Together at Christmas
Better Bankside's Together at Christmas is an annual festive gift appeal that supports over 2,000 homeless, vulnerably housed and elderly people in the Bankside area and across Southwark.
Every year, Better Bankside's business members host collection boxes so that their staff can donate gift items such as warm clothing, toiletries and edible treats. We collect all of the donated items from businesses in early December, and with the help of teams of volunteers, wrap them to make into gift parcels that we deliver to hostels, sheltered accommodation units and community organisations across Southwark.
If you'd like to sign up to be part of the 2019 appeal, you can still register to host a collection box in your business here. We'll then be in touch with you to arrange delivery of your collection box and posters.
There are also several public donation points across the area where you can drop off any gift donations:
- Better Bankside, 18 Great Guildford Street, SE1 0FD
- The Bridge, 73-81 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ
- Borough Market Information Office, Three Crown Square, SE1 1TL
- Ibis London Blackfriars, 49 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NZ
- Novotel London Blackfriars, 46 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NZ
- To Live Better Cafe, Montague Close, London, SE1 9RA
You can also join one of our volunteer gift wrapping sessions in early December when we'll wrap all of the donated gift items into parcels, so that they can be delivered in time for Christmas celebrations. Wrapping sessions this year will take place on the following dates and times:
- Monday 9 December: 12pm-2pm, 3pm-5pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm
- Tuesday 10 December: 12pm-2pm, 3pm-5pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm
- Wednesday 11 December: 12pm-2pm, 3pm-5pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm
To sign up to volunteer at one of these, please register here and select your preferred date and time. You'll need to enter the password Bankside. There is a maximum of 25 spaces per session, and up to 10 spaces for a group from one business per session. We'll be adding more wrapping session dates soon, so if the date and time you'd like to join is fully booked, please rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Volunteer%20wrapping%20-%20waiting%20list) (get in touch) to be added to the waiting list so we can keep you updated.
If you'd like to find out more about the Together at Christmas appeal and all the different opportunities for your business to get involved, please contact rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Supporting%20the%20local%20community) (Rachel Nicholson), Corporate Responsibility Manager.