent’s friend, who had no legal responsibility for them, and they never heard from their dad again. They were soon placed in care and lived with a foster carer who Briggit, now 28, describes as an “amazing lady” she is still in touch with.

Yvonne was matched with Briggit through Action for Children’s Independent Visitor scheme – a service which connects children in care with an adult volunteer, giving them the opportunity to build a trusting and supportive relationship through regular contact. For their first trip together, Yvonne took Briggit to the Science Museum, and the pair hit it off right away.

Briggit explains: "There was going to be an astronaut doing a talk on the day, and I was so excited for it. At the end he asked people to come up to get their books signed and Yvonne encouraged me to go up. From our initial meeting, there was something very motherly about her that I liked, and it’s been like that ever since."

Now, 19 years since that first trip, Yvonne and Briggit have an unbreakable bond, something which they both describe as a ‘mother and daughter’ type of relationship. "Yvonne has been that mother figure for me ever since I first got to know her. She’s supported me all the way through, and I feel truly blessed, because a lot of people in my situation don’t get that."

Building Happier Futures - Briggit and Yvonne's story
Building Happier Futures - Briggit and Yvonne's story

Our long term commitment

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Taking the next steps

We’re helping young people from care into education and work. Because caring shouldn’t stop at 18.

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A bright future in the John Lewis Partnership

From our scholarship initiative to apprenticeships, we’re helping young people from care to find careers at John Lewis and Waitrose. 

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Speaking up for change

We’re asking those in power to ensure fairer policies for young people in the care communities. 

Photographs are posed by models to protect the identities of the young people we’re supporting.

Waitrose will donate 25% of the retail price profits from each product sold to the following charities in the proportions listed: Action for Children (Registered Charity Number: 1097940; Scotland Registered Charity Number: SC038092)(70%) and Who Cares? Scotland (Registered Charity Number: SC026076) (30%)

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Our charity partners

Along with Action for Children and Who Cares? Scotland, we’re working to create a happier future for young people from care. 

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Ensuring children in care and care experienced young people have a safe and happy childhood and the foundations to thrive.

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A national voluntary organisation that gives a voice to care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland.

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