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Investing in our communities

Investing in our communities

Working for your community

Through our community investment and educational speaker programmes, charitable donations and employee volunteers, we’re always keen to support valuable causes and invest our time with environmental and community partners in your area. We’re also available to provide ongoing support to raise awareness about the journey of water and our environment.

Children taking part in a water experiment with a Thames Water employee

Book a community speaker

Around 250 of our dedicated and passionate employees are on-hand if you want someone to come and talk to your school or community group about what we do and how we do it. Whether you’d like to learn more about the water cycle and your role in it, discover water-saving advice, or simply want to learn where your water comes from, how we treat it, or what happens once you flush the chain or empty the sink, our community speakers can help.

Applying for charitable support

We aim to support charitable groups within the communities we serve through projects that link to our core business of water supply and wastewater treatment.

If you would like to apply for support, download and complete the application form below.

All applications are reviewed by our Charities Committee that meets quarterly to consider the requests for funding. You can also read our full guidelines and criteria document below.

To allow us to consider your application as quickly as possible, please make sure it reaches us before the following dates. Any applications received after the deadline will be referred to the next quarter.

  • 17 July 2020 for review by the charities committee on the 17 August 2020
  • 16 October 2020 for review by the charities committee on the 16 November 2020
  • 15 January 2021 for review by the charities committee on the 15 February 2021

Our work with WaterAid

As our chosen charity, we share WaterAid’s vision of a world where every single person has access to safe water and sanitation. We’ve supported their mission since 1981, donating over £35 million thanks to the help and generosity of our employees and customers.

Our staff volunteers previously worked on a four-year project in Bangladesh, which helped give more than 50,000 people access to clean water and 53,000 people access to safe toilets. We’re now working on a project in Malawi that aims to improve access to safe water and sanitation in two towns: Kasungu and Mponela.

We believe we need to empower people in Malawi, particularly local council officers, water board employees and citizens, to help make a sustainable change.

Find out more about WaterAid and how you can donate to them here.

Encouraging our employees to fundraise

We’re keen to encourage our employees to get involved in charitable fundraising for causes close to their hearts. To help make a difference to their chosen charities, we offer a pound-for-pound matched funding scheme up to a maximum of £2,000 for registered charities.

Our employees also have the option to support their favourite charities with our payroll scheme, Give as you Earn, which sees us contribute an additional 10% to our employee’s donations each month.

Other local charities we’ve supported

We’re proud to support a wide range of community projects and charities across our region. Here are some of the projects we’ve recently supported:

The Ahoy Centre, Deptford, London

The Ahoy Centre is a water sports-based charity in London whose aim is to give disadvantaged and at-risk youths as well as disabled people more opportunities to participate in activities and water-based courses. With our grant, they were able to purchase additional boatbuilding materials to support their life-changing apprenticeships. They even named their very first cutter rowing boat after us – all aboard the Thames Watermen! Read more about The Ahoy Centre on their website.

The KIDS’ Adventure Playground, Hackney, London

We provided a grant to support the charity KIDS and their ‘Love the Lea’ project, which ran over the summer. With our grant, KIDS was able to organise educational and fun trips to help disabled children in Hackney connect with their local river, discover wildlife and learn more about water pollution, including the perils of plastic. Read more about the KIDS’ Adventure Playground here.

Surrey Care Trust, Woking, Surrey

We provided funding for the Surrey Care Trust’s Swingbridge boat initiative, which gives young people and vulnerable adults the opportunity to crew boats, take part in conservation projects and enjoy boat trips. Read more about the Swingbridge boat initiative here.

Our Community Investment Programme

Learn more about our recent community investment projects in our Community Investment Programme summary: