M&S are Sparking Something Good in South Leeds

Four local community groups are to benefit from a company’s staff volunteering a day’s labour. These are not just any volunteers, these are M&S volunteers.

Volunteers at Stank Hall Barn garden
Volunteers at Stank Hall Barn garden

Beeston in Bloom, Lady Pit Lane allotments, Skelton Grange Environment Centre and Friends of Stank Hall Barn will all be supported in their work this week by M&S staff and customer volunteers as part of the company’s Spark Something Good project in Leeds and Bradford.

The national project will see 24 projects supported in 24 cities over 24 months. This week the focus falls on Leeds and Bradford. Spark Something is Good is part of M&S’s Plan A sustainability strategy and the company are encouraging you to get involved too.

Click on the project to find out full details and sign up to help:

Lady Pit Lane allotments  |  Wednesday 20 April 10am-5pm

Groundwork need your help to renovate the allotments so that they can continue their work with young people and people with long term health problems.

Beeston in Bloom  |  Thursday 21 April 10am-5pm

Help the group’s spring clean in Cross Flatts Park and build a bug hotel to encourage wildlife.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre  |  Friday 22 April 9:30am-4pm

Join the Conservation Volunteers to create natural play and gardening areas at the centre.

Friends of Stank Hall Barn  |  Sunday 24 April 10am-5pm

Help the friends create a medieval garden in raised beds outside one of the oldest buildings in Leeds.

If you would like to sign-up to take part in our project or find out more, visit the dedicated website, www.neighbourly.com/mandsvolunteer, developed in partnership with the social network for social good, Neighbourly.com.

Mark Robson, Plan A Champion at Marks & Spencer Leeds, said:

“Following the success of Spark Something Good since the launch in London last summer, we’re really excited to be launching this initiative in two great Yorkshire cities. It was difficult to choose just 24 projects but we have some really worthy causes on board. With our M&S employees and the Leeds and Bradford community working together to volunteer with organisations that really matter locally, we know we can achieve something great. Getting stuck in and helping others can make a profound difference to the services so many people across the region rely on, and we can’t wait to get started on the 18th April.”

Spark Something Good is part of Plan A, M&S’s ground-breaking eco and ethical programme. It was developed following extensive research and dialogue which revealed that getting involved in community projects enhanced people’s lives.  M&S aims to spark Leeds/Bradford residents into action by showing just what can be achieved when people come together united by a common goal.