Easy ways to help your community
2020 has been a tough year for us all and here at Regent’s Place there are a whole host of ways you can help UCLH’s NHS workers, the Euston Foodbank and local charities.
From supporting our LGBTQ+ and climate change networks to donating food or your time, you can do good things for our local community with the smallest of actions.
The benefits of volunteering are well-documented but it’s also a good time to get involved as it can help everything from anxiety, depression and loneliness – emotions we’ve all experienced during the uncertainty of lockdown and Covid-19.
Together we can make the world a slightly better place and find pockets of hope and joy in our brilliant community. Read on to discover ways you can make a real difference:
- Donate to Camden Giving or set up your own fundraising
Camden Giving is a local charity dedicated to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds through the belief that everyone has something to give – whether that’s time, skills or money.
Helping refugees with language learning, supporting people who’ve found themselves homeless with mentoring or donating to youth clubs, it’s a grassroots charity that makes a huge difference to the area.
They’ve also set up an urgent Covid-19 appeal to counteract the devastating effect this disease has had on local people living in poverty. Find out more about how you can help here.
- Have a cup of tea with elderly local residents
Local groups Third Age Project or North London Cares are actively seeking volunteers and trustees who can donate their time and expertise to supporting our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
From having a chat and a socially distanced cup of tea on someone’s doorstep to running errands, your help and personality could make a huge difference to local lives.
- Support the NHS workers at UCLH
UCLH is a huge part of our community and their response to Covid-19 and its knock-on effects has been heroic. Regent’s Place has tried to provide support through donations of tea and biscuits and use of our site parking.
If you’d like to donate or want to redirect office food orders to them then please drop Rose Alexander an email to discuss ideas.
- Give to Euston Foodbank
If you’re a business that could partner with Euston Foodbank or someone who’s able to give money, food donations or time then please do get in touch with them. The charity provides three days of food for people in crisis and is a vital lifeline.
The Trussell Trust which supports Euston gave out 89% more food parcels in April, compared to the same month last year, and the number of families with children in need of food parcels doubled so your support could do some real good.
- Donate your skillset
If you’d like to find out other ways you could offer some support, please contact our Community Manager, Rose Alexander, who is working closely with Regent’s Place community partners and can put you in contact with those who most need your help.
- Join the Regent’s Pride Network
The Regent’s Pride Network in collaboration with forum+ is a group of LGBTQ+ people and allies from businesses, charities and organisations in and around Regent’s Place working together to host LGBTQ+ positive socials, workshops and training for a more inclusive, prouder world.
During 2020, the network has fully embraced going digital and has continued to collaborate so they can help LGBTQ+ people and businesses. They’d love to welcome more members so please contact our Community Manager, Rose Alexander for more information.
- Help to tackle climate change
The REGEN Network is collaborating with CommonVC, a group of intergenerational industry experts, entrepreneurs, activists and future leaders on a personal mission to solve the world's biggest challenges. Common VC, who are based at Regent’s Place, are currently exploring solutions for a more regenerative and sustainable economy. If you'd like to join the REGEN Network, please contact our Community Manager, Rose Alexander for more information.
What British Land are doing
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.