The Big House Gala fundraiser held on the evening of March 6th at Wringer and Mangle in Dalston, was a great success, surpassing all expectations. The event raised well over £40,000 which will help the charity to support care leavers who are at risk of social exclusion, to manage the transition to living independently.
Photograph by Dylan Nolte
Photograph by Dylan Nolte
Currell was the main sponsor of this event, alongside Enfield Construction, Four Communications, Joelson Law and Wringer and Mangle.
Maggie Norris, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, gave an inspirational talk on the work of the charity, which offers its members a programme of life skill and employment skills sessions plus drama workshops that culminate in an original theatre show and four weeks of performances. It also provides access to opportunities, holistic support and long term mentoring.
This was followed by impressive testimonials from several young people who are currently benefitting from the charity and from others who have participated in the programme and stayed on as mentors and as part of the growing community that The Big House fosters.
Guest speakers included Sir Lenny Henry and Game of Thrones actor and Patron of the charity Ed Skrein, (photographed below with Chris Currell CEO). Ed spoke about his involvement with the charity as a mentor and the invaluable work carried out by the Big House.
Photograph by Dylan Nolte
If you want to find out more about the work of the Big House visit http://thebighouse.uk.com/
Locally renowned Little Angel Theatre on Camden Passage in Islington is hoping to be nominated for a Time Out Love London Award. The awards are a chance for Londoners to shout about the venues and places which make this great city of ours so special.
Last year’s awards saw an incredible 16,000 nominations flood in from city dwellers eager to see their favourite venues be rewarded for their excellent service. For the final 5,000 nominated London venues, an amazing 75,000 votes were cast to choose the winners! Londoners clearly have a passion to recognise the best.
There are tons of catergories in the awards, taking in restaurants, bars, shops and cultural venues. Little Angel Theatre is after a nomination in the cultural category and hopes that its award-winning shows and awe-inspiring puppetry designs will inspire the public to recognise it as one of London’s best cultural venues.
Here at Currell we know more than most how magical the work is that Little Angel Theatre do, as we are lucky enough to have their stunning puppets in our windows throughout the year, and are currently waiting with baited breath to see what they produce in our windows for Christmas later this year.
Nominations for the awards close on the 30 September, so to get your nomination in for the Little Angel Theatre, you need to get your skates on and click here to nominate them.
Let’s work together and hope we can get this legendary local theatre on the global Time Out map!
For more information on the Little Angel Theatre visit: littleangeltheatre.com
This past week Currell has been privileged to work with Key 4 Life, a charity that aims to help young male offenders get their lives back on track once they leave prison.
It does this through the ‘delivery of an innovative rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison. Addressing not simply the symptoms but the root causes of offending.’
As part of the programme, Key 4 Life founder Eva Hamilton has set up as 3 Day Work Taster, which is designed to show these young men the world of work and help them get a foot through the door.
Eva says, “The challenge to all of us is to help these young men onto a new path through mentoring, work tasters and ultimately to assist them in finding and sustaining long-term employment in order to create a new future.”
Sam on his first day in the Islington office
On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Samuel into Currell to start his 3 day work taster with us. We put Samuel to work in marketing, lettings and new homes across the 3 days, to show him both the front of house and the back of house work that is required to run a company like ours. He was certainly thrown in at the deep end and he rose to every challenge with a smile and a fantastic attitude.
From his arrival on the first day, Samuel was engaging, friendly and full of enthusiasm for the opportunity he was given. Every member of staff who worked with Samuel had nothing but positive things to say and were genuinely impressed by his commitment to learning and changing his situation.
On his final day we were delighted to be able to offer Samuel a trainee position at the company, which we hope will be the start of a fantastic career for him.
To find out more about Key 4 Life and how to get involved visit their website here
Last Thursday evening saw the second year of the Currell Art Prize at Highbury Grove School.
Highbury Grove is a brilliant success story, transforming in recent years to become one of the best performing schools in the borough. A huge part of this is the expansion of the arts programmes at the school, to improve what the children can involve themselves with outside of academic lessons. We are delighted to be able to work with the school to encourage participation in art, design and graphics.
At Thursday’s exhibition the work on display was of an incredibly high standard, from a range of year groups in the school but witth a focus on Year 13 pupils. It was fantastic to see the pupils so keen to discuss the process of their work with all the guests.
The winner of 1st Prize was Guohang Xu, who had designed and made a chess set, through the relatively new discipline of 3D printing. Guohong was instrumental in encouraging the school to use this medium and the results speak for themselves.
1st Prize winner Guohong Xu holding the Currell Cup!
2nd prize winner Mohammed Akalwaya had a number of pieces in the exhibition including an incredible 3D sculpture and painting piece, while Stefan Neunie, winner of third prize had some really intricate wire sculptures on display.
The three prize winners were all rightly very proud of the journey they had gone through and their winning work showed the hard work they had put in.
2nd Prize winner Mohammed with some of his work
Stefan with his wire sculptures
We wish them and all the pupils leaving the school this year every success in the future!
Anne Currell, Group CEO has written an open letter to Property Week about why equality and diversity in the Currell workplace are so important and why every company should make them key to company policy.
Group CEO, Anne Currell
“Equality and diversity should not just be a boardroom target”
It is incredibly important to me that every member of staff feels at ease and that there is a friendly, welcoming culture within the organisation, particularly for the LGBT community.
Earlier this year we joined the Stonewell Diversity Champion Programme, to increase our commitment to the LGBT community. The programme gives us the opportunity to work with and learn from Stonewall, to ensure that our company is the best workplace it can possibly be, for everyone.
The Diversity Charter led by Property Week and the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark are exciting ventures within the industry that show a statement of intent.
However, organisations pursuing the chance to become involved with these need to be aware of the commitment that comes with the territory.
Equality and diversity should not just be a target in the boardroom, but become an integral part of an organisation’s day-to-day operations.
Anne Currell, Group CEO, Currell
To link to the original article please click here
Future Hope is a charitable organisation which provides opportunity through its homes, school and medical programme for some of the most vulnerable children from the streets and slums of Kolkata, India. The Future Hope Sporting Auction is a celebration of the power of sport to transform the lives of these children and the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for their important work.
The Future Hope Sporting Auction went live online on the 12th May and will run until the 21st May where the lucky winning bidders will be announced at a gala dinner.
Future Hope children in Kolkata
Many of the prizes up for grabs have a sporting twist including Cup Final tickets, a French Racing Experience, four VIP tickets to racing at Epsom and a polo lesson. Other covetable prizes a night at the luxurious Mayfair Hotel, a long weekend in Norfolk and a Mark Warner holiday.
One of the most unique prizes of the night is the opportunity to take afternoon tea with Donwton Abbey’s very own butler, Carson, played by actor Jim Carter at The Mayfair Hotel.
To take part in the online auction please visit the website here
To find out more about Future hope and how The Future Hope Sporting Auction will help their work visit their website www.futurehope.net
On the 18 March the Key4Life Charity Auction raised an amazing £83,000, at the exclusive event held at the Porchester Hotel in Bayswater.
Key4Life was set up by Eva Hamilton in late 2012. The mission of Key4Life is to reduce the rate of youth re-offending through delivery of an innovative rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison.
So far the success rate of the programme has been outstanding and there are plans in progress to expand the programme to more prisons across the UK.
Chris Currell encourages the crowd to get bidding
Over 300 guests were in attendance, including various business leaders from the City such as the CEO of Willis, John Cavanagh, and David Sharpe of Universal Music.
Chris Currell acted as auctioneer on the night, encouraging the crowd to bid on nine fantastic lots. These included one weeks’ holiday in a luxury chalet, tickets to see Paul McCartney at the O2 and a luxury trip to a palace in Rome for six people.
The guests did not disappoint during the auction. This meant that the huge total of £83,000 was almost double the estimated guide price.
Live music was provided courtesy of Emeli Sandé
After the auction, guests were treated to a short film about the work of Key4Life and a special performance by Brit Award-winning singer Emeli Sandé
The enormous amount of money raised on the night was a fantastic result for Key4Life and will allow the programme to help more young men turn their lives around.
To find out more about Key4Life and the work they do, please click here
As proud sponsors of Highbury Grove School, we sent a team of nine enthusiastic employees back to school, to take part in their fundraising quiz last Friday 27th February.
Perhaps a little unaware of how stiff the competition would be, coming in last, we reminded ourselves of some important school values – it’s the taking part that counts!
The Currell team getting stuck into some bridge building
Other participants of the quiz were parents and teachers of Highbury Grove School, all supporting the Friday fundraiser to make some money for their growing outward bound programme. Kicking off the quiz with head-scratching rounds featuring questions taken directly from the classroom on art and history, we finally found familiar territory in the more unconventional parts of the quiz. This included rounds such as cocktail tasting and music, where we managed to scrape back some desperately needed points!
The Currell bike donated to raise funds in the raffle
Although unable to catch up on the scoreboard, we were delighted to take part in the event, which raised nearly £5000 for one of the top performing schools in the borough.
A big thank you to all Currell team members who participated and showed their support, and to Highbury Grove for hosting a great event.
(Guest post by Camilla Bonnar)
On the 26 September, Currell Management hosted a cake and coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £93 and cholesterol levels in the process.
Taking inspiration from the Great British Bake Off, Oprah Mungati-Spittal took it upon herself to organise the event and got creative in her kitchen to supply our hungry workers with delicious cakes.
Oprah’s culinary wizardry in all its glory…
Oprah said: “It was very exciting organising the cake sale. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m so grateful to everyone that took part. With the help and support I received it really was a piece of cake!”
Michael Paul, our Head of Property Management was also impressed with the turn out and said: “I’m really happy with the success of the coffee morning and raising money for a charity that affects so many.”
Oxjam Festival is back this October, promoting charitable giving through great live music. Events take place across the UK by people passionate about live music and raising money for a great cause.
SoundUp Sessions, a live music project founded in 2012 by North London native Charlotte McIlroy, is hosting an official Oxjam warmup in Shoreditch.
SoundUp is known for putting on intimate gigs in unique locations across the city and this event in clothes shop AIDA on Shoreditch High Street, will be no different. The line-up includes Abi Alton, Louise Smith, Sam Wills, Harry Fisher, Joseph Apostol and Jack Flash.
Charlotte says, “At SoundUp our main aim is to provide our audience with a gigging experience that is different from the rest. We hold all our intimate sessions in interesting and somewhat unexpected venues. To be able to add our unique spin on live music to the infamous Oxjam Festival is a huge privilege for us.”
Doors open at 7.30 on Saturday 11th October at AIDA, 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
To get your tickets click here or to learn more about SoundUp Sessions visit their website