GRACE is a small but growing charity based at 18 Leegate, Lee Green, south-east London. We collect donations of clothing, furniture, food and other essential supplies from the local community to sort, pack by item & re-distribute for refugees and destitute families both locally and abroad. We network with other established charities and regional groups to share information and work together, collaborating to support refugees in France, Greece and the Balkans.
We moved to new premises in early 2017 in Leegate in the heart of Lee Green and are working with local groups and projects to find ways to expand the services we offer to the local community and refugees living in area. We now run a charity shop on selected mornings to help raise funds for shipping and services by selling donations that are not required by our beneficiaries. We operate a minimal waste policy to reduce waste, constantly striving to make the most of public donations. We are entirely run by volunteers, so that means GRACE can maximise the benefit of resources.
During the Summer of 2017, we opened GRACEful, our charity shop whose sales help support our ongoing projects.
At the start of 2019, we opened our Community Centre next door to GRACE HQ: giving opportunity to a range of community-led iniatitives, including Lee Greens (community veg-box scheme), pre-school music classees led by the Conservatoire, Blackheath, community events.
We run and manage Lewisham Brighter Beginnings through referrals from midwives and social workers to support and supply destitute families with baby and other day-to-day supplies.
Through referrals from other local charities, we supply any items essential for living to those in need.
Reg. charity no: 1169544
We are sometimes given donations that are unsuitable for our cause but we strive to minimise waste. As a bi-product of our work, we have been delighted to be able to support local charities, such as Greenwich FoodBank, Greenwich & Bexley Hospice, Lewisham Brighter Beginnings, PDSA, Greenwich Winter Night Shelter and individual cases referred to us. We recycle and upcycle where possible.