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Waitrose launches Partner Volunteering scheme

The Waitrose supermarket chain has launched a staff volunteering scheme which will see all 277 branches donating 250 hours of partners’ time to local charities and good causes each year.

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Waitrose launches Partner Volunteering scheme

The Waitrose supermarket chain has launched a staff volunteering scheme which will see all 277 branches donating 250 hours of partners’ time to local charities and good causes each year.

Waitrose partners will be given the opportunity to take time out of their day-to-day roles to give back to their local community by supporting local good causes which the supermarket says will result in 75,000 hours being donated across the branches.

The initiative, designed to further Waitrose commitment to supporting the communities where it trades, is also being rolled out to the supermarket’s head office and distribution centres, meaning its staff will spend the 75,000 hours, the equivalent of 40 full time jobs,  volunteering all over the UK and Channel Islands.

Waitrose hopes the scheme will also present partners with the opportunity to develop new skills which they can apply within their own working or personal lives.

Kevin Garrett, Community Projects at Waitrose explained: "We’ve always aimed to be part of the community we serve, not just by the way we interact with our customers daily, but through schemes like Community Matters, which give something tangible to those who need it most - and this week we take this commitment one step further with the launch of Partner Volunteering.

"As a democratic business it couldn’t be more fitting that we are launching this exciting new initiative to allow our partners to make choices about how they give something back to the communities they live and work in."

Waitrose said that a wide variety of causes will benefit from the scheme from charity shops, animal shelters and nursing homes to schools, gardening projects and sports teams.

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