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What is OVO Gives Back?

OVO Gives Back is our way of giving back to our local community. Every year, we support 4 local charities through volunteering and £100,000 in grants.

It’s all about making a difference in the places we call home, enabling our people to get hands on helping out. OVO Gives Back is run by OVO’s charity, OVO Foundation, and powered by our people – that’s over 1,000 employees – all set to get stuck in as volunteers.

How do we choose our charities?

This annual charity initiative starts with our employees. Every year, we ask them to nominate local charities that work in OVO Foundation’s core areas: education; energy and environment; and youth poverty.

Next, the OVO Foundation team makes a shortlist, before putting it to internal vote. We do this because we want our people to really connect with the charities we’ll be supporting, and be excited about volunteering and fundraising for them.

How does OVO Gives back work?

The chosen charities will each enjoy a big cash boost of £20,000. As well as this vital financial support, our charities will also enjoy lots of hands on help. To help our people spend longer volunteering, if they give up a day’s annual leave, we match it with a second volunteering day at full pay. And if our people get cracking with fundraising activities for our chosen charities, we’ve also put aside an additional £20,000 to match every penny they raise.

What are the 2017/2018 OVO Gives Back charities?

This year, OVO Gives Back is supporting:

Avon Wildlife Trust

The Avon Wildlife Trust aims to protect and promote wildlife in the area of the former county of Avon – now Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

Young Bristol

Young Bristol helps 8-25 year olds achieve great futures as productive members of society through community youth clubs, educational and life-skill programmes, and outdoor activity centres.  

Windmill Hill City Farm

Windmill Hill City Farm is a green oasis in south Bristol, with animals, a garden, cafe, play area and community bike shop. It provides recreation, education and therapy using food, farming and the environment. 

Centrepoint

Centrepoint in London finds young people a safe place to live, provides health assessments and plans support for their individual mental and physical health needs – helping them on their way towards independence.

Where is the money going?

When we shortlisted our charities, we asked them to provide a summary of how our support will help them – and the projects are exciting and diverse. From building an outdoor kitchen to support education groups to running a new Digital Arts Programme for young people, it's set to be an exciting year. Have a look at our 2017/2018 OVO Gives Back charity partners in more detail. 

You can also take a look at our charity partners in 2016/2017 in the ‘All about OVO Gives Back’ blog.

More on OVO Foundation

OVO Gives Back is just one of the ways we try to do right by our community – locally and globally. We’ve also set up our own charity, OVO Foundation, which works to make a difference in three areas: education, youth poverty, and access to energy.

Find out all about it, the projects we support, and how OVO matches every penny that our customers donate on the OVO Foundation page.

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