We support a number of charities at a national level and our regional business units get involved with a wide range of initiatives within their local areas. In total during 2014 we raised over £539,000 for registered charities through donations and fundraising. Please see our Charity Policy for more details.

Homelessness charities

As a business dedicated to building homes and creating communities, we care deeply about housing and homelessness issues.

In 2014 we continued our partnership with our national charity Centrepoint and our network of six regional homelessness charities from across the UK. These are Keyhouse in Bradford, Amber in Wiltshire, St Basil’s in Birmingham, St Edmunds Society in Bury St Edmunds, Llamau in Cardiff and The Rock Trust in Edinburgh. Each of our 24 regional business units is paired with a local charity and we are proud of the significant positive impact that our involvement has on these small charities.

Since the partnership began in 2012 we have raised c.£466k for Centrepoint and our network of homelessness charities.

Our Chief Executive Pete Redfern is on the Board of Trustees for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. Taylor Wimpey is also a patron of CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

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Macmillan Tug of War

One of our regular annual events is Macmillan’s House of Lords versus House of Commons Tug of War hosted at Westminster Abbey. We have sponsored the event since 1987, helping to raise over £3 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

2015 was our 28th consecutive year of sponsorship for Macmillan’s annual House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War, and this year's event raised more than £116,000 to support people affected by cancer.

Lynda Thomas, Macmillan’s Director of Fundraising, commented: “Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War is the result of a partnership with Taylor Wimpey that has raised millions of pounds in vital funds, allowing us to make a massive difference to those in the toughest fight they will probably ever face – cancer. We are extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their continued support.”

Speaking about this year's event, which took place on 2 June 2015, our Chief Executive Pete Redfern said “Taylor Wimpey is very proud to be sponsoring Macmillan’s House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War for the 29th consecutive year. Since our partnership began in 1987, we have helped Macmillan raiseover £3 million for people affected by cancer and their families. As one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, we strive to make a difference and are pleased with the significant positive impact that Taylor Wimpeycontinues to have on Macmillan and the people it supports”.

More information about Macmillan and the Tug of War annual event please visit the charity's website at www.macmillan.org.uk

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Youth Adventure Trust - Peak District Challenge

Fifty-one teams from across our regional businesses completed the Taylor Wimpey Peak District Challenge in support of the Youth Adventure Trust, a charity that provides adventure camps and day activities for disadvantaged children.  

The Peak District Challenge took place on 15-16 May and involved our staff completing a challenge with a difference in the Peak District. As well as trekking 28km up hill and down dale and solving puzzles along the way, the Challenge involved each team of participants building their own shelter out of recycled or scrap material and sleeping in it the night before the hike. The event raised in excess of £150,000 in sponsorship for the Youth Adventure Trust.

Pete Redfern, Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, who took part in the event, says: “I’m immensely proud of all of the staff who took part in the Taylor Wimpey Peak District Challenge, with many spending weeks training to prepare for the event. They also worked incredibly hard to raise money for this fantastic charity and I’m delighted by the superb amount raised.

“We all have a great sense of achievement having completed the event and the various challenges we faced during the weekend.”


The Youth Adventure Trust runs outdoor development courses for young people aged between 11 and 14 who come from difficult backgrounds. The children are referred by schools, social services or other agencies and the trust aims to build their confidence and teach them team-working skills through activities including caving, canoeing, climbing and archery. The activities are completely free of charge to the young people who take part.

David Hempleman Adams, Founder President of the Youth Adventure Trust, says: “The Youth Adventure Trust’s camps and activities inspire and support vulnerable young people to learn valuable life-skills and build confidence and self-esteem which make a positive and measurable difference to their lives."

Mark Davey, Chief Executive of the Youth Adventure Trust, says: “We are immensely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its support – and to all of its employees for their dedication to training and fundraising – which has resulted in over a massive £150,000 being raised for our work. This money will give many young people the chance to take part in our programme, fulfil their potential and lead positive lives in the future.”

Each place on the Youth Adventure Programme is completely free of charge but costs the Youth Adventure Trust £3,000. The fantastic total raised by Taylor Wimpey will help to change the lives of over 50 young people.

To find out more about the work of the Youth Adventure Trust, visit www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk

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‘Be the Best you can Be! London’

We are delighted to be working with the Mayor’s Fund for London and 21st Century Legacy as part of a new three-year partnership to deliver the ‘Be the Best you can Be! London’ programme and help young people realise their ambitions.

The Mayor’s Fund for London exists to give young people in some of the most deprived areas of the city, the skills and opportunities to get a job and escape the threat of poverty.

This initiative will support 50,000 primary and secondary age pupils from some of the capital’s most deprived areas – with the aim to get them thinking beyond their current environment and helping them to achieve new horizons. Taylor Wimpey and the Mayor’s Fund for London will deliver the programme in partnership with 21st Century Legacy.

Taylor Wimpey staff from our five regional businesses across London will volunteer their time to visit 250 participating schools, where they will assist with one-to-one tutoring, help with job interview practice, and offer support for teachers.

By joining forces with the Mayor’s Fund for London, we hope to show our commitment to the communities in which we build our new homes, and by 2017 we believe the programme will have found over 1,500 decent jobs and opportunities for unemployed young Londoners.

We launched the ‘Be the Best you can Be! London’ programme at our Chobham Manor development, the first of five new neighbourhoods to be constructed on the Queen Elizabeth Park in East London, building on the legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Speakers included Olympic Gold Medallist athlete Dr David Hemery CBE, Olympic Badminton player Gail Emms MBE, Taylor Wimpey Chief Executive Pete Redfern, and Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London Matthew Patten.

Boris Johnson, Patron of the Mayor’s Fund for London: “As one of the greatest cities on earth, London offers a multitude of opportunities which everyone, irrespective of their backgrounds, should have the chance to take up. The 2012 London Olympic Games inspired us all, and it is fitting that this programme will help so many young Londoners who would otherwise be unaware of the amazing opportunities London offers. This generous support from Taylor Wimpey offers young people an opportunity to find their own pathways in playing a part in London’s future.”

Olympic gold medallist and 21st Century Legacy founder Dr David Hemery CBE: “Delivering the programme in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for London and Taylor Wimpey ensures a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which this programme was set up to do. As a former athlete, I know how hard it is to achieve your dreams and I also knew that I wasn’t always sure how to do this – we want to make sure that as many young people as possible are able to have that opportunity to achieve their ambitions.”


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Investing in the workforce for the future

We are proud to be sponsoring Aylesbury based Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) which focuses on construction and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) studies for 14-19 year olds and opened its doors to the first intake of students in September 2013.

UTCs are a new concept in education, responding to growing demands from the industry for well-educated, high calibre technicians. They combine hand and mind to integrate national curriculum requirements with technical and practical elements.

As part of our partnership with the UTC, we’ve been involved in the development of the college right from the beginning; helping the college to develop its construction course curriculum, including advising the UTC on the type of qualifications that would be useful for us as a major local employer; underpinned by a planned year-long program with the UTC to cover all aspects of the Taylor Wimpey business to fit with the qualification that the students are working towards.

We have also worked with the UTC teaching team to structure our employer projects so they focus on challenges that students could face in the actual working environment. For example, setting up a smaller version of a building site adjacent to one of our larger housing schemes in Aylesbury, so students can get experience as a real construction worker. Our experienced regional teams guide the students through the whole process, from the health and safety induction and trades working on site, to surveying, site management and office based roles, demonstrating a whole spectrum of job opportunities available in the sector. 

We have also been pleased to help in other areas such as sponsoring a mature female student who did not qualify for government funding to complete the course. This enabled her to study at Level 3 and to progress onto University. We have also supplied all of the construction students with branded safety wear to enable them to work safely on site and be visible. In addition we supplied a new minibus to help with logistics in getting construction students to and from our sites when completing their extended work experience projects and for other activities such as sports and school trips.


One of the key aspects of our partnership with Bucks UTC is helping students put theory into practice through gaining practical knowledge in the working environment. To support that, we have taken on two construction course students on work experience placements. Originally we expected the first batch of students to be ready for their proper work placements at the end of the 2014-15 academic year; however the two students made such great progress that together with the college it was decided that it’s the right time for them to get into the business and finish their Level 3 qualification whilst working with us.

The placements will see the students in paid employment for three days a week and will be structured so that site experience is combined with some time based in the office to allow students to understand progress reports, build programs, contractor vetting, prestart and weekly report meetings. The students will also be supported by an experienced mentor who will act as a point of reference to enhance their experience. On successful completion of their work experience, the students will be given an opportunity to join our Site Management Apprenticeship Scheme at the end of Year 13 in July 2015, subject to achieving the necessary academic requirements and demonstrating strong work ethics.


Other similar opportunities for the most ambitious college students are currently being considered and, if successful, this could prove to be a great model of working in partnership with the UTC to identify and recruit the next generation of managers. 

Beverley Flanagan, Principal of Buckinghamshire UTC, said: “We’re delighted with the fantastic support that we’ve received from Taylor Wimpey. It’s great to be able to work so closely with Taylor Wimpey and we hope we continue to enjoy a fruitful partnership long into the future”.

The UTC is based near our New Berry Vale development in Aylesbury. For more information about Bucks UTC visit the college website

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Local support

Each of our regional businesses operates as an autonomous local homebuilder within their local market and is responsible for their own sponsorship and community support programmes, developed to manage and meet local needs.

We aim to support causes linked to our business, the communities in which we operate, our business partners and our employees. We actively encourage our employees to participate in community and charitable activities, including running fundraising events.

We aim to support the local communities in which we build by being a good neighbour, engaging with local residents and stakeholders, as well as building in a considerate fashion. Examples of our support for local communities through schools programmes and charitable initiatives are detailed more fully in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

Taylor Wimpey has a dedicated charity committee which reviews national requests for donations and sponsorship. For national sponsorship enquiries only please email tayweb.info@taylorwimpey.com.

For all regional sponsorship requests, please contact your nearest Taylor Wimpey regional office.

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