Charities

We’re proud of our work with charities! Our employees volunteer and fundraise to support them, and in return our charity partners help us to improve the communities we serve.

Amount donated and volunteer hours given to good causes in 2017-18.

Donated

1225

Hours

1225

You can find out more about our charity work in our latest Community Engagement Report.

To ensure our charities get the most from our support, Southern Water targets its resources on two main relationships:

  1. A two year company-wide partnership with a single charity
     
  2. A year long partnership with selected regional charities to focus on local projects

These are our current charity partners:

Two-year charity partner

Our company charity for 2018-2020 is the Alzheimer’s Society (charity number 296645).

The Alzheimer’s Society’s vision is a world without dementia. Until the day a cure is found the charity is working to create a society where people who are affected by dementia are supported and accepted and able to live in their communities without fear or prejudice.

We want to do our bit and so every Southern Water employee will have the chance to be a Dementia Friend. Becoming a Dementia Friend simply means finding out more about how dementia affects a person – and then, armed with this understanding, doing small everyday things that help. For example, being patient in a shop queue, or spending time with someone you know who’s living with dementia.

Get involved

We will also be working with the Alzheimer’s Society’s experts to help to improve our frontline teams, so that they are more able to support people with dementia and their carers. Our aim is to become a gold standard Dementia Friendly Utility by the end of our partnership in 2020.

Southern Water will be working with the charity to achieve a fundraising target of £100k over two years. You can find out more about our company charity here: www.alzheimers.org.uk


Regional partners

Most of our employees live in the communities they serve. Our families play on the beaches and use the water services that we provide. To reflect this close relationship, the company's expanded its fundraising scheme to support projects close to the hearts of those who work here.

Our employees vote for a regional charity partner to receive £10,000 to complete a project within 12 months that benefits their local community. Our amazing charities this year are listed below.

Off the Fence, Brighton & Hove

Off the Fence is a charity working with the homeless in Brighton & Hove. It operates in innovative and practical ways to empower people who face life on the streets.

Their areas of work include:

  • Antifreeze – Life saving support for the homeless
  • Gateway – Supporting women and restoring dignity
  • Schools and Youth – Supporting schools in Brighton & Hove.

Our Southern Water grant will be used to support the charity’s Hygiene for All project which operates mobile shower and laundry units enabling those most at risk to wash and get access to clean clothes.

These vans are a modern and immediate response to addressing some of the issues surrounding homelessness. Hygiene and health are intimately interwoven, and poor hygiene is an inevitable result of homelessness. Establishing proper hygiene is key to a sense of self and better health. We believe every person has a right to good health and hygiene.

Off the Fence

www.offthefence.org.uk

The Aldingbourne Trust, West Sussex

The trust works with adults with learning disabilities enabling them to make a real contribution to the communities where they live. The charity offers education, training and specialist care to help unlock the potential of the people they support.

Southern Water has an established relationship with the trust through our employee volunteer scheme. Colleagues have helped out on several projects and will be keen to lend a hand with our latest joint venture. The Southern Water grant will be used to help design and construct a water efficient community garden near to the library in Bognor Regis. The garden will provide new skills training for the Aldingbourne Trust team and a tranquil place to rest for local residents. 

We provide training and learning for disabled adults looking to improve and increase their skills through on the job training, work experience and tailored action planning. We understand that each individual has different needs and ambitions so all of our training support is tailored to the individual to ensure happy and impactful result.

The Aldingbourne Trust

www.aldingbournetrust.co.uk/

Battersea, Kent

The Southern Water grant will help the charity to build a new laundry facility, complete with water efficient appliances.

This will help limit the risk of dogs and cats contracting infections that can be common in the kennel and cattery environment and enable the Battersea team to spend even more time with the cats and dogs, giving them the dedicated care and attention they need.

Battersea is an incredibly special place for dogs and cats.. Our expert care and veterinary teams give lost, abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats the best possible chance of a fresh start in a happy new home. We also work hard to educate people about responsible pet ownership including educational talks, visiting schools and hosting community events.

Paul Mckenzie - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

www.battersea.org.uk

Naomi House & Jacksplace, Hampshire

Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices dedicated to the care and support of children, young people and their families across the south including Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

This year the charity is celebrating 21 years of care. Southern Water is delighted to be contributing to this amazing anniversary with a grant to furnish the new hydrotherapy pool with special lighting and sound systems.

Our teams take the time to really get to know the family and fully understand their wishes. We offer them vital respite support, giving them the chance to recharge their batteries and regroup in a calm, fun and welcoming environment. In times of emergency Naomi House & Jacksplace is there, giving families the help they need through difficult times. And at the end of a child or young person's life, we pull out all the stops to give them a peaceful and dignified end, surrounded by family members.

Naomi House and Jacksplace

www.naomihouse.org.uk/

The Footprint Trust, Isle of Wight

The Footprint Trust is the 'go to' place on the island for people who want to help and  support their local environment in all sorts of ways. In previous years Southern Water has supported the charity in its education work, promoting water efficiency in schools and homes. The trust runs an annual Riverfest event celebrating the quality and diversity of the Isle of Wight’s unique rivers and waterways.

Our grant will be used for the Pond Action project designed to support local communities and schools to learn about and look after their local ponds. They are planning training for volunteers with supervised pond management sessions and pond dipping workshops for children. They are also producing community information packs for pond care and maintenance.

The Footprint Trust