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News 2013

700 Bags Delivered

20 December 2013

EECF’s annual Christmas Food Bag appeal has been a massive success, with over £9,000 raised and 700 bags delivered to elders across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Several local companies helped fundraise for the project: Credit Suisse raised over £2,700 and TD Securities over £1,300.  In addition over 110 volunteers helped fundraise in Canary Wharf Mall and deliver the bags, they came from companies including: The Financial Conduct Authority, Jones Lang LaSalle, Canary Wharf Group, UBS, Societie Generale, TD Securities, Morgan Stanley, McGraw Hill Financial, State Street, Hermes and Northern Trust Several.

The volunteers delivering bags also took the time to speak to the local residents, which proved popular with both the volunteers and elders. It’s been a great example of businesses and local service providers coming together to make a difference.

Over £900 raised for Food Bag Appeal

29 November 2013

Volunteers from Clifford Chance, Morgan Stanley and Canary Wharf Group joined staff from the East End Community Foundation to collect funds outside Waitrose in Canary Wharf for our annual Christmas Food Bags Appeal. They collected more than £950 to buy food items to be distributed to elderly and isolated residents in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and gave money.

Valero mentors meet their students

26 November 2013

A group of volunteers from Valero met their mentees today as part of our E-mentoring Programme. They will be working with students from St Paul’s Way School to give them individual support to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. In addition to helping them improve their grades, the students are given the opportunity to work with someone outside their usual social and education circles. The personalised support also involves informal advice on possible career paths and opening up new paths for the students to explore.

Newham Clothing Exchange Opens

7 November 2013

The Newham Clothing Exchange opened its doors on 6th November.

The Exchange Project is an innovative children’s goods library that enables parents on a tight budget to borrow high quality baby equipment, children’s clothes and toys: clients pay a nominal £1 membership fee, enabling them to loan equipment such as sterilisers, buggies, stair gates, clothes for children aged up to 10 years and toys. The majority of the nearly new goods have been kindly given by staff from large companies in Canary Wharf, such as Barclays and Clifford Chance.

After running the original Exchange Project successfully in neighbouring Tower Hamlets for the past eight years, EECF decided to expand the project into the neighbouring Newham and we have worked closely with Newham Council to launch the concept.

The Newham Exchange Project runs from 10.00am-12.00pm on Wednesdays at Jack Cornwell Centre, Jack Cornwell Street, Manor Park, London, E12 5NN and is staffed by local ‘Active Newham’ volunteers.



Our First Hackney Tea Dance

28 October 2013

We held our first Hackney Tea Dance on 23 October, which went brilliantly, with nearly 175 people turning out to enjoy an afternoon of fun, chat, dance and the chance to make new friends.

TD Securities, a global financial services firm, kindly sponsored the event, and was run in association with Age UK East London. The dance took place at the Petchey Academy in Shacklewell Lane, Hackney. TD Securities also provided all of the volunteers who helped to set up the room, serve tea, dance with and chat to the guests. Lauren Hopkinson was one of the volunteers, she said: “I volunteered to be here because it’s good to give something back to the local community. The people here are enjoying it so much that it makes it really fun.” Her colleague, Gada Alhilli, added: “I’m enjoying talking to the people here. It’s great to hear their stories. A lot of them have had such interesting lives.”

Also enjoying the fun were 94 year-old Rosetta Burford from Hackney Wick and 105 year-old Irene Sinclair from Stoke Newington, who was a model for Dove, the beauty products company, at the age of 96. “It’s wonderful. I really like the venue and the music,” Irene said. “I moved to Hackney in 1971 so have a lot of friends here now. It’s great for us all to get together.”

Rosetta said: “It’s a wonderful venue and great to meet new people. I can’t dance today because of my arthritis but it’s fun to watch everyone else.”

After tea, cakes and sandwiches, guests danced away the afternoon to music, old and new, provided by DJ, Billy House. There was also a half hour set by the Creative Unity Steel Band.


Happy Birthday to EECF

4 October 2013

A message from our Chief Executive

Our first year

Doesn’t time fly? East End Community Foundation is now one year old and we have a lot to cheer about. Since October 2012, we have expanded our area of benefit to Hackney and Newham; given out nearly £250k in grants to local organisations; continued our very successful Exchange Project; brokered volunteering opportunities between local companies and voluntary organisations, including Land Securities and Valero; placed 20 young people into employment through our  Business Admin Apprenticeship Programme; and recently welcomed a new cohort of mentors and mentees onto our E-mentoring Programme.

Busy, busy, busy....

Our second grants deadline is on 7 October, we have our first Hackney Tea Dance later on this month, and in November we will see the opening of our Exchange Project in Newham - the baby and children’s goods exchange service for low-income families - and planning for our Christmas Bag Appeal is well underway.

We are currently working with Hackney Council for Voluntary Services and others to launch ‘Hackney Giving’: bringing together residents, businesses and philanthropists to support Hackney’s grassroots charities.

We’re building on a strong 20 year legacy and projects such as these, as well our grant-giving, are making an impact across the East End and a real difference to people’s lives. To find out more about our work or any of the projects mentioned above, please contact by email or call 020 7345 4444.

Tracey Walsh

Chief Executive

Jones Lang LaSalle Win Corporate Quiz

20 September 2013

Fourteen teams from around the Wharf battled it out at Clifford Chance to claim the annual EECF charity quiz title. After several tough rounds of questioning, the team from the real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle named ‘Intellectual Property?’ won, beating Valero into second place by one point.

Among the other teams taking part were: Anchura, Barclays, Canary Wharf Group, Clifford Chance, East London Business Place, Financial Conduct Authority, Lafarge Aggregates, PKF Littlejohn, Morgan Stanley, NG Bailey, Restaurant Associates, Skadden Arps and Valero. They all helped to raise nearly £6,000 on the night. Proceeds from the bar were generously donated, along with the food, by Restaurant Associates. 

All of the money, as EECF Vice-Chair Howard Dawber explained, will go to EECF-funded projects that help disadvantaged people across London’s East End. “East End Community Foundation was formed last October and in our first year we have already achieved great things.  This is partly due to our strong relationship with local companies in Canary Wharf and beyond.   Not only is EECF a grant maker, we also manage projects that support people into employment. In fact some of the people serving the food here tonight were on our catering employment programme, run in partnership with Restaurant Associates, which EECF plans to run again in the New Year.”

The winning team: Intellectual Property?

Charity Dinner for EECF

4 September 2013

Plateau Restaurant will be holding a charity dinner to raise money for East End Community Foundation.  Four chefs will be preparing a four-course meal, for a very special evening.

Simon Hulstone (The Elephant, one Michelin star), Tim Allen (Launceston Place, one Michelin Star), Adam Gray (Skylon, previously held a Michelin Star at Rhodes 24 for a decade) and Allan Pickett, who himself held a star at Orrery, will be creating the food.

All profits from the evening will go to The East End Community Foundation and The Royal Marsden.

Over £60,000 raised for EECF Study Support Weekends by TD Securities

27 August 2013

TD Securities held its inaugural London Charity Auction in June this year in order to raise money to fund East End Community Foundation’s Study Support Programme, funding residential study weekends for secondary school students from East London who require additional academic support. Having set out to raise £20,000, we are delighted to report that TD Securities smashed their target and went on to raise over £60,000 at the event.

EECF is incredibly grateful to the TD Securities London Charity Committee who organised this fantastic event and to all of the bidders who gave so generously. The money raised will enable EECF to fund 12 Study Support Weekends which will support over 360 disadvantaged local young people to achieve better grades in their GCSE’s. 

“I was so impressed with the way that our entire office came together in supporting our first charity auction, a longstanding tradition at our head office in Toronto that we imported this year for the first time. My TD Securities colleagues gave it their all when it came to brainstorming and collecting great items to auction, and giving generously to raise money for EECF’s Study Support Weekends. We’re proud to support such a great program and to give back to the community in which we work.”  Jacqui Douglas, Chair, London Charity Auction

New Grants Programme - Comic Relief

15 August 2013

Comic Relief has re-launched its Local Communities programme to address issues of economic and social deprivation and East End Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners. Grants from the Local Communities programme will be between £1,000 and £10,000 and are for projects in the City of London, Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

  • increase local services,
  • build skills of local people,
  • increase community cohesion
  • respond to local economic needs

For full guidance notes and to apply, click here

EECF’s Summer Programme

30 July 2013

EECF has awarded a grant of £11,300 grant to Docklands Youth Services to fund nine local groups to run programmes of events for children and young people throughout the summer holiday period. The activities, starting this week, are funded by money raised by our five London marathon runners who generously gave their time in April.

The events are aimed at young people of all ages and abilities, they include sports and arts and over 1,100 will participate. The Space will be offering a one week puppet workshop, as well as impromptu theatre run in collaboration with SPLASH Arts.

SPLASH will be offering the chance to participate in two football tournaments as well as six fun days; and, George Green’s School will be delivering activities at the school, including table tennis tuition.

Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre will be giving sailing lessons and young people will be able to learn to sail, kayak, windsurf or canoe with tuition leading to a qualification.

Café Forever will be working to deliver football games and Mudchute Park and Farm will have a number of mixed activities suitable for children and young people aged from 5-16

A big thank you to our runners Pasquale Diana, Geoffrey Drayson and Dirk Grunert of Morgan Stanley; Catherine Howell of Barclays and Tom Greenwood whose efforts made this grant possible.

£700 raised for EECF at Pub Quiz

24 June 2013

Twelve teams took part in the pub quiz held at Henry’s bar in Canary Wharf on Wednesday 19 June. The evening raised a fantastic £700. The money will go towards our Summer Programme, which provides funding for a variety of events that will keep local children occupied in positive activities during the school holiday period and brings together different sections of the community.

The Barclays team, MyQuizTeam, won the quiz. Thanks again to Henry’s Bar for providing the bar and some of the food for the evening and also to Valero, Canary Wharf Group, Ibia, State Street, Lafarge, Northern Trust, Magraw Hill and Standard & Poors for taking part and giving so generously.

The Mcgraw Hill team said, “We all had a great night and the room was full of the most wonderful people.”

Winning Team: MyQuizTeam

EECF Officially Launches

22 May 2013

EECF held an event to celebrate the launch of our organisation on 21st May, at Wilton’s Music Hall. The night was a great success with our Trustees meeting many long-standing supporters.

The Chairman, Mark Gibson, spoke to the guests to introduce the new organisation, which is a result of a merger between St Katharine & Shadwell Trust and the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, and informed them of what EECF does and why the work is necessary.

The evening was an opportunity for EECF to demonstrate how its programmes aim to narrow this gap and tackle some of the deep problems facing the East End, particularly in this time of austerity.

The guests met young people who are currently in the Business Apprenticeship Scheme, and also some of the former trainees who have successfully completed the Catering Programme, including Mehmet Hamuza who said, “I was made redundant after working in the comms industry. I was unemployed for two years and then I heard about this scheme through the Job Centre. I’ve never looked back. It was a big confidence boost, I feel like I’m part of the community again.”

EECF showed the guests its history of working in the East End, and also used the event to look forward to the work planned over the next few years, particularly around improving aspiration and attainment through education programmes; supporting people into work; and, developing community cohesion. The evening emphasized how these things can only be achieved by working in partnership with many of those present.

Many thanks to Wilton’s Music Hall team for giving us use of their wonderful venue, and working so hard to make the evening successful. 

Marathon runners raise £13k for EECF

22 April 2013

Congratulations and thanks to all the runners for East End Community Foundation who all successfully finished Sunday’s London marathon.  All the hard training paid off and they have raised over £13k for EECF’s Summer Programme of activities for children and young people.

Tom Greenwood finished in 3h 51mins, a fantastic time for the first-time London Marathon runner.

Thanks also to all the people that supported them and gave donations. There is still time to donate:

Pasquale Diana of Morgan Stanley

Geoffrey Drayson of Morgan Stanley

Dirk Grunert of Morgan Stanley

Catherine Howell of Barclays

Tom Greenwood

Virgin London Marathon 2013

18 April 2013

East End Community Foundation has 5 runners taking part in this year’s London Marathon, taking place Sunday 26 April. They have been training hard and are keen to raise as much as possible for EECF. This year’s participants are:

Pasquale Diana of Morgan Stanley

Geoffrey Drayson of Morgan Stanley

Dirk Grunert of Morgan Stanley

Catherine Howell of Barclays

Tom Greenwood        

All the money raised will go towards EECF’s Summer Programme of activities for children and young people in the area. Thanks to this money, young people will be able to take part in everything from sporting activities to drama workshops.

Last year our runners raised over £12,000. It’s not too late to sponsor us, click on the names to sponsor a runner.

Good luck to all our runners!!

Ronnie Chung, one of 2012's runners

Tea Dance

16 April 2013

Local elders’ groups, a Canary-Wharf based business and students from George Green’s School came together for East End Community Foundation’s annual Tea Dance on 11 April. This year’s event, sponsored by Valero, had a barn-dance theme.

There were over 200 people at the Tea Dance, at George Green’s School hall.  After the cakes and sandwiches, prepared by Restaurant Associates, had been eaten, the dance floor was filled with guests and volunteers from Valero, Morgan Stanley and Creativity, Action Students (CAS) from George Green School.

The event sold out quickly and proved to be more popular than ever.  Guests and volunteers enjoyed music from cabaret singer Darren James, who serenaded the crowd throughout the afternoon.  Guests were joined by Councillor Peter Golds and the Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, Rajib Ahmed.

Local resident Jessie Balkwall has been coming to the Tea Dances every year for several years said, “It’s great, I’ve met people today from other clubs I haven’t seen for years, it’s nice to have the chance to catch-up with people.”

The volunteers worked hard setting up the room and serving tea. Ruth Carson from Valero said, “It’s great to mix with people in the area where we work. It’s so easy to forget that our offices are in the middle of an active community – it’s great to get out and feel part of that.”

Grants Launch

25 March 2013

East End Community Foundation’s launched its Grants programme on 21st March, with grants of up to £10,000 available for voluntary organisations across Tower Hamlets.

East End Community Foundation was formed in October 2012, from a merger between St Katharine & Shadwell Trust and Isle of Dogs Community Foundation. The new organisation aims to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for people living in the East End   by funding high-quality projects and services that will make a positive and long-lasting difference to the people involved.  

Its grants programme will focus on three areas:

  • Employment and training
  • Education
  • Community wellbeing and inclusion

EECF officially launched the new grants scheme at the Voluntary Sector Conference event organised by Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services.

Last year The Isle of Dogs Community Foundation and St Katharine & Shadwell Trust gave away over a £1 million in grants to charities and community groups. It will build on the strong track record of the two foundations.

More information on our Grants Programme is available here