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.

Celebrating World Book Day

CWG has worked with the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service for many years celebrating the joy of reading with younger residents in the borough. World Book Day was the perfect opportunity to continue this celebration, albeit virtually. The annual event is celebrated around the world, and highlights the importance of reading, this also gives the children to dress up in costumes of their favourite book characters. ...

Our sponsorship of the event invited Schools in Tower Hamlets to join Ken Wilson-Max the author of ‘Astro Girl’, to hear the story of Astrid, a little girl who acts out her wish to be an astronaut.

Twenty-nine schools who were open for vulnerable and key worker children signed up to the event on the 4th March and the Library Services team welcomed 39 classes logging on to join the celebration. Over 400 students who were studying from home also joined by watching the event live streamed on YouTube. All schools in the borough will also receive a copy of the book that we have donated for their own library too.

Spotlight on the Residential Property Sector for International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day and help highlight this year’s campaign theme to #choosetochallenge, we invited students and young people not in education, employment, or training from Tower Hamlets to our virtual event introducing them to women within our business with careers in Lettings, Sales, Management and Customer Services. ...

The virtual event saw young women attend from Mulberry School for girls, Central Foundation Girls’ School, Bow School, New City College, and Splash (South Poplar and Limehouse Action for Secure Housing).

By showcasing women within different senior roles in Residential Property, we hoped to inspire and raise career aspirations of young women who may not have heard of these careers before. We all have a part to play in the push for a gender equal world.

Sohana, a year 12 student at Central Foundation Girl’s Sixth Form says ‘For me it was helpful as I had the possibility to broaden my knowledge on property management, moreover it was nice to hear from women who before had no idea of what path they should take until they saw a path which they considered and now they have become successful women. That really amazed me to know that even if you struggle now there would be an open wider path afterwards, you just have to work for it and grab those opportunities, and you will never be too late.

Bringing good cheer to seniors for Chinese New Year

To celebrate the Chinese lunar New Year, and welcome the Year of the Ox, CWG was pleased to assist the Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets (CATH) with a donation to help bring good cheer to members of their senior citizens’ club who are currently unable to meet at their usual lunch clubs. ...

CATH, established in 1983, provides assistance and support to disadvantaged people of Chinese origin in Tower Hamlets. Mr. Wat who received one of the packages said “Thank you so much for the Chinese New Year Goodie Bag!  I have not been out to a Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum for over a year now, this dim sum collection is perfect for a great Chinese New Year treat. I am so happy and I wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!”

Boost Your Interview Skills

As part of Canary Wharf Group’s Career Champions programme, a couple of dedicated volunteers seized the opportunity to support young people at the Tower Project, a local charity supporting people with disabilities into employment. Tower Project expressed that the young people on their schemes would benefit from speaking with professionals who may have a few hints and tips about acing interviews. Across two days, the career champions hosted virtual presentations revealing different methods of demonstrating your skills and appropriate ways to present yourself in an interview.

Stephen Jackson at Tower Project said: ‘A wonderful insight into interview techniques, for interns who have no experience of the do’s and don’ts of job interviews.’