Smarter Giving

Smarter Giving is our programme that enables members to direct their charitable efforts locally. We’ve developed relationships with local grass root charities, community groups and schools, and are well positioned to broker links between them and you.

We have a special interest in supporting the charities and groups based in the Church Street area, which is just north of Marylebone Road and is one of the most deprived wards in the country.

  • Who We Work With

    Who We Work With

    We work with an array of worthy causes in all aspects of society from a homeless day centre to a family playgroup, a children’s intensive care unit to sheltered housing for the elderly.  We know every business is different, so we work with you to find opportunities that suit your organisation’s interest and match them to the needs of local charities to develop meaningful relationships that leave a lasting impact.

    View the list of charities we work with here.

  • What Our Members Have Done So Far

    What Our Members Have Done So Far

    Thanks to the generosity and support of our members, we have been able to help over 30 local causes through various initiatives. From regular food and clothes drives to support drop-in centres and foodbanks, to facilitating members in donating over £100k of funding to support the fantastic work of local charities and community groups. Over 300 member volunteers have invested their time to get involved with the local community, including supporting students from King Solomon Academy and other local schools through talks and workplace visits, projects such as overhauling the playground at the Portman Early Childhood Centre, reviving gardens and allotments in the Church Street area and accompanying the local elderly residents on days trips.

     

  • Our Focus - Inspire and Experience

    Our Focus - Inspire and Experience

    As well as the ongoing initiatives which are detailed below, we have a new focus called Inspire and Experience which encompasses four key areas;

    1. Education
    2. Experience
    3. Local Employment
    4. Skill Sharing – Supporting Charities and New Enterprise

    Read on to discover how you can get involved and what other members are doing.

  • 1. Education

    1. Education

    Your business can help inspire students through career talks, practical workshops, and academic challenges to help them get an insight into your working world. You can also support local schools through readings and literacy workshops or take part in their career fairs. A great example of this working is by member, Oliver Wyman, who recently helped students from King Solomon’s Academy with ‘personal statement’ workshops, 1-2-1 coaching for those applying to university and work experience.

  • 2. Experience

    2. Experience

    Early experiences of the workplace are fundamental to the career choices young people make. Can you host students for a tour, inspirational talk or practical session? Private members club, Home House recently hosted a group of twelve students for a taster of the hospitality industry which included an inspirational talk by MD Andrew Richardson who shared his journey to MD and a demonstration in fish filleting by the Head Chef.

    Your business can help the future generation realise their potential and provide real-life insights that will give them the confidence to make the right choice – you may even be looking at your future employee!

    Explore how your business can help inspire the next generations by contacting us

  • 3. Local Employment

    3. Local Employment

    With your help, we’re dedicated to helping local residents and students into the workforce and new graduates find placements. We are also looking at how we can facilitate apprenticeships so if you are interested or would like to discuss this area of our work, please get in touch.

  • 4. Skill Sharing - Supporting Charities and New Enterprise

    4. Skill Sharing - Supporting Charities and New Enterprise

    Why not help one of our Smarter Giving charities or causes by sharing your skills. Expertise in IT, leadership, marketing, finance and much more are always welcome. Some recent examples of great work from members include an IT department sharing their skills to update a charity’s IT systems and website and a volunteer from Pimco taking up a position as a Treasurer for One Westminster.

  • Other Ways To Get Involved

    Other Ways To Get Involved

    One-Off Donations

    Waste not, want not is our motto, so if you’re moving, refurbishing or simply having a clear out, remember to contact us so we can help re-direct as much as we can to local causes. We’ve helped re-home thousands of items and even the most unusual items can usually be re-used. We recently arranged a donations of lever arch files!

    Food and Clothes Drives 

    We help you host quarterly food and clothes drives which are easy to set up and give individuals the flexibility to donate as much as they like. We provide personalised collateral to help you promote the drives and can even assist to deliver the donations.

    Annual Appeals 

    With Christmas truly being a time for giving, we have a range of ways in which you can help brighten up the festive season for local residents. Our annual Toy Appeal, which has raised over 2000 gifts to date, takes place each November and supports under privileged children in local nurseries. We also run hamper appeals for the local food bank to support families, toiletries and essentials for the women’s centre and offer fundraising opportunities you can get the whole team involved with.

    Collaborative Volunteering Projects

    Every year we focus on one or two ambitious collaborative projects where we call on as many members to get involved as possible. The range of skills, suppliers and volunteers’ different members can bring to a project is of huge value and have enabled some fantastic projects be delivered. One of our favourites and most demanding was overhauling 20 allotment gardens at the nearby Warwick Estate which is now used by the community to grow fruit and vegetables.

    Let us know if you would like us to tell you about upcoming collaborative opportunities.

    We also work with partners who can support one-off team volunteering days, get in touch to find out more.