Introducing Neighbourly, the free to use giving platform

Fundraising Community
23 February 2022
Neighbourly is a free to use giving platform, currently used by over 20,000 community causes across the UK and Ireland ranging from registered charities to schools, foodbanks, local community groups and community interest companies.

Through partnerships with companies such as Aldi, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Samsung, B&Q and Danone, Neighbourly offers regular giving programmes throughout the year — so small charities and community causes can partner with businesses for help and support.

Neighbourly’s Three Giving Options

  • Food and Products: register to receive alerts about surplus food to support services such as food banks, community fridges and lunch clubs. Neighbourly can partner you with a local supermarket and send a text or email when food or household items are available for your school to collect.
  • Funding and Grants: through Neighbourly your school can hear about new grants and funding opportunities. Grants in 2021 ranged from £400 — £10,000 and were awarded via a simple application process to projects and charities working on everything from improving community spaces to climate education to tackling food poverty.
  • Volunteer Support: Neighbourly works with its business partners and their skilled teams to connect charities with volunteer support throughout the year. Employee Volunteers can be involved in one-off events or regular support, remotely or in-person. They can support a range of activities, including practical tasks, business advice or running sessions for beneficiaries.

How Neighbourly Can Help Your School

We ensure product surplus is put to good use in the community — whether it’s food and drink or toiletries, books and household goods. Work with a team of surplus redistribution experts, supported by a platform transacting thousands of donations every day. We can work with your school to ensure that food and product surplus is made available to you directly from local shops and supermarkets, making the process as simple and seamless for you as possible.

Your school can apply for funding or grants to support a project your school is working towards. Funding in the past has supported climate education workshops for school age children focusing on how to recycle, reuse and repurpose household items that would otherwise be thrown away.

Neighbourly has facilitated a number of volunteering projects with business partners who want to help schools and nurseries in their local area. M&S employees in Bristol spent the day working on improving the garden and playground of Hartcliffe Nursery, a state-led nursery school in South Bristol. They planted fruit trees, opened up the amount of green space and built play facilities.