Octopus Giving

When we first started out, we relied on the small number of people who gave us a chance and chose to invest in our dream. We never forget that. Octopus Giving is our way of putting something back, by helping to give others their chance.

The charities we support started out small, like us. But they have big ambitions. And they help people who could very easily slip through the cracks without anyone there to make a difference.

Since it launched in 2014, Octopus Giving has donated more than £1 million to nine smaller charities. But it’s not just about money. We try to give our charities something even more valuable – our time.

Everyone who works at Octopus spends a ‘volunteer day’ each year with one of our charities. So far, we’ve donated more than 10,000 hours of volunteering time.

For more information, contact giving@octopusgroup.com

Our charities

  • FoodCycle
    FoodCycle is strengthening local communities by bringing hungry and lonely people together to share a meal with company. They use surplus food to cook nutritious food that volunteers and guests then eat together. They currently serve over 1,000 meals a week, supporting people in 38 projects across the country.
  • MyBnk
    MyBnk believes in the value of finance education. They’ve created innovative, high impact workshops for 7 to 25-year-olds, covering topics such as saving, budgeting, social enterprise and start-up entrepreneurship. MyBnk’s experts also deliver practical enterprise experiences, providing access to interest-free loans and marketplaces to set up their own initiatives.
  • The Choir with No Name
    Founded on the principle that singing makes you feel good, The Choir With No Name runs choirs for homeless and marginalised people in Birmingham, Liverpool and London. Each choir gets together to rehearse every week (with a decent dinner at the end of the rehearsal) and performs regularly.
  • Downright Excellent
    Downright Excellent helps children in London with Down syndrome to develop life skills and to reach their full potential as individuals and as equal participants in society. Educational programmes include speech and language therapy and quality play, and they also provide education and support for parents, carers and siblings.
  • GRIT
    GRIT (previously Youth at Risk) believe that all young people, no matter what their start in life, can be the best. They offer intensive coaching and support to the UK’s most vulnerable young people.
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
    In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. CALM is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. With a website and helpline, CALM is challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it.
  • Greatwood Charity
    Greatwood uses ex-racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with special educational needs. As well as delivering pioneering education programmes designed to teach emotional literacy and life skills, it is the only racehorse welfare charity that does not have a criteria for entry, and they never turn away a horse that is suffering or neglected.
  • Beyond Autism
    Children and families living with autism face huge challenges but research shows ‘verbal behaviour’ is the most successful way to help them make real breakthroughs. Beyond Autism provides autistic children with the environment and communication skills they need to lead fuller, happier lives.
  • North London Cares
    Between them, North London Cares and South London Cares are tackling the growing problem of loneliness and isolation for elderly people living in the capital. Their network of volunteers offers a little extra time, practical help and human companionship.
  • South London Cares
    Operating in the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, South London Cares runs projects that break down many of the modern-day barriers to social interaction, to bring communities closer together. All of its activities aim to make older neighbours feel more valued, vibrant and visible.