Deputy Mayor performed official opening of refurbished Community Centre
When workers from fit-out and construction company S&T (UK) Ltd were working on the refurbishment of The Russell Hotel, WC1 recently, they found out that the nearby Marchmont Community Centre hadn’t been able to use its disabled lift for 16 months because they didn’t have the £13,000 needed to repair it. This has meant that at least half of the centre’s older and disabled community members (upwards of 150 people) have been unable to attend computer classes, social activities and the Older People’s Forum, which are held in their basement.
S&T wanted to give back to the community, so when S&T Director Ian Barnham and Manager Steve Burgess met up with Diane Fisher, who runs the centre, they offered to repair the lift for free. So began a wonderfully beneficial CSR partnership between S&T (UK) Ltd. and the Marchmont Community Centre
Shenice Griffiths, Assistant Logistics Manager, asked Diane what the community centre needed and a group of efficient, skilled and friendly S&T workmen set to work revamping the centre from changing and replacing light bulbs, to donating a working printer and stationery supplies. The centre is once again fully functional thanks to S&T.
Pupils from local Argyle Primary School also got involved by painting redundant S&T hard hats and turning them into flower baskets (influenced by Cubism and Georgia O’Keefe). Bird feeders and been created out of re-used S&T safety boots and floorboards for the Community Centre to use.