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
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
- 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 [email protected].