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How To: Help Your Local Animal Shelter


Britain is a nation of animal lovers and if you're anything like me (jumping for joy at every dog you come across in the street), then helping out at your local animal shelter is a great way to spend some free time.

Unfortunately there's a variety of reasons a pet can end up in a shelter. The obvious ones are the worst: cases of abuse and neglect. But sometimes it could be that the owner has passed away and there's nowhere left for their pet to go. The owner might have developed a serious or long term illness which means they can't care for them properly anymore.

There are often more of these cases than there are spaces in animal shelters. Staff at these animal shelters rely on donations to help keep doors open and volunteers to help them with their day to day care of the animals.

So what can you do to help?

Social media: they say charity starts at home, or in some cases, wherever you are with your mobile phone! You can start by sharing updates from your local shelter or adoption profiles on your social media channels. We know that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc. are huge sources of information for most folks these days. Imagine you share little Bubbles' adoption profile on your Instagram tomorrow and next week she's off to her forever home because of it!

Photography: another useful and super fun activity you can volunteer for. For every pet up for adoption, a new mugshot is needed. Pets need to look their best for their adoption profiles and your photograph might capture the smile somebody has been looking for. Good quality photos of day to day activities, staff, volunteers and housing at the charity will also be really useful for the shelter to use for their own social media channels.

Transport: do you have a car? Transporting animals is a key need for charities - they need transport to get to the vet or maybe their new foster home. What better companion on the road riding shotgun than a four legged friend?

Socialising: this one is everyone's favourite! Dogs and cats need socialising to help them alleviate loneliness and distress that often comes with the shift from home to shelter life. Dogs will need exercising and cats will need cuddling - this human contact also helps them build on becoming more comfortable with new and different people.

Donating items: by donating stuff this means the charity doesn't need to use hard earned monetary donations on the purchasing of items when it could be used towards something crucial like vet bills. It's always best to check with your local shelter what they need, but they will always welcome beds, blankets, toys, cat litter and food etc. Well loved and used items are fine but make sure they're still in a relatively good condition. I'm sure you wouldn't want to sleep in a bed that's been chewed to pieces either!


DIY skills: if you're good with your hands or have a group of friends willing to help, then skills like gardening and carpentry are always appreciated. There will always be bits that need mending - fences to put up, walls to paint, plants to prune! Gardening will also help the premises look more homely for its residents and provide lots of smells for the ones who like to follow their noses.

Laundry: this is probably one you haven't thought of before, but can you imagine how many blankets, towels and beds need washing? This one is sure to score you some brownie points, even if it's just volunteering half an hour to come in and throw a few loads in the washing machine. It means another member of staff can use that time to exercise a few extra animals - or just give them a well earned break.

Fundraising: this is obvious but vital to keep a shelter running. More often than not they rely on donations from generous donors and fundraisers or local grants. But with budgets being cut all over the nation, it's getting increasingly more difficult. These donations help to feed animals, pay for expensive vet bills and keeping the premises warm and running. Most staff work on a voluntary basis because there just aren't enough funds to go around, but these people give their time to work each day around the clock. There are a million ways to fundraise! From a bake sale at your local supermarket (remember to ask their permission first) to an epic skydive wearing a cat costume - it's all for a great cause and you'll have a blast doing it.

Fostering: this comes with some measure of responsibility and won't suit everyone. You'll likely need to be someone who's home a lot so that when your new furry housemate comes to stay, you can help them adjust and relax. Fostering is a great way to get animals used to human contact and the comings and goings of home life and is vital when the shelter runs out of room for the next animal who needs it. Who knows, you may find that having them around isn't so bad and they might be able to join your family full time :)

Take a look at some of our animal rescue on projects and see how you can help!

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Feb 1, 2018

'No Place Like Home' campaign to support local homelessness charities


No Place Like Home is our new campaign aimed at helping anyone without a permanent home this Christmas, from those sleeping rough to those being provided for by foodbanks, temporary shelters or refuges. The Neighbourly website will provide a platform for more than 55 charities and projects across the UK, enabling them to reach local individuals who want to help. The requests for support range from funding for food items, warm clothing and sleeping bags and tents, as well as bags for belongings, toys and games.

Watch the campaign film.

Homelessness is currently at its highest rate since the 1990s, and local organisations (many of which are run by volunteers) are being forced to do more with their dwindling resources. Further pressure is being exerted because of local council cuts and less funding for homeless organisations, as well as cuts to mental health provision which has also led to a rise in homelessness.

Having a safe place to call home enables us to focus on our wellbeing, employment and social lives, but homelessness (or the threat of it) can happen all too quickly and easily. What has hit hardest is the reduction of support for local authorities, meaning that councils have had to cut back on support for those working with the most dispossessed. This campaign aims to support projects delivering essential services to people who, for whatever reason, need emergency support from a local charity - bringing them together in one place so that individuals and companies can contribute

We devised the campaign following feedback from our community asking for specific help this year as homelessness levels are anticipated to rise to the same numbers seen in the 1990s. We're hoping that business backers, keen to lend their brand to help raise awareness, and local individuals will contribute to the projects they care about through individual donations.

The homelessness crisis is currently at its worst. Officially, more than 4,130 people slept rough every night in the UK in 2016, a 16% rise on the previous year and more than double the 2010 figure. The true figure is many times higher. It is estimated that 62% of homelessness is ‘hidden’ because it includes people who become homeless but find a temporary solution such as staying with friends or living in a squat.

How to get involved:

Homelessness organisations who need funding or donations are welcome to join the campaign – please email hello@neighbourly.com for more info.


Content Manager

Dec 6, 2017

It's Time To Cheer For Good!


From Wednesday 29th November it's time to get cheering!

Up until 20th December, 210 charities and their supporters nominated by Starbucks partners and customers around the UK will be raising awareness of important local causes on their Neighbourly pages and across Twitter using the hashtag #CheerForGood.

All 210 charities will receive a £500 grant from Starbucks and the 30 charities who cheer the loudest will receive £2,000!

You may recall similar festive campaigns Starbucks have run with Neighbourly over recent years. We spoke with charity St. Bernadette's BEEs Preschool who secured a £1,000 grant last year and here's what they had to say..

"It was a great opportunity not to be missed for such a small pre-school so we just picked up the pace and just went for it for it last year - I still can’t believe we secured £1000 by just tweeting and sharing our story. It’s just fantastic. 

We have worked tirelessly fundraising for our preschool, with more and more companies retracting support for small charities like our own the Neighbourly platform has become a vital lifeline to attract the support of companies.

We used the grant to purchase a new outdoor playhouse, sleepers, plants to grow our own vegetables, sand and arranged for Millers Animals to visit the preschool. Some of our children do not have access to an outdoor space at home and by bring the farm to the preschool more families were able to attend."

Now you can see all 210 charities taking part here! Want to support your favourite? Here's how:

  • Sign up to Neighbourly, follow and say hi to your charity on their project page
  • Tweet your support by including their Twitter handle and the hashtag #CheerForGood

Each charity's cheer will be measured by it's activity score on Neighbourly (followers, photos and updates posted etc.) and by the amount of tweets including their Twitter handle and the hashtag. So if you're tweeting support - don't forget to include #CheerForGood!

Every tweet you send will push your favourite charity just that little bit closer to that £2,000 grant so what are you waiting for?

Happy #CheerForGood everybody!

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Nov 29, 2017

What Is Micro Volunteering?


Have you ever considered volunteering but find the same old reasons keep holding you back?

You can't find the time. You can't commit to anything long term. A disability or health concern is stopping you from taking the next step..

Ever heard of micro volunteering?

Micro-volunteering is bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete”

It's the perfect way to do something good or give back, largely from the comfort of your own home! In fact, 80% of micro volunteering takes places online meaning you need look no further than your smartphone, tablet or computer.

In a lot of cases, you can do it anywhere, anytime. After all, many people doing small actions can make a big impact. Here's a couple of ideas:

  • Share a cause or campaign you support and care about on your social media channels.
  • Perhaps a #2MinuteBeachClean.
  • Pick up litter you come across on your next countryside or seaside walk.
  • Got less than an hour? RSPB provides ways for you to still give nature a home from your home, garden or office.

And if you want to find local volunteering opportunities near you - take a look at what's going on at Neighbourly.

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Nov 14, 2017

Neighbourly survey finds employees that volunteer through work are 13% happier

happy worker

We recently commissioned a survey to gain greater understanding of the attitudes around happy, healthy communities and the value of volunteering, with a number of questions addressing employee volunteering and happiness. Carried out by an independent research company with 2,000 people across the UK, this survey found that employees who have volunteered with their company are 13% happier than those who have not - suggesting that employee volunteering is the route to a happier workforce and as important as benefits or environment.

A happier workforce brings a number of bottom line benefits to a business, including better staff attraction and retention; improved cost savings thanks to lower staff turnover and a reduction in lost wages; as well as a positive culture and an improvement in productivity. Our survey also found that employees who volunteer are 15% more satisfied with their lives, and that they are also 15% more likely to recommend the company they work for, helping to support the recruitment of top talent.

We've found that the benefits of a happier workforce are backed up by research by other bodies. The University of Warwick1 found that being happy made people 12% more productive, whilst a CAP study2 found that replacing an employee costs approximately 20% of their annual salary. In addition, the Centre for Mental Health has just released updated figures for the estimated cost of mental health problems to employers3 which now equates to around £1,300 per employee.

Whilst the link between happiness and volunteering may not be a new one, the benefits and wider implications for employees, employers and the community cannot be ignored. So having greater insight into the positives of volunteering couldn’t have come at a more crucial time - when smaller community projects and charities are more in need of help than ever due to the reduction in funding from the government.

With 75% of millennials considering the potential to contribute to society when choosing an employer4, the possibilities for employee volunteering are huge. As well as supporting their local communities, 85% of businesses find volunteering advances talent as part of the learning and development strategy5.

Neighbourly helps businesses to activate their social purpose at a local level by aggregating charities and community projects and creating transparency around their needs through our interactive platform. We've worked with a number of retail and FMCG brands, whose volunteers’ responses also echo the findings of the nationwide survey:

  • 72% feel volunteering allows them to apply their skills
  • 80% said the experience made them feel happier
  • 86% said it raised their company’s profile
  • 89% want to take part in more events
  • 100% said volunteering made them feel proud to work for their company

Carmel McQuaid, Head of Sustainable Business at M&S, who have just completed a burst of over 340 volunteering hours as part of their 1 million hours 2025 commitment told us; ‘Our goal is to create a positive impact in society and improve peoples’ lives wherever we touch them. That’s why we encourage our employees to give up their knowledge, time, and energy to volunteer in the communities where we operate. We know from our own experience that the value of volunteering goes well beyond the impact of a single task, it actually improves employee well-being and happiness in the process.’

Find out more about employee volunteering with Neighbourly.


(1)  University of Warwick, Happiness and Productivity, February 2014
(2)  Center for American Progress, There Are Significant Business Costs to Replacing Employees, November 2012
(3)  HuffPost UK, Mental Health at Work: What No Employer Can Afford to Ignore, September 2017
(4)  Harvard Business Review, What Do Millennials Really Want At Work?, April 2016
(5)  Deloitte, Impact Survey 2016


Content Manager

Oct 25, 2017

6 steps to reduce plastic waste


As humans, we leave our footprints wherever we go. Be it our carbon or ecological footprint - everything we do on this planet has a consequence. Sadly, plastic pollution is one of them. And it's a big problem, especially for our oceans.

Plastic is everywhere. If you're reading this on your phone - chances are your phone is protected by a plastic phone case. Reading this on a laptop? Your keyboard, track pad and mouse are probably plastic. As well as your headphones, your monitor, your glasses and sunglasses, parts of your clothing, your shoes and the container you're eating out of. It's everywhere and it's unavoidable. But what happens when we don't want it anymore and throw it away? While we hope most of it is sent off for recycling or even upcycling, a lot of it ends up in landfill where it will take hundreds of years to degrade. Then a lot of it ends up loose in the world, and ultimately in our waterways and our oceans.

So how can you help reduce the amount of plastic polluting our oceans? Here's our 6 easy steps:

  1. Carry a reusable bottle - firstly, plastic bottles contain chemicals that can seep into your drinks. Ew. Nobody wants that. It's not yet clear how harmful these chemicals are but is bottled water really worth it? It would be better for your health to carry a stainless steel bottle which is reusable as well as durable! Secondly, 35.8m plastic bottles are used every day, but only 19.8m are recycled each day. That's a staggering amount of unnecessary plastic left behind!
  2. Carry a reusable coffee cup - we're a nation of caffeine addicts and an incredible 7 million coffee cups are used everyday in the UK! Many of us will throw these coffee cups in the recycling bin, but did you know that most of them are in fact not recyclable? This is because polyethylene is used in the cups to keep them water tight. It would be much greener to carry an alternative - your own reusable coffee cup. They come in all designs, shapes and sizes and can make you look so much more cool on your morning commute ;)
  3. Buy loose fruit and veg - fruit and veg are naturally wrapped in their own sturdy skins designed to protect themselves, so why do we need to individually wrap these items in sheets of plastic? You'll be sure to see it commonly done in supermarkets but is it necessary? Packaged fruit and vegetables also come with the issue of food waste. Have you ever gone shopping for a courgette only to find you HAVE to buy 3? Often, these unwanted extras end up in the bin which contributes to the UK's ever growing food waste problem!
  4. Say no to plastic straws - a guarantee find in the waste on any beach are plastic straws. From tiny pointless cocktail straws to super big bendy ones - they are one of the most hazardous litter substances in the ocean. In 2015, a horrifying video of a turtle with a plastic straw being removed from it's nose went viral. While heartbreaking to watch, it raised awareness of a very dangerous and real threat to our marine life. If you must drink from a straw, there are such things as paper or even titanium alternatives.
  5. Say no to disposable cutlery - it poses much of the same problem as straws and other plastic litter and like most of these there are alternatives. Vegware make catering disposables that are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and all can be recycled along with food waste.
  6. Carry a reusable bag - plastic bags are a nightmare. Since the 5p charge of plastic bags came into effect in the UK back in 2015, the number of bags used has gone down by 80% which is equal to 9 billion fewer plastic bags! Next time you go shopping, take your own! We all have old plastic bags hiding in cupboards at home - so use it and reuse it. Then use it again. Take a tote bag, or a rucksack or a gym bag! All of these are less likely to split on the way to the car too.

But hey! Here's an even better suggestion: why not take part in a beach clean? It's a great excuse to take your friends, family or dog down to the coast for a day out. Along with your picnic and windbreakers, bring along a few rubbish bags and collect any rubbish you find. Do be careful though and wear some protective gloves as some plastic debris can be dangerous, they can have sharp edges and it's not uncommon to find used needles mixed in with a pile of old seaweed and sweet wrappers.

The local wildlife will definitely thank you. They're most at risk from plastic waste which often ends up being washed onto our beaches. According to research, 700 marine species are threatened by plastic debris. Fish mistake small pieces of plastic as food. Sea birds will scavenge for food along shorelines and eat almost everything. Whales have been killed from eating plastic bags and turtles have been found to inhaled plastic straws - it's horrible to think about but it's a very real problem.

You can also join a group of likeminded people for a Great British Beach clean! Marine Conservation Society are passionate about protecting marine wildlife and our beaches with their Beach Watch programme. We teamed up with MCS to clean one of our nearest beaches in Portishead but you can find your nearest beach clean event here.

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Sep 13, 2017

Why Giving Can Be So Easy


When somebody asks you to help or to give, does your mind automatically flash with pounds signs? The rattling clamour of collection buckets? Most people aren't willing to part with their cash unless it's for a cause that specifically relates to them in some way e.g. cancer respite or homelessness. And that's understandable, but there's more to giving than just donating to that special cause. What if someone in your local community asked you for a hand? What if all they wanted were an extra pair a hands for an afternoon?

Giving your time to someone who needs it is invaluable and rewarding - you know you feel better about yourself when you helped that elderly lady carry her bags down the stairs to the tube. Maybe someone in a hurry dropped their boarding pass at the airport and you hurried to catch up with them to return it - hero of the holiday! Why not take it a step further?

The word volunteer means different things to different people: it doesn't have to mean a 6 month unpaid position in a faraway country. Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes, the actual definition is to freely offer to do something. There, not so scary is it? It could literally apply to anything!

So what do you get out of volunteering? Here's just a handful of benefits:

  • Gain confidence - you'll boost your confidence trying your hand in something new, it doesn't matter if you're any good at it! As long as you've tried, you can be proud of yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone to help somebody else.
  • Make new friends - the great thing about volunteering is how you end up with the most unlikely bunch of people and can form real bonds over your shared interests and an experience you can all enjoy. Who knows, maybe you'll want to volunteer together again sometime?
  • Learn new skills - you're bound to pick up something new, especially when working in groups, that's the beauty of working together.
  • Make a difference - no matter what your contribution is, you gave your time to somebody who needed it. Guaranteed, that will mean more to that person than a few pounds in a collection tin.

Enjoy yourself - the most important part of the journey. Volunteering is not a chore - it's a fun and social activity, why not bring a group of friends to the next one?

That's probably why 14.2 million people volunteered in 2016, and with such strong focus on social responsibility these days we can expect to see that number to rise.

Now you might be thinking "what could I possibly offer as a volunteer?". First step - click on to Neighbourly and have a look through the volunteer events happening in your area. Last year, I came across a volunteer event for The Food Jam. They needed a few volunteers that could jump on their bicycles and collect food donations from designated locations around Bristol. So I shared the event with a few friends and off we went on our bikes for a lovely cycle around the city, packing our tow crates with fruit and veg, ready to deliver to the guys at Food Jam who were cooking it up for an event. All we needed were our bicycles, they supplied the crates. We had a guide that took us to the stores and had a hilarious time trying to cycle uphill with a crate bulging with food! Overall it was a really enjoyable day for us and we all agreed we'd be happy to lend an afternoon to volunteer together again.


Volunteering is better together! Rope in a few friends when you can for an even better experience.

Do you have a volunteer story you'd like to share with us? Let us know! You can tweet us at @nbrly or email us at hello@neighbourly.com, we'd love to feature your story!

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Sep 12, 2017

Don’t let it go to waste


Out of sight, out of mind? Perhaps a cause for concern when we relate it to our consumption of products, materials and food everyday. Because when we don't want to use the peelings from last night's potatoes or those old shampoo bottles, when we're done with the newspaper or no longer need the packaging our food came in - we just...throw it away. The question is - where is away? There is no such place. Everything we throw out has to go somewhere, and usually that somewhere is landfill.

Here are some pretty surprising facts about landfill in the UK:

  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 tonne of newspaper.
  • 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
  • Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

So this is where #ZeroWasteWeek comes in. It's a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste and empowering participants to reduce waste. It takes place every year during the first week of September, but it doesn't end there!

At Neighbourly we're passionate about combatting waste, especially when it comes to food. Neighbourly connects local stores that have surplus with the charities and projects that can put it to good use within the community:

  • Over 15 tonnes of food have been saved from landfill through the Neighbourly platform this #ZeroWasteWeek - that's equivalent to over 22,000 meals!
  • Over 1,320 tonnes of food have been saved from landfill through the Neighbourly platform since Neighbourly Food began back in December 2015 - that's around 1.9 millions meals!

Back then, we had just over 160 charities collecting food from M&S stores nationwide. Today we have over 750 charities, community groups and non profits collecting food from M&S and now through our more recent partnership with Lidl.

And there's so much more going on out there in the big wide world to take on the goal of a zero waste society:

It's important that we all take steps to reduce our footprint, if you're interested in learning more about living a zero waste lifestyle, then check Going Zero Waste. If you're a charity or community group interested in receiving product donations then contact us at hello@neighbourly.com.

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Sep 8, 2017

4 acts of kindness you can do from your office desk right now


Out of all the things you'd like to bring to work with you, last night's leftovers, the weekend's glorious sunshine, your dog, maybe even your kids! - remember that kindness should be one of them. Do not leave it at home or at the door. Kindness is contagious so if you think there need to be a few extra smiles this morning, why not follow these few simple steps?

Compliment the person next to you

Not only do they feel appreciated and uplifted - you will too! Positivity is also contagious - it motivates and boosts self esteem and it's totally free. Try it - it might just be the boost you both need today.

Make a round

If your office is anything like Neighbourly HQ, we live for tea and coffee. But with so many mugs in one round, who will pull the short straw? How about throwing all the straws away?? They're bad for the environment anyway. Stand up, sneak off to the kitchen (you could do with the break away from your screen anyway right?) and make your co workers all a drink. This caffeinated act of kindness will surely bring a smile to everyone's faces, and probably counts you out for making the next few rounds this week.

Bring in a treat after lunch

It's a Neighbourly custom that anyone who takes a holiday brings back some exotic treat from their faraway destination, or in some cases, a bar of Toblerone from Heathrow Airport. While sweet treats are a lovely gift to give, your co-workers might appreciate something a little healthier. Whatever it is, a small random act of kindness you can all enjoy is bound to lift office spirits.

Give a fiver to a good cause

That £5 you were going to throw at another pint tonight could actually go to one of the many charity or community projects fundraising on Neighbourly. Let's face it, it could be that one pint that pushes you from "great night!" to "horrible hangover.." anyway. Not only will you feel good for being charitable, that project on Neighbourly will feel noticed, grateful and motivated to continue their fundraising efforts today.

How about trying a few of these, then let us know if they brightened your work day! Tweet us at @nbrly or find us on Facebook.

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly matches charity and community projects with people and companies that can lend a hand. Get support by creating and sharing a project or give support by following, donating or giving a day to volunteer.

Sophie Cook

Community Manager

Sep 1, 2017

Neighbourly launches non-food product donations


We're delighted to announce the expansion of our food surplus scheme to include non-food product donations, with Marks & Spencer on board as the first retailer.

The extension of our award-winning food donation scheme follows research with our food charity partners earlier this year which found that 92% would like to receive non-food donations, with cleaning and laundry products and toiletries the most requested products. We also found that many are in need of kitchen equipment and furniture.

In response to this, we've expanded the platform so that the surplus scheme can now accept a wider range of products from businesses - which is a huge and exciting step forward, not just for us, but for the charities we support, the retailers we work with and the communities in which they operate. The ability to redistribute unwanted but still useful surplus items will contribute to the reduction of raw material consumption, landfill use and CO2 levels.

M&S were the first retailer to sign up to Neighbourly’s food redistribution scheme in 2015 and have been rolling out donations of chilled food including meat, dairy, poultry and prepared meals since May*. They are now asking all their stores to donate any surplus non-food items such as those that that may have damaged packaging but are still fit for purpose.

Everyday items M&S will donate include batteries, bags, plant pots, cleaning and laundry products, air fresheners, personal care items and pet food. Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing at M&S told us: “In addition to our regular surplus food donations, the donation of non-food items forms part of our overall Plan A 2025 aim to become a zero-waste business by 2025. Being able to maximise the reuse of non-food products is not only good for our business, but it is also good for the environment and for local communities by enabling them to focus their funds on their core activities.”

Starbucks, who has worked with Neighbourly since 2014 to deliver support to hundreds of local community causes across the UK, will also be using the feature for their new Community Café programme. This will enable not-for-profit cafés to order Starbucks products and collect from their local store. These small charitable spaces, which are often embedded in their local communities, have experienced large falls in income since 2008**. The orderable Starbucks product donations include a range of kitchenware items including condiment shakers and milk steaming pitchers, in addition to food and drink such as espresso coffee and syrups.

To date, the Neighbourly surplus scheme has redistributed over 1,500 tonnes of surplus food – the equivalent of around 1.8 million meals. Over 700 charities have so far joined, and together they provide around 95,000 meals each month to their communities using the donated food. The charities range from homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens to community centres, schools, clubs and more.

Non-food items now accepted by the surplus scheme include (but are not limited to) laundry and household items; toiletries; baby care; pet supplies; furniture; electrical items; technology items; kitchenware; clothing and textiles; toys; sports equipment; books; garden items; and painting and DIY equipment.

Get involved

Charities: sign up to Neighbourly and request an alert for the type of products you're interested in within a certain geographical area. Your alert can range from a broad category, such as all household items, to more specific items, like books or pet supplies. If surplus becomes available, you'll receive an alert which you can accept before picking the products up from the local store or warehouse. If you're interested in food donations, get in touch: food@neighbourly.com

Businesses: if your company has surplus food or products, we’d love to talk to you about redistribution. Get in touch: hello@neighbourly.com.

*Doesn't currently include franchise M&S Simply Food stores such as railway and BP stores

** Source: Institute of Public Policy Research


Content Manager

Aug 13, 2017