Playing an active role in the local community is very important to us, as is doing our bit for charity and social causes. That’s why, as well as managing a buzzing co-working space in the heart of Hackney Wick, we have recently set up Cause2Create - a not-for-profit organisation that helps creatives give something back.
Cause2Create enables companies and individuals to donate their time, skills and ideas to help good causes. Our model is simple: we bring together creative people to collaborate and then support them in responding to briefs set by the third sector. The project evolved from a question ‘how else can I help?’ After seeing the refugee crisis worsen over the past year, we wanted to be able to do more than just put our hands in our pockets. We wanted to help by using our skills and experience. And the more we talked to other creatives, the more we found we weren’t alone. We are launching Cause2Create this November with an industry event which will be focusing on the refugee crisis. With full community support we would like to take this opportunity to showcase how art and creativity can be used to bring about positive change.
Loughborough University, Ni Nyampinga, Clissold Games.
Outside of Cause2Create, we like to help the next generation of talent, so we have partnered with Loughborough University, providing the design students there with live briefs as part of their degree curriculum and mentoring them through the projects. We also support Ni Nyampinga - a much loved magazine and radio station for girls in Rwanda which is run by ‘Girl Effect’ a charity who work to end poverty through the empowerment of girls in the developing world. Mark recently spent ten incredible days with the ‘Girl Effect’ team in Rwanda, and there are plans for more of the HMB team to go there later this year. Closer to home, we run football teams in the local community and host our fun answer to the Olympics, Clissold Games, every summer. Anyone for a game of sock wrestling?