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Gloucestershire counselling charity benefits from Mears makeover

English and language Classes
Life coaching and integration workshops
Eco, food, and waste management education
Befriending events for isolated service users
Tea/Coffee events for over 50's
Arts and Crafts Sessions
Inclusive homework support for school aged children.

Volunteers from the Mears Customer and Marketing team got together to spruce up the paintwork and do a little DIY for a small Gloucestershire charity.

The team came together as part of its social value commitment at Footsteps Counselling & Care in Gloucester, which supports people facing pregnancy related issues, to give one of the counselling rooms and their back office areas a much-needed makeover.

As with any small charity, resources are often stretched, and the team was pleased to be able to make a difference to both staff and client areas.

Supported with supplies provided through the Mears Foundation, volunteers added some colour, fixed a shelf and added new blinds and ornaments to the charity's 'Daffodil' counselling room, as well as sanding and repainting windowsills and skirting boards in a number of areas.

While there's still plenty to do, it was an opportunity to set some work in progress and improve the overall look and feel of the interior of the building for everyone.

Marianne Green, Chief Executive at Footsteps Counselling & Care, said:

We're incredibly grateful to the Mears volunteers for their time helping to create a welcoming environment for every person who comes through our doors. The team has already commented on how great it looks, especially the colours in our counselling room, and I'm sure that our clients will feel the same too.

Tracey Lyth, Head of ESG, who also volunteered on the day, added:

It was fantastic opportunity for team building and delivering on our social value commitments. There are some great opportunities for us all to use our volunteering time to make a difference in  our communities, with causes close to your heart, so I would encourage everyone to get involved with local projects who would welcome your support.

Post-makeover: Daffodil counselling room
Mears supports employees to take up to a maximum of the equivalent of 2 working days (8 hours per day) per year to undertake volunteering in the community, in support of our social value commitment.