Welcome the First Love Blog
The aim of this blog as of March 2020 is to share some positivity at this testing time. We also want to share a truthful insight into our charity and what challenges our organisation faces at this time, as well as the things we have to be grateful for.
There is a new Sainsbury’s store opening near Stepney Green station and we are thrilled to have been chosen as their charity partner!
We meet people every week from across the borough of Tower Hamlets who are facing crisis. Over the past week alone, reasons for referrals have included issues surrounding Universal Credit, family breakdown and homelessness.
The support we receive from Sainsbury’s and their customers will help us continue to reach those most isolated and vulnerable in our community. We provide much needed advice, support and an emergency donation of food to help people get back on their feet.
There are a number of ways that Sainsbury’s customers can support us – you can make a donation at the till points where there will be permanent collection tins. Or even join us at our upcoming supermarket collections and fundraising events to be held in store throughout the coming year.
We are looking forward to attending the opening of the new Stepney Green station store on the 2nd March and hope to see you there!
Many people ask us the meaning behind our name, First Love Foundation. You may have even been wondering it too…
So, why First Love? Our name represents everything that we are about; loving people intentionally.
We show love, without judgement to everyone that walks through our door, because so much more can be achieved if you simply love first. With care and compassion, we transform lives, helping them move from crisis to living sustainably.
The people we meet are not just numbers in the system, they are more than that, people with unique stories and daily struggles who deserve better. Through the love and support we give, they are able to achieve a better life. With your support, you can help us continue to transform the lives of every person we meet.
To find out more, click here or on the image below to watch a 40 second video; we challenge you to show love and give this Valentine’s Day.
Help us, help them. Just £10 will ensure a person receives a session with our Project Worker – to receive the love, advice and support they need. Donate today to be a part of changing lives.
Thank you for making LOVE Christmas 2016 the biggest and best one yet! Nearly 100 local people, business, schools, churches and organisations have supported the appeal and over 100 volunteers have donated their time to ensure that EVERYONE felt loved this Christmas.
Together you donated over 770 toys and collected enough food to not only fill 400 hampers but to also keep our weekly foodbank sessions running and see us into the New Year!
On the 21st December we held our two LOVE Christmas events, one for families where there were crafts, entertainment, a live band, hot food and games. Then we had a special event for single adults where we enjoyed a hot meal together and a special Christmas Quiz!
Every guest who attended was given a food hamper and a gift as a result of your kindness and generosity. Here are some photos from the day…
“I am always speechless when I hear what has been donated and struggle to find the words to truly express how grateful I am. There are hundreds of people facing crisis at any one time and we at First Love Foundation simply want to give them a chance to build a sustainable life, be happy and have hope for the future. However you supported us, thank you!”
Denise Bentley, CEO & Co-founder
To continue supporting us in 2017, please consider donating money to help people go from crisis to sustainability. Just £10 could change a life.
Are you able to donate some food items this week for our LOVE Christmas hampers?
- Check our Christmas most needed items (see below)
- Organise a time to bring your donation to our warehouse.
- Or organise a supermarket delivery straight to our warehouse.
- Address: First Love Foundation, Unit C2 Poplar Business Park, 10 Prestons Road, London, E14 9RL
- Let us know when to expect your visit or the delivery of food (Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00)
- Get in touch with any questions – via the website or by phone 020 3069 9877
What we need:
- Milk long life & powdered
- Sugar (500g)
- Rice (500g)
- Savoury biscuits
- Instant mash
- Hot chocolate
- Angel delight
- Custard (powdered)
- Christmas pudding
- Nuts/dried fruit
Thank you for your support! Let’s ensure everyone feels loved this Christmas.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day to remind and encourage us to come together and do good.
This Christmas, we are asking you, our friends, to help share the love with those isolated and facing crisis this season. Because after all, every person deserves to be loved and especially at Christmas time – wouldn’t you agree?
Our LOVE Christmas Appeal is centred on a celebration; a wonderful opportunity for people to come together, receive food and gifts to help lessen the isolation that many face. For many, this event will be the only opportunity to celebrate the season.
A 2015 testimonial from one of our referrers at The Carers Centre…
“Thank you, all recipients of the five hampers were very grateful! One of the hampers went to a carer who cares for both his very elderly parents – the father has since passed away so I like to think that the hamper helped to make the last Christmas a better one than if he hadn’t had the hamper. Also the carer who received the hamper with the soft toy for her baby grandson is now in a hospice for her final days. I don’t mean to depress you but merely highlighting the value of the hampers in helping others find some temporary respite from their difficult circumstances. Perhaps you could feed that back to your donors?”
How you can help
- Donate money. We couldn’t do this without the support from our funders and donors. Please consider donating today as a one off or set up a standing order. Just £10 could change someone’s life.
- Donate a gift. Please look through our Amazon wish list and purchase a gift to put a smile on someones face. Have it delivered straight to our office: First Love Foundation, Unit C18 Poplar Business Park, 10 Prestons Road, London, E14 9RL
- Spread the word. Please help us raise support and awareness this Christmas of the isolation people face right on our doorstep. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see how your support truly makes a difference. Retweet and share our posts to join our fight.
Thank you for all of your support so far – we really do appreciate it.
Find out more about LOVE Christmas here