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Canary Wharf bosses get help in providing help

PUBLISHED: 18:14 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

CHARITY bosses have been telling the big corporations at Canary Wharf just how they can help poor and deprived families on their doorstep. A breakfast conference for business leaders was addressed by the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, held at top accountants Clifford Chance’s Docklands offices. They outlined the role commerce can play in helping make a difference to the lives of East Enders

CHARITY bosses have been telling the big corporations at Canary Wharf just how they can help poor and deprived families on their doorstep.

A breakfast conference for business leaders was addressed by the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, held at top international law firm Clifford Chance’s Docklands offices.

They outlined the role commerce can play in helping make a difference to the lives of East Enders.

Two schemes were given as examples in which the business sector had already been directly involved.

One was the Island Exchange’ project which loans out baby goods to families on low income and organises collections of unwanted clothes, toys and equipment from office staff at Canary Wharf.

This scheme led to an appeal by Poplar’s Sister of Mercy Christine Frost, named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this week, for bags of Christmas shopping to be distributed to the elderly. It had a huge response and made Christmas a bit special for many.

The foundation’s chairman Howard Dawber told the business leaders: “Tower Hamlets has huge economic opportunity—but local people lack the skills to access that.

“The foundation has a track record to relieve poverty and managing funds on behalf of a wide variety of donors. We can make a long-term difference.”

These included 550 residents on training courses in the last 12 months, which has led to nearly 200 getting qualifications and 82 getting jobs. Some 3,000 youngsters were also involved in projects promoting social and personal development, with 320 taking part in 15 youth crime prevention’ schemes.

The Island foundation revealed this week that it is now extending its area of benefit’ beyond the Isle of Dogs, to Poplar and Limehouse.


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