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Debenhams supports The House of St Barnabas

BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 25 AUG 2010 09:08 DEBENHAMS NEWSCOMMENTS

Debenhams is actively involved in various charity projects throughout the year from our work with NSPCC to country-wide fundraising for Breast Cancer Campaign. Our latest project is something slightly different, our personal shoppers have been helping people on the Life Skills Programme.

St Barnabus

From dressed casual…

The unique partnership between Quintessentially, the world’s leading private members’ club and concierge service, and The House of St Barnabas, a charity supporting the homeless, is guiding those affected by homelessness through the acquisition and development of life-changing skills.

The Life Skills Programme is a 12 week programme during which volunteers are trained and work in the Quintessentially Soho at The House of St Barnabas members lounge to build transferable skills such as self-confidence, time-keeping, communication and customer relations. We think it’s a great initiative so we wanted to get involved.

As part of their graduation week, all 14 volunteers had a personal shopping appointment at Debenhams Oxford Street for expert advice on what to wear to an interview. We also donated a full outfit to each volunteer as a graduation present to set them on their way to successful careers.

St Barnabus

… to ready for the all-important job interview

On graduation, volunteers will be placed in a work placement with an employer partner. The ‘Life Skills’ Programme has connections with a range of employer partners in public relations, media, technology, catering and events sectors, all willing to offer work experience to volunteers.

We are thrilled to be the first retailer to support this innovative and worthy cause, but we also hope this is only the tip of the iceberg. Our HR department is looking into ways of integrating us into the Life Skills programme as a permanent employer partner too.

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