Giving from Living

Our 2020 charity partner

This year we will be making a difference to the lives of children facing life threatening illnesses by raising funds for ‘Make-A-Wish' – our chosen charity for 2020. 

About Make-A-Wish
Founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980, when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities.

After the start of Make-A-Wish in the United States, interest in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions quickly spread to other nations. In 1993, Make-A-Wish International was officially formed to serve five countries outside the U.S. and now helps to serve children outside the United States in more than 50 countries on five continents through its 39 affiliates. Make-A-Wish America grants the wishes of children in the United States through its 60 chapters. With the help of generous donors and over 45,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted approximately nearly 480,000 wishes worldwide since 1980. 

More than Medicine
When children are battling a critical illness, so much of normal childhood is taken away from them — it is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. A wish is something that gives children the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.

Research shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child's quality of life and produce better health outcomes. Members of the Make-A-Wish® America Medical Advisory Committee share the life-changing impact wishes have — beyond just medicine — on their patients and their families.
 
Help us raise funds
Please visit our Just Giving fundraising page and donate what you can to this fantastic organisation.

Thank you from everyone at Living.

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EY Foundation

The EY Foundation gives young people a great start to their working lives and strives to give young people the skills, experiences and support to get the jobs they really want, and connect employers to talented young people across the UK. The EY Foundation also helps social enterprises scale up sustainably, creating more opportunities for young people.

At Living we have been working with the EY Foundation since 2018, giving up our time to volunteer at a range of events and activities including being on the panel of a 'Dragons' Den' where we were expertly presented with inspiring ideas from teams of enthusiastic young people.

We feel that this support really helps to create difference to the lives of young people in the UK and volunteering has been a great way to develop our skills, build our networks, enjoy new experiences and have a positive impact on society.

Find out more about the EY Foundation.

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Spitalfields City Farm

At Living our brand purpose is to create difference. Difference for our clients through our creativity. Difference for our colleagues through training and development. Difference for our local communities by giving our time to help great causes.

Since 2018 one of our pro bono community projects has been to support Spitalfields City Farm, a fantastic educational oasis in heart of London.

At Living our brand purpose is to create difference. Difference for our clients through our creativity. Difference for our colleagues through training and development. Difference for our local communities by giving our time to help great causes.

Since 2018 one of our pro bono community projects has been to support Spitalfields City Farm, a fantastic educational oasis in heart of London.

Over the years the farm has overcome a multitude of obstacles but raising awareness and acquiring regular funding has remained a constant concern. We approached them to see what we could do to help to create a distinct and powerful brand that captures the ever-changing local community’s attention and inspires a new generation of visitors to enjoy this local gem and all it has to offer.

With hundreds of hours put in over each year, we have now created everything from their visual brand (with a few well known City icons hidden in the logo), through to posters, social media assets, merchandise, a short film and their website. We even hand made 28 signs and installed them around the farm, and continue to support them with brand and marketing initiatives.

What do we get out of this? Well, a massive amount of satisfaction to know that we are really creating difference in a very tangible way – helping the farm look more credible, authentic and professional in every way. It's also brought our team together and we've had a lot of fun along the way.

Find out more about Spitalfields City Farm and more about our work for them.

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Christ Church School

Christ Church School is a notable pillar-stone of the Shoreditch area that has served the local community for over 300 years. With nearly 200 students enrolled and a busy pre-school nursery, Christ Church School is an important asset for families and young people in the East London area.

After two years of continued improvement in its administration, the time had arrived for Christ Church Primary to reinvent its brand image. Our challenge was to help attract broader pupil demographic from the local community to the school and boost its desire to be perceived as a dynamic, progressive and family orientated school that values the individuality of its pupils.

This project was undertaken on a pro bono basis as part of our ongoing sustainability program, where we actively support local schools in London.

To help raise the profile of the school, we designed a visual identity for the primary school, which has been brought to life in a new school uniform, prospectus design, signage, website and a 40-metre long mural in the school’s playground area painted by our team. 

With its exciting brand image now in place, Christ Church Primary now stands proud as a progressive centre of education in the community. Offering children a richer learning experience in a supportive and inspiring environment. Please see our case study for more information on this project.

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Inspiring young people

Whether it’s helping to inspire local schoolchildren or young apprentices, rebranding a local school, encouraging a team of Mo Bro’s or raising money for charity, our team are busy in more ways than one. And with an environment that’s great for work, rest and play – an open plan studio, social breakout areas, social evenings – we help our team make the most of life at Living.

Volunteering to inspire school children in the real world
We’ve teamed up with Inspire!, an independent charity that links businesses and their employees with schools to inspire, support and open doors for young people. By bringing a diverse range of employee volunteers into the learning environment, they provide young people with employability skills, prepare them for the world of work and give them access to a world of choices and opportunities that may otherwise have remained out of reach.

"I am writing to say a massive thank you for your support over the past academic year! We couldn’t continue to do the work that we do without the support of your organisation and the many volunteers that you send our way!" Jessica Meese, Inspire

We support this work in a variety of ways; from employees volunteering during working hours, work placements, school visits to the workplace and much more.

Find out more about Inspire! at www.inspire-ebp.org.uk

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