Estate agent that built a school library launches new book club in inspirational community move

An agent has launched a book club – run by one of its own members of staff – after successfully creating and equipping a school library last year.

Acorn Group, with branches in Kent and south London, last year spent the school summer holiday transforming unused space at a primary, St Saviours in Lewisham.

After an appeal, thousands of books were donated to the library by the public via Acorn’s branches.

Acorn chief executive Rob Sargent said: “The overwhelming feedback we received from the project really made us feel like we had made a difference to young people’s lives, and led us to completely rethink our strategy for the community work we undertake.”

As a result, Acorn decided to develop the book collecting into an ongoing initiative and last month launched the Acorn Book Club – or the ABC.

Run by Emma Fox, the firm’s corporate social responsibility manager, the ABC works with the public, Acorn’s own staff and clients to ensure that pre-loved children’s books go to those local schools, hospices and organisations that do not have sufficient funding to purchase them from new.

As before, book donations are accepted at any Acorn, Langford Russell or John Payne office within the group’s branch network.

These books are then redistributed locally, with the aim of promoting a life-long love and passion for reading.

The ABC is now the primary focus of the property firm’s charitable giving and community work, and with five new offices opened in 2018, and two already set for this year, the group’s reach in its area is significant.

There is an inspirational video about the library project at the first link below – and worth watching by any community-minded agent who is looking to get involved in a new, and very different, challenge.


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  1. AgencyInsider

    Well done!

  2. Property Poke In The Eye

    Great work from the agents.

  3. smile please

    Great initiative, well done to all involved. Inspiring.

  4. christinaestateagent68

    lovely story! 🙂


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