3 September

City Giving Day countdown breakfast

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With less than three weeks to go until City Giving Day 2020, nearly one hundred people gathered together for our fourth and final countdown breakfast. We heard from Alderman William Russell The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London, who, along with the Lady Mayoress will be attending as many events as possible, both digitally and in person.

Ellie Whiteside spoke of how the Place2Be has transformed their offering to continue to support pupils and teachers across the capital. Their remote support across London saw them deliver 5,389 sessions to support children via their parents, 3,562 sessions for young people, 2,801 sessions for parents, 1,143 sessions for teachers. They also ran Itroduction to Mental Health free online training and 3,300 UK teachers registered, a webinar series from their Educational Psychologists, and partnered with Healios, Kooth and Shout to provide app-based mental health support for young people. 

Alanah Bushnell, Community Engagement Manager, Lloyds Banking Group explained how they will be running online drop in activities all day, giving people the freedom and flexibility to attend and engage as they wish.

The traditional treasure hunt and quiz will now go online, and Third Space are donating the use of bikes for a socially distanced Tour de City. Businesses are encouraged to take part in the Music in Offices performance of Give A Little A Bit by Supertramp, as we create a montage and medley of voices.

This year we have partnered with GoodBox to create an online giving platform where people can nominate colleagues and friends to take on a charity challenge, and donate to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal for the privilege. There’s a whole range of activities, from karaoke to impressions, running to dressing up, and we’re confident that this will be a great way to engage people no matter where they are. Visit our website from Tuesday 8 September to get involved.

In fact, in the breakout rooms, many representatives from the business spoke of how this is an opportunity for City based businesses to involve their regions and remote employees. It makes for a more accessible and inclusive programme of events and activities – and with that in mind we have produced an online guide.

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s City Giving Day and help us make this year the biggest and best yet. You can register here.

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