We’ve been spreading a little Frugi magic every day, not just Giving Tuesday!
Since the very beginning, we have been committed to putting people and the planet first in everything we do. Each year we donate 1% of our turnover to charitable causes – whether we make a profit or not.
Our Little Clothes Big Change charity initiative has made a huge difference to the lives of children all around the world, from Accra and Malawi to India and all across the UK. Originally we had set out to support environmental charities that are close to our hearts and more recently we’ve been helping children’s charities as part of our Happy Childhood Fund which aims to support organisations that mean kids can be kids and for them to be able to enjoy their childhood, giving them a chance to learn and grow.
Together with your support, we are fast approaching an AMAZING milestone of £1 MILLION contributions to charity!
Every little thing you buy from Frugi really does help to make a BIG difference. Read more about how we’re making a difference HERE.
Over the last year, with the help of our wonderful Frugi customers, we have funded the Eco Schools Green Flag certification fees for 150 schools across England! From Early Years Foundation (3-5 years), Primary Schools (5-11 years) all the way through to Secondary and Further Education (12-18 years), the Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.
We’ve worked with Eco-Schools to pinpoint regions in England where there are schools in disadvantaged areas or schools that focus on SEN. Children at these schools may not have been given the opportunity to be on an Eco-Committee before and we feel that every child should be given the chance to become a eco hero! Find out why Eco-Schools makes a difference and how your school can get involved! If you think your children’s school would be interested in becoming an Eco-School, why not use the downloadable letter template here and encourage them to find out more.
This academic year (2021) we’ve funded the training for 500 teachers to become Eco-Coordinators with Eco-Schools! This means the Eco-Schools Online Training is completely FREE this academic year for the selected teachers, giving them the opportunity to advance environmental education in their schools and help to inspire the next generation of eco-heroes!
As of this week, 14,669 children in England are currently part of an active Eco-Committee, the biggest Eco-Committee can be found in a primary school in Norfolk with 90 children getting involved!
Below you can see the positive impact the Eco-Schools certification is having on children and the planet!
This year we have also been funding the LEAF (Learning About Forests) programme and helping to bring it to England for the very first time!
LEAF is already in its 21st year and spans over 26 countries globally, so it was high time that it launched in England too. The LEAF programme is all about using the great outdoors as a classroom and getting children to learn in nature through hands-on experiences.
Whether its counting acorns for maths or playing music in the forest, it all helps to increase the hours children are spending in nature and raise their awareness of our forest ecosystems. The LEAF programme enables all who take part to reconnect with nature in their communities, be that via ancient woodlands, local parks and school grounds, to backyards, trees and lichen growing on buildings.
Engaging with nearly 1 million young people worldwide, the LEAF programme to date has been able to plant over 84,000 trees!
In March this year (2021) we launched our Tree-mendous Tasks for pre-school and primary school children to start learning about trees. Find out more and download the tasks here. And, to encourage your little one’s teachers to take their lessons outside, we’ve worked with Eco-Schools and Keep Britain Tidy to offer you this handy LEAF Letter download.
With our Happy Childhood Fund we look for small charities in UK communities that are supporting children living in poverty, focusing on our three pillars: Hunger, Shelter and Nature. This Autumn we committed to supporting Polbeth Community Hub and Square Food Foundation as part of the project, ensuring they have the resources needed to make sure that no child goes without what they need. Learn more here!
POLBETH COMMUNITY HUB
We recently received some heart-warming feedback from Polbeth Community Hub and how our donation has been put to use within their program:
“We are helping 10 cases of women who were fleeing domestic violence and placed in emergency housing in line with a local shelter to help with baby food support funded by Frugi. Most of these women arrive only with the clothes on their backs fleeing with children and no access to money – the physical and mental relief shown when the recipient knows they can feed their child and there is help and support available whilst they adjust to a new reality is immeasurable, and Frugi has helped make this happen.”
“Knowing there are people willing to help me makes it less scary”
“Getting through today felt impossible, knowing I have milk for my baby makes it easier to get through”
“As a client support worker, it is a great relief knowing I can contact the hub and there are healthy options available for feeding my client’s young children a phone call away.”
“From Polbeth Community Hub, we want to say a huge thankyou to Frugi for helping make this possible and without your support we would not be able to provide this much-needed service to our local community.” – Jane Cooper – Community Development Worker at Polbeth Community HUB SCIO
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity
This Giving Tuesday we are sharing a little Frugi magic with some very special little ones! We’ve been spreading some festive cheer ahead of the busy Christmas period by donating lots of little baby outfits for the babies who will be staying on the Neonatal ward at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske this Christmas. The gifts will be something for the parents to take home when they are able to leave the ward and keep for the babies to enjoy and grow into.