The company focuses its support on charities and projects in the local area, tackling issues affecting the communities within Soho.
As well as charitable giving, we donate space in vacant units for non-profit and community organisations and start-ups, who contribute to the energy and creative spirit of the neighbourhood, and may otherwise be unable to afford to operate in the area.
We also support special events, festivals and markets.
The charities, programmes and initiatives we support include:
Centrepoint – ‘Healthy Living Advisor’ – This programme helps homeless young people improve their mental and physical health.
Terrence Higgins Trust – ‘Soho MSM Outreach Programme’ – THT provides a comprehensive community outreach service in Soho, both physically and digitally, which supports the sexual health of residents and people who use the area’s night time economy.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – ‘Building Brighter Futures in the Soho Radius’ – This programme gives young people, particularly those facing disadvantage, the opportunity to start their DofE Award in the area. This boosts vital non-academic skills such as confidence, team-working, and a sense of community. Past programmes have included helping two groups of LGBTQ+ young people take part in the Bronze DofE Award.
Soho Parish School – ‘Teacher-led interventions’ – developing skills which give pupils the best possibilities for future economic stability. All pupils benefit, but pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly targeted.
Ad hoc and pop up support is also vital for the area. Our support includes ‘Street Food Union’ on Rupert Street, Hot Desking/Pop Up boutiques/Galleries/Restaurants in various vacant properties.
Past support has also included providing space for ‘Soho Create’,’ ArtFix’, ‘Art Alive Arts Trust’
Soho Estates is represented and actively involved on numerous committees within organizations serving to promote and develop the property industry, our local community and environment. These include: ‘The Soho Action plan’, ‘The Soho Safer Neighbourhood Panel’, ‘The Heart of London Business Alliance’, ‘Safer London Business Partnership’
Theatres Trust – ‘London Theatres Small Grant Scheme’ – This provides money to small theatres to aid with immediate repairs and improvements.
Fawn James sits on the Board of ‘Soho Theatre’, ‘Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ & and is an Executive Committee Member of ‘The Royal Variety Charity’.
Soho Estates has provided support for the ‘The Old Vic 12’ which aims to nurture and develop the next generation of theatre practitioners.
We have actively encouraged creative companies to set up in our vacant properties on a pop up basis and these have included ‘You Me Bum Bum Train’, ‘Found 111’ and ‘Carnesky Cabaret School’.