Waitrose launches Weston volunteer scheme


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GOOD causes across Weston are set to benefit from a raft of new volunteers, thanks to workers at supermarket in the town.

The town’s branch of Waitrose is launching a new partner volunteering scheme, which will see it donate 250 hours’ of its workers time to local charities.

Over coming months, staff will take time out from their day-to-day roles at the Phillips Road store to support a variety of organisations.

Examples given by the store include donating time to serve in a charity’s own shop, helping with local litter-picks to improve the town, or offering a bit of elbow grease to spruce up the grounds at hospitals or hospices.

The aim of the scheme – which is being rolled out nationally – is to give workers at the Weston branch time to give back to the local community, while also developing new skills.

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Weston manager Simon Brumby said: “We’re delighted to launch our partner volunteering scheme at Waitrose Weston.

“It will provide a fantastic opportunity for our partners to choose local good causes and charities that they would like to give support to in recognition of the fantastic work that they do within our community.

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“We would like to encourage any local causes in need of support to get in touch with us or fill in an application form at our welcome desk.”

The type of organisation which could benefit ranges from charity shops, animal shelters and nursing homes, to schools, community gardens and sports teams.

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