The Beginning

The only thing more astonishing then the scale of the COVID-19 outbreak is the response from our community. At this time of great national and local need our neighbours are responding with extraordinary generosity and kindness in large numbers.

Limehouse Aid began when 4 local creative people who were seeking to make a positive difference at a time of crisis; Alex, Blake, Christine, and Joey. Together they sought to create a network and connect the many people and groups that were coming forward with offers of help and assistance. This volunteer network grew at it peak to some 250 people. It was proactive in seeking to respond to the needs in the local community and offered support for those self isolating and most vulnerable.

RFSK’s Role

From the early days of Limehouse Aid emerging The Royal Foundation of St Katharine sought to offer its support. RFSK has a long history of commitment to the community here in the  East End. As a significant charity it has been able to contribute fresh creative ideas into the life of Limehouse, recently by opening the Yurt cafe and supporting community groups. During the Covid crisis the whole of RFSK offered itself to become part of the NHS provision for The Royal London and Barts, to give ‘step down’ support for non covid patients who were, for various reasons, unable to go home. The Yurt café transformed into a much loved grocery store, enabling the local community to continue to feel connected despite the social isolation required.

Partnership

As the relationship between Limehouse Aid and RFSK began to develop it became clear that for this was a partnership which would benefit from becoming more established. For LA to access grants and to partner well with local government and other charities, it needed to have a charitable structure, governance, bank accounts etc. Rather than set all this up themselves it was unanimously agreed and then confirmed at an open meeting that the Royal Foundation of St Katharine would be the umbrella charity which Limehouse Aid would sit under. This coming together is very much seen as a way to give each other strength.

Volunteering Opportunities

Want to get involved? Please let us know by filling in this very short form so we can let you know about areas you are interested in and that we can communicate any new initiatives with yourselves by email and you can let us know if you are interested.

DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE IN SELF-ISOLATION NEEDING HELP?

Anyone who shows symptoms must stay at home and therefore cannot go to shops contact LIMEHOUSE AID for help.
You can get them help by either texting / calling 020 3322 7452 or emailing limehouseaid@gmail.com.