Chestertons Calling London

Calling London need coats, big, small, puffa, padded, hooded or not… Whatever is lurking in the back of your wardrobe!

Their wonderful volunteers sort the coats and jackets in early December and then distribute them to our partner charities who give them out in time for the cold weather.

They are really excited to be working with charities of all sizes that serve women and young children in shelters, young adults, the homeless, the elderly, and refugees.  Everyone at Calling London is a volunteer, so let’s support these wonderful people.

Agents Giving Supporting Only A Pavement Away

Only A Pavement Away charity started in October 2018, they will be running a Winter Warmth campaign again this year.  In addition to this, they will also be running the SOS campaign & the “Donate a £ & Send it Round.”

Winter Warmth

The ‘Winter Warmth’ campaign distributes items ranging from sleeping bags, coats and blankets to rough sleepers on the streets of the UK in November, when many rough sleepers are starting to feel the effects of winter biting in. Since launching in 2018 Only A Pavement Away have distributed c. £164k worth of donated items in London, Manchester, Brighton, Norwich and Birmingham.

Dates confirmed:

  • SCOTLAND 28th October
  • LONDON 10th November – Drop off at the Strand Hotel Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th November
  • BRIGHTON 12th November
  • BRIMINGHAM 16th November
  • NORWICH 26th November
  • MANCHESTER 2nd December

Greg Mangham Founder and CEO of Only a Pavement Away

In 2002 after having spent nearly 25 years in corporate life culminating in being an Operations Director Greg started his own Pub business. On the sale of this in 2005 Greg set up Resolution Leisure, a consultancy working in the pub, leisure and hospitality industries. Greg has also worked alongside a leading Corporate Financial Advisory Company and Private Equity with the aim of setting up a hybrid Pub Co.

In 2018 Greg founded Only A Pavement Away, a charity whose purpose was to help the homeless, rough sleepers, ex-offenders and VETs find work in the hospitality industry. Greg sees the industry as a key component of people’s leisure time and works with various hospitality associations.

Get Involved

London collection points will be in the following areas; Embankment, Victoria & Westminster, Euston, London Bridge & Borough.  Exact locations to come.  Donations and drops offs of clothes can be made on Monday 8th Nov and Tuesday 9th Nov.  They will be given out directly to those in need on the streets by volunteers on the 10th Nov.

The wonderful team at Paramount in West Hampstead and Drivers & Norris in Holloway Road North London will be using their offices as a collection point, so if your near please drop off your winter clothes to them to distribute directly to the homeless in their area.  You can find them at Paramount Winter Warmth Collection Point and Drivers & Norris Office.

All items and donations will be very well receive

GET INVOLVED they are looking for donations of:

  • Coats
  • Winter jumpers
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Warm trousers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toiletries – small deodorants, anti-perspirants, small shower gels and personal items

 

 

Serve Our Soup - SOS

This is a new campaign and has it’s title from last year’s Serve Our Soup initiative. This year Only A Pavement Away will be expanding it to include coffee & tea. The premise is that participating outlets will donate a % of the profit to Only A Pavement Away. We would also like to include customers via a poster with a QR code through which donations can be made.

The campaign will run from late November to mid-December.

Do you have a warm coat you don’t wear anymore? Donate a coat to someone who needs it more than you.

While many of us look at a coat as an item that is meant to keep us warm, cosy, and stylish, there are plenty of less fortunate people who don’t even have that basic necessity.

How can you donate your coats to those in need? It’s actually really easy to give a coat to someone who could desperately use it.  It is basically a no-effort way to do a good and charitable deed for someone else.  Just make sure that it’s in good, wearable condition and that you have cleaned out the pockets.

Get your whole office involved in collecting coats.  Once you have your pile of coats ready to go, contact local shelters, homeless charities, YMCA’s, Food banks and other organisations that will happily take them off your hands.  Arrange a drop off with them directly, take some photos to share with us and we will help promote your donation.

Don’t forget to tell us how many you have collected.

Paramount in West Hampstead support Wrap Up London

Spencer Lawrence, lettings director of Paramount, and Agents Giving Board Director,  comments;

The Winter Coat Drive has a huge impact on the lives of people in need, particularly during the winter months. It’s difficult to truly grasp how much of a difference even a single donation can make without experiencing first-hand the difficulties that the homeless face trying to shield against the elements. With this in mind, last year our office and clients did our best to raise awareness and collect donations for Wrap Up London. Many people have gently used winter coats at the back of their closets that have been replaced for one reason or another, and this year Paramount will be gearing up to raise more awareness of this charity and encourage important donations to be made!”

Spencer continued, “This experience has been humbling, but I urge business owners to make sure that your team are robust enough if they are going to take part in this initiative, it is not easy to see and comprehend what they will see. Neglect. Desperation. It’s hard to deal with and the reality is that this is happening every single day.”

Supporting Only a Pavement Away.

Wrap Up UK

Wrap Up spend many hours sorting coats into different categories for men, women, children and babies. They check pockets and make sure the coat is clean and in a good enough condition to be given away.

Their philosophy is ‘would YOU wear this?’

Following the collection period, coats are sorted and distributed to charities across the UK. They work with charities and community organisations that provide frontline services to the homeless, the elderly, refugees, children and families living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence.

Calling London

Calling London need coats, big, small, puffa, padded, hooded or not… Whatever is lurking in the back of your wardrobe!

Their wonderful volunteers sort the coats and jackets in early December and then distribute them to our partner charities who give them out in time for the cold weather.

They are really excited to be working with charities of all sizes that serve women and young children in shelters, young adults, the homeless, the elderly, and refugees.  Everyone at Calling London is a volunteer, so let’s support these wonderful people.

Winter Warmth 2021

The ‘Winter Warmth’ campaign distributes items ranging from sleeping bags, coats and blankets to rough sleepers on the streets of the UK in November when many rough sleepers are starting to feel the effects of winter biting in. Since launching in 2018 we have distributed c. £164k worth of donated items in London, Manchester, Brighton, Norwich and Birmingham.

Dates confirmed:

SCOTLAND 11th March
LONDON 10th November
BRIGHTON 12th November
NORWICH 19th November
MANCHESTER 24th November

Relocation Agent Network members contributed 250 winter coats and jackets at their conference last November.  These were delivered direct to Calling London to distribute to those London charities who are in desperate need of warm clothing this winter.

Send in your photos of your office winter coat collections to info@agentsgiving.org