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Sandra's story

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Sandra is a former victim of domestic violence. She now needs your support to get back on her feet and build a livelihood.

Meet our entrepreneurs

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You can meet entrepreneurs and donate your skills and time at one of our events.

Business clinic

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New Zealand House
80 Haymarket

Our business clinics are a wonderful way of bringing together supporters and beneficiaries face-to-face.

You'll meet a range of motivated entrepreneurs, and you can immediately provide valuable help, inspiration and guidance by sharing your expertise or lending your support to help them build a livelihood.

Why we're different

Common Cause enables you to give time, money or equipment directly to those in need, making it more rewarding to give because it's personal, immediate and you can see your support working.

In 2014:

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100% of beneficiaries gained the moral support they needed.
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98% of beneficiaries gained the knowledge they needed.
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84% of beneficiaries received all of the contacts and leads they needed.

How you can help

We identify inspiring, committed individuals on benefits who have completed business training with one of our partners.

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Donate money

A donation of as little as £10 can help someone in need to build a livelihood. Your contribution will help entrepreneurs set up their business, providing the tools, materials or help they need to activate it. Unlike a loan, a donation will help them kickstart their business without the risk of additional debt.

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Donate time

Even one hour of your spare time can be hugely valuable to people in need. Our entrepreneurs need all kinds of support. Whatever your skills, you can help them turn their business idea into a reality. Come and meet entrepreneurs at an event or connect with them virtually.

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Donate equipment

Thinking of discarding your old laptop? Imagine how useful it could be to someone with a great business idea but no means of buying a computer. You can donate equipment directly to an entrepreneur or to us and we’ll pass it on to whoever needs it most.

Entrepreneurs need help with these skills

  • Accounting
  • Business strategy
  • Computers and IT
  • Contacts
  • Equipment
  • Graphic design
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Marketing and PR
  • Mentoring
  • Premises
  • Printing
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Training
  • Translation
  • Transport
  • Websites
  • Writing

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