Advocacy service wins M&S Gifting Grant

M&S Xmas grant publicity

This Christmas, M&S teamed up with Neighbourly to donate £1 million across 1,000 charities and community groups across England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales through the Neighbourly Foundation (charity 1189514). Through the campaign, the gifts M&S customers give this Christmas will go towards supporting community causes and families in their area, each with their own inspiring and unique story.

Our Enable Ability Advocacy service has been selected as one of the very lucky £1,000 winners from the campaign- which is a very welcome amount for the service as it receives no statutory funding at all.

Open to all aged 16 and above, Enable Ability’s Advocacy service is free of charge. The service has recently opened a once a week drop-in clinic at Landport Community Centre, so that it is more accessible to those who require its support- predominantly people with a disability who live in one of the most deprived areas of the UK (the Charles Dickens Ward).

The Advocacy service believes that being in the heart of the community, it is ideally placed to provide essential support to vulnerable people. Local people, who through no fault of their own find having to continually prove they need help and support so that they can maintain their own self and independence.

“The Advocacy service offers independent support to help address the many concerns that our clients may have, and in doing so, makes sure that those involved listen to our client’s voice. By being there and supporting them, we can help give them that voice.

This money will make a tremendous difference to our service, so we are incredibly thankful to M&S for the award!”

-Robin, Advocacy Manager

To celebrate, M&S brought together a number of the hardworking charities and community groups to feature in their Christmas TV advert, which has been shot by The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey.