It was paintbrushes at the ready recently when staff from Engage Mutual left the world of family finance to turn their talents to decorating, and helped transform the interior of the Saint Michael’s furniture shop on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate.
Run by Retail Fundraiser, Dariel Pitt, and a team of volunteers, Saint Michael’s furniture shop sells a range of quality used furniture and soft furnishings. The refurbishment is part of a wider strategy to develop the organisation’s retail spaces to ensure they are both fit for purpose, and appropriate and pleasant environments for customers, volunteers and staff.
As part of a recently-launched volunteering scheme at Engage Mutual, a team of willing staff was mustered to help paint and re-style the shop’s interior.
Saint Michael’s Chief Executive, Tony Collins stated:
“The team at Engage Mutual are passionate advocates of Saint Michael’s and we are very grateful for their continued help and support.
“With the help of their team of volunteers we have been able to develop our shop into a stylish modern space that will not only showcase quality pre-loved furniture, but also soft furnishings.
“Such a project really shows the power of the local community and business working together. We look forward to welcoming customers to our ‘new look’ shop when we reopen on November 4”.
More than 300 volunteers work in eight Saint Michael’s charity shops across the Harrogate District. The shops generate more than £550,000 towards the £2.8 million that has to be raised each year to maintain the services provided by Saint Michael’s and ensure that local people get the end of life care they want and deserve.
As part of the volunteering scheme at Engage Mutual, staff can volunteer up to three days’ working time a year to help their Hornbeam Park neighbour with a variety of projects.
To kick the scheme off, four members of the Mutual’s executive board were part of the team of 12 who committed their time to the Saint Michael’s furniture shop project. They included: Chief Executive, Andrew Haigh; Secretary, Andrew Horsley; Marketing Director, Karl Elliott; and Head of IT Development & Business Change, Mark Lonsdale.
Engage Mutual has been a long time supporter of Saint Michael’s, is a member of the Guild of Patrons; sponsor of the annual Engage Midnight Walk; and makes regular donations through fund raising initiatives undertaken by staff throughout the year.