Golden Jubilee Trust

The Golden Jubilee Trust funds the donation of time and skills, rather than money. It gives our Partners the chance to be seconded to their chosen UK Registered charity for up to six months, either full or part time. 

Partners can get involved in any project they choose – from food banks to animal rescue centres – provided it has a clearly defined purpose and gives ongoing benefit.

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Established in 2000, the Golden Jubilee Trust funds placements in around 50 charities per year, giving a wide range of causes valuable hands-on support. 

So far, over 1,200 Partners have participated and have donated more than 500,000 hours of time. By tapping into this extra pool of resources, charities are able to accelerate projects, broaden their reach and have an even bigger impact. For Partners, it’s an opportunity to build transferable skills, while giving back to their communities. After their paid secondment, they can return to their role with no loss of pay or benefits.

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Giving guidelines

The Golden Jubilee Trust enables Partners to be seconded to registered UK charities. Applications usually open in March and August, with successful applicants receiving their secondment start dates in June and February. Please see our guidance pack for the full details.

How to apply

Applications for the Spring Golden Jubilee Trust are now closed. If you have a secondment opportunity that you would like to advertise to our Partners for the Autumn application window, please email us at trustsandfoundations@johnlewis.co.uk.

Case studies

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In 2022, our Partner, Stephanie took up a placement at Home-Start UK, a charity that support families with young children. While there, Stephanie engaged with over 200 staff and trustees across the charity network, using her knowledge and experience to devise a learning and development strategy that will support the growth of staff, trustees and volunteers well into the future.

“Stephanie leaves behind a big body of work and recommendations that will go on to shape the learning and development strategy of Home-Start UK in years to come. She really is a credit to the John Lewis Partnership and we want to thank the trustees and her managers for releasing her to us.”

Elaine Edwards, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager, Home-Start UK 

“During my time on secondment, I've had an incredible journey of learning and growth, and I wanted to share a little detail about it.”

Stephanie Calvert, Quality & Training Manager, JLP

You can read Stephanie’s report on the secondment here.

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In 2023, our Partner & People Service Specialist, Elisa, completed her secondment with the Countryside Education Trust in the New Forest National Park. The charity mission is to connect people with the countryside, teaching children of all ages to care and respect animals and the environment. While there, Elisa shared her skills and experience, helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience nature in a new way, enabling them to relax, de-stress, and benefit from the shared knowledge and diverse expertise of the staff.

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In 2022, our Partner, Stephanie took up a placement at Home-Start UK, a charity that support families with young children. While there, Stephanie engaged with over 200 staff and trustees across the charity network, using her knowledge and experience to devise a learning and development strategy that will support the growth of staff, trustees and volunteers well into the future.

“Stephanie leaves behind a big body of work and recommendations that will go on to shape the learning and development strategy of Home-Start UK in years to come. She really is a credit to the John Lewis Partnership and we want to thank the trustees and her managers for releasing her to us.”

Elaine Edwards, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager, Home-Start UK 

“During my time on secondment, I've had an incredible journey of learning and growth, and I wanted to share a little detail about it.”

Stephanie Calvert, Quality & Training Manager, JLP

You can read Stephanie’s report on the secondment here.

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In 2023, our Partner & People Service Specialist, Elisa, completed her secondment with the Countryside Education Trust in the New Forest National Park. The charity mission is to connect people with the countryside, teaching children of all ages to care and respect animals and the environment. While there, Elisa shared her skills and experience, helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience nature in a new way, enabling them to relax, de-stress, and benefit from the shared knowledge and diverse expertise of the staff.

Our other funds

Employability Fund
Nature Fund
Building Happier Futures

Golden Jubilee Trust

Registered office: 171 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NN

Registered Charity number: Registered in England and Wales (1079195)      

Email: trustsandfoundations@johnlewis.co.uk