032There are two ways to donate to WERS online: donations via Virgin Money Giving go directly to fund WERS project costs; donations via JustGiving go directly into WERS’ Hardship Fund. Buttons to both of these options are on the Welcome page of our website. Donations can be ‘Gift Aided’ on both Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving. Please note that no donation to WERS will be put towards any marketing or fundraising costs.

Project Costs: the changing climate

Up until now, WERS has been very successful in securing the funding it needs for salaries and running costs from a variety of trusts and foundations, many of which have supported WERS with a succession of grants over a long period of time. Last year WERS recognised that its fundraising strategy needed to adapt to a changing climate where there are fewer big funders and increasing client need. We have been exploring a wide range of funding sources, including crowdfunding, increasing individual giving and support from businesses, as well as trusts and foundations on which WERS has principally relied for its project funding in the past. Individual donations are going to play a key role in securing WERS’ future.

To set up a regular donation for project costs, please click on the Virgin Money Giving link on our Welcome page and select ‘regular donation’ or email us for bank details if you would like to set up your own standing order.

The Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund is an important part of our service, originally set up to purchase items which otherwise clients could not afford – shoes, nappies, and dictionaries for example. However, the fund has become the sole means of support for increasing numbers of clients. During financial year 2018-19 £68,643 was given out to destitute clients.

To set up a regular donation for the Hardship Fund, please complete the following forms:

  • Gift Aid form (which allows us to benefit from an extra 25% on every donation made by a taxpayer).
  • Banker’s Standing order (you take this form to your bank to set up the standing order). Or set it up yourself using Internet Banking (but please send us the Information Sheet above to let us know who you are).

The first two forms should be returned to the WERS office, either by email to or by post.

Need help?

If you are unsure of how to donate or encounter any difficulties, please don’t hesitate to call or email us for help.

We are still extremely grateful for one-off donations by cheque, which should be sent to our office.

We gratefully accept donations of clothing and small household items (nothing electrical and nothing too large) for our clothing store during its opening hours. Please note, at times when stock levels are high, selected items from donations are collected by a local Ragman or recycled to a clothing bank.

Also, we are always in need of basic toiletries for our destitute clients (shampoo, shower gel, deodrant, toothpaste and toothbrushes).

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