Com­mu­nity sup­port from store

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A CITY store is open­ing it­self up to the com­mu­nity by launch­ing two new ini­tia­tives.

John Lewis in Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre has just opened a meet­ing room which is avail­able for city char­i­ties and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions to use for free.

It is on the ground floor of the store, with easy ac­cess to West­gate, and can ac­com­mo­date up to 16 peo­ple.

Emma Va­le­rio, com­mu­nity li­ai­son co-or­di­na­tor, said: “In the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, find­ing suit­able meet­ing space can be costly for char­i­ties and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, so we are de­lighted to be able to of­fer a pur­pose-made meet­ing room to ac­com­mo­date up to 16 peo­ple.”

The move comes as the store has launched a new char­i­ta­ble scheme called Com­mu­nity Mat­ters where it will split a do­na­tion from the store worth £3,000 be­tween three com­mu­nity groups ev­ery three months.

The do­na­tion will come in the form of store prod­ucts, em­ployee vol­un­teer time or money.

Cus­tomers will de­cide how much each good cause re­ceives by us­ing a to­ken, given to them when they buy items at the Placeto Eat, to vote for the group they would like to sup­port.

Each char­ity will re­ceive a share of the do­na­tion ac­cord­ing to the pro­por­tion of their vote. The first groups to re­ceive sup­port will be Lit­tle Mir­a­cles, Friends of Ch­er­nobyl’s Chil­dren and New Ark Play As­so­ci­a­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Com­mu­nity Mat­ters or to book the new meet­ing room, call Emma Va­le­rio on 01733 294190.

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