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OUR CHARITY WORK
We try to stand up for what we believe in (things like creativity, independence and self-expression) and to support others to stand up too. And we try to give something back (like 1% of all our profits, every year).
Between 2010 and 2022 we donated over £4 million to local charities across the UK. We’re currently working with Home-Start UK, a community network of over 13,500 trained volunteers who provide home visits and expert support to families with young children.
Home-Start helps 31,000 families (and 53,000 kids) dealing with issues like postnatal depression, physical health problems, isolation, bereavement and other challenging situations. We are proud to have supported projects like Home-Start’s Covid Emergency Relief Fund and to have funded a new perinatal support manager for the charity.
We’ve also donated £100,000 to Home-Start's Empowering Women project, which funds local initiatives to help the mums they support grow, thrive and feel equipped to determine their own future. These include a refugee support group in mid-Sussex, a group for mums under 25 in Leeds, a STEPS (Steps to Excellence in Personal Success) course for marginalised women in the Glasgow area, and a therapeutic forest school for mums with health struggles in Erewash.
And this winter we donated £50,000 to the Warm Spaces, Friendly Faces project. This went to provide community-based activities in cosy, heated spaces. So families could access practical and emotional support, meet other families, join playgroups and save on their fuel usage.
“You were there when no one else was. My baby is only 3 weeks old and I had nothing. You have given me a baby cot, stroller, clothes and toys. I can’t thank you enough. My baby is now thriving.”
Home-Start supported mum in Camden
We have supplied computers to Home-Start families to assist with home schooling during lockdown. And for the last two years we have given many thousands of Christmas gifts to families the charity supports.
We donate extra samples and fabrics to Newlife, the charity for disabled children. This last year we donated over 1,500 bags of clothes that were then sold by the charity’s shops, helping them to support thousands of disabled and terminally ill children and their families.
Our donations helped fund over 10,000 helpline calls, hundreds of emergency equipment loans, over a thousand grants for specialist equipment and 1,380 play therapy pods. And they supported kids like ten-year old Una. Diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy, Una needed a bed that was safe and could be easily moved around.
We raise money through staff sample sales, and each member of White Stuff has two community days a year to do things like help at the Vauxhall City Farm, right on our HQ doorstep.
We're proud of what we are able to give, and we'd love for you to help out too. For anything that you buy from our Home-Start charity gift range, we promise 100% of the profits will go to Home-Start UK and the families they work with.
By buying these tiny Christmas jumpers that are actually tree decorations. Cute, right?
They might be teeny but they have a bigger purpose. They’re handmade in Nepal and the works provides employment and training for women, many of whom haven’t had the opportunity for formal education. The jumpers are hand-knitted and finished with the festive design stitched on.
And from every teeny tiny jumper we sell, we’ll donate £5 to our charity partner Home-Start UK (via the White Stuff Foundation). So these knits do more than just make nice decorations. Even if you don’t normally put jumpers on a Christmas tree.
White Stuff Foundation. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Charity no. 1134754. Company number 07172830. Home-Start UK. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Charity no. in England and Wales 1108837 and in Scotland SC039172. Company no. 5382181.