Whilst our neighbourhood may be unusually quiet at the moment, we still want to make sure we’re doing what we can to support our local community. We thought you might like to know what we’re up to, what you can take part in or how you could help.
East London Cares
East London Cares is a brand new community network of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing city. As it is not possible to do this at the current time, they are looking for younger neighbours who’d be up for calling an older neighbour regularly. They are matching up volunteers with an older neighbour who they call for an hour each week, for the next four months. Read more about them and find out how to get involved here
We do this because east London is one of the most amazing places in the world: its culture, its heritage, its businesses and its diversity all make this one of the best places to live, work and play. But as new office and apartment blocks go up in front of our eyes and whole swathes of the area are transformed by gentrification, transience and digitisation we can all sometimes feel left behind by the pace of change.
We want introduce you to some of the people that are keeping Broadgate going. They are working tirelessly in many roles to ensure that everything is as safe as possible during this time. These are our heroes and over the next few weeks we will be sharing their stories.
Help stock up
ELBA (East London Business Alliance) has organised a virtual food drive for our local food banks, which are facing a huge increase in demand and a shortage of supplies.
Click here to find out more.
At Broadgate our Community is very important to us. We will be sharing the stories of groups in the local area that are really making a difference and how you can get involved. Click here to find out more.
Feed The NHS
Hop Vietnamese, Farmer J and Franco Manca have joined the force to help #FeedNHS, a national & industry led initiative to raise money to feed our frontline. Check out the Just Giving page link to donate and share with as many people as you can!
Shout out to all the other brands who have joined this initiative and to Deliveroo for delivering the meals!
Emergency Response Fund
Locally, at Broadgate, we are providing an emergency response fund to support our community partners’ critical work.
The East End Community Foundation has set up a Coronavirus Appeal: East End Emergency Fund for the area; click here for more information and to donate.
Since 2012, Broadgate Connect has been helping East Londoners gain fulfilling roles and apprenticeships, while supporting employers in their search for enthusiastic and committed local talent.
We’ve extended our help to people we’ve worked with over the past year, offering advice and support from our long-term East London community broker and employment specialist, the East London Business Alliance (ELBA).
Supporting the NHS
Our local NHS facility is St Bartholomew’s and we are in discussions with them and other key workers and services in the area to see where we can help, whether that’s parking spaces, resources or financial donations
ELBA is also coordinating volunteers for local groups in need of expertise; contact our Community Manager, Nicola Roberts, for more information.
What we're doing
Over the last two weeks, British Land’s Communities team has been working with our network of local partners to identify how together we can best support them.
Corporate Community Investment Fund
British Land has been able to re-deploy the remaining £250,000 within its corporate Community Investment Fund, directly to help communities across the country respond to the impact of Covid-19 over the next few months.
We have doubled our annual donation to Shelter to £50,000 to support their helpline, which has seen a sharp rise in calls from people worried about their jobs and homes as a result of the virus.
We know many of you will be offering support wherever you can, if you’d like to do more, however, do get in contact with our Community Manager, Nicola Roberts, who is in touch with a number of our community partners in need of support.
These are unprecedented times and we hope you’re all staying at home and that you and your families are safe and well. We look forward to seeing you back at Broadgate very soon.