Supporting local communities
Our employees are passionate about supporting their local communities. Over the last five years they’ve help raise £1.7million for charities and volunteered more than 26,000 hours helping local charities, schools and community groups.
We've chosen three children's charities to support this year.
River Kids was set up ten years ago to meet the needs of West Lothian’s most disadvantaged children, supporting them to reach their full potential. The charity believes that all children have the right to play and it therefore focusses on toy appeals – without these appeals, many children would not receive any presents for their birthday or Christmas. The charity receives referrals from professionals who work with the community’s most vulnerable families.
With Kids is an organisation which aims to build self-esteem and resilience in children, whilst also recognising the need for practical and emotional support for families. They do this in a variety of ways, such as providing individual play therapy to children, running family groups and activities, delivering therapeutic group work with children and supporting individual children/families as required. They are based on the beliefs that everyone has the potential for growth and change, and that all individuals, including children, know the best solutions to their difficulties when given the right support.
If U Care Share promotes emotional wellbeing in young people and supports families affected by suicide. It was set up by the family of Daniel O’Hare, who committed suicide ten years ago, aged 19. The charity has three aims: prevention, intervention and support of those bereaved by suicide. It works with schools and football clubs to encourage young people to share their feelings, developing workshops in conjunction with pupils, teachers and parents.
In addition, the charities will benefit from Tesco Bank’s commitment to ‘Take a Day to Make a Difference’, when employees are encouraged to take time away from the business to volunteer for good causes.