ELBA’s Geographical Hotspots projects each focus on a specific geographical area, bringing the business experience and expertise of employee volunteers to support and strengthen these locations.

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he socio-economic challenges in east London are multiple, varied and complex, and where the issues are particularly concentrated, there is a need for intensified support and engagement. Where we have full time resource to support a geographical area with high levels of need, the benefits have been clear.

ELBA’s Hotspot projects focus on a geographical area each, bringing the business experience and expertise of employee volunteers to support and strengthen these locations, focussing on the issues and possibilities to that area. Supporting a Hotspot project allows businesses to:

  • Play a strategic leadership role alongside partners in the voluntary, public and private sectors including representation on the innovative, cross-sector steering group, which oversees project strategy and delivery, allowing real ownership of the project.
  • Have a sustained impact in the community, directly supporting beneficiaries and local organisations.
  • Deliver a significant uplift in employee volunteer engagement in a targeted and coordinated way.

Beyond Boundary

If you are interested in ELBA’s Beyond Boundary project and want to learn more, please contact Shadique Gani on shadique.gani@elba-1.org.uk or call 020 7068 6960.

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eyond Boundary is a collaborative community project in the heart of Bethnal Green. The project was initiated in November 2012 and is managed and delivered by ELBA through the generous support of the Nomura Charitable Trust and State Street. The project aims to enhance community cohesion and provide young people in and around the Boundary Estate with access to opportunities through the use of the business skills, time and expertise of employee volunteers.

The Boundary Estate was the first example of social housing in the UK and has been on the same site for well over 100 years. Unfortunately, many of the issues that affected the area when the estate was first built are still prevalent today. There are almost 1,500 charitable organisations in Tower Hamlets, including many in the area around the Boundary Estate. Together, they address a wide range of issues and, since the project began, ELBA has worked with groups tackling everything from homelessness to women’s issues.

The types of corporate support that charities in the area value most include fundraising, pro bono professional advice and business skills. Since its launch, Beyond Boundary has delivered activities that address these needs, with volunteers providing hands-on advice and guidance on issues such as facilities, project management, business planning and IT.

Hackney Works

If you are interested in ELBA’s Hackney Works project and want to learn more, please contact Ben Fowler on ben.fowler@elba-1.org.uk or call 020 7068 6960.

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ackney Works (formerly Project Central Hackney) is a partnership between Linklaters, Societe Generale and UBS. Since 2010 the project has worked to improve the employability and life skills of local people and to strengthen the efficiency and operations of the community sector, who provide vital services to local residents living in the Dalston, Central Hackney and Homerton areas of Hackney. Despite undergoing significant regeneration in recent years, this area in Hackney continues to face high levels of deprivation.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of Hackney’s community and voluntary sector, help small businesses and social enterprises develop, and improve the employment prospects of the most disadvantaged communities in the area.

Employees from each of the companies share their time, skills and enthusiasm through one-off sessions and longer-term, regular relationships and provide support in areas such as business planning, financial modelling, business mentoring and employability for beneficiaries. The project also places employees from the partner companies on the boards of charities.

St. Paul’s Way

If you are interested in ELBA’s St. Paul’s Way project and want to learn more, please contact Davinder Chaggar on davinder.chaggar@elba-1.org.uk or call 020 7068 6960.

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he St Paul’s Way Project is made possible through an investment from XL Catlin and since 2014 has sat alongside the large-scale physical regeneration that is now taking place in the St Pauls Way area. The physical regeneration is being led by the St Paul’s Way Transformation Project, a partnership between key public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

The project is tasked with bringing together, in a joined-up project, the physical and social improvements along St Paul’s Way, creating new networks and relationships between stakeholders and local residents, and pursuing a coordinated vision for its future, in partnership with key stakeholders such as the local authority, Poplar HARCA and Princes Trust. Focus is given to the key issues specific to the area – supporting the development of young people; creating access to employment opportunities and facilitating improved community cohesion.

In the last year, the programme has supported: Langdon Park School, working directly with students on aspirations and and skills; Poplar HARCA, working with residents on employability and access to jobs; and local community organisations such as Leaders in Community, helping to address their business efficiency.

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