Our Community

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.

Volunteering for ELBA
East London Business Alliance (ELBA) has a variety of opportunities that you can get involved in remotely:

- Does your job defy gender stereotypes? Share your story and break down barriers for children
You Be You is a social enterprise working toward the vision that no child leaves primary school believing their gender limits their potential. They achieve this by creating resources for parents and schools that break down gender stereotypes for all children – regardless of gender, race, religion or background. You Be You knows that exposing pupils to diverse role models makes a big difference in how they think about what jobs are ‘for men’ or ‘for women’. They are therefore looking to build a bank of short video clips of real adults who have broken gender/race/class stereotypes. In these five-minute clips, a volunteer would talk about a job, hobby, interest or skill they have that breaks gender stereotypes. Rather than explicitly address the stereotype, we’d like to simply present a series of diverse people doing interesting things and allow children to draw their own conclusions. Input is minimal as you can film this yourself on your phone.
To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

- Set a group of Y10 students a real business challenge to experience the world of work
Do your team or company have a real-life problem or project that a group of year 10 students could help solve and give their perspective on? As part of School 21 Real World Learning programme students are set a real business challenge to work on in groups over a number of weeks. With work experience on hold, this crucial real work learning is even more important and will offer students a chance to developing their skills whilst adding genuine value to your company. They are looking for businesses (especially around law, technology, marketing) to get involved and the commitment will be 2-3 virtual meetings to present, give feedback and hear the solution presented from students. This will start in January - February.
If you are interested, please contact christine.guldborg-christensen@elba-1.org.uk

- Transform the CV of a local student
We are looking for business volunteers to give feedback on student CVs - identify points for improvement such as unclear layout, poor grammar and lack of information, and transform it into an impressive CV. ELBA will provide you with the necessary tools to complete this activity, such as guidelines and feedback templates, and you’ll be able to use this in your own time, returning the CV and your feedback via ELBA. This remote type of support can make a real difference to the confidence and employability of students.
Please note, due to an overwhelming response to the Spring CV Surgery, we are limiting this opportunity to 15 volunteers per company, first come, first served for now. 
For more information and to register your interest, please sign up here. If you cannot access Google forms, please contact educationworks@elba-1.org.uk for a Word version. 

- Career Insights
Targeted at young people (18+) and adults of working age, career insights are a great way of raising awareness about jobs and careers for under-represented groups. We are looking for volunteers who can share their career stories, including:
• Providing an overview of your role, company and sector
• Discussing your career journey
• Highlighting any challenges you may have overcome to achieve your current position
• What are the key skills needed to succeed in your role and where your career path could lead
- Career insights can be conducted as a 30-minute online session with a group of beneficiaries or pre-recorded to be shared as part of an employment workshop.
- Dates: Ongoing.
For more information, contact: employment@elba-1.org.uk

Broadgate Heroes
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.

Young Readers Story Club
We’d like to invite you to the Young Readers Story Club, a collection of fun storytelling videos which we’ve created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
You can see the videos for free here.

Community Focus
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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    Broadgate Connect
    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).

    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. 

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