10 Communities Programme
The 10 Communities Programme is a flagship commitment as part of Plan A 2025. Our goal is to help transform 1000 communities and we have chosen 10 pilot communities where we will trial a series of locally tailored initiatives that will aim to improve the social wellbeing of residents by tackling issues such as unemployment, skill shortages, loneliness, poverty, and mental health and wellbeing.
Through our partnerships we will track and measure the impact of our work with a view to roll out our programme to a further 100 locations by 2023 and share the learning with a 1,000 locations by 2025.
From July to December 2017 we have been in listening mode. We have been meeting residents, councillors and community activists from our ten communities as we begin to explore how M&S can help transform local communities.
During October and November 2017 we held community conversations up and down the country where we met with and heard the thoughts of local residents. We asked what people love about their area, what needs improving and we worked through solutions together on how things could be tackled. You can read about these below.