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Business partnerships

We could not operate without the support
of the local business community.

virginmoney2-250pxPartnerships with the private sector are essential to The People’s Kitchen. We rely entirely on the goodwill of business and the community to fund our essential services. 

In the current economic climate, charities are experiencing increased financial hardship. Without your help, our services may be cut back at the very time our clients need us the most. We offer an ideal way for your support to reach the people who need it. By supporting us, you affiliate yourself with an organisation that enjoys considerable public support. Each year, we receive donations from more than 2,000 community groups and individuals.

Our Board of Trustees makes sure that corporate generosity does not go to waste. Drawing on a panel of professional expertise, they ensure funds and goods are used to maximum benefit. And as we are entirely run by volunteers, there are no staff salaries taken out of your contributions.


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How your business can get involved

Support Financially

It costs us £135,000 each year to keep The People’s Kitchen running in just core costs such as electricity, insurance, petrol and office supplies and covering our basic bills can be a struggle. Could your business support us financially through a one off donation or ongoing support?


There’s loads of ways that you can get involved in The People’s Kitchen through sponsorship. Sponsor us – through sponsorship of our vehicle or our events. Sponsor a Friend – through a course or work experience. Or get people to sponsor you in aid of The People’s Kitchen.


Do you have any end-of-line products or surplus stock that you would like to donate to The People’s Kitchen? We are currently in need of items such as catering, office and warehouse equipment; food; clothes, bedding and toiletries as well as gardening tools for our allotment.

Provide Expertise

The People’s Kitchen needs professional skills and expertise from both businesses and their employees. We regularly need help from professionals such as solicitors, architects, insurance providers, accountants, building security and maintenance experts.

Kitchen Champions

We have recently launched the ‘Kitchen champions’ project which aims to recruit an ambassador in major North East businesses. The Champion will promote The People’s Kitchen to the rest of the organisation, helping to run appeals on a seasonal basis and spreading the word about our work.

Charity Challenges

From a charity auction, a Christmas ball, bungee jumping, dress down Fridays, a bake sale to the Great North Run. Could you encourage your employees to support us through a charity challenge? Not only does this support us but they are a great way to unleash the creativity of the team.

Supported Volunteers

Simple changes to your company policy can encourage staff to volunteer. Policies such as a recognition system for volunteers; celebrating National Volunteering Week; allowing staff to use company time for volunteering or giving lieu for weekly volunteer hours make a huge difference to us.

Support our Friends

Could your company support our Friends on the pathway to a better future by supplying training, offering work experience or helping them develop new skills? Whatever the type of business you run, we’d love to hear from you if you would like to support one of our Friends.

Payroll giving

Payroll Giving allows your employees to give direct to any UK charity straight from their salary – before tax is deducted which means it’s great for them and for us. Talk to us if you’d like to find out more about how to set this up.

What are the benefits to your company?

By supporting the People’s Kitchen, your company can profit from the benefits associated with having a reputation for corporate social responsibility:

  • Attracting and retaining high-calibre employees
  • Enhanced corporate brand with the public
  • Positive media opportunities
  • The chance to make a difference in your community
  • Staff skills development
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Increased company profile from local community engagement
  • Education of staff with issues regarding social welfare.

If you would like to learn more about working with the People’s Kitchen, please accept our invitation to visit the Alison Centre and see the work we do first hand. We can offer early evening appointments Monday-Thursday during our opening hours. We can also come to your workplace to give a presentation to you and your employees about the work we do. 

Support us and you’re

in great company


Case Studies

Our Business Partners

Barclays Bank / Benfield Motors / Barbour / DWP / GMB UnionEldon Insurance / Greggs / HSBC / Irwin Mitchell / J Sainsbury / John Lewis / Lowes Financial Management / M&S Eldon Square / N Power / National Trust / North Insurance Management / Northumbrian Water Parker Domnick Hunter Rook Matthews Sayer / Sainsbury’s Chapel Park Drive / Santander / Sintons / StreetSmart / Waitrose / Your Homes / Zurich Insurance
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