First Love Blog

From March 2020, we aim to inspire and uplift with every post we write. The First Love blog has always been about documenting the support of the community, our success stories and the like – but we are living in a very testing time right now. We hope you can come here to unwind, be inspired, and leave wanting to create positive change. We hope you enjoy!

Could you help?

Are you able to donate some food items this week for our LOVE Christmas hampers?

Here’s how:

  1. Check our Christmas most needed items (see below)
  2. Organise a time to bring your donation to our warehouse.
  3. Or organise a supermarket delivery straight to our warehouse.
  4. Address: First Love Foundation, Unit C2 Poplar Business Park, 10 Prestons Road, London, E14 9RL
  5. Let us know when to expect your visit or the delivery of food (Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00)
  6. 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
  • Chocolate
  • Cup-a-soup
  • Angel delight
  • Jelly
  • Custard (powdered)
  • Christmas pudding
  • Nuts/dried fruit
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Thank you for your support! Let’s ensure everyone feels loved this Christmas.

Do good this Christmas #GivingTuesday

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.Social-Posts-v3_giving-tuesday_v1

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.

Give today – and let’s make this Christmas one to remember. There are 3 ways you can help, donate money, donate a gift and spread the word.

Why give?

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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

LOVE Christmas, coming soon…

Can you imagine Christmas without food, decorations, heating or loved ones?

There are so many reasons to why people will be facing crisis at Christmas time; complex issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, sickness, and benefit delay, mental health, family breakdown, and redundancy are often contributing factors.

At First Love Foundation, we believe that no-one should face crisis alone, especially at Christmas time. Everybody has the right to feel loved, accepted, included, valued, appreciated and most importantly, cared for; wouldn’t you agree?

The Tower Hamlets community, and beyond, have proved that they do care by supporting our big Hamper Appeal Event, now called LOVE Christmas. Over the past 4 years, we have been able to give out thousands of special festive food hampers, toys for children, and gifts for adults.

 “The fact that people were kind enough to donate food and invite me to a party has really made my Christmas and boosted my confidence”

How can you show you care for those facing crisis this Christmas?

Keep a look out for more information and news coming soon…

Tower Hamlets needs YOU!

We have entered into the Aviva Community Fund this year and would really appreciate it if you could vote for us – it will only take a few minutes!

Help us secure a grant of £25,000 to launch and deliver the pilot year of our employability project. This project aims to prepare people, who are a distance from the jobs market, for an entry into employment and gain the skills to sustain it.

Your vote can help us

  • Provide employability training alongside well-being improvement counsellingAviva-Community-Fund-icon
  • Provide mentoring support and workshops to help reduce isolation
  • Build confidence and resilience
  • Restore hope and aspiration.

We are so thankful to all of you, our supporters, who have enabled us to help thousands of people every year, but now we want to be able to provide sustainability to those in Tower Hamlets experiencing crisis. We are determined to ensure that our unique model used in dealing with those most vulnerable individuals, within our community, brings about real, lasting change.

Vote for us and help a person make the journey from crisis to transformation, and lead a fulfilled and sustainable life.

Click here to make a difference

Thank you,

Denise Bentley

CEO & Co-founder

(The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for us to get funding for an important cause in your community. If we get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in the community, our project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.)

No money, no food, what did you do!?

It’s World Food Day this Sunday (16th) which is a global day of action when people around the world unite to show their commitment to fight hunger. Like Harvest, it encourages us to reflect, be thankful for everything we have and do our bit to help those who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families.

No money, no food, what did you do!?

Here are just some of the heartbreaking things we have heard from people referred to us.

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Even though Britain is in the top 10 of richest countries in the world and Tower Hamlets has Canary Wharf within its borough; hunger can affect anyone, anywhere. We see people of all different ages, genders, nationalities and faiths who are facing crisis. Reasons of referrals range from benefit delay, sickness, domestic violence, ex-servicemen, school holidays, mental health, carers and many more.

Giving them emergency food will help but only in the short term. That is why we provide solutions focused, specialist advice and support so that they do not have to face those difficult situations again.

Can you donate this World Food Day for people facing crisis in Tower Hamlets?

Please donate today to help someone get back on their feet.

Read our hero stories to see how your donations could impact someone’s life. 

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