Together at Christmas
Christmas can be a lonely time for some in Bankside and surrounding areas, so remind them that somebody cares by getting involved in our annual festive appeal and help us continue to make a difference to the lives of local homeless, vulnerably housed and elderly people.
In 2017, the Together at Christmas collection was the most successful campaign to date - 1858 homeless, vulnerably housed and elderly people in Southwark received Christmas gift parcels thanks to the support of 99 Bankside businesses and 97 volunteers who gave up their time to wrap the 5000+ items donated ready for delivery to 26 different locations across the borough. We also joined forces with We Are Waterloo for the first time, to reach even more vulnerable and isolated people over the festive season.
Do you want to get involved in Together at Christmas 2018? We'd love to spread a little festive cheer to even more people this year. Here's how your business can help...
1. Host a collection box
Encourage your colleagues to donate gift items by hosting a collection box in your office. Our boxes are 45cmx45cmx45cm, so can easily fit into your office. Boxes will be delivered to your office in early November and collected in early December, ready for our gift wrapping sessions. We'll include posters and lists, and we encourage you to decorate your box with a festive Bankside theme.
Each year we also have a number of public collection points. We'll be adding to this list over the coming weeks.
- Better Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street
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2. Donate gifts
What kind of gifts are needed? It’s very simple, we ask for gifts from the following three categories:
• New warm clothing: hats, scarves, gloves or socks (especially for men)
• Toiletries: disposable razors, shaving foam, deodorant, shower gel, moisturisers
• Festive non-perishable food: luxury treats, boxes of chocolates and biscuits.
Please do not donate second-hand clothes, tins or cans of food, or alcohol. Remember these are special gifts, rather than charity shop donations!
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3. Hold an in-house gift wrapping session
If you’re hosting a collection box, why not use this as an opportunity to bring your colleagues together and host a fun wrapping session. Full guidance will be provided by Better Bankside about what’s involved. All in-house wrapping sessions must be completed in early December so that we can deliver your gifts to the charities in time for their own Christmas celebrations with service users.
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4. Sign up to Better Bankside’s public gift wrapping sessions
Every year we hold a number of public gift wrapping sessions to help wrap and make the donated items into parcels before donating them. These sessions will be held in early December so that the charities have the gifts in time for their Christmas celebrations. Any time you can volunteer to help is much appreciated.
Details of 2018's gift wrapping sessions will be announced in early October.
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Due to demand, only Bankside based organisations, employees and residents are eligible to participate in our Together at Christmas winter appeal.