Open House London

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As a society concerned with your local built environment I’m sure you have many members who have participated in the annual Open House Weekend and would like to see this and our other work continue despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

The link to our Friends appeal page is

https://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/appeal

For three decades we have staged the extraordinary Open House festival every September opening the doors of amazing buildings all over London for hundreds of thousands of people to explore and enjoy for free. We have also created unique design-led education for children and young people from deprived backgrounds and with special educational needs across the city. We estimate that since Open House was founded, around 2.8 million people have come to the festival and tens of thousands of children have benefited from our workshops and learning programmes.

However, as a charity, we have always funded our work with income we earn from running events throughout the year, and as society takes important steps to defeat the coronavirus, we have been hard hit by the lockdown which has stopped almost all our sources of income.

Open House is not a big organisation. We don’t receive central government grants or statutory funding but nonetheless do amazing things with modest resources. We have a tiny staff team supported by tireless volunteers but making the Open House festival happen every year, and delivering educational projects in communities on the ground is a huge undertaking. Right now our staff are working around the clock finding new ways to continue supporting the communities who rely on our learning programmes throughout the lockdown. We are creating new online and mail-order educational activities to ensure nobody is deprived of a holistic education due to the pandemic. And we are devising inventive ways to celebrate London’s unique landscape for all even if Covid-19 means that we can’t run a traditional Open House Weekend in September. But we can’t do any of this alone.

In the past, we have rarely asked the public for financial support and have done everything we can to keep Open House free for all, but in this crisis, we now need your help. If you believe in our work and can afford to contribute a small monthly donation, please act now to become an Open House Friend. You can read more about the great rewards we are creating to say thank you to everyone who donates below.

We understand that incomes are being hit across society by the virus, and that not everybody is in a position to give to charity at this time, but if just 1% of the people who come to Open House every year gave a small donation each month, it would safeguard the charity, guaranteeing the future of the free Open House festival and the critical work we do with disadvantaged young people across London.

Once again the link to our Friends appeal page is

https://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/appeal

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