UK Youth - B&Q's official charity
B&Q is currently engaged in helping thousands of young people in the UK learn new skills through its investment in youth programmes and initiatives including UK Youth.
The partnership started in 2011 after staff were asked what kind of cause they wanted to get behind. The resounding answer was a charity that focused on young people in the UK so naturally the name UK Youth came up. The fact that the head offices of both organisations are just a few miles from each other in Hampshire sealed the partnership.
UK Youth was founded in 1911 to support young women who were being denied any kind of education. It has since evolved to become a national organisation that enables all 10-24 year-olds to gain access to learning opportunities beyond mainstream school.
Through a network of youth associations all over the country it reaches 750,000 young people each year, helping them to grow and develop and make a happy transition into adulthood.
Since the partnership launched B&Q has offered the charity great support both nationally and locally. One particularly successful initiative has ‘twinned’ stores with local youth clubs. The clubs are given the opportunity to undertake bucket collections in-store four times a year, to take advantage of product donations through the company’s waste donation scheme to help decorate and improve their facilities alongside expert advice and DIY training from B&Q staff.
Last year UK Youth had a committed but select group of competitors taking part in the London Triathlon - there were just three of them! This year, on Saturday 22 September, the charity will have a rather more significant presence. Over 200 people will be raising money to fund their work, making it one of the best represented charities at the event.
Gift Card Competition
Jade, 25 Alice, 13
B&Q, in partnership with UK Youth, ran a competition earlier this year to give budding young designers the opportunity to see their own design features on a special gift card to be sold in stores nationwide. This month the two lucky winners will each get to see their design printed onto thousands of gift cards, as well as receiving a fantastic £500 B&Q gift card each to spend in their local store. B&Q will make a donation to UK Youth for each gift card sold in store.
The winner of the under 14's category was Alice Brookes, 13 from Hertfordshire and the winner of the 14-25 category is Jade Fuller, 25 from Hampshire.
Nigel Mansell's Cycle Expedition
In June former F1 Champion and President of UK Youth Nigel Mansell CBE visited B&Q Blackpool to meet staff and the store's twinned youth group Streetlife.
Nigel visited the store on a rest day from his cycle expedition from John O'Groats to Paris, raising money for UK Youth. Charlotte Hill, CEO of UK Youth also attended.
To find out more about UK Youth please visit www.ukyouth.org
Last updated: about 3 years ago