JLL’s Community focus is on helping to eradicate poverty in London. The League’s community programmes are delivered through four Action Teams: Homelessness, Education & Literacy, Employability & Life Skills, and Holiday Hampers.
JLL delivers a range of volunteer services and programmes to the community, including:
- One-off events with two to ten or more volunteers – “Done In A Days”
- Long-term, regular volunteer events that require a weekly or monthly commitment
- Major projects or programmes to support a cause, such as Holiday Hampers
- Poverty advocacy and awareness through our annual Little Black Dress Initiative
- In-kind donations, ranging from arts & crafts, skilled volunteers, clothing donations, and holiday gifts
JLL’s homeless support programmes focus on working with shelters, women’s refuges, and foodbanks. Year-round, we volunteer in soup kitchens and drop-in centres that support the homeless. We help prepare and serve meals, wash-up afterwards, share in conversation with our homeless neighbours, and distribute donated clothing. Every week, we volunteer at foodbanks where individuals come for three days of food. We help collect food donations outside of supermarkets, and help foodbanks stock their shelves and serve their clients.
In our work with women’s refuges, we support women who are escaping homelessness, domestic abuse, and human trafficking. We host parties for these women and their children, every year, treating the women to a special experience and hosting arts & crafts activities for the kids.
Education & Literacy
Our Education & Litaeracy programmes focus on supporting children during their earliest years, where we believe we can have the greatest potential, long-term impact. Partnering with schools and community organisations, JLL volunteers provide children with books, literacy tutoring, engaging arts & crafts programmes, and role models and mentoring.
Since 1997, JLL has been supporting students at the Colville Primary School in Notting Hill. JLL volunteers tutor children in reading, phonetics, and maths. JLL provides all of the children at the school (more than 400 children) with school supplies at the beginning of the year, and a book on World Book Day. In addition, we donate books to the school, and host special events, such as inviting renowned authors to give presentations to the students, helping with the students’ annual preparations for Notting Hill Carnival, and in 2012 we helped to build the school’s first library.
Employability & Life Skills
JLL volunteers with a variety of programmes, which support social mobility, access to the professions, and developing life skills such as managing a personal budget, building confidence, and helping the unemployed prepare for interviews and jobs.
Two of our long-term partners are Smart Works and Suited & Booted, which provide support to low-income London residents, who are trying to re-enter the workforce. Annually, as part of JLL’s Little Black Dress Initiative, JLL members run clothing donation campaigns through friends and family, and their workplaces.
Holiday Hampers is the Junior League of London’s (JLL) signature community project, as well as our longest-running community programme. Now in it’s 22nd year, the programme provides hampers filled with gifts, food, toiletries and other essentials for some of London’s most vulnerable populations during the holiday season.
Last year we delivered 732 hampers to 1,256 Londoners in need. Learn more about Holiday Hampers here.