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 almost £700,000 to our 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 167 volunteer days this year, and we’ve pledged another 292 days for the rest of the year.

For more information, contact giving@octopusgroup.com

Our charities

  • FoodCycle
    FoodCycle nourishes communities using surplus food. There are currently 34 Projects across England. Every week, in each of these Projects, they serve a nutritious three course meal for people who are hungry and lonely.
  • MyBnk
    MyBnk specialises in creating and delivering innovative and high impact financial education programmes to 7-25 year olds in schools and youth organisations.
  • Choir with No Name
    Choir with No Name (CWNN) runs choirs for people affected by homelessness and marginalisation. Their mission is to enable as many homeless and marginalised people as possible to beat loneliness and build their confidence and skills through singing.
  • Downright Excellent
    Downright Excellent works to enable children with Down syndrome in London to develop life skills so they may reach their full potential as individuals & equal participants in society. DEx aims to achieve this through education programmes including Speech & Language Therapy (SLT); quality play; education & support for parents & carers; education & support for 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.