“My name is Amy Bunce and I am the Community Champion for Morrisons Westcroft store. I wanted to share a little about the community side of our work and I chose Essentially Local as it is a fantastic magazine that reaches so many people in our local area.”
After eleven years of hard work at Morrisons, just over a year ago Amy was appointed to her dream job, as Community Champion. She now manages all the charity and community relations that includes charity collections in store and donating products to local events. Her enthusiasm is clear and she loves the benefits that helping brings to local people and communities. The only dilemma for Amy is that she has a budget to stick to.
AMY BUNCE: Community Champion, working to help the local area.
Amy and the whole team are keen advocates
of showing youngsters how things work. Local schools and pre-schools love the opportunities that ‘Foodmaker and Shopkeeper’ tours bring. In our last edition our younger writers from Whitehouse Primary School took part in a tour and doughnut taste. Children from another local pre-school met the fishmongers and were even brave enough to hold an octopus! (Gloves on, of course!)
There is a strong company wide ethos about taking social responsibility seriously and Amy has been part of putting in place some great ideas.
Every Saturday morning between 9 -10am, the store holds a ‘Quiet Hour’ specifically designed to meet the needs of people with autism or other sensory issues. If you visit you’ll notice that the lights in the store are dimmed, music and check-out beeps are switched off and the stock cages are kept back. Amy also organised a British Sign Language course for her colleagues. She and the fellow trainees are already feeling the benefits in communicating with another colleague in store and customers.
She is proud of the Morrisons Store commitment to work as charity partner with CLIC Sargent Young Lives VS Cancer. Throughout the year they fundraise and do what they can to help the work that this incredible charity does for young people battling cancer.
Could your Group Benefit?
You can benefit from Amy’s work as Community Champion. She will consider your application to support a fundraising event and local charities can apply for a grant from the Morrisons Foundation.
Amy says, ‘This is a great way to bring communities together, I’d love Essentially Local readers to find out how their groups can benefit. Please pop into the store at Westcroft to have a chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org as I’d love to hear from you.’
Morrisons Westcroft, Milton Keynes MK4 4DD