Supporting our Local Community and Businesses during the Covid-19 crisis
At our May Core Group Meeting, we agreed to make further funds available to our chosen organisations. We felt that larger sums to a few organisatons would be the most effective way to help them over the coming months.
STRA has now made a commitment of four thousand pounds to each to the local organisations below. Each play a vital role in our wider community but are struggling in the current environment. Full details of their services and role in the community can be found on their websites.
The Manna Society (Running a Day Centre for homeless people near London Bridge) - https://www.mannasociety.org.uk/
Southwark Foodbank (Helping local people in crisis) https://southwark.foodbank.org.uk/
SE1 News – (Community Website) - https://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/cat/1
Compass School, Southwark - Compass Hardship Fund and for laptops - (A fund to support disadvantaged pupils through this challenging time.) https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/compassschoolcommunity?success=true
We have also made a donation of one thousand pounds to Southwark News, who while providing free advertising to struggling local businesses are themselves struggling. https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/contribute/ We hope we may be able to increase this in the coming months, dependent upon our fundraising.
At our Core Group Meeting on 1 April 2020, we agreed the following criteria for making donations from your contributions to our funds:
Funds will be allocated across the following four main themes:
STRA is the recipient of funds from the Southwark Film Office. When filming takes place in the area, STRA regularly receives a voluntary donation. These funds are then used for the benefit of the local community, according to the STRA Constitution and the Southwark Film Office guidelines.
To date we have made donations to:
In March 2019 STRA was again awarded funding from Southwark Council's Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Neighbourhoods Fund 2019/20 for the Cleaner Shad Thames project. This provides additional daily cleaning in specific locations, with focus on the area around Tower Bridge, and the areas below:
This additional clean has made a noticeable difference.