Wednesday 18 May 2016

Volunteers from Santander lend a hand at Village Carlton

Santander Volunteer team

Five members of staff from the Milton Keynes’ Santander branch took time out of the office to help staff and companions at Emmaus Village Carlton to refurbish the children’s play area in the Iola Newman Building, which is home to the charity’s shops.

The Santander team not only gave up their time to complete the project they also provided the funds to make it happen.

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Emmaus Village Carlton’s Community Leader, Helen Jago said: “The children’s play area is an integral part of the retail experience at Village Carlton; we want customers to enjoy their time here including the children. We really appreciate the time, effort and funding given to us by the team from Santander”.

Commenting on the day, the Santander Business Controls Manager, Ian Burley said: “It was important to have the opportunity to help an organisation that provides important services for others. Valuable insight, valuable day.”

Kim Bishop, Business Controls Manager added: “Thoroughly enjoyable day – win win situation, contributing to the community and also a good team building exercise”

Matt Cross, Business Manager found the experience: “Extremely rewarding and enjoyable, I was particularly impressed by the passion and enthusiasm displayed by all staff and companions on the day”.

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In 2016, The Santander Foundation became The Discovery Foundation to reflect its important role in Santander UK's new flagship community programme called The Discovery Project. The Discovery Foundation provides grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

Emmaus Village Carlton supports 33 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home in a community setting and meaningful work within one of the charity’s social enterprises.

To find out more or support Emmaus Village Carlton head towww.emmaus.org.uk/village_carlton

If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01234 720826 or visit Emmaus Village Carlton, School Lane, Carlton, Bedford, MK43 7LQ.