Waitrose helps local charities with new Partner Volunteering Scheme

May 2nd, 2012 by Waitrose

Waitrose Admiral Park and Waitrose Rohais have launched a Partner Volunteering scheme, which will see the branches donate a total of 500 hours of employees’ time to local charities and good causes this year.

Over the coming months, Partners (as all employees are known) from Waitrose branches in Guernsey will take time out of their day-to-day job roles to support various local charities and causes. The type of support given could include:

  • Transforming a woodland or garden for hospice or hospital patients to enjoy
  • Sharing retail and customer service skills with a local charity shop
  • Supporting a local litter pick to benefit the local environment

The supermarket chain is rolling out the Partner Volunteering scheme across all of its 277 branches, as well as its head office and distribution centres.

The initiative, designed to further Waitrose commitment to supporting the communities where it trades, will mean that the supermarket’s Partners will spend a total of 75,000 hours volunteering all over the UK and Channel Islands in 2012 – equivalent to 40 full time job roles.

The scheme is designed to enable Waitrose Partners to take time out of their day-to-day job roles to give back to their local community – this could include supporting local good causes and charities with a project they may otherwise be unable to complete, or passing on their valuable skills to make a tangible difference.

Partner Volunteering will compliment the retailer’s Golden Jubilee Trust which was founded in 2000 and provides Partners with the opportunity to apply to work on full pay for local charities and community projects for up to six months. Since the initiative was founded in 2000, Waitrose Partners have provided over 52,065 hours to more than 145 UK charities.

The supermarket hopes it will also provide Partners with the opportunity to develop new skills which they can apply within their own working or personal lives.

Mike Loveridge, Branch Manager of Waitrose Rohais, said “we’re delighted to launch our Partner Volunteering scheme in Guernsey.”

“It will provide a fantastic opportunity for our Partners to choose local good causes and charities that they would like to give support to in recognition of the fantastic work that they do within our community.”

“We would like to encourage any local causes in need of support to get in touch with us or fill in an application form at our Welcome Desk,” he said.

A wide variety of causes are poised to benefit from the scheme from charity shops, animal shelters and nursing homes to schools, gardening projects and sports teams.


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