150 Days of Community
What we did
Sainsbury’s 150 Days of Community scheme, launched as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, sees its 185,000 colleagues across the UK given the opportunity to volunteer for a cause they feel passionately about in their local community.
Bath store manager Paul Robertson and his team, including deaf colleague Sam Book suggested making the store more deaf-friendly to help the deaf and hard of hearing community. This provided the perfect opportunity for us to turn what would have been a small event into a huge celebration of inclusivity.
We changed the iconic sign to Signsbury’s overnight and threw open the doors for four days of celebrations, encouraging colleagues and customers to sign with one another.
To facilitate this, a hundred colleagues in the store took part in British Sign Language (BSL) lessons, delivered by local signing school I Can Sign, welcoming customers in sign language – from greeting them at the door, asking if they have a Nectar Card to even discussing the weather.
signs that sign
Elsewhere in the store, helpful screens were installed which demonstrated how to sign different words and phrases, including ‘milk’, ‘trolley’ and ‘bananas’, with the hope to encourage customers to get involved in the initiative and walk away from store with some newly learned phrases in sign language.
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