M&S VOLUNTEERING AIMS TO BRING LOCAL COMMUNITY TOGETHER

  • Tiny Life is one of 16 community groups across Northern Ireland to receive volunteer support from Marks & Spencer as part of a nationwide week of action to support children & young people

This week 10 volunteers from M&S Newtownbreda joined Tiny Life to help manage an afternoon tea event for the charity’s volunteers.

TinyLife, Northern Ireland’s only premature baby charity reached out to M&S, Newtownbreda for support as they wanted to hold an extra special Volunteer Appreciation event.

The M&S Newtownbreda volunteer team rolled up their sleeves to set up for the afternoon tea event including dressing the room and tables, arranging entertainment, providing food and serving the volunteers and providing a fun presentation ‘top tips on styling for summer’.

The volunteers were 10 of 100 colleagues from 21 M&S stores across Northern Ireland, who took part in a week-long volunteering drive, committing over 800 hours to projects that work tirelessly to improve the lives of children, young people and families across the province.

The volunteer projects all help young people as a group that M&S and its customers feel passionate about supporting. As well as TinyLife M&S is working with 15 organisations including schools, food banks, youth clubs and education charities to create positive outcomes for young people across Northern Ireland.

Alison McNulty TinyLife CEO said: “We have trusty band of family support and fundraising volunteers who willingly give of their time to support families in their own home and help raise vital funds for the charity. This event is a brilliant opportunity to bring our volunteers together to let them hear about the developments in the charity, show our appreciation for their support and it helps the volunteers to understand what a significant and vital contribution they make to the services TinyLife offers families of premature and sick babies.

“We are absolutely delighted that the M&S Newtownbreda store has chosen to support Tiny Life – the volunteers have been an amazing support.”

Nuala McShane, M&S Newtownbreda Store Manager said: We’re really proud to be coming together as a team to support Tiny Life. At M&S Newtownbreda we care passionately about supporting young people in our community.  We were really pleased to be able to  roll our sleeves up and allow TinyLife volunteers to relax while we serve afternoon tea.  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 for young people in Northern Ireland.”

TinyLife and M&S were connected to work together by Neighbourly – the social network for social good.

Find out more about M&S’s Volunteer Week at https://www.neighbourly.com/VolunteerWeek

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