We help people create homes to feel good about. But we also know that people’s sense of home stretches beyond their four walls.
So we’re making sure our stores benefit the communities around them, giving customers the opportunity to connect with each other, share skills and together create better places to live.
The sharing economy, with technology enabling people to connect and exchange skills and resources more easily, can help people improve their communities by helping each other. We aim to share the knowledge and skills that exist within our businesses and help customers learn skills and connect with and help each other.
What we're doing
Our companies have supported 1142 community projects since 2012/13 and we're aiming for 4,000 by 2020. Our community projects vary from company to company and store to store, enabling us to meet local needs in the most appropriate way.
We’re creating and supporting free-to-use online skills-sharing websites that make it easier for customers and local communities to join together to improve their homes and communities. We're also inspiring the next generation of DIY enthusiasts through fun kids' classes in our stores.
In addition, we help customers and employees to raise money for charities through in-store collections, payroll giving, fundraising events and using our contact centres to take pledges from the public during charity fundraising appeals. In 2015/16 we helped employees and customers raise £774,000 for charity.