Supporting local community organisations within the regions in which we operate.
In July 2008, the Marston Group Charitable Trust was created. Registered as an official charity by the Charity Commission, the principal objective of the Trust is to provide grants to local community organisations within the regions in which we operate.
Marston Group’s staff and its Joint Consultative Committee can make recommendations to the Trust in respect of potential grants. This commitment is now being extended to enable community members to make direct applications to the Trust.
In 2011, Marston Group selected a new champion charity, The Synergy Theatre Project.
It produces plays in prisons which are performed, staged and often written by prisoners or ex-offenders, most of whom have had no previous experience of theatre. Professional productions are also regularly staged at venues across the country, including the famous Soho Theatre.
Marston chose Synergy as its Champion Charity due to its unique and creative approach in rehabilitating ex-offenders. Active participation in Synergy’s projects develops practical, psychological and social skills that are essential to rehabilitation and social integration. In addition, Synergy provides training and some paid employment to ex-prisoners in order to increase employability and help break the cycle of offending.
By also presenting work in the public arena, Synergy aims to challenge perceptions and create opportunity for dialogue between prisoners and the public. On average, 80 per cent of Synergy’s audiences attend post-show discussions.
To find out more, visit Synergy Theatre Project.
Since 2012, we have used the Charitable Trust to support many local and national charities, encouraging participation and providing match funding for initiatives with Sports Relief, the Red Cross, Cancer Research UK and Children in Need. Indeed, our involvement goes beyond financial support, as our staff contribute a significant amount of time to charities throughout the year, as well as providing operational and technical support where needed.