Our Community Focus

Our 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.

 

Homelessness

We offer year-round support for soup kitchens and drop-in centres that support the homeless. We work with emergency winter shelters during the colder months. We help prepare and serve meals, wash up afterwards, spend time chatting with our homeless neighbours, and distribute donated clothing. We also provide monthly help sorting food bank donations, collect warm coats for people in need, and support for women and children at refuges for families escaping domestic violence, homelessness and human trafficking. 

 

 

 

Education & Literacy

Our Education & Literacy programmes focus on supporting children during their earliest years. We provide children with books, literacy tutoring, engaging arts & crafts programmes, and role models and mentoring.

 

 

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 Little Black Dress Initiative, members run clothing donation campaigns through friends and family, and their workplaces.

 

 

Holiday Hampers 

Holiday Hampers is the Junior League of London’s signature community project, as well as our longest-running community programme. Now in its 23rd year, the programme provides personalised hampers filled with gifts, food, toiletries and other essentials for some of London’s most vulnerable populations during the holiday season.

In 2018, we delivered more than 800 hampers to Londoners in need.  Learn more about Holiday Hampers.