Local Giving

In 2021, local charities will continue to work hard in difficult circumstances to support those that are vulnerable, including the elderly, homeless, isolated and families in food poverty.

Charities face an even tougher year in 2021, after committing so much financial resource to the challenges faced the previous year. This means financial support is more important than ever to help them rise to the challenge and support those most in need in our community.

Through our Smarter Giving programme, there are a number of ways that you and your business can help, whether that be financially or volunteering virtually – see below to find out more.

  • Christmas Donation Drives 2021

    Christmas Donation Drives 2021

    Can your business help make a difference to local people and families this Christmas? We are looking for businesses to host collection boxes for our annual Christmas charity drives. These include a Toy Drive for local charity nurseries, family food hampers and presents for the elderly.

    Many of our member businesses have taken part in our various Christmas drives over the years, with incredible generosity. Whether you are a returning supporter or looking for a Christmas charity initiative to engage your colleagues, here are a few ways that you can get involved:

    • Toy Drives for local charity nurseries – collect new toys to help us make sure all children get a present at Christmas
    • Family Food Hampers – donate food items to help feed local families in need
    • Presents for the elderly – to ensure isolated elderly residents get a treat at Christmas

    For more information on how to get involved, contact our Smarter Giving manager, Kate Heslegrave, at smartergiving@bakerstreetq.co.uk.

  • Donations


    The Quarter’s local charities’ resources are under pressure with many spending future project money and reserves to help those most in need during this period, so any donations are very welcome.

    • Foodcycle has moved from providing hot meals at St Paul’s church for the vulnerable to providing a takeaway/delivery service. Donate here.
    • North Paddington Food Bank – particularly needs funds for fuel for deliveries and food. They also need volunteer delivery drivers and administrators. Donate here or contact Kate.
    • Fareshare – a charity which collects food from hotels and other businesses and redistributes to those in need. Donate here
    • WLM Seymour Place Night Centre –  which helps homeless people who are close to the job market or already working but can’t afford to pay rent and live in their own accommodation – has been suspended in consultation with Westminster City Council, with all service users being redirected to a hotel with all their expenses covered by WLM. Please consider donating to help them continue to provide services to these very vulnerable groups during this period. Donate here
    • St Mungo’s – offers beds and support to some of our most vulnerable people, and works to prevent and support homelessness and recovery. In these current circumstances St Mungo’s knows that homeless people are far more likely to have health problems that put them at a higher risk of getting ill as a result of coronavirus. With the cancellation of its usual fundraising activity, St Mungo’s is desperately trying to raise funds and vital supplies to help support this vulnerable group of people. Donate here
    • StreetLink – if you are concerned about someone sleeping rough refer them via StreetLink to help connect them with local services. This is even more crucial now there are less people on the streets being able to refer rough sleepers to StreetLink

    Other ways you can help:

    • Newpin Family Nursery – a charity nursery for families in the Church Street area.  They support low income families who are looking after children at home, many with very limited resources.  They need donations of paper, coloured paper, card, pens, pencils, rulers or any office supplies that can be used for making contact Kate
    • Penfold Community Hub – a community centre that supports the over 50s in the nearby Church Street area, particularly those who are vulnerable.  With their users now home isolating, they need virtual classes to help them to keep a sense of community and tackle the challenge of isolation. To donate or suggest a virtual classes, which could be exercise, meditation and creative classes contact Kate
    • Young Westminster Foundation –  is seeking donations for two initiatives from local businesses. Laptops and IT devices – many vulnerable families do not have access to IT devices which means that teachers and youth workers are unable to adequately support children pastorally or academically. And activity packs – to complement comprehensive online support youth clubs are distributing activity packs to families including games, arts and crafts. Contact Kate
    • Clothing donations to support charities – if you or one of your contacts might be able to help contact Kate
    • Food donations to support food banks – if you or one of your contacts might be able to help contact Kate

    Perhaps consider donating your train fare for this week if you’re working from home?

  • Donate Your Time Online

    Donate Your Time Online

    Our Smarter Giving Manager, Kate, is frequently in touch with our local charities, community groups and schools to understand what support they need as they face new demands. There are a number of new opportunities for you to support our local community online. So whether you are in the office or working from home you can help.

    Young Westminster Foundation & 2-3 Degrees – Mastering Your Future programme

    • business support to help young people get job-ready by running or contributing to a variety of online workshops from confidence-building to CV writing
    • online career talks
    • providing task-based virtual work experience
    • mentoring for young people via a weekly call

    Doorstep Library

    • reading to children who would otherwise not have access to books or reading opportunities. This is currently being delivered virtually

    Age UK – Westminster

    • befrienders who can call older people via phone or visit in person

    North Paddington Food Bank

    • individuals or teams to carry out phone surveys to establish user needs so the charity can better serve clients

    To find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities, please email  smartergiving@bakerstreetq.co.uk.