Creating good homes for everyone is a big aim. But we’re not stopping there. Everywhere from local communities to disaster zones, we’re out there, finding new ways to make a positive impact.
Here are a few examples.
Our charity partnership with Shelter
When we say ‘a good home for everyone’, we mean absolutely everyone – particularly people in difficult circumstances for whom a home to feel good about might feel impossible. This is why, in 2017, we entered into a partnership with Shelter. It’s our leading charity partnership, and a cause we really believe in, and so far our generous colleagues have raised just over £80,000!
Shelter is the leading charity tackling poor housing and homelessness in our local communities. Through corporate donations and employee fundraising, we fund a team of six specialist Shelter DIY advisers to work with people at risk of losing their home, as well as those settling into a new home following a period of homelessness. The DIY advisors help with basic DIY and home improvement skills, such as how to put up blinds and paint walls, as well as improving home security.
The money we donate and raise not only funds the DIY advisors but also supports thousands of people and families in housing need by helping to pay for Shelter’s other frontline services and advice. Together, we help to create good homes for those most in need in our local communities.
We work with Shelter in England, Wales and Scotland and with their partner charities – Focus Ireland in ROI and Housing Rights in Northern Ireland. To find out more about Shelter’s work, visit www.shelter.org.uk.
Our emergency partnership with the British Red Cross
When an emergency strikes, we want to help people get back on their feet and back into their homes as soon as possible. So, as part of the Kingfisher Group, we work with emergency partner, the British Red Cross – responding to both local and international emergencies.
Here in the UK we provide Emergency Relief Kits, including things like buckets, mops and gloves, to support the clean-up of events such as flooding. These kits are held in our distribution centres, ready to be dispatched when they’re needed. Through this partnership, our colleagues have also supported the Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund and We Love Manchester Emergency Fund after these devastating events took place.
When responding to international emergencies, we help raise funds from our colleagues and customers.
To find out more about the work of the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org.uk
Every year, we give away a huge amount of unsellable products to community groups like schools and colleges, charities, hospices and youth groups. Ranging from dropped cans of paint to damaged plants and single use pallets, products that were destined for landfill go on to benefit the local community – which benefits the environment too. Find out more at https://www.diy.com/one-planet-home/waste/community-reuse/
Community RePaint is a nationwide network of schemes that collects any surplus, reusable paint and redistributes it to charities, community groups, and individuals and families on low income. In 2016 alone, they saved over 464,000 litres of paint from going to waste. And we’re proud to continue working with and supporting them.