Our colleagues around the world took part in a global effort to support our communities.

In 2018, we hosted our second ‘International Community Week’, which involved teams from across our Retail and Office locations supporting local initiatives around the globe.

Over 300 colleagues across the company took part

From Manila to Nevada, Sofia, Krakow, Gibraltar and right across the UK, activities to support local charities and initiatives took place throughout the week.

'Every week, our colleagues dedicate time to supporting their local communities through Close to HOME. Our International Community Week is about celebrating these efforts, and it’s been hugely inspiring to see the amount of work that our colleagues have put in to help an array of worthwhile causes in their local areas.'

Bill South, Group Director of Security and Community Affairs

Gibraltar: Nautilus Project


Our Gibraltar office will be launching their partnership with the Nautilus Project, which delivers environmental initiatives across Gibraltar by taking part in a beach clean.

Krakow: Blood donation

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Over 30 colleagues have signed up to take part in a blood donation during Community Week

London: Canal and River Trust and Little Wormwood Scrubs Community Park

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London based colleagues will be getting involved with 2 separate local projects; first doing some conservation work in a community park and then working with the Canal and River Trust to clean one of London’s locks.

Leeds: St George’s Crypt, KitAid and St Gemma’s Hospice

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Our Leeds offices will be accepting donations throughout the week for jackets, football shirts and easter eggs to distribute to 3 respective charities: St George’s Crypt, KitAid and St Gemma’s Hospice.

Manila: Casili Elementary School and Bahay Aurora

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Our colleagues in Manila will be working with 2 of their long standing Close to HOME partners, Bahay Aurora and Project Casili, across 3 days of the Community Week. They will be delivering music, arts and photography lessons as well as an educational tour around Kidzania to children from both organisations. 


Sofia: St Iliya Church, cooking for the homeless

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Our team in Sofia will returning to St Iliya Church to help prepare and serve breakfast for people in need who visit the church every Saturday. The team will also be running a bake sale earlier in the week to raise money for the Church.