The fortnight – which coincided with the national Volunteers’ Week – saw airport employees contribute a total of 660 hours to local causes across the boroughs of Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Hackney, a 65% increase in volunteer hours compared to the 2018 fortnight.
The annual event is part of the airport’s commitment to be a good neighbour, make a positive contribution to charities and organisations on its doorstep, and to invest in local communities. 65% of staff employed on-site come from within a five-mile radius of the airport, so the volunteering opportunity is close to the heart of the airport’s workforce. The airport runs both the summer Volunteering Fortnight and a 12 Days of Giving initiative in December, enabling staff to take time off from daily work to contribute.
London’s most central airport also recently launched a £75K Community Fund – to support local charities and organisations that represent inclusive and diverse communities across East London, applications for which can be made here.
Aaron Uthman, Community Relations Ambassador from London City Airport, said:
“I’m thrilled to see that we have volunteered so many hours to causes that really make a difference to community life in East London.
“As London’s most central airport, and with so many staff who live locally, creating a positive impact for society is an important part of what we want to achieve at London City Airport.
Volunteering activities like this give our staff the opportunity to make their own personal contribution.”
Staff volunteered for the following causes during Volunteering Fortnight:
Stepney City Farm in Tower Hamlets
On 3rd June volunteers went to the three-acre working farm, in the heart of Tower Hamlets – which gives children and adults a chance to meet farm animals, learn how to grow food and try out arts and crafts.
Airport employees helped to prune the farm’s wild vegetation and clean animal pens.
Core Landscapes in Tower Hamlets
On 6th June volunteers went to Core Landscapes, a ‘meanwhile site’ which has been reclaimed from a wasteland space, and turned into a green, leafy urban hub.
Airport employees helped with horticulture management and painting buildings.
Richard House Hospice in Newham
On 7th June visited Richard House - a longstanding charity partner of the airport - which supports children and their families dealing with life-limiting health conditions.
The volunteers helped garden their outside spaces on the day.
Plashet Park in Newham
Plashet Park encourages Newham residents to get outdoors, get active and socialise in their local area.
On 10th June visited Plashet Park to tidy and redecorate their bowls club.
Cody Dock Gasworks in Newham
Over the years, 6,000 volunteers have helped Cody Dock transform from a derelict rubbish-strewn site to a vibrant community hub focused on creative industries and serving the local community. Cody Dock is a charity formed to act as a vehicle for community-led regeneration and nurtures public engagement in the revitalisation of local waterways.
On 11th June volunteers attended Cody Dock to help create a decorative garden.
East London Pensioners Group in Tower Hamlets
The East London Pensioners Group (ELPG) is a social club for older people across east London. Sadly, loneliness is a problem many people face as they become older and often more isolated, and it can lead to various related health issues, including depression. Socialising at clubs such as this is a fantastic way to overcome that loneliness.
On 12th June, volunteers helped host a tea party held for vulnerable pensioners in and around the Tower Hamlets area.
Community Food Enterprise (CFE) in Newham
Local charity CFE is a registered charity based whose aim is to tackle food poverty in East London. Working closely with over 30 Charities and Community organisations throughout the East London they help redistribute surplus food to alleviate food poverty.
On 13th June volunteers helped buy as much food as possible within a fixed budget, before sorting out the food ready for collection.
On 14th June volunteers helped assist the food bank in buying as much food as possible for a fixed budget before sorting the items ahead of collection by users.