23-28 April was Responsible Business Week, an opportunity for local businesses to get involved locally and support good causes. To mark the occasion Business in the Community and Lewisham Local organised a Community Conversation. Four local charities presented community challenges they are addressing, including: homelessness, access to arts, youth violence and sudden infant death.
18 businesses, employers and organisations from across Lewisham gathered together to see what they could do to help tackle these community challenges.
The four organisations presenting were…
Somerville Youth and Play Provision (sypp.org.uk)
A vibrant, grass roots, well-established, New Cross based community hub with an Adventure Playground and a wide range of Youth services. They offer an essential safe play space with both support and activities for school aged children.
999 Club (999club.org)
A small charity providing advice, advocacy, shelter, health checks & activities for homeless people in Lewisham & South London.
The Brun Bear Foundation (brunbearfoundation.uk)
A charitable foundation which supports medical research (childhood diseases), animal welfare – with special emphasis on bears – and community projects in London Boroughs of Lewisham and Bromley.
A Theatre Trip for Every Child (thealbany.org.uk/everychild)
A Theatre Trip for Every Child Lewisham is a new giving scheme to provide a free theatre ticket for every 5-year-old in the borough of Lewisham. ‘Every Child’ enables businesses and individuals to give a local child the chance to experience the magic of theatre.
Pledges of Support
Organisations attending were encouraged to pledge support to the charities and causes. This came in a wide form from organisations offering time, skills, expertise to funding opportunities and simply continuing the community conversation. Some examples of pledges from the day included:
- Increasing access to higher education for people experiencing homelessness
- Free event space for local charities to use
- Employee volunteering from a large employer
- Advice on how to get funding for large capital projects
- Clothes fixing workshops for people experiencing homelessness
- Funding opportunities
- Educational trips for young people
- Employability workshops
- IT skills training
If you are interested in what your business or organisation could offer, please get in touch to start your community conversation today!