From small ideas that make a difference in a single community to big ideas that change the world, Participate Projects support people and organisations to realise their potential. They do this by providing support that helps people to develop and grow their ideas into sustainable projects and enterprises.

Each year, they support hundreds of individuals, charities, social enterprises, community groups, businesses, and schools. The projects they support are found in areas of deprivation, tackle social issues, or work with specific client groups in areas such as disability or homelessness.


Since 2004 we have been supporting our charity partner Participate Projects and recently provided funding towards ‘The Venturists programme’ - a project that encourages young disadvantaged people who face the most challenging circumstances to take a proactive role in their communities by putting them in charge, and empowering them through real project-based learning experiences to develop and deliver their ideas for social change.

We have supported with a number of volunteering days , which include:

  • Volunteers from Corporate Affairs who are responsible for Marketing and Branding within the Group Visited Clayton Village Primary School and educated the children about brand identity & logo design and encouraged all the children to design their own brand/logo’s, which the children then presented by visiting our offices in Bradford.
  • Volunteers visited Clayton Village Primary School in June of this year to support with the school garden, planting fruit and vegetables, making a bug hotel, weeding, painting and general maintenance. This educated the children on the different foods they can grow and cook in the school kitchen.


Volunteers from Vanquis Banking Group have made a huge impact on Our Venturists. 11 volunteers believed in Our Venturists and helped them make their Youth Social Action Projects come alive! They supported these young people in building bird feeding stations, make wild flower gardens, plant mini-orchards, make bug and butterfly hotels, create upcycled tyre planters, knit scarves for the homeless and make friendship bracelets to encourage positive relationships in their school. The fruit and vegetables that were planted are going to be used in the school kitchen to promote healthy food.

Jill Taylor, Youth Coordinator, Participate Projects