I’ve no idea how many people who read this blog shop at Waitrose on St John’s Hill in Clapham Junction, but if you do you will know about their Community Matters scheme.

Essentially each month, the store nominates three local charities and they each receive a share of £1,000 in proportion to the green tokens placed in their pots by shoppers.

I noticed today that Battersea Summer Scheme is one of this month’s charities.

The Summer Scheme is run each year by Battersea Crime Prevention Panel and basically runs a series of events, expeditions and excursions for young people in Battersea during their summer vacations. The basic idea being to ensure they are engaged in positive pursuits and not in a position in which they are at risk of being a victim of crime, or a perpetrator of crime.

They are totally reliant on donations of time and money to run the scheme each year – and while I know the other two causes are worthy – when you are at the check-out make sure you get your token and pop it in their slot.

The new Waitrose store on St John's Road

The Devas Club (on Stormont Road) is one of the charities of the month in the ‘Community Matters’ at Waitrose in Clapham Junction this month.

The scheme, basically, means that the selected local charities are guaranteed a share of £1,000.  The precise share is determined by the proportion of green tokens placed by shoppers in each of the charities collection boxes by the exit. The more green tokens, the bigger the share the charity gets.

Devas does some excellent work in the local area, despite occupying a building that shows each of its 40 years of use and I think it’s well worth giving your support.

If you are shopping in Waitrose this month, please consider putting your green token in their slot on your way out of the store.