Helical takes a strong interest in charitable, community and social issues. As a group, we recognise that the buildings that we own and develop have an impact on the local environment and the communities that live and work there and we believe that engagement with those communities is an important part of our activities. Community engagement is an on-going concern throughout the development process, from planning until development completion and operation.
Over the past year Helical has set up social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram in order to communicate more effectively with our tenants and other stakeholders. A quarterly online newsletter, City Life, has also been introduced which circulates articles on the Group’s projects, occupiers and contributing partners. These can all be accessed through the Helical website.
As part of our commitment to the regions in which we operate, we regularly support community initiatives. Some examples from the year to 31 March 2017 include:
The Morgan Quarter, Cardiff, team worked with Cardiff Pride last summer to provide a hub for the LGBT community for a week in the run up to the Pride Festival. They have also been shortlisted for a Cardiff Life Award in the Property category;
A number of charity fundraising events have been held at The Shepherds Building, London W14, over the last 12 months, many of which tie into high- profile national charity campaigns;
At Churchgate & Lee House, Manchester, the team held several events for our tenants that have involved partnerships with local businesses, organisations and musicians;
Helical continues to be a member of The Aldgate Partnership (“TAP”), formed in 2014 to help drive a powerful agenda for change. Membership of the Group currently includes landowners, commercial occupiers, and developers. TAP works in partnership with its members to develop Aldgate as ‘One Location’, delivering a range of interventions to support community development and develop a premier business hub with high quality public realm and environment that produces a safe, convenient and inspiring destination for all employees, residents and visitors;
During the year Helical staff raised funds for numerous charities, most particularly LandAid, the property industry’s charity. In addition to raising funds for LandAid, Helical has been a sponsor of the Property Race Day every year since it started in 2006, raising funds for a number of national charities
Alongside the Group’s formal charitable activities, Helical employees raise funds for charities on a personal basis and, where appropriate, the Group will make donations to help the staff reach their fundraising goals; and
To help encourage young people to enter the property industry, for the last ten years Helical has held a work experience event comprising a two-day intensive introductory programme into London Real Estate run by Helical’s Chief Executive with support from the senior members of the Property team. The package is available to 8-10 students studying either a BA or Masters in Real Estate or equivalent qualification.
Our Section 106 agreements also form part of our community investment and are a standard requirement of our developments.