In 2020, our festive celebrations were all about giving back to some of the amazing people and charities that do such wonderful work in our community.
As part of this we installed a giant giving box in the centre to raise money for Ealing Mencap and BEfriend Ealing.
We know that charities across our communities continue to need our support more than ever, so our giving boxes are here to stay for 2021, with a brand new look.
Located in the Broadway Mall close to Decathlon visitors can use contactless payment to easily donate £1, £3 or £5 to Ealing Mencap or BEfriend Ealing.
Thank you for helping us to continue to support these amazing organisations. Find out more about their work below.
Since 1994, BEfriend has been supporting people who are extremely isolated from society, with no regular visitors or places to go through its befriending project. The team match them with trained volunteers who support them to participate in activities that improve their wellbeing. In recent times, their support has been more vital than ever, as many find themselves extremely isolated due to COVID-19. Whilst they have had to stop face-to-face visits once again during the second national lockdown, they are now providing invaluable support over the phone, and through letter writing, as well support with picking up prescriptions and shopping when needed.
Set up in 1965, Ealing Mencap is part of the Mencap network. The charity has raised its own funds and operates independently of the national organisation. It offers a wide variety of services that put people and their families first. Services that give people with learning disabilities opportunities to make friends, develop life skills, find work and be part of their communities. The team also works to influence change, ensuring people with learning disabilities get their voices heard.