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New Nisa initiative encourages colleagues to Make A Difference

New Nisa initiative encourages colleagues to Make A Difference

Nisa and its Making a Difference Locally charity have launched a new initiative to encourage and inspire staff to volunteer for a good cause in the local community.

The ‘A Day to Make a Difference’ scheme will offer Nisa employees the opportunity to spend either a full or half day with a local good cause. This will help them to develop new skills and experience, whilst helping charities and other good causes in the area.

This year, colleagues will have the opportunity to volunteer at one of three local causes:

  • Scunthorpe General Hospital
  • Inclusive@AALPS, a support group for adults with autism;
  • The Forge Project, a local charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people.

The initiative is being launched in a trail phase for several months with just 30 staff taking place. The offer proved popular and all places were taken up within a few days.

Nisa’s registered charity, Making a Difference Locally, has been supporting good causes since 2008 and has donated over £8.7 million to more than 11,000 causes to date.

Nisa Making a Difference Locally pink collecting tin


Making a Difference Locally (MADL) raises funds in Nisa partner stores from sales of all Heritage own-label and Co-op own-brand products, a percentage of which goes into a virtual fund for retailers to donate. Stores are then able to donate money raised to a local charity or good cause of their choice within a 10-mile radius, ensuring the funds raised benefit their local community.

Kate Carroll, Head of Charity at Nisa, said she was thrilled by the response from colleagues so far.

She said:


“We know from our annual Charity Champion awards that many of the Nisa team already volunteer their time for good causes and that there was a real appetite from others to become more involved with such causes.

“As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, as well as supporting colleagues in their own personal development, we are delighted to launch ‘A Day to Make a Difference’ as it will enable everybody to play a more active role in the local community whilst providing them with valuable volunteering experience.

“We’re thrilled with the response from colleagues so far and hope the initiative will be of great benefit to all involved.”



Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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