May 2012 - Our community partners

Members of our construction team in action at Regent's Place

We aim to be the best neighbour we can be to communities around all our major properties and developments, as set out in our Community Charter.

Together with our teams around the UK, we work with local people and community partners to understand and help address local issues. We're pleased to provide an update on some of our key community partners and initiatives.

1. The Prince’s Trust - Fairbridge

Our staff and property teams around the UK actively support our national charity, the Prince’s Trust’s Fairbridge programme, which helps disadvantaged young people change their lives. Our volunteers have helped young people gain insights into the world of work, make good life decisions and achieve a nationally recognised sports leadership qualification. We’ve committed £135,000 of funding to Fairbridge over three years.

View a case study on Fairbridge (March 2012)

One of our volunteers with some of the young sports leaders of tomorrow.
One of our volunteers with some of the
young sports leaders of tomorrow.

2. The Source Skills Academy

The Source is an innovative £5.5 million training and development centre set up by British Land in partnership with Sheffield City Council in 2003, next to Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Established as a charity, The Source has provided training to thousands of local people and over 1,000 businesses. It is the only Centre of Vocational Excellence for retail in South Yorkshire and one of a select number of National Skills Academies.

View a case study on The Source (January 2012)

Young apprentices with the Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore.
Young apprentices with the Leader of
Sheffield City Council.

3. Capital Kids Cricket - British Land Kids Cricket League

In 2012, we sponsored the largest children's cricket league in the UK, for the sixth year running. The competition, involving more than 2,500 children from over 250 schools across 17 London boroughs, is organised by Capital Kids Cricket. We provide £50,000 of funding each year. The 2012 final, played at Lord’s, was won by Muswell Hill School from Haringey, for the second year running.

View a case study on the British Land Kids Cricket League (April 2012)

British Land Kids Cricket League Finals 2012.

4. Community Connections Scotland and Castlebrae Community High School – Retail in Education

At Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park in Edinburgh, together with our retail occupiers, we’re supporting a new Retail Intermediate Level Two qualification for pupils at Castlebrae High School, which serves one of the most deprived areas of Scotland. We’re providing local charity Community Connections Scotland with £34,000 of funding over three years to deliver the programme, and to support an enterprise programme, extracurricular activities, an annual awards ceremony and study packs for first year pupils.

View a case study on some of our retail training initiatives (March 2011)

Students give a fashion show at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park.
Students give a fashion show at
Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park.

5. The Prince's Regeneration Trust

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust rescues and regenerates important historic buildings at risk of decay or demolition, finding sustainable new uses which drive local regeneration. We’ve contributed £50,000 annually to the charity since 2008, with further funding committed until 2014. We’ve also been involved in the Trust’s projects in Brixton and east London, giving community groups insights into the commercial value of the properties they’re working to regenerate. Similarly, we’ve provided in-kind support on a project to transform the historic Tinsley Tram Sheds, next to a plot of land we own in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Transport Trust, which occupies most of the Tinsley Tram Sheds, wants to restore the building for re-use as a vintage transport museum
South Yorkshire Transport Trust, which
occupies most of the Tinsley Tram
Sheds, wants to restore the building
for re-use as a vintage
transport museum.

6. The National Literacy Trust - Young Readers Programme

With the support of WH Smith and our local property teams, 1,000 schoolchildren from disadvantaged areas have taken part in special literacy events to encourage a love of reading and improve their literacy. Each youngster was able to choose three books each to keep, thanks to £35,000 of British Land funding for projects at four shopping parks - Glasgow Fort, New Mersey in Liverpool, Parkgate in Rotherham and Teesside in Stockton-on-Tees. Our support for this programme builds on our involvement with the National Literacy Trust’s Reading is Fundamental initiative from 2004 to 2009, which saw thousands of children around our properties in  Edinburgh, Hull, London, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Woking choose and keep their own books.

View a case study on the Young Reader’s Programme (April 2012)

Young readers enjoying a special literacy event at Teesside Shopping Park.
Young readers enjoying a special
literacy event at Teesside
Shopping Park.

7. East London Business Alliance (ELBA)

British Land actively supports ELBA, an organisation committed to the regeneration of east London by connecting the public, private and voluntary sectors. Our relationship with ELBA has helped us to forge community links around Broadgate, our office estate in the City of London, notably with Project Shoreditch. As well as providing pro-bono support to this award-winning regeneration initiative, we’ve committed £50,000 of funding over three years and encouraged our Broadgate team and other suppliers to show their support, through volunteering and pro-bono advice. Project Shoreditch involves British Land, ELBA, Hammerson, Linklaters and UBS. Our support for Rich Mix, an arts centre in nearby Tower Hamlets, also flows from our partnership with ELBA.

View a case study on Rich Mix (April 2012)

Drama in the Mix sees east London students writing and performing radio plays, alongside media professionals.
Drama in the Mix sees east London
students writing and performing radio
plays,alongside media professionals.

8. The Prince’s Trust - Get into Retail

At Stephen’s Shopping Centre in Hull, we helped the Prince’s Trust to pilot its first Get into Retail programme in partnership with a major shopping centre in 2007. Since then, 145 young people have benefited from Get into Retail at St Stephen’s, with over 60% going on to positive outcomes, including education, employment, training and volunteering. We now run two courses every year, with £48,000 of funding committed over four years. The Prince’s Trust also uses this format in other regions across the UK. The three-week programme sees unemployed young people benefit from training and work experience – often with St Stephen’s retailers.

View a case study on some of our retail training initiatives (January 2012)

Get into Retail at St Stephen's.
A Get into Retail learner helps a
shopper at St Stephen's
Shopping Centre.

9. Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE)

Since opening in 2004, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park has helped to regenerate Greater Easterhouse, bringing businesses and job opportunities to this deprived part of Scotland. Historically, this area has seen some of the UK’s worst gang violence, which has led to a legacy of territories that still affects the lives of young people today. We’ve committed £30,000 of funding over three years to bring together teenagers from rival areas, breaking down barriers and encouraging team building. In 2011, over 120 young people at risk from the effects of gang culture worked together in a series of Outward Bound team challenges, supported by our volunteers.

View a case study on Outward Bound and anti-gang (March 2012)

Youngsters enjoying Scotland's great outdoors.
Youngsters enjoying Scotland's
great outdoors.

10. Rotherham United Community Sports Trust – The Apprentice

At Parkgate Shopping, our funding and support has given 60 local youngsters from deprived districts the chance to take part in diversionary sports activities and team-building sessions, delivered by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust. Five young people not in education, employment or training have also benefited from a 12-week Get Ready for Work programme, and Matt Burrows was chosen to be The Apprentice – gaining a six-month coaching apprenticeship with the Sports Trust. This went so well he is now a full time coach. We’re now in the second year of this programme, with £30,000 of funding committed over three years.

View a case study on The Apprentice (November 2011)

Young apprentice Matt coaching local children.
Young apprentice Matt Burrows
coaching local schoolchildren.

11. The New Diorama Theatre

We funded the development of this 80-seat theatre at Regent’s Place, our mixed-use estate in London's West End, because local people and community partners told us they wanted it when we consulted them about our development plans. Since opening in 2010, the theatre has staged a wide range of productions, received great national reviews and delivered world-class projects for young people across London. Our Director of London Leasing, James Danby, is on the Board of the New Diorama Theatre. We’ve also provided Quicksilver, a children's theatre company based at the theatre, with £85,000 of funding for community projects over four years.

View a case study on the New Diorama Theatre (March 2011)

Schoolchildren performing at the New Diorama Theatre at Regent's Place.
Schoolchildren performing at the New
Diorama Theatre at Regent's
Place.

12. Create – supporting young carers

Working with arts charity Create, we’ve funded creative arts projects for young carers in London since 2007. In looking after a family member, young carers assume adult responsibilities and are often at risk of social isolation, being bullied and underachieving. We focus on supporting these vulnerable young people in Camden, where Regent’s Place is located, Hackney, near to Broadgate, and Westminster, where our Head Office and two of our major developments are located. Children work alongside professional artists in sessions designed and delivered by Create, in partnership with Crossroads Young Carers (Camden), Hackney Young Carers Service and Westminster Young Carers Service. We’ve committed £150,000 of funding for creative projects with young carers, from 2009 to 2014.

View a case study on young carers (April 2012)

Young carers composing an original song, working with professional musicians.
Young carers composing an original
song, working with professional
musicians.

13. Camden Schools Improvement Service - Creative Curriculum

Every summer since 2007, we’ve supported creative projects at Regent’s Place, in partnership with the London Borough of Camden’s School Improvement Service. Some 230 schoolchildren have worked alongside professional artists to create artworks inspired by the art and architecture at Regent's Place, with their final pieces put on display. This is part of our award-winning community programme at Regent’s Place and has been made possible by £23,000 of British Land funding over five years, with further funding committed for the next two years.

View a case study on Creative Curriculum and other art projects at Regent’s Place (November 2011)

Children creating artworks themed around echoes, at Regent's Place.
Children creating artworks themed
around echoes, at Regent’s Place.

14. LandAid

LandAid, the property industry charity, helps young people achieve their potential and thrive within their local community. British Land is one of LandAid’s Foundation Partners and our Head of Offices, Tim Roberts, is a Trustee for the charity. We provide LandAid with £10,000 of funding each year, as well as encouraging our staff and property teams to get involved in fundraising initiatives, such as the annual LandAid fun run each June and LandAid Day in October (pictured). LandAid also supports the Prince’s Trust’s Fairbridge programme, one of our key community partners.

View a case study on LandAid (November 2011)

In addition to these examples, we’ve made a donation to the Team 2012 Fundraising Appeal, helping Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes on their journey towards London 2012.

Our property teams around the UK have also developed strong relationships with other local partners, with our support and funding where appropriate. We offer all staff two days paid leave each year for volunteering and £750 of match funding for fundraising.

We regularly publish case studies with in-depth updates on initiatives across our portfolio. To sign up for our quarterly emails, please contact cr@britishland.com

LandAid Day at York House 2011
A fundraising dress down day at
our Head Office.

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£877,000

British Land investment in community partners and charities last year, through cash, time and gifts in-kind.

British Land's heart and soul are very much linked into the communities. From the bottom of my heart, from the community and from all my board of directors at the West Euston Partnership, we are truly grateful for British Land being in existence in the West Euston area.

Chair of the West Euston Partnership, Mohammed Joynal Uddin

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