Employees at One Stop have voted for Alzheimer’s Society as their new charity partner and will now be supporting the work of the organisation through the convenience store retailer’s network of 950 UK stores.
Over £6.5 million has been raised by One Stop for different causes in the past six years, from national charity support through to community initiatives, at a grassroots level.
One Stop’s colleagues were invited to vote for their new charity partner – which will sit alongside existing beneficiaries, Children in Need and MacMillan – and Alzheimer’s Society was decided on to be the new partner.
Colleagues and customers will now be encouraged to get involved in fundraising, supporting and raising awareness of the amazing work that Alzheimer’s Society does and helping to support those people within the community living with dementia on a day to day basis.
One Stop stores now have Alzheimer’s Society pin badges available and will be supporting campaigns throughout the year including Cupcake Day on 13th June and Elf Day in December. Alongside this, colleagues will be encouraged to become ‘Dementia Friends’, an initiative that will help employees working in stores gain a greater understanding of how the disease affects an individual. This way colleagues can learn how to help more effectively, whether that’s assisting them in choosing products or guiding people through paying. In fact, any situation which they might find challenging in stores.
One Stop is already in the top 10 of UK retailers which raises funds via its ‘Carriers for Causes’ programme. From the sale of carrier bags we have raised and donated over £2.9million to local causes. It is also committed to volunteering and encouraging its One Stop colleagues to get out into the community to help others. When a Scout hut burnt down, One Stop galvanised a work team and together helped clear the land, ready for a new hut. One Stop employees are part of the community they live and work in and strive hard to make a difference.