We’re lucky at itison - we get to put smiles on people’s faces every day by giving them incredible experiences. itison us goes one further, and makes sure those same amazing experiences can be enjoyed by those who need it most: brilliant local charities.
We support incredible charities in each of the regions we work in. We choose charities that are doing great work, and who will get the most impact from our donation.
We speak to the community of amazing businesses we work with and encourage them to support itison us, by donating vouchers for the same great experiences you see on itison.
We give vouchers to charities to help with fundraising or to provide respite to volunteers and the people they support; giving them the chance to get away for the night, enjoy a nice meal or take the kids out for the day.
At itison, our mission has always been about bringing loved ones together to enjoy incredible experiences, and now we want to make sure that the people who need it most get to have that too.
We matchmake our amazing deals to charities who would love to experience them. They can use them to give much needed respite, reward incredible volunteers or to fundraise.
Volunteers are the lifeblood that keep many charities going. It can be hard work emotionally and physically, and vouchers are a great way to help volunteers recharge their batteries and, most importantly, smile!
Many of our charities work with people who are going through a tough time in one way or another, and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to forget their troubles, have fun and enjoy a great experience.
Charities can use the vouchers we give them for raffles, auctions and more, ensuring they raise vital funds to continue the incredible work they do.
Big, multi-national charities are important, but we want to help the little guy, and make sure that smaller, local charities get the support and publicity they need. Together, we can make a huge difference to the communities we live and work in.
6VT Youth Cafe is a youth work charity providing a range of specialist services and support for children and young people aged 0-25 across Edinburgh. They work with the highest risk and most marginalised individuals with difficulties such as homelessness, isolation and coping with mental health. They provide support to these individuals through open universal youth work, personal development opportunities and emotional and practical help. They’re excited to give their vouchers to families who use their service and volunteers to say thank you.
Braid Health provide a digital and physical space to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated individuals often suffering from loneliness and depression. Their services include a day centre in Livingston where clients can socialise and learn new skills; Tea and Chat groups and group Zoom calls through specialist easily accessible devices. The team are excited to give their vouchers to family members who care for their clients and to reward volunteers.
Canongate Youth work alongside vulnerable children and young people aged 5-24 and aim to nurture aspirations, provide opportunities, strengthen wellbeing, and build relationships. They offer varied programmes of support including weekly youth and children's clubs, employability support, group work and individual support. They look forward to giving their vouchers to vulnerable families and young people and their amazing volunteers.
The trust was established in 1733 to rescue children and young people from homelessness and to this day support them in making the transition from being looked after or in accommodated living to living independently in the community. They help with social isolation, poverty, homelessness, trauma, and bereavement and support young people to fulfil their full potential. They will donate their vouchers to the young people allowing them to enjoy a day out they would never normally experience.
Health All Round is a community health project offering practical and emotional support to marginalised and vulnerable people in the west of Edinburgh to enable them to live longer, healthier lives and reduce inequalities within the city. They work with people who have suffered trauma or isolation and provide physical meetings such as wellbeing walks and creative groups to give individuals something to look forward to. They will be distributing the vouchers to their older members to give them an experience to help boost their wellbeing.
Health in Mind are a community-based organisation promoting positive mental health and wellbeing throughout Scotland. They deliver a mix of mental health and wellbeing services including counselling, early intervention support, art psychotherapy and peer support. They’re excited to use their vouchers to thank volunteers and to help raise funds to continue their support.
Home-Start support local families with young children throughout West Lothian, empowering them to give their children the best possible start in life. Volunteers (usually parents themselves) visit homes and offer support, friendship, and practical help to parents in an informal and friendly manner. They will be using their vouchers to reward families they work with and to raise funds to continue their fantastic support.
Team Jak provides practical, social, and emotional support to children and young people with cancer as well as their families, friends and those who are bereaved. They offer outreach, group, family and 1:1 support. They also run Jak’s Den in Livingston alongside pop ups throughout Scotland which provides counselling, support and various forms of alternative therapy including music and play. They are looking forward to gifting their vouchers to families and volunteers to enjoy great experiences and to raise funds.
The Bridge offers financial and emotional support to those facing crisis across West Lothian. They offer a Hope Plan to help with routes out of financial crisis; counselling services for those in emotional crisis and wellbeing support groups. They are excited to give their vouchers to the people they support to enjoy a positive experience and to their volunteers to say thank you.
The Baby Loss Retreat aims to relieve the emotional and psychological suffering of parents who have experienced baby loss through miscarriage, stillborn, neonatal death, IVF or medical termination. They offer 1 to 1s with the parents and tailored support through counselling and therapy. After completing their sessions, families are also offered a 2-day retreat in Scotland to allow time for reflection after their traumatic experience. They will be giving all the vouchers to parents using their service to give them a smile.
C.O.J.A.C. manages and develops a disability resource centre in Castlemilk to provide out of school care and holiday programmes for children and young people affected by disabilities and complex support needs. They also hold adults evening groups including walks in the park, pantomime trips and snooker clubs to tackle isolation for this vulnerable group. The vouchers will be used for group experiences and to thank volunteers.
Dates & Mates are a dating and friendship agency for adults with learning disabilities, aiming to end isolation. They provide a monthly programme of events including meals out, pub nights and day trips to help individuals make friends and in some cases find love. They will be using their vouchers to give experiences for services users, to thank volunteers and to raise funds.
East Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides emotional and practical support to unpaid carers. They hold sessions on stress management, legal advice, and a variety of other topics. Their Young Carers Team work alongside schools to identify and support under 18s in a caring role. Their vouchers will be used to provide much-needed respite for unpaid carers and to help with fundraising.
Finding Your Feet helps families affected by amputation or limb absence through sporting activities and social inclusion projects to improve fitness, mental health and reduce isolation. They are excited to use their vouchers to put a smile on their Troopers (people they support) faces and as a big thank you to volunteers along with fundraising.
Glasgow Women’s Aid provide information, support and temporary accommodation for women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. They provide 46 refuge flats across the city, along with practical and emotional support for the women through 1:1 key workers, groupwork and follow on services. Children are also offered individual support, group sessions and free play time. The vouchers will be donated to the women using their services to give them a positive experience and to raise funds to continue their great work.
Glasgow’s Golden Generation was established over 70 years ago to support the city's older generation and tackle loneliness. They run three Day Centres to reduce loneliness and isolation through activities, lunches and entertainment. They also offer a befriending service where trained volunteers visit individuals in their homes to offer support and maintain their contact within the community. The vouchers will be given to day centre users and to help raise funds.
The Moira Anderson Foundation is dedicated to children and adults affected by childhood sexual abuse. It empowers survivors of all ages to take control of their health and wellbeing, through individual and group counselling, therapy, weekly pop ins and training programmes. The vouchers will be given to survivors to help with their mental wellbeing and provide a boost through positive experiences.
Ronald McDonald House offer free accommodation to families whose seriously ill child is in the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Many children will receive treatment for many weeks, months or even over a year at a time, so the accommodation allows families across Scotland to stay by their child’s side throughout this time. The charity does not receive any funding from Ronald McDonald, only the use of the name, so relies entirely on donations. The vouchers will be used to treat families living with them and for much needed fundraising.
The Saturday Café Clubs provide fun sessions for children and young people with complex additional support needs aged 5 to 18+. They provide a rich stimulating environment for socialising, play and exploration along with challenging activities to extend their development. They also provide short breaks for parents and carers with activities of choice to re-energise them for their caring role. They’re excited to use their vouchers to provide additional activities and experiences for the young people and families they support.
Whiteley’s Retreat provides short therapeutic respite breaks for children, young people and families living with cancer or other life altering illnesses. The break offers time for families out-with a clinical setting, with a wellbeing garden, sensory park and therapy animals. Additionally, they provide bespoke events such as Sibling Saturdays to support the siblings of children who are ill, and bereavement respite for families who have lost a child. The vouchers will be focused on giving the families they support amazing experiences and fundraising.
Y Sort It is a youth charity who work with over 400 young people and their families providing free services and activities to those in deprived areas. They offer support to young carers, through positive learning and development opportunities. They also have a youth work team which helps reduce anti-social behaviour and allow peer relationships to grow. The vouchers will be given to the young people and families to offer respite and positive experiences.
BeFriends provide 1-to-1 befriending support to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people between the ages of 5 to 25. They match volunteers with young people to help develop life skills and improve their wellbeing through weekly meetings and activities together. They are looking forward to giving their vouchers to the young people and their befriender to use together and for thanking their incredible volunteers.
Boomerang provides learning, leisure and social opportunities to the residents of Maryfield and surrounding districts suffering deprivation and decline. They provide a safe and welcoming place in the community where people are supported to develop activities, identify issues and take action to reverse decline in the area. They will give the vouchers to the most vulnerable families to enjoy experiences and to help with fundraising after covid has left them with little resource.
Dundee Carers Centre helps make a difference to the lives of unpaid carers and disabled people. They offer support to anyone in a caring role from the age of 8 to 90+ offering practical, emotional and peer support alongside events and groups for learning and training opportunities. They can’t wait to donate their vouchers to the unpaid carers for some much-needed respite.
PHysical is a small, voluntary run charity promoting physical activity and youth sport in Dundee. They help break down barriers to participating in activity and in the last few years have focused on helping young people with disabilities to get involved in sport. They’re excited to use their vouchers to say thank you to their amazing volunteers.
Skilz Academy’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals and communities by providing a diverse range of opportunities which promote health and wellbeing. They offer programmes such as GLOW which involve sports activities under UV lights; DJ workshops allowing young people to access and learn the latest technology and adult walking groups and seated exercise. Their programmes aim to develop friendship, independence, problem solving and creativity. They will donate their vouchers to give back to the families and young people who are going through hardship.
The Lighthouse is a mental health charity providing crisis support for anyone aged 12+ at risk of self-harm or suicide. They work with schools, CAMHS and social services to provide same day responses to those in need including a crisis line, safety plans and support counselling. They are looking to use their vouchers to raise much-needed funds and to offer respite to service users.
Charlie House support babies, children and young people with life limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families. They provide essential practical and emotional support for over 100 local families in Grampian, including family activities, sibling groups and peer support groups for parents during school holidays helping reduce isolation. They can’t wait to use their vouchers to provide a chance for parents and carers to take a break from their caring role.
Future Choices provides social inclusion & recreational activities to the most vulnerable in the city of Aberdeen, as well as respite for carers. After council cuts, local service users banded together and formed the self-funded and voluntary run charity centre in 2008. They can’t wait to use the vouchers to reward all their hard-working volunteers and help raise much-needed funds.
We Too! is a parent driven organisation that empowers families of children with disabilities. They provide a one of a kind ‘What’s On’ guide covering accessible sessions across Aberdeenshire, alongside peer support, a monthly children’s club and a school holiday programme. The charity was founded by a local parent who was frustrated at the fragmentation of information and support. They can’t wait to use their vouchers to offer respite for families and unpaid carers and reward their volunteer Ninjas.