Staff from the store were matched up with Halesbury Special School in Halesowen. Below is some feedback from both the School and the Makro team, and some great photos of them enjoying their team challenge. Since the challenge, they have continued to support the school in other ways too, building a great relationship.
“I am writing to make you aware of the fantastic support given by the Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre and in particular Eileen Fielding for our recent team challenge and store re-launch. Eileen was excellent in informing us of various projects we could get involved with. Once we had chosen the Halesbury Special School for the Team Challenge, Eileen assisted with all aspects of the event including obtaining press coverage. The Challenge was a great success and received superb feedback from colleagues and customers alike. For our Relaunch she helped secure the services of the Lord Mayor to open the store along with a photographer, DJ etc. We couldn’t have done this without all the support given. On behalf of the Store we would thoroughly like to thank Dudley CVS for all their help and look forward to working with them in the future.”
“Back in summer 2012 Dudley Volunteer Centre supported Halesbury school to develop a partnership with Makro. The partnership began with our school being Makro’s team challenge. The challenge was to support school with the redevelopment of their allotment and learning support unit. Staff came and re painted the learning support unit, giving it a much needed lift and they also redeveloped the allotment area making it more accessible to the children. The Makro team also raised £206.76 towards the redevelopment of our primary playground.
The partnership has been a great success and has since continued with Makro supporting our school enterprise project. Makro have facilitated sessions for our pupils to look at Marketing, promotion and have provided sessions for pupils to come to the store to sell their enterprise items. The partnership has been incredibly valuable to our pupils. It has enabled the school to build relationships within its community and provide new community experiences for our pupils. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed selling their items to members of the public at the store. Although for many of our pupils this wa challenging it helped them develop their social skills, communication skills and definitely raised their confidence in a community setting. “