Whilst we may be unusually quiet at the moment, we have been working alongside our local community, hand in hand with our parent company British Land plc. We thought you might like to know what we’re up to. Throughout lockdown, the dedicated British Land Communities team has been working with our network of local partners to identify how together we can best support them.
Community Investment Fund
British Land, our parent company, has been able to re-deploy £250,000 from within British Land's Corporate Investment Fund, to directly help communities across the country respond to the impact of Covid-19.
British Land has also doubled its annual donation to Shelter to £50,000 to support its helpline, which has seen a sharp rise in calls from people worried about their jobs and homes as a result of the virus.
British Land Pride Alliance
Here at Fort Kinnaird, we are also proud to work with our parent company British Land in advocating equality, opportunity, and support for LGBT+ inclusion, through their Pride Alliance. This year we're supporting School Diversity Week 2020 from June 22nd, with our charity partner Just Like Us. It’s a week designed commencing 22nd June 2020, to support young people, by celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity and equality in education. While many students are still at home (or even in the school holidays) there are still lots of ways to get involved. Parents, carers, and educators can find out more here: https://www.justlikeus.org/sdw
National Literacy Trust
Something especially for all the parents, carers, and homeschoolers. Take a look at the new Family Zone which has been created by our long-term partner, the National Literacy Trust. It's an inspirational resource if you’re in need of some new ideas to keep the kids entertained while learning. It’s packed full of fun activities for children up to 12, supporting their reading and writing development. https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/
We are also delighted to be working with the National Literacy Trust on the donation of book bundles for local community groups, and hopefully later in the year, we'll also be able to bring you a range of virtual storytelling events.
Young Readers Story Club
We’re excited to invite you to the Young Readers Story Club which we’ve created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. It’s a collection of exciting videos for children to enjoy, starting with inspirational tales of self-esteem. See this and the rest of the free video collection here
Fort Kinnaird Community - Our Retail Partners
- M&S Foodhall supporting our NHS and Emergency Service Workers
The first hour of trading on Mondays and Thursdays will be dedicated to the older and vulnerable customers. For NHS and Emergency Service workers this will be Tuesdays and Fridays. M&S ask their other customers to respect this request, as it's the kindness and support we show each other that will get us through this.
Especially over this Easter period (but also throughout the year through difficult times), Superdrug is inspiring us with some things we might do to support our wider community.