Charity News

The extraordinary 150-year history of the Royal School of Needlework is being celebrated with an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. It is a stunning display of history and artefacts; a vivid look back at their past, and a colourful look into their future.

Applique Panel by RSN Embroidery Studio ©RSN

 

Between April-September 2022 Haberdashers have the chance to see up close the range and depth of embroidery that the Royal School of Needlework has been creating for the... Read More


The very first official ceremonial garment for High Sheriffs of Greater London has been designed and created in collaboration with London College of Fashion (LCF), UAL, Making for Change and Fine Cell Work. It will be worn for the first time by the new Lady High Sheriff of Greater London, Heather Phillips, when she is installed today, 28 April. The symbolic cloak is intended to be be passed on to all future women to hold the position of High Sheriff of Greater London for the next 100 years.

The High Sheriff of Greater London (HSGL) has, until now, had no official costume. The post... Read More


On 24 March 2022, the Golden Lecture was given at St Bartholomew the Less. The Right Rev'd Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, lectured on The Master's 'Tall Order' - Understanding our Neighbours in the Centenary Years. Origin of the Golden Lecture

William Jones was one of the Company’s earliest and most generous benefactors. He bequeathed money to the Company in 1614 for a school in Monmouth and for almshouses in both Monmouth and Newland. He also... Read More


Construction Youth Trust is one of the company’s Major Grant holders, receiving an award of £50,000 in 2021. They use a relationship model to work closely with young people from some of the least advantaged parts of London, creating success by helping put them on the path to careers in construction. 

 

On arrival at the offices of Construction Youth Trust I met two of their programme workers. At that moment I knew that the Company had made a wise decision to support this charity: the spark,... Read More


As one of 2021 Small Grant awardees, charity Blind in Business used their £2,000 grant to help support young Londoners gain employability skills and enter the workplace.

 

Blind in Business was able to support 28 blind people into jobs over the course of their award’s term. 

The charity delivered career planning sessions and helped young people develop skills suitable for the workplace. The participants were also given mock interviews, all of which helped develop the young people’s... Read More


Hatcham College old girl, Heather Joseph-Dublin, is now a senior teacher at Hatcham Temple Grove primary school. The Company made a contribution towards Heather’s Master’s degree in Identity, Culture and Language; here is the story of her studies.

 

We all have our own unique notion of identity, culture and language. Our life experiences all contribute to who we are, and the people we hope to become.

Heather Joseph-Dublin, former pupil at Hatcham College, wanted to explore this... Read More


In an article from The Times in October this year justice secretary Dominic Raab stated that companies should hire from the “captive audience” of 45,000 working-age offenders set free every year.

 

“Some of these people are highly gifted, they just got on the wrong track” Simon Lawson, Lawsons Builders

 

This way of thinking chimes with the No Going Back project that the Company has been instrumental in setting up, along with a number of other Livery... Read More


Through the bleak months of lockdown St Catherine’s church has found ways to ‘make something wonderful’ out of the tough times. Haberdashers and staff went to meet Rev'd Sheridan James and her team on the Company’s first parish deputation since June 2019.

Rev'd Sheridan James, The Master, Freeman Erica Fitzpatrick, Liveryman Natalie Wilson, Liveryman Charles Cope, Past Master Caroline Davis, The Clerk and Rev'd Graham Hunter, Liveryman, at St Catherine’s.

 

A... Read More


With annual costs of just £30,000, the Haberdashers’ small grant of £2,000 made a considerable difference to this volunteer-led organisation. Here’s why it matters to those who attend the Men’s Shed.

 

All the tools are neatly laid out, each screwdriver and pair of pliers in their rightful place along the length of the ‘shed’. There is clearly a great deal of care and attention here, and not just for the hardware. 

This is the Men’s Shed (soon to be rebranded the Joy of Sheds), a... Read More


With a Small Grant of just £1,892 the Company is helping young people in London learn how to prevent deaths from knife crime with charity Street-Doctors.

 

There are two impressive things about the work of Street-Doctors. First, the sessions they deliver for small groups of young people are potentially life-saving: teaching simple, memorable steps with the aim of preventing deaths from knife crime. Second, and equally impressive, is that the sessions are run exclusively by volunteers.... Read More