Every Type of Donation Counts
Is your office having a clear out? Are there materials sitting unused in a cupboard that could be given to a local community group instead? Could your meeting room be used occasionally by a local charity?
Local charities and community groups are increasingly coming under pressure to cover their costs particularly as Local Authority funding is being decreased. What funding is available from grants and Trusts typically is restricted to covering the cost of a specific project leaving little to spare for covering overheads.
Thanks to a range of donations from Bankside businesses local charities, including our Community Partners, have been able to make small savings which all add up.
Examples of donations include
- Reams of printing paper
- Bags of coffee beans and tea bags
- Arts and craft materials
- Miscellaneous stationery including pens, rulers, staplers and staples, folders
- Books and magazines
- Office furniture
- IT equipment
- Kitchen equipment
- Use of meeting rooms
- Cash donations
- Offer to run off small amounts of printing for the group
- Used clothing collections
- Donation of towels, clothing and other items left in the ‘lost and found’
- Wine and food for events
A big thank you to the following businesses for their donations
- Forster Communication
- Glass and Glazing Federation
- MCM Architecture
- Mercure London Bridge
- South Eastern
- Storm Communications
- Time Inc.
- Winckworth Sherwood
Something to think about
sak [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: donations) (If donating items such as the above is of interest to you, get in touch) and we’ll see what we can do.
Unfortunately due to restricted storage space groups are not always able to take the donation or materials at that time. Perhaps you could agree to hold onto the materials for a defined timeframe giving the group time to free-up some space on their side.
If this is not possible we encourage businesses to put their items up on the Southwark Freecycle page. That way rather than going to landfill the items can still be used by someone in the local community.