Local Giving

Over the last few months, local charities have been working hard in difficult circumstances to support those that are vulnerable, including the elderly, homeless, isolated and families in food poverty. And this need for support looks set to continue.

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

  • Donations

    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 two full delivery drivers and administrators. Donate here
    • 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
    • St Mary’s Hospital – the local hospital responding to coronavirus.  They are in need of wellbeing boxes for the staff who are working long hours or can’t go home due to family members self isolating.  Items needed in the boxes include toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand cream, shampoo and conditioner etc.  They are also in need of bottled water and snacks for those workers. If you are a local business and can donate items in bulk contact Kate
    • From Hearts to Homes – aiming to pair local volunteers with members of the Church Street community to support them during coronavirus. They need financial support for bags of shopping
    • University of Westminster Covid19 Response Fund – to support students that do not have the infrastructure, finances or support to study during this period find out more here
    • Support from companies with a delivery capacity to help with food and pharmacy deliveries – if you or one of your contacts might be able to help 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?

  • Volunteering In Person

    Volunteering In Person

    Have you recently returned to the office? Do you have an hour or two you could spare to volunteer?

    There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to assist our local charities with their continued support for those that are vulnerable. Please do get in touch with our Smarter Giving Manager, Kate if you would like to find out more about how you can help.

    Current opportunities include the following:

    • Volunteer Befrienders Needed – Many of Age UK – Westminster’s older residents live with chronic health conditions and are reliant on volunteers, not just for food but for company. That’s where you come in. With Age UK – Westminster you can make a difference to an older person in the local area by having a friendly chat over the phone, which is a great way to help if you working from home for part of your working week.
    • Help Children Improve Literacy And Confidence – Doorstep Library is looking to recruit and train volunteers to work with families in the area to help introduce young children (0-11 years old) to the pleasure of reading. Their projects not only improve literacy and confidence in children, but they increase family wellbeing and bonding through the joy of sharing stories. Doorstep Library aims to have all new volunteers fully trained to make home visits to families soon as well as developing online visits, so you are able to help whether you are working in the area or from home. Sessions take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 16:30 – 19:00 locally in Marylebone and across Westminster.

  • 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  [email protected].