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SUPERMARKET CELEBRATES 150 YEARS BY SUPPORTING OUR YOUNG CARE LEAVERS

Sainsbury’s in Newcastle-under-Lyme have donated over £6,000 worth of goods, volunteering time and cash.

SUPERMARKET CELEBRATES 150 YEARS BY SUPPORTING OUR YOUNG CARE LEAVERS

Sainsbury’s in Newcastle-under-Lyme have donated over £6,000 worth of goods, volunteering time and cash.

A supermarket in Newcastle-under-Lyme is celebrating its 150th birthday by supporting our young care leavers.

Sainsbury’s chose Concrete’s young persons supported accommodation project to help out as part of the chain’s birthday celebrations.

The support began last spring when staff from the store volunteered their decorating skills to help transform the accommodation, at Victoria Place, ready for the care leavers to move in.

The building had been used previously by Concrete for adults who needed extra support keeping a home. Sarah Lockett, who runs the young care leavers accommodation said: “We wanted to create a fresh, clean environment for our young people but didn’t have the budget to make it happen,

“Sainsbury’s colleagues gave their time to decorate 20 rooms and flats and saved us around £5000.”

The supermarket staff have also been collecting money instore, raising around £700 which will be used to run activities for the young people.

Over Christmas, they also donated many items for Victoria Place’s Christmas party and all the trimmings for their Christmas dinner. Store colleagues also did secret santa, but instead of buying gifts for each other, they bought gifts for our young people.

Sarah Locket said: “For some of our young people, these were the only gifts they got at Christmas.”

“Without the support of Sainsbury’s we would never have been able give our young people the Christmas that they so deserve.”

Kelisha Thames is a Development Coach at the project. She worked over Christmas at Victoria Place and saw first-hand the reactions of the young care leavers: “To see the smiles on our young people’s faces as their expectation levels began to rise with every unwrapped gift, was exactly what we wished for as staff.

“Christmas, if nothing else, is about love, sacrifice, family and togetherness, and this year, we help bring that to our young people because of the efforts of Sainsbury’s.”

Katie* is a customer at the scheme, she said: “It was my first time celebrating Christmas ever and I really enjoyed it. I t felt like it was family time.”

Sarah Lockett added: “Sainsbury’s colleagues were really impacted by the work that we do and are keen to support us more in the future.”

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