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Make a Difference
A campaign promoted by City am, Corporation of London, the Mayor of London and Virgin Money Giving Read more
Make a Difference
City am recently launched the "Make a Difference Campaign", supported by the Corporation of London, the Mayor of London and Virgin Money Giving. An initiative to encourage businesses to help their local communities and invest in the future.
In demonstrating the positive differences that can be made, charities including Heart of the City (where BDG's Managing Director, Gill Parker, is a Director on their Board of Trustees) came together to highlight why giving has never been so important.
The Heart of the City brings companies together, creating a business community that champions Corporate Social Responsibility and makes it accessible to firms of all sizes and provides support with practical tools and peer support in the development of their CSR programmes.
Students at the Cass School of Architecture raise awareness of homelessness Read more
The Hermitage project was designed by Interior Design Students at the CASS Faculty of Architecture and Design to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness, in particular The Whitechapel Mission, BDG’s nominated charity.
The structure the students designed provided space for 1 person to sleep and to be kept warm, dry and comfortable and was exhibited at Spitalfields Market on 12-13 December 2013.
The purpose of the exhibit was to encourage engagement with the public and create discussion on the issues of homelessness in our locale rather than create a shelter. The boxes, designed by the individual students, were to fit into the shelter to create windows into the public and private personas of the homeless people in our city.
Kay Newman, Head of Interiors at Cass Interiors explained " I really have to congratulate the students of the Hermitage Project, who worked with the Whitechapel Mission homeless charity and an interior design agency called BDG to bring awareness of the plightof the homeless, to discuss this project in a very, very sensitive way and not to be patronising. They built a wooden installation, within it were smaller installations, that told stories about hte perceived plight of the homeless and who people thought the homeless were. When you revealed the story behind them, individuals were really quite different and quite surprising."