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.

Employee community volunteer hours given back to our communities 2019-2020:

Employee volunteers
376
Community volunteer hours
2943

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 - Alzheimer’s Society

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.

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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

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WaterAid

WaterAid (charity number 288701) is an international non-profit organisation, established in 1981 by members of the UK water industry. At Southern Water we’re passionate about helping them to achieve their goals to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to everyone, everywhere, reflecting the true value of water in our daily lives.

Building on our long standing relationship, we’ve recently announced a five-year partnership with WaterAid. The partnership will deliver projects that encourage people and communities to save water in the South of England while funding water-giving projects in some of the world's poorest communities.

The aim is to twin water-saving projects at home with some of WaterAid’s key projects in developing countries.

You can find out more about our partnership with WaterAid and their work: www.wateraid.org.uk.

 

Regional partners

Responding to the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, we’ve brought forward part of our regular programme of regional community funding support. We have targeted this back into the heart of our communities via our regional Community Foundations in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and IOW.

We were joined in the initiative by UK Power Networks, SGN, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Affinity Water, SES Water and South East Water – all of which reacted quickly and provided funding support. Together, we’ve contributed to a total national donation of £500,000. Supporting the hard work of regional Community Foundations helped us ensure funding quickly gets to where it can make the most impact in boosting local resilience at this time.

We will continue to support our regional charities with a second wave of funding later in the year. If you’re interested in hearing more about this funding when it opens, please email community@southernwater.co.uk.

We aim to provide further local support during the recovery phase for COVID-19 by supporting charities and local projects over the next six to nine months.

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation

Southern Waters donation in response to the additional challenges the Coronavirus pandemic for families across Kent, we have been able to help fund an Emergency Hardship Fund with Kent Community Foundation to offer grants to families with children who have complex needs.

This Fund has been opened specifically to help those who already deal with the complex need of their child(ren) and now also face increased challenges through reduced income from losing their job or being furloughed, with many also seeing an increase in expenditure as children stay at home from school. The Fund is focusing on requests for support towards essential costs, such as bills and food expenses, but ad hoc requests will also be considered.

In a short space of time since its launch, £10,000 has already been distributed, in grants of between £350 and £1000, to fifteen families across Kent and Medway.

 

The Foundation received this note of thanks from one of the families:

“Thank you so much to Kent Community Foundation, your help has been much appreciated during this hard time. We would have struggled to pay bills or put food on the table this month because of the extra expenses of having the children off school.  I work as a cleaner for the NHS, so things are very stressful at the moment, but this has given us a breathing space financially which makes all the difference.  Thank you.”

Click here for more details about the Emergency Hardship Fund.

Kent Community Foundation is one of 46 accredited local Community Foundations across the UK. Since 2001, Kent Community Foundation has distributed over £35 million in grants and provides financial support to hundreds of charities and deserving causes throughout Kent and Medway.

Community Foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.

To provide support to charities, Kent Community Foundation helps individuals, families and businesses, establish and administer their own charitable funds to support the local causes that mean the most to them and where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

Sussex Community Foundation

Sussex Community Foundation

Sussex Community Foundation

Communities across Sussex have responded quickly to meets the challenges resulting from the coronavirus crisis. We know the challenges people are facing will continue for many months – if not, years – to come. Southern Water donation to the Sussex Crisis Fund has supported grant giving including grants issued to help BAME community in Sussex who are especially vulnerable at this time.   

Local charities are making sure that people get the basics like food and medicines and are providing support for people who are particularly vulnerable such as those experiencing mental health problems or domestic abuse, families who have lost work or people with learning disabilities.

As always, Sussex Community Foundation is working hard to make sure the money donated gets to the frontline where it is needed most. All donations will make a huge difference to people and groups in need of help across the county.

Hampshire and IOW Community Foundation

 

Hampshire and IOW Community Foundation

Local communities are pulling together to tackle the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted that Southern Water is supporting the ‘We’re All Together’ Coronavirus Fund. Grants are supporting local groups to provide meals, groceries and prescriptions, while offering a friendly voice and advice to make people feel more secure at this unsettling time.

One of the organisations to benefit from funding of £2,500 is City Catering Southampton, which is providing schools with healthy packed lunches for pupils who are eligible for free school meals. City Catering is also arranging boxes of fresh groceries for delivery to the pupils’ family homes, where parents may be self-isolating and unable to get to a supermarket. Offering this service gives schools the opportunity to remain in contact with the families on a regular basis to ensure they are staying safe and well.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities, with £5 million awarded in grants over the past 5 years. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can visit HIWCF to see if they might qualify for a grant.

 
 
 
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