Urgent Community Fundraising Appeal

Let’s help each other through challenging times

The cost-of-living crisis is driving more Londoners to urgently seek help from local charitable organisations.

Link UP London’s Skilled Volunteer service helps community-based charitable organisations access the skills they need to do their work better and make a bigger impact in their community.

Together we can respond to this crisis and support more people facing poverty in London.

Between now and 19 December 2022, help us raise £5000 to support more organisations doing vital work in their communities!

Donate now and help more people in London’s communities

Your donation helps us strengthen multiple organisations providing urgent services to thousands of people facing poverty. Each charitable organisation we work with helps, on average, 2,000 people per year.

£5,000 will help us support more organisations in vital need, reaching 50,000 Londoners.

The more organisations we can support the more people in the community get the help they need.

Over 70% of Link UP Project requests in the last 3 months were from organisations addressing Poverty

Londoners are disproportionately affected by the rise in living costs.

‘Rising food costs and a hike in rental prices are pushing inflation in the capital above the national average’, according to City Hall. This puts enormous strain on London’s charitable organisations. They are experiencing an increase in demand and need to help more people, while facing their own higher costs for energy, food and vital resources.

We see this every day. More organisations tackling poverty are turning to us to find Skilled Volunteers to help them do more with fewer resources.

'Rising food costs and a hike in rental prices are pushing inflation in the capital above the national average'

Research from City Hall

'The safety net of charities and community groups which offer security to those in precarious circumstances is now at risk'

Theo report

'The number of people sleeping on the streets of London has increased by 24%'

The Guardian Newspaper

"Our research shows clearly that the cost-of-living crisis risks further entrenching the digital divide across the UK"

Dr Becky Faith, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

'86% of Charities are worried about the impact that rising living costs are having on people who rely on their services'

Research by the Charities Aid Foundation

Appeal Target £5000

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Helping each other through challenging times

Our network of ChangeMakers is building stronger communities across London to tackle issues that are compounded by the cost-of-living crisis, such as poverty and inequality. Help create social change today!

Read about some of our recent projects below

Greenwich Winter Night Shelter

“If I didn’t find this place, I would have probably been in prison, or worse, dead, anything could have happened.” Channelle

Organisations like Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (GWNS) are a vital lifeline for their community. Like many charitable organisations in the capital, Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is experiencing a rise in demand for its services. That means more people through the door and a need for better ways to track how they help each individual. Our Skilled Volunteer, Merve, helped them source the right data system, organise and transfer the existing data, train the staff to use the new database, and get the system up and running efficiently. Meanwhile, the GWNS team could focus on supporting the people that need their help rather than worrying about how to track their services.

With your donation, Link UP London can provide much needed resources to GWNS and other charitable organisations working tirelessly to support the rising number of people suffering because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Community Tech Aid

“The organisation is really good, since I came here, I really progressed, and they teach me more things. They are very nice, that is why I am coming here.” Judith

Community TechAid (CTA) is closing the digital divide by providing technology and skills to the community, a service that is more vital as the cost-of-living crisis takes hold. They offer a crucial lifeline to individuals like Judith who is learning to use the mobile and laptop they provided to her, giving her independence and an ability to stay in touch with family and friends. As an organisation, Community TechAid have been growing significantly since they started out in 2020 and now have over 2000 people involved. “The need for the work that we do is extremely high”, says Cat Smith, Chief Operating Officer. The communications strategy developed by Skilled Volunteer Carolina means CTA can reach more partners, and build connections with new businesses that can donate laptops and mobile devices. “It is incredibly valuable to have someone with that experience and guidance for our work and give us direction in terms of messaging to help create more partnerships, getting more devices in and, ultimately, helping more people.”

With your donation, Link UP London can provide much needed resources to Community TechAid and other charitable organisations working tirelessly to support the rising number of people in need because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Maiden Lane Community Centre

“The food bank has been excellent, it’s a warm and friendly environment to step into. I cannot measure how much the food bank has helped me during these tough times.”

Maiden Lane Community Centre (MLCC) provides crucial services and activities to those that live in and around Camden. “The effects of the pandemic have brought much fear and confusion into people’s lives. Our service is of vital importance to these people who may be extra vulnerable and at risk in the current climate.” explains Sophie, Project Leader

Catering for a wide range of interests, age groups and circumstances, and offering a free nursery service and vital foodbank, it was important for Maiden Lane Community Centre to create a strong, recognisable brand identity, “We do really good work at the Community Centre, but our logo and website are very dated. We have adapted well for a post pandemic world in regard to sustaining our organisation and supporting our beneficiaries, but the adaptations and movement forward has not been reflected in our logo or our website.” A new identity would increase Maiden Lane’s visibility to those who need support in the surrounding area. Skilled Volunteer Ryoko worked closely with the Centre in order to develop a logo that represents Maiden Lane and its community. “Our new logo has captured the essence of what we do, and it speaks directly to the care and compassion of our work within the community. It has helped us strengthen our visual identity and online presence. We are now better equipped to move forward in promoting and campaigning for our organisation.”

With your donation, Link UP London can provide much needed resources to organisations like Maiden Lane Community Centre working tirelessly to support the rising number of people in need because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Healthy Living Platform

“Thank you for linking me up. Things were really tough but now I've got a job and my children are in a much better place. I really appreciated coming to the sessions to get the veggie bags too.” Community Member

Healthy Living Platform (HLP) is an organisation crucial to the community it serves, not only encouraging healthy and sustainable living by giving practical training, education, information and support on topics such as nutrition, cooking, food growing, health and wellbeing, but also by directly helping those in poverty and engaging in poverty prevention support.

Working closely with families in the community it was important for HLP to have the relevant policies in place. Skilled Volunteer Elisa was “fantastically beneficial to both the charity’s development and my confidence as Safeguarding Lead” says Helen, Community Programmes Manager. Eliza’s expertise supported HLP to create robust policies and links to a range of best practice around charity safeguarding procedures. As a result, Helen believes HLP “are now much better placed to support our community and the families we work with. We also feel better equipped to signpost our community to other support and to build the capacity of our volunteer teams to flag up and support safeguarding and welfare issues.”

With your donation, Link UP London can provide much needed resources to Healthy Living Platform and other charitable organisations working tirelessly to support the rising number of people suffering because of the cost-of-living crisis.