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M&S Liverpool support The Florrie with over 132 hours of volunteering in one week

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By The Guide Liverpool

M&S Liverpool support The Florrie with over 132 hours of volunteering in one week

The team at M&S Liverpool will be joining 5,000 of their colleagues across the UK to take part in a week-long volunteering drive this week (18-24 June).

The team of fifteen will be helping refresh the interior of The Florrie by decorating the reception and surrounding area.

Throughout the week, M&S colleagues across the nation are committing over 40,000 hours to volunteering at 685 local projects that make a difference to the communities they serve. Every project has a common goal, which is to bring people together – from creating vibrant community spaces to connecting local people who are affected by loneliness.

In Liverpool, M&S colleagues will be donning their decorator’s outfits and painting The Florrie’s reception area, downstairs and corridor that leads to their meeting rooms. The paint refresh will brighten the areas ahead of activities and hires over the summer.

The Florrie is a Grade II listed visitor attraction which utilises its heritage to improve social development through education and recreation. Known as a social gem lovingly restored for everybody, The Florrie is ran by a dedicated team who work to ensure the building is a place for ‘keeping idle hands constructively occupied’.

Lauren McGee, Visual Merchandising Section Coordinator of M&S Liverpool said: “We’re really excited to be coming together and lending a hand to The Florrie, I live nearby and get to see the work they do for deprived areas of the city, so being able to support the team there is incredibly exciting. Volunteering makes a profound difference to communities, and we believe that lots of small actions from lots of people, can have a lasting impact on society and help improve lives.”

Anne Lundon, The Florrie said “The Florrie team is delighted with the support offered from M&S Liverpool. Our wonderful Grade II listed building is in need of a face lift and staff will be working through our painting programme to transform a tired looking space and create a cleaner and more welcoming reception area.”

The Florrie is a volunteer led charity and we rely on our volunteer support from local people and our partners to carry out the valuable work we do in the community. In total the M&S team are giving us a total of 132 volunteer hours to transform and freshen up our communal areas. They’re a fantastic group and we can’t wait to spend the day with them. Hopefully it will also give the team the opportunity to see the other aspects of the work the charity does on a daily basis, and the difference we make in the lives of the local community”.

Liverpool is one of 10 locations selected for M&S’s community transformation programme, as part of Plan A 2025. The retailer is currently trialling a range of actions in Liverpool to help tackle the issues that matter most to communities – such as unemployment, skill shortages, loneliness, poverty, mental health and wellbeing.

Several initiatives are already taking place in Liverpool as part of the community transformation programme. This includes fortnightly meet-ups for new mums in the M&S Café to enjoy a coffee and a chat, working in collaboration with the leading social network MUSH, which connects mums locally based on their children’s ages and interests.

The Liverpool store is also hosting a new monthly ‘Tea and Company’ social group in the M&S Café in partnership with Royal Voluntary Service, a national volunteering organisation supporting older people and the NHS. The ‘friendship’ tables, hosted by Royal Voluntary Service, are being set up to encourage older people to come together and connect with others from the local community. M&S is offering £1 off hot drinks for both events. Ask a team member in store for more details.

M&S stores across the UK are connected to local initiatives by Neighbourly, the social network for social good. To get involved in the online conversation, follow @MarksandSpencer and #MarksinAction.

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