We are working with Global Generation, an environmental education charity that supports young people to make a social and environmental difference by involving them in the co-creation of public spaces. We are working with local schools and existing community organisations, running educational workshops, and setting up the ‘Paper Garden’ community space in the Printworks, which hosts design, making, gardening, cooking and storytelling workshops. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved or volunteer! More information here: www.globalgeneration.org.uk/paper-garden/ or contact email@example.com
We’re a long term supporter of the Young Farmer’s Club at Surrey Docks Farm. The successful club runs every Saturday for 45 people aged 8-13 and teaches local young people about working with animals and how to grow their own food.
The masterplan team have been working with Bacon’s College on the Urban Land Institute’s UrbanPlanUK programme, running a day of workshops which aim to bring urban planning and development to life through a challenging redevelopment simulation project of a fictional area. The students did fantastically – a massive thank you to all who took part including the teachers who supported the day.
We have supported the National Literacy Trust’s Young Reader’s Programme for over six years, at various sites across the UK, including Surrey Quays. The programme encourages children to read for enjoyment and develop their literacy skills, which research shows can have a lifelong impact on health, confidence, employability and happiness. The programme works with local primary schools (with both Rotherhithe Primary and Peter Hills Primary taking part this year), and also includes storytelling and activities in the centre, with free books for the children to take home at the end.
We have supported national charity, Create’s Art:Space project for several years now. This project works with young carers in Southwark to provide creative arts workshops for young people aged 6 – 14 who help care for a sibling with a disability. The project works with Imago, also a tenant upstairs in the shopping centre, with workshops and performances running over the summer.
British Land supported Edible Rotherhithe’s architecture and design school which ran over Autumn 2018 on the Silverlock Estate.The programme welcomed a group of nine local young people aged 16-24 to a week of hands-on learning and training where they created a mobile classroom for the Edible Rotherhithe gardening club. The free summer school was a pilot launched to give young people living, studying or accessing community services in the local area the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and experience in the built environment. Participants benefited from practical experience of designing and building by working to a brief and exhibiting their work at the end of the programme.
Visit the project website for more information.
Alongside these initiatives we also work with several schools locally by giving talks, supporting careers fairs or volunteering as governors. We’re a sponsor of Pathways to Property, a national programme which aims to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds into careers in the property industry, and includes a summer school at the University of Reading and work placements. We’ve also volunteered with Bacon’s College students as part of our last two community days, aiming to give them an insight into the property sector, and to hear their ideas about the Canada Water area.
We’re supporting local charity Big Local Works to run a 1:1 benefits and welfare support service for SE16 residents who are in need of support and advice. The primary focus of the clinics is to help clients receive the right financial support, but advisors also offer support to identify alternative options where appropriate, such as employment and training opportunities, as part of the Canada Water Masterplan and further afield.
We support London Bubble’s Young Theatre Makers project, which works with young people to use drama and theatre techniques to support mental health and wellbeing, building resilience, self-esteem and self-awareness.
We have committed £10k of funding for the Bermondsey Community Kitchen, a not-for-profit project to provide free training and opportunities in catering to local young people who are in long-term unemployment.
As the Masterplan will bring forward a range of exciting restaurants and cafes in Canada Water, the ambition is to link the training the Community Kitchen provides with catering jobs at Canada Water.
Together with United St Saviour’s Charity, Southwark Construction Skills Centre and Construction Youth Trust, we launched the Shaping Southwark’s Future programme, an education and employment partnership which aims to tackle construction employment issues and make young people aware of the opportunities within the construction sector.
We support the Southwark Career Ready programme. This works with three local schools – Bacon’s College, St Michael’s and City of London Academy – linking their students to employers and to help them reach their potential. We’ve been on the Local Advisory Board of the cluster since the start, and five British Land colleagues are currently mentoring Year 12 students through the programme.