600 M&S IT EXPERTS OUT IN FORCE TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Over 600 IT experts from the Marks & Spencer (M&S) IT department and its supplier companies volunteered today to help local community projects across London and the South East.
Employees from big names such as Microsoft, Cognizant and SAP supported the M&S team, which included IT Director Darrell Stein, in activities that included:
- 75 volunteers mentoring 200 residents from 24 Abbeyfield care homes helping them enjoy the social benefits of going online;
- 400 volunteers planting 10,000 new trees at Heartwood Forest in St Albans with the Woodland Trust;
- 140 recently trained STEM (Science Technology and Maths) Ambassadors promoting IT to the next generation in 15 schools.
Hundreds of laptops were also collected, recycled and left with the schools and care homes the M&S teams visited. IT equipment that couldn’t be re-used was broken down and made into a ‘Selfiebot’ – a robot-like sculpture that takes instant ‘selfies’ of people that pose with it.
The sculpture was used to help inspire the Stockley Park Academy students that visited the M&S IT office in Uxbridge for a mentoring event and will be used throughout the year as a mascot to recruit more volunteers.