Give & Gain stories

Give & Gain, sponsored by Waitrose, showcases the ongoing support provided by businesses to all sorts of community organisations and initiatives through employee volunteers across the year, particularly encouraging them to use their core skills to support their communities. Here's a few of our success stories.

Waitrose Community Conversation: Bringing People together in Bracknell 24th March 2017

Waitrose hosted a successful Community Conversation, bringing together local business and community groups at their conference centre in Bracknell on 24 March. The event was organised in partnership with Involve, the Bracknell council for voluntary service. Local MP, Dr Philip Lee, introduced the event, in the presence of the Mayor of Bracknell, with 40 business and community representatives also in attendance.

The event aimed to support local charities and businesses to network and build relationships, and was organised by a small team of Waitrose graduate Business Analysts, who shared:

“Often charities are looking for more skills-sharing than fundraising …on the day we weren’t sure how popular the event would be but, in the end, we had a fantastic turnout”

Successful partnerships created on the day included Panasonic using its resources to help develop community organisations by offering to give away their old laptops and cameras to Berkshire youth.


Give & Gain Community Conversations 24th-28th April 2017

Here are some of the stories from our Give & Gain Community Conversations,sponsored by Waitrose, that took place during #RBweek

PDF iconG&G Community Conversation: #Cumbriahour- 24th April 2017.pdf

PDF iconG&G Community Conversation: Prisons and Communities conference- 25th April 2017.pdf

PDF iconG&G Community Conversation: Great Yarmouth Dementia Action Alliance- 27th April 2017.pdf

PDF iconG&G Community Conversation: Gloucester Cheltenham- 27th April.pdf

PDF iconG&G Community Conversation: Birmingham- 27th April.pdf


Give & Gain stories year round 

DWF: Right to Read - classroom to boardroom pilot (pdf) - We helped to arrange for ten children to visit the offices of DWF, to see if our Right to Read programme could work at business premises rather than needing volunteers to visit a school. The children read one to one with DWF reading mentors and were taken on a tour of the DWF offices.

ClickSilver Nottingham (pdf). The ClickSilver programme launched in 2012 when Capital One partnered with Business in the Community, Age UK Nottingham and two Nottingham Universities to develop a project that supported older people to learn IT skills and online safety. BITC has supported the ClickSilver programme with project management, networking and resource development.  As the project has developed, it has become clear that ClickSilver isn’t just an IT course for older people but addresses many different social issues.

PDF iconThe Prince's Responsible Business Network Great Yarmouth (pdf) - bringing together local employers with their communities in Great Yarmouth

PDF iconEmerald Publishing- Right to Read - evaluation pdf

PDF iconG&G story: inspiring youth in herefordshire April 2017.pdf

PDF iconG&G story Doncaster: A new way of volunteering Feb 2017.pdf

PDF iconG&G story: Exeter jobs fair- March_2017.pdf


Give & Gain around the world

Read about some of our international employee volunteering stories below. You can find out more about our work around the world and the partnerships developed via our CSR360 Global Partners Network here.

PDF iconCEADS Argentina skills based volunteering for Give & Gain 2016.pdf

PDF iconDubai Chamber of Commerce Employee Volunteering.pdf


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