Local Community: At Home and Work

I had a meeting recently about becoming involved in the local community where the office is – it got me thinking. It is very easy to work somewhere but take very little interest in what is happening in the vicinity outside of the building you work in.

This does seem such a waste.

In the past I have been based in the Adelphi Building just off the Strand, often finding myself staring out the window during meetings looking at the Millenium Wheel (to check it was still spinning!). Following this I spent time in an office on Pall Mall. I made the conscious effort to go out and wander round, we forget sometimes how fortunate we are to have areas like this on our doorstep. I would often go into the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery on Trafalgar Sq.

Prior to this I worked in Hong Kong for two years.

I would often go out at lunch and just walk round taking in the buildings and outside space (there is more of it than you think in Hong Kong).

We currently have offices in Bond Street and Southwark. Our Bond Street office is where Young Group is based and Young London is in Southwark. Every year since 2006 we have held an event in our Bond Street offices to enjoy the Bond Noël celebrations that take place on Bond Street in November to mark the turning on of the Christmas lights. This is a great way to encourage people to come to the area and enjoy it, as well as helping local businesses by bringing more

people to the street.

We have been thinking about what we can do in Southwark to both raise our profile and increase awareness about all the activities that take place in

the local area. When you consider you have Borough Market and the Southbank on the doorstep with the entertainment that takes place there from free outside entertainment to performances at the Royal Festival Hall it is not difficult to highlight some great events.

We are therefore expanding on our London Lowdown where each month we take a look around London and share the best bits with you.

We are going to all  do a newsletter on Southwark and distribute it with a focus on events in the local area.

We will also work with local businesses to bring offers for restaurants, etc.

It is our way to try to help residents get more from the area they live in.

I believe this is a way to give something back to the residents whilst trying to raise the profile of Young London.

Any other ideas you have would be appreciated.

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