How We Help The Community
At Harland + Voss, we believe that business has a vital role to play in supporting the communities it serves.
We aim to make community involvement an integral part of the way we do our business. We to do this not only by making donations, but by other methods tailored to the needs of the organisations with which we work.
Chief amongst these is our annual “Share the Summer” scheme where we support a variety of charities. Every third year the scheme offers reduced rate works to London’s charities and non-profit institutions.
The charities we’ve helped range from iconic buildings such as The Roundhouse and The Royal Hospital Chelsea to local groups such as Save Kensal Rise Library and The Barons Court Project. Why not take a look at some of the organisations we’ve supported in your area:
St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate
Designed by architect Sir Ninian Comper, St Cyprian’s, which was built in 1903, has appeared in several guides to London’s churches and was mentioned by John Betjemen in the Architectural Review of 1939. More recently, Ian Nairn in “Nairn’s London” called St Cyprian’s “The most joyful church interior in London”. We were honoured to contribute to the ongoing maintenance of this historic building with reduced rate electrical works under our sixth “Share the Summer” scheme.
St John’s Church, Hyde Park
Although designed in the style of a 13thcentury Gothic church, St John’s was consecrated in 1932. Today it is famous for its annual Horseman’s Sunday, where the vicar appears before the congregation on horseback and leads a cavalcade of over 100 horses and riders to the church forecourt for a blessing. The church was a beneficiary of our sixth “Share the Summer” scheme where we offered our services at special charitable rates.
The Women’s Library
Our second International Women’s Day Donation was awarded to the Friends of the Women’s Library and was used to acquire an original Votes for Women poster by the artist Hilda M Dallas, dated c.1914. The Library holds Designated Status as a collection of outstanding national importance. Currently based at the LSE, it is a fascinating archive of British women’s lives over the past 400 years.
St Anne’s, Hoxton
The beautiful church of St Anne’s was consecrated in 1870 as a mission church to the people of East London. Today it hosts a young peoples’ drama academy, a diocesan training centre and the Hackney Winter Night Shelter. We were delighted to cut the church’s electrical costs with reduced rate electrical works as part of our 2015 “Share the Summer” programme.
Dress for Success
One of our earliest beneficiaries, Dress for Success helped disadvantaged London women – primarily from deprived areas in East London – look for work. It trained around 500 clients a year in job hunting skills, and then provided professional outfits to wear at interview and during the first few weeks at work. The charity boasted a glittering list of supporters from the fashion world ranging from French lingerie brand Chantelle to London’s very own Harvey Nichols. This valuable project is currently continued by the charity Smart Works.
Community Service Volunteers, Clapton
This national charity provides volunteering opportunities for everyone. But when they needed a helping hand themselves in their London office, they were able to benefit from the special charitable rates for electrical work which we offered in our third “Share the Summer” scheme.
Barnet National Childbirth Trust
Our third International Women’s Day Donation covered the costs of one year’s newsletter production for Barnet NCT. The National Childbirth Trust is well-known for its ante-natal classes and also plays a vital role in reducing the isolation that new parents can all too easily experience in the first weeks and months after giving birth. The Barnet group supports groups in a wide geographical area that spans North London and the fringes of Hertfordshire, so the newsletter is a vital tool for letting all new mums in the area what’s going on near them.
Cruse Bereavement Care in North London
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Specially trained volunteer counsellors offer emotional and practical support to bereaved people to enable them to understand their experience and to help them cope with their loss. We supported the London branch above with a donation from our fourth “Share the Summer” campaign, funding the cost of training one new counsellor.
Kensal Rise Library
The library rose to fame when local residents took High Court action over its closure by Brent Council. But when the Save Kensal Rise Library group asked for pledges to cover the running costs of the volunteer-run library that took its place, we were happy to contribute towards their £70,000 target.
Keats Community Library, Hampstead
When this volunteer-run library opened its doors we decided to fund their running costs for a day. A very special day. The anniversary of John Keats’ birth on October 31st Now going from strength to strength, this well-established library runs a comprehensive service for the community enhanced by regular special events. Why not check them out at 10 Keats Grove, NW3 2RR (open Tuesday – Sunday).
The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm
The Roundhouse is a historic steam engine repair building that became a legendary venue in the 1960s and 70s. This is where punk and glam rock started, where The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd made their names and The Doors played their only UK gig. It closed in 1983 and lay quiet for 15 years. We were delighted to help the Roundhouse Trust raise £28 million to restore this legendary performing space and establish a Creative Centre for young Londoners with little or no access to arts education, by making a donation from our first “Share the Summer” programme.
Gingerbread, Kentish Town
This national charity aimed at supporting single parents and campaigning for their rights was a beneficiary of our “Share the Summer” scheme. We helped them cut their electrical costs with special charitable rates for their work.
St Mary’s Church, Putney
Home of the Putney Debates held during the Civil War, and mentioned in the diaries of Samuel Pepys, this church and its predecessors has served the people of Putney since the 13th century. We were happy to serve the church with electrical works at specially reduced charitable rates as part of our “Share the Summer” programme 2015.
The Victoria Foundation, Richmond
In 2011 we pledged funds for four Toolkit Grants – each worth £200 – which the Foundation gives to help medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds buy the books and equipment they need for their studies. We specifically requested that the Grants we funded should go to women who have lived, studied or worked in London before starting their studies at King’s College Medical School. We were thrilled to be able to make a contribution to help four young women transform their lives – and the lives of countless others.
Cruse Bereavement Care in Richmond Upon Thames
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Specially trained volunteer counsellors offer emotional and practical support to bereaved people to enable them to understand their experience and to help them cope with their loss. We supported the Richmond upon Thames branch with a donation from our fifth “Share the Summer” campaign, funding the cost of training one new counsellor.
The Barons Court Project
This hive of activity in Barons Court provides a range of services for mentally ill Hammersmith and Fulham residents at risk of social isolation and homelessness. From life skills classes to social gatherings, there’s support for vulnerable people every weekday. We were delighted to help out by providing reduced rate electrical works as part of our “Share the Summer” programme in 2015.
The Royal Hospital, Chelsea
This seventeenth-century treasure designed by Christopher Wren is home to the world-famous Chelsea Pensioners. However, its historic Long Wards needed interior modernisation to bring them up to 21st century standards. The Hospital launched a £35m appeal to refurbish the Long Wards and construct a state of the art infirmary in harmony with the original buildings. Harland + Voss supported this appeal as a result of the votes of customers and website visitors who nominated the project as a beneficiary of our third “Share the Summer” programme.
Cruse Bereavement Care in Kensington and Chelsea
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Specially trained volunteer counsellors offer emotional and practical support to bereaved people to enable them to understand their experience and to help them cope with their loss. We supported the Kensington and Chelsea branch above with a donation funding the cost of training one new counsellor.
Save the Baby, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
This charity, which was a beneficiary of our first “Share the Summer” scheme, funds research into infertility, miscarriage and late pregnancy complications. It backs new projects which are too small to attract public sources of medical funding, but which have the potential to be developed into larger-scale programmes at a later stage. Its work is led by Professor Lesley Regan, an acknowledged expert on miscarriage, and author of the book “Miscarriage: What Every Woman Needs to Know”. Her clinics offer expert help to women living in London, and from all over the country.
If you haven’t yet visited this eighteenth century Palladian Villa and its expansive landscaped gardens in Burlington Lane W4, we would certainly recommend that you become acquainted with this local landmark described by Sir Kenneth Clark in ‘Civilisation’ as “a masterpiece of domestic architecture”. Harland + Voss is proud to have supported Chiswick House Friends, a charity set up to restore, conserve, enhance and protect the magnificent house and gardens.
The Mulberry Centre, Isleworth
The Mulberry Centre provides a free drop-in support and information centre for people affected by cancer, including patients, carers and bereaved. It provides a library, information officer, counselling, complementary therapies, support groups, relaxation groups and welfare rights and money advice. We were delighted to support them with electrical work at charity rates as part of our second “Share the Summer” programme.