Community News

Latest community news from Canary Wharf

We have achieved a lot together to help make our communities better places to work, live, shop and relax, and we will continue to do this as the Estate grows. See below for the latest community news from Canary Wharf Group.

Recognition Ceremony for the Covid Community Champions

In recognition of the valiant efforts made by local charities, community organisations, and dedicated volunteers, Canary Wharf Group were proud to host a recognition ceremony to simply say ‘thank you’ for giving their time and effort to make a difference to the lives of others in their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ceremony was hosted at Level39’s event space at One Canada Square which was attended by over 100 guests including the Speaker of Tower Hamlets, VIPs, and of course the incredible representatives from the 37 organisations who were recognised for their dedication and commitment to supporting those in need. A number of Directors at CWG joined the event to engage with the community groups to gain real insight into the local community projects. ...

Amongst the projects highlighted were numerous food banks supporting those from low-income families by providing regular hot meals, shopping and essentials for isolating seniors and vulnerable people, offering them a real lifeline. A number of youth and faith groups have been working to keep both young people and seniors engaged with online sessions and activities around keeping active, crafting, and learning new skills. The community groups also helped to bridge the digital poverty gap by providing laptops and iPads so that people could keep connected. Textile and fashion charities in the community supported clients from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds with essential face coverings and PPE to frontline NHS workers and volunteers at the height of the pandemic.

All the groups recognised at the event made a significant impact to the networks they support and were able to deliver these projects with the help of grants awarded through CWG’s Hardship Fund.


The EDGE Project

On Monday 19 July, Canary Wharf Group welcomed a group of 11 interns to join the team for 4 weeks as part of The EDGE Project. The EDGE Project is a summer internship programme in partnership with East London business Alliance (ELBA) which provides young people from East London with a paid work placement together with a programme of employability support and digital skills giving them transferable skills they can use to secure sustainable jobs and careers. The candidates were placed into different departments across the company ranging from business support in their construction division through to Finance, CSR, People & Development, and IT. 


On leaving education, a person’s mind instantly travels towards the excitement of employment. But what does a young person do when the jobs aren’t there when the world experience a pandemic causing untold disruption to the job market? The possibility of hospitality work was taken away from many as a result of the various lockdowns as well as the possibility of work experience or temporary work in an office given that most people are now working remotely for the foreseeable future.

One of the interns from the project, John Hayes, says ‘Like many 2020 graduates I struggled to get my foot on the job ladder. This internship has been a great experience for me because it has exposed me to a corporate environment and given me insider knowledge of a job sector I wanted to learn more about. I can use the skills I have learnt here to launch my career.’

Through the internship, we not only hope to support those who are unemployed, but we can also see great benefits for CWG; recent graduates often bring fresh and innovative ideas. We would like to relay our thanks to ELBA for their support and collaboration on this project and lastly to our interns for being such wonderful additions to our offices.


First Steps into Employment

Between the months of May and July 2021, Canary Wharf Group in partnership with One Housing Association, delivered an employability programme for young people aged 16-24. The aim of the programme was to support One Housing Association’s young people with employability skills to help them in their first steps towards employment.


Sessions were held twice a month, giving the young people a chance to meet our career champions from different departments within CWG providing them with the opportunity to gain insight into the different functions within a business. As part of the programme, we facilitated sessions on CV writing, interview preparation, customer service as well as a session towards the end of the programme focused on mock interviews in which the young people would be interviewed by our career champions. We hope this stands them in good stead for future job searches, applications and interviews.

We would like to relay our thanks to One Housing for their collaboration on this programme as well as their young people for being great participants throughout. We would also like to thank our career champions who generously gave up their own time to help on this programme.

The feedback we received from One House Association was ‘The participants were all very positive with their feedback and really were happy with CWG and their support. They have all taken away lots of ideas of how they can succeed in achieving their goals and finding employment.’


Bugs in the City

During the first national lockdown, Canary Wharf Group (CWG) introduced the Bugs in the City project to help local schools take part in our biodiversity projects. In pursuit of this we invited Lansbury Lawrence Primary School to design and create a bug hotel for the Canary Wharf Estate.


The plan was for Open City to work with Lansbury Lawrence Primary school in person, but the second national lockdown put a stop to this. With help from Open City, a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible, and equitable, teachers from Lansbury Lawrence were able to create home activities for pupils whilst they were home learning throughout lockdown. As a result, the pupils created drawings of what they thought a bug hotel should look like. Because of their phenomenal efforts, CWG decided to build the bug hotel so that staff and pupils from the school could visit and add soil and bug-friendly furnishings to their creation. With help from our Sustainability team and subcontractors, Quay Logistics Ltd, at Wood Wharf, we were able to build the bug hotel in under a week.

After the tough past year everyone in education has had, CWG has now decided to donate the bug hotel to Lansbury Lawrence primary school so pupils can take part in the upkeep of the hotel and keep an eye on how it transforms over time.

CWG would like to relay our special thanks to the Quay Logistics team for all their hard work along with the contributions from Lansbury Lawrence staff and pupils, without whom this project would not have been possible! Inspiration for this project came from an Open City digital activity.

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