Introducing five of the best ways to connect with the Bankside community
Better Bankside’s official relationship with our five new Community Partners starts this month. The Community Partners are local charities and community groups that are doing great work on the ground in Bankside, helping to improve the quality of life and opportunity for people who live, work or study in and around the area.
Borough Music School, Robes Project, SE1 United, Southwark Playhouse and St Mungo’s Recovery College were all selected by the Better Bankside Corporate Responsibility group because they demonstrated that they can bring lasting improvement to Bankside and because they can offer many ways of working with local businesses. Three of the Partners – Southwark Playhouse, Robes Project and St Mungo’s – are new Partners this time, while Borough Music School and SE1 United are being funded for a second time after first being selected in 2010.
The Community Partners receive some annual funding to help cover their core costs, but just as importantly they also enjoy a special relationship with Better Bankside and our members. Through this relationship we help them access the support of local businesses and to network with other organisations.
Many Bankside businesses, large and small, are on the lookout for ways to get involved in the local community – whether it’s because they want to improve the neighbourhood where they are based, develop their staff skills, engender pride in their company or make contact with new customer or supplier groups. Connecting them with the Community Partners can help them to do all that and more. In the past, businesses have raised funds with bake sales, stewarded community fun days, helped build raised vegetable growing beds, printed leaflets and posters, developed a marketing strategy and donated raffle prizes to various Community Partners.
All of the new Community Partners are on the lookout for opportunities to meet Bankside businesses and start getting to know them. If you would like to connect with local people, volunteer in the community or develop your people’s professional skills then check out what’s on offer on the Community Partners page or contact Danielle Cohen at dc [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Community%20Partners) to explore the options.
We hope you will join us in welcoming our new Community Partners and that you’ll enjoy hearing lots more about these great projects from now on. Get Bankside + You, our free monthly bulletin of volunteering and community opportunities, delivered direct to your inbox here.