15 June, 2017

Moving from the streets to M&S

We have been incredibly touched by a story highlighted by the Bristol Post about Matt, who went from spending two months living on the streets and queueing at the Wild Goose Café for hand-out meals, to having a full-time job, place to sleep and being the one serving those meals.

Matt hit hard times at only 20 years old, after leaving Plymouth university after just one year of study and going through a break-up with his girlfriend. He ended up sleeping rough for two months, saying It was “the hardest experience of my life”. He eventually moved into a hostel run by the Salvation Army for a further nine months and with the help of his support worker, came across our Make Your Mark scheme.

Make Your Mark is a scheme run in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, that helps unemployed young people develop the skills and confidence they need to find full-time employment. With the help of this scheme, he now has a full-time job working in M&S Broadmead as a Sales Assistant.

Last week, he was back in the Wild Goose Café as part of our volunteering programme.

“I was here every day when I was homeless, and I never thought I would come here again, but on the other side”.

Emily, Store Manager at M&S Broadmead said “Volunteering can make a huge difference to the communities in which we live and work – we believe that lots of the small actions from lots of people, can collectively have a huge impact.”

At M&S we are committed to support as many communities as we can across the UK, by helping 10 million people live happier, healthier lives whilst maintaining a zero-waste business.


Article originally posted, and all image rights belong to the Bristol Post.

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