Meet Sandra

Sandra’s life has completely turned around since the day she walked into one of First Love Foundation’s crisis centres



Tower Hamlets Foodbank

Each donation to the Tower Hamlets foodbank goes a long way to help make a difference to the lives of people facing crisis.


Advice & Support

At our twice-weekly crisis centres, we provide the advice and support needed to resolve every person’s crisis

No one gets left behind


About First Love Foundation

We are a charity based in Tower Hamlets. We’ve spent the past 10 years helping thousands of people facing crisis to get their lives back on track.

Our holistic model of support has been cited by the APPG on Hunger and Poverty (2014) as the most effective in tackling poverty anywhere in the UK.

We want to see a Britain without poverty – join us on the journey.

Tower Hamlets in numbers


most deprived ranking*

Out of the 326 local authorities in England Tower Hamlets is 99% more deprived than all others.

* IMD 2010


Children living in poverty*

Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in London

*End Child Poverty 2016


Low income households*

Out of all Tower Hamlets’ households, 14% have a combined income of £15,000 per year.

*CACI 2017 data


Disparity of income*

A fifth of Tower Hamlets’ residents are paid less than the Living Wage (£13,650) which is 86% less than an average Canary Wharf worker’s salary.

*London Poverty Profile

How you can help

Want to help the local community? There are different ways to get involved.

Donate money

We know that not everyone has the time to volunteer with us or organise a food collection. You can help us support people in crisis by donating money today.

Donate time

We are often looking for new warehouse volunteers and drivers to help pack and deliver our emergency food parcels.
We also look office volunteers to help with a variety of needs.

If you would like to support our work in this way, please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss!

Donate products

We always need donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries. From a few cans to an office food collection, we appreciate every donation and it goes a long way to make a difference.



Help us transform lives – from crisis to sustainably. There is no limit to what you can do, from a bake sale to a 10k run your efforts will help give a local person in crisis much more than food, but hope for the future.



“I feel like I have a voice and I feel like my voice is being heard. It’s not a whisper anymore.”

single mum of three

“I’m so very grateful to the First Love Foundation charity – and for the great and important work that they do for other people.”

mother of two

“I think you need to walk a mile in somebody’s shoes before you start judging them because everyone’s situation is different.”

single mother of one

How you can help

Want to help the local community? There are lots of different ways to get involved.


We can't do it alone

We work with the Child Poverty Action Group, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and a network of over 250 organisations. Together, with our corporate partners, volunteers, local schools and churches we transform lives and work towards building a stronger community.



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