John Lewis Partnership logs 24,500 hours volunteering

The John Lewis Partnership’s employees have donated over 24,500 hours in the last year through its Golden Jubilee Trust long-term volunteering programme, creating a new record since the launch of the programme 19 years ago.

National charities including Samaritans and Alzheimer’s Society to local causes, such as Leeds Women’s Aid and St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol received help, with the hours donated representing community value of over £1.9m.

The Golden Jubilee Trust is the Partnership’s flagship volunteering programme, through which Partners - as all employees at the John Lewis Partnership which operates John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners are known - have the opportunity to volunteer for up to six months at a charity of their choice while remaining on full pay and benefits.

Tracey Killen, Partner & Director of Personnel, John Lewis Partnership and Chair of Trustees, Golden Jubilee Trust, said: “Volunteering benefits individual Partners, the charities they support, as well as our wider business. Our success depends on the communities where we operate thriving and our ongoing commitment to contribute to community wellbeing is enshrined in our constitution. We are very proud of how much has been achieved through our unique Golden Jubilee Trust programme and hope that many more Partners will get involved in volunteering through our upcoming Partners in the Community initiative.”

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