Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day

As part of our Community Programme, on 7 June 2024 Marble Arch BID worked closely with Marble Arch-based Hammerson, owner, operator and developer of prime urban real estate, to deliver four volunteering events in celebration of their Giving Back Day. Giving Back Day is Hammerson’s international volunteering day, when colleagues across the UK, France and Ireland participate in volunteering initiatives to support their local community. Employee volunteering is an important element of Hammerson’s commitment to local communities, aligning with their broader commitment to ESG. A total of 59 Hammerson colleagues volunteered 231 hours of their time.

Volunteers wasted no time getting to work at St Peter’s School in Paddington tidying and updating the reception playground. Tasks included litter picking, weeding and trimming back overgrown vegetation and adding mint and rosemary to a planter, as well as adding new roofing to a play shed and sanding and re-painting a mud kitchen. The team of 19 volunteers also painted a mural of The Hungry Caterpillar in the reception toilets. During lockdown one of the volunteers became very proficient  at drawing a dinosaur for his children and his original dinosaur design was a very welcome addition! Their efforts have transformed the space into a more inviting and safe environment for the young children. This initiative not only enhanced the aesthetics of the playground but also ensured it is a more enjoyable place for the children to play and learn.

Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day
Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day
Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day

At Marylebone Boys’ School 19 Hammerson volunteers sat with Year 12 students for 45-minute CV review sessions which gave pupils the opportunity to ask questions about a broad range of careers. This enabled students to gain some experience in presenting themselves professionally and to get another perspective on their plans for the future. These initiatives offer students the opportunity to build confidence in their ideas for the future and enable them to use those working locally as a soundboard for their professional plans and thoughts on careers. In addition, on 13 June Hammerson will be back to deliver a session on careers in real estate and pathways into it. This will not only help the students gain a deeper understanding of potential career paths but also allow Hammerson employees to connect with and inspire younger generations.

Another group of six Hammerson colleagues flexed their culinary prowess at Penfold, a community hub offering stimulating and accessible activities to Westminster residents aged over 50. Volunteers worked together to prepare a 3-course lunch for 30 local older people. The menu included a choice of pomegranate or strawberry mojito mocktail, Chevre Croute with goat’s cheese and balsamic glaze, Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini with tomato ragu and a Doughnut Sundae station to celebrate International Doughnut Day. The event provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where community members could enjoy a nutritious meal and engage in friendly conversations, providing a day of companionship – alongside a hearty meal.

Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day
Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day
Hammerson supports Marble Arch community on Giving Back Day

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to paint and decorate an outdoor area at the Tresham Centre for Disabled Children & Young People. The Tresham Centre provides short breaks to families in Westminster with disabled children between the ages of 5 and 18. The centre is open 7 days a week during term time and 5 days a week throughout school holidays, offering play schemes for children and young people outside of term. The Tresham Centre has recently moved to a new South Westminster Centre in Pimlico with a lot of space for the young people to enjoy, however it was in need of a lick of paint and a bit of care to really brighten up the outdoor area. The new premises now look bright, clean and welcoming for the children attending their summer play scheme this year. Young people will use the space for sensory games, workshops and dressing up.

The dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers have made a tangible difference, reinforcing the strong ties between Hammerson and the local community. This event not only showcased the company’s commitment to social responsibility but also highlighted the importance of community collaboration in creating a better environment for everyone.