Overview

Helical takes a strong interest in charitable, community and social issues. As a Group, we recognise that the buildings we own and develop have an impact on the local environment and the communities that live and work there. We believe that engagement with those communities is an important part of our activities. Community engagement is an ongoing priority throughout the whole development process.

Please refer to our Sustainability Strategy “Built for the future” for further details on our commitments and associated targets in respect of “Our Communities”. 

Objectives

  • We will implement considerate construction practices on all developments and refurbishments, including consulting with local communities and stakeholders on large schemes as part of the planning stages and throughout the construction process.
  • We aim to take part in numerous community initiatives and fundraising events, both as a company and as individuals.
  • We believe in the importance of providing education and experience opportunities for young people and is something we aim to continue doing in the years to come. Where feasible, we work with our contractors to run apprenticeships schemes for young people to learn practical skills on our construction sites, providing valuable experience in preparation for their futures.

Helical Bursary

The Helical Bursary was established in 2017/18 to support Real Estate and Planning students studying at Henley Business School, University of Reading.

The Bursary was awarded to Aurora Bennet, an exceptional student, who would not otherwise have had sufficient financial resource to support her study. Helical has paid a total of £15,000 to date.

“ I can say, without a doubt, that if it wasn’t for the support of this foundation, for the inspiring individuals and firms in this industry, I wouldn’t be as inspired to work as hard as I do and be as successful as I am.”
– Aurora Bennet

LandAid COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Helical has a very long standing relationship with LandAid and is proud to have been a Strategic Partner for many years. LandAid works to bring the property industry together to support charities delivering life-changing services for young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness in the future.

In March 2020 LandAid set up their COVID-19 Emergency Fund in response to the severe hardship being created by the global pandemic. Their aim was to raise £1,000,000 to provide emergency assistance for vulnerable and homeless people across the UK. Helical was very pleased to support LandAid COVID-19 Fund by becoming a Founding Partner and helping to launch the appeal with a £20,000 donation.

Helical staff also supported the Fund by participating in remote fundraising events and by supporting #ContributeYourCommute.

Just one month after launching the appeal LandAid had raised over £500,000 which was immediately distributed to more than 60 charities providing emergency support to vulnerable and homeless people across the UK.

This is for LandAid

In July 2020 LandAid were unable to hold their annual 10k run fundraising event so instead opted to hold the LandAid QuaranTEN where participants could run or cycle 10 miles or 10 kilometres or walk 10,000 steps.

Thirteen members of the Helical team ‘stepped up’ and along with family members raised a fantastic £1500 by running, walking and peddling their way around their local areas. In true British Summertime tradition conditioned varied from hot to windy to torrential rain but still some fantastic times were achieved and generous sponsors donated.

Altogether more than 760 individuals from within the property industry participated in the event and a grand total of over £100,000 was raised to support LandAid’s work to abolish youth homelessness.

The Atlas Ascent

On 27 September 2018 a 15 strong team of Helical employees embarked on a four day Charity Trek to the Atlas Mountains, reaching the top of northern Africa’s tallest peak – Jbel Toubkal at 4,167m. This incredibly rewarding challenge stretched the team both physically and mentally, raising over £140,000 for two notable charities, LandAid and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, with 100% of funds raised split equally between the two charities.

LandAid is the property industry charity working to end youth homelessness in the UK. LandAid brings together businesses and individuals from across the industry to support charities delivering life changing projects for young people who are or have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal partners (each year) with three organisations who are leading experts in addressing social issues to deliver ground breaking programmes, which will not only change, but also save, people’s lives. This year’s appeal supports Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE YEAR

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 2020 include.

  • At The Bower, London EC1, we held a number of One Great Day events raising over £1,200 for the Great Ormond Street Charity. In addition to this we also donated £1,000 to St Monica’s School in Hackney and £750 to Spitalfields Crypt Trust. Throughout the year we held several tenant social events along with our annual table tennis competition for all occupiers. We also continue to support health and wellbeing by hosting a bicycle servicing event and inviting a health professional to hold a Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine Clinic.
  • At The Loom, London E1, we continue to send a weekly newsletter to tenants detailing upcoming events and during the year the Macmillan Coffee Morning raised over £600, we also hosted a health “pop-up” which offered corporate rates on gym memberships and free advice on health and nutrition.
  • 35 Dale Street, Manchester hosted a Wellness Week in July to encourage exercise with discounts at local gyms, tenant yoga sessions and a table tennis tournament. We continued the health initiative in January by supporting Veganuary and by holding a vegan bake sale for charity along with many other Veganuary events. For The Samaritans ‘Brew Monday’ campaign, we offered free plant based hot drinks to our tenants. Both events served to encourage colleagues to connect and engage with one another.
  • At the Tootal Buildings, Manchester, we held a very successful Christmas event. Many tenants attended for mulled wine and mince pies and listened to a local choir. The event raised £90 for a local charity and over 100 toys were donated to The Mission Christmas charity.
  • At our Kaleidoscope, London EC1 site a cycle safety event was held for over 140 cyclists and school children, where people were given the opportunity to sit in the cab of a concrete lorry to see where the blind spots were and raise awareness to help general road safety around construction sites.