Supporting our communities
We're proud of the close links we forge between our Partners and local schools, charities and organisations. And wherever we do business, at home or abroad, we work with communities to make a difference. That's why:
- Our Community Matters programme in our shops continues to support local charities and community groups
- We aim to give at least 1% of pre-tax profits to community initiatives
- We will continue to seek out projects that make a positive lasting impact and reach as many local people as possible
If you’d like to nominate a good cause for Community Matters please complete the nomination form and take it to the Customer Services department.
The charities we’re supporting from February 2014 – April 2014 are:
- The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace
- Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled
- Stockport Wheelchair Racing
Maggie makes a difference
Haberdashery Partner Maggie Taylor has been making the most of her sewing skills at the Together Trust in Cheadle, as part of a Golden Jubilee Trust secondment.
Maggie has been spending one day a week at the school, which provides specialist care for students with behavioural difficulties and autism. She’s involved with the ‘Post 16 Enterprise Group’ and has set up a workshop making soft furnishings. The cushions and draught excluders the group makes have proved so popular that they are now making items to order, having sold out at the school’s Christmas fair.
“It’s been brilliant having Maggie here,” says Senior Teaching Assistant Jackie Swainson. “We were given fabric samples but Maggie had the ideas and expertise to turn them into saleable items. I’d never used a sewing machine before but Maggie is now teaching me so I can carry on her good work. She is so calm and capable and that confidence rubs off on our students. The group also helps the students with their social skills, as they chat while they work. Students who have difficulty engaging with other people have found a sense of purpose.”
For Maggie, the most rewarding part of her secondment is the engagement from the students. “I get a buzz every time another student joins us,” she says. “Many of them are lads who said they’d never try sewing, but they join the group and get a real sense of achievement out of making something. Working with the students has helped me to understand autism. Even when I finish my secondment, I’m hoping to carry on as a volunteer.”