Charity & Pro bono work
Charities and Pro-Bono Work
As well as putting Green Element’s passion for environmental protection into practice, we have made a commitment to helping society and to helping our staff enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Underpinning this commitment is our policy of spending as much time as possible giving back to the wider community in a variety of ways, chief of which is our ‘working for a better world’ initiative, allowing every member of Green Element’s staff to spend one day each month working pro bono or as a volunteer for a registered charity of their choice. You can follow our charity activities on the blog.
City Harvest London Food waste
Food waste is a huge area of concern; particularly in a thriving city like London – it costs on average £200 a year per person; yet so many people in our city are struggling to feed themselves or their families. On average, per 5 bags of food shopping bought, 1 bag goes to waste in London. Food waste also generates approximately 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. It’s a huge issue that needs to be tackled.
City Harvest London is an organisation who are addressing these very issues, by collecting quality food surpluses from those who have it – be it restaurants, grocers, supermarkets, or hotels to name a few – and redistributing this to other groups or organisations who may need it, such as homeless shelters, community groups, or refugee support centres. By doing so, food waste is reduced, less ends up in landfills, and food is provided to those who truly need it. Furthermore, the money that would have been spent on food by these organisations can then be redirected towards funding something more useful for them. It’s a win-win. City Harvest redistribute 8 tonnes of food waste a week. 311,000 meals are delivered PER van each year. This is a worthy and necessary cause that I will be supporting on a monthly basis.
Vauxhall City Farm
The farm was born in 1976 as a collaborative project between locals to provide for themselves by growing crops and keeping livestock. A year later it was registered as a charity and since then has become London’s most centrally located farm. Through the work of a core team of staff and volunteers, their mission is to provide educational, recreational and therapeutic activities for those living in the city that would otherwise not experience this. The farm is free to all, relying on revenue generated from the on-site café, program delivery such as the mobile farm and horse riding lessons, fundraising events and of course donors.
Parent Teacher Association
A Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers, students and staff that is intended to facilitate family involvement in a school. PTA is the oldest, largest, child advocacy association in the country, providing a history and accomplishments that support the connection between effective engagement and academic achievement for all children. It is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child. Matt is helping Chisenhale Primary School’s PTA set up as a charity.
Read about the charity work the Green Element team do in our Charity Diaries:
This month, I spent a day volunteering with the wonderful organisation Help Refugees. They have been around since 2015, starting off as a group of friends in Calais and spreading the word via Twitter. Since then, they have massively grown, and currently operate...Read more
City Harvest London Food waste is a huge area of concern; particularly in a thriving city like London – it costs on average £200 a year per person; yet so many people in our city are struggling to feed themselves or their families. On average, per 5...Read more
After closing over the Christmas period, Vauxhall City Farm was well and truly up and running once I came in for my first volunteer visit. The farm was born in 1976 as a collaborative project between locals to provide for themselves by growing crops and keeping...Read more