The John Lewis Partnership’s employees have donated over 24,500 hours in the last year through its Golden Jubilee Trust long-term volunteering programme – equivalent to 3,293 working days, and a record number of hours since the launch of the programme 19 years ago.
Over 50 UK charities received a helping hand from 57 Partner volunteers, aged 23 to 63, over the last year, from national charities including Samaritans and Alzheimer’s Society to local causes, such as Leeds Women’s Aid and St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol.
In total, 35 communities were supported across causes including health, social welfare and environment, with the hours donated representing community value of over £1.9 million.
The Golden Jubilee Trust is the Partnership’s flagship volunteering programme, through which Partners – as all employees at the John Lewis Partnership which operates John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners are known – have the opportunity to volunteer for up to six months at a charity of their choice while remaining on full pay and benefits.
The Trust was set up in 2000 as a registered charity to celebrate the Partnership’s golden jubilee. Over 362,000 hours of Partners’ time has been awarded to more than 850 charities through the programme since its launch.
In addition to the Golden Jubilee Trust secondments, Partners are supported to volunteer throughout the year. Last year, Partners based at the John Lewis Partnership’s head offices in London Victoria volunteered nearly 4,000 additional hours supporting local causes.
This year, between 19 May – 8 June, the company will also run a new ‘Partners in the Community’ initiative, to encourage more Partners to get involved in volunteering in their communities. Partners across all areas of the business will have an opportunity to take time out of their daily roles to volunteer their skills, experience and time to charity partners or local causes in their area.
Tracey Killen, partner & director of personnel, John Lewis Partnership and chair of trustees, Golden Jubilee Trust, said: “Volunteering benefits individual Partners, the charities they support, as well as our wider business. Our success depends on the communities where we operate thriving and our ongoing commitment to contribute to community wellbeing is enshrined in our constitution. We are very proud of how much has been achieved through our unique Golden Jubilee Trust programme and hope that many more Partners will get involved in volunteering through our upcoming Partners in the Community initiative.”