Volunteers make an impact at charity

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Staff from an insurance brokers swapped their suits for overalls and paint brushes when they lent a helping hand to a Scarborough-based charity.

Jonathan Copley, care and social Welfare account executive at McClarrons Ltd of Malton, and several colleagues put up furniture, cleaned and re-decorated a room for Impact, an organisation which helps children keep in contact with parents who have separated.

The staff got out the rollers, paintbrushes and scourers to give the office back its sparkle.

Having mucked in for the day the charity was over the moon with the efforts of the McClarrons team.

Last Thursday’s visit to The Meeting Room in Pavilion Square, Scarborough, was part of an out-reach programme by the company which now hopes to similarly help other charities, not for profit organisations and community interest companies in the area.

“We insure numerous charities and get a large number of requests for help, whether it be funding or help in other ways, so we decided to reach out to them,” said Jonathan.

Instead of solely donating money to an organisation, McClarrons Ltd, which has its headquarters in Malton’s Market Place, also wants to also offer a hands-on approach - hence the makeover for the good cause.

He added: “Our members of staff have done charity rides, sponsored numerous awards in the local area and if this goes well, we will speak to agencies like Ryedale Voluntary Action or Seachange, to see if they know of any charities that need our help.

“It’s another way we can give back.”

Impact works with families across the Scarborough area to ensure that children are able to spend time with both of their parents should they separate for any reason.

This includes offering a safe and neutral venue where children of separated families can spend time with the parent they do not live with and sometimes other family members.

The rooms include toys, games books and crafts to keep children of all ages entertained.

Staff members are on hand to oversee the sessions and offer support and guidance.

The decoration carried out by the insurance brokers has freshened up the look of the meeting room, ensuring it is a warm and welcoming place for families to use.