Every year, M&S staff across the UK take part in a week-long volunteering drive, committing over 40,000 hours to 685 local projects that make a difference to the communities they serve. Staff members from our local store in Norwich did an incredible job in the communal areas of Webster Court last year and we were delighted to have them back to St Martins, this time at our training centre that provides skills development for homeless people in the city.
M&S staff from the Norwich store were particularly interested in supporting a project that helps people with their wellbeing and mental health – so their involvement at Under 1 Roof was a really good fit. We use a range of activities to help develop our members’ confidence and self esteem. The volunteers from M&S put a lot of thought into the renovation of the space – little touches such as featuring our members’ artwork throughout the reception area and introducing colourful panels on the doors has made all the difference.
Chris Luff, Store Manager of M&S Norwich said, “We’re really excited to be coming together as a team to support St Martins. Volunteering makes a profound difference to communities, and we believe that lots of small actions from lots of people creates a lasting impact to initiatives that do so much good in Norwich.”
Dr Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive of St Martins said, “The team from M&S have worked really hard all week and have transformed our reception area into a really vibrant and welcoming space. Under 1 Roof is a place where our members join in activities including art, music and writing, so it’s lovely that the renovations reflect the creativity of the centre.”