Creative Spring Challenge

The Northbank BID are inviting all businesses and their families to take part in our “Creative Spring Challenge.” Participants will be asked to either draw or write a poem on something spring related. This could be anything from sketching flowers in their garden to a view they have observed from their living room window. Participants can be as creative as they wish and there are no restrictions on the size of the drawing or length of the poem.

You will have a month to work on your creative works and then simply take a picture and send it over to us at The BID team will then pick out their favourite picture and poem and the winners of each will win £150 which they can then donate to their favourite charities in the local footprint.

Through this competition Northbank BID are looking to support the amazing work that all six of these charities are continuing deliver throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Homelessness and the issues surrounding it, such as mental health and substance abuse, continues to be huge area of work throughout this crisis. All of these charities are working in their own way to keep rough sleepers safe and off the streets during this crisis.

Please find some information about all six of the charities here

Terms and conditions

And the winners are…

We would like to say congratulations to our two winners; Eirini Papadopoulou & Shiromi Pillai! Both of our winners have chosen make a donation on their behalf to Turning Point and Look Ahead respectively. Congratulations! You can see their entiries below:

Poem entry:

Springing Time

Season of the open heart…

Flowers that bloom in the morning zoom

People fuelled by energy of light,

lifting spirits and feeling bright

Rising love for nature’s glory,

conquering all to shine its flory

Oh Lent!Oh Spring!

….Make good the gifts …this year will bring

Be kind to us and give us hope,

allow this summer to bring us scope

Lets cherish Springs beauty of gifts,

give us life and give us up-lifts

By Eirini Papadopoulou

Drawing entry:

By Shiromi Pillai

The Passage – #DonateYourDinner

The Passage asks celebrity chefs and the public to share recipes and fund vital food parcels

One of the UK’s largest homeless charities, The Passage, is launching an urgent #DonateYourDinner campaign to help feed London’s homeless community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Supported by Nadiya Hussain, the celebrity chef comments on the campaign: “Let’s not let homelessness become normal.  Let’s not walk past.”

The UK lockdown has meant homeless people are even more vulnerable, with many shelters having to close their doors.  The Passage, based in Westminster, has supported hundreds of rough sleepers into emergency accommodation over the past few weeks.   

The charity is continuing to provide vital support, including preparing and delivering hot meals to over 300 people helped off the streets and into accommodation, seven days a week. 

The Head Chef Claudette Dawkins and her army of volunteers in The Passage kitchen have created a brand new Food Hub, preparing hot, nutritious meals and are hoping for inspiration from celebrity chefs who have been asked to provide recipes.

It costs £10 to provide a food parcel to a homeless person every evening which includes a hot meal as well as breakfast and lunch for the next day. The Passage needs to raise £300,000 in the next ten weeks to ensure London’s homeless don’t go hungry.

The Passage’s CEO, Mick Clarke said, “our priority is to ensure that homeless people have somewhere safe to stay, are well fed and do not return to the streets.  We are asking people to donate £10 to help fund a daily food parcel for one homeless person. At this time of lockdown, when many of us are unable to enjoy a meal with family and friends, we also encourage people to join us on social media to celebrate food by sharing recipes and their dining experiences.”

The #DonateYourDinner campaign is asking people to post a photo or video of people making and eating dinner.  Today, food has never played a more important role in our lives. The Passage hopes to recognise this by bringing people together to celebrate food and encourage the public to share their own ‘dinner’ experiences. 

Emergency Services Support

We would like to say thank you to Coutts , Proud Embankment,  The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) who have opened their doors within The Northbank area to support all first responders including the Metropolitan police, the Ambulance service and the London Fire Brigade.

Phone charging, beverage dispensary, seating, wifi and bathroom access will be available at set times. 

  • Coutts – Monday – Friday, 07:00 – 19:00 
  • IET- Monday – Friday, 10:15  – 15:45 
  • Proud Embankment – Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 17:00

St Martin-in-the-fields Easter Virtual Services

As the Church is now temporarily closed and the public are encouraged to stay home, St Martin-in-the-fields are livestreaming all of their Easter services.

To view, please visit their Facebook page during the below date and times.

Wednesday – 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

The City is My Monastery: Sharing With The Lent Course concludes on Wednesday evening with Sam Wells preaching. 

Maundy Thursday – 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Foot Washing and Institution of the Eucharist led by Sally Hitchiner. If you would like to join in by washing the feet of those in your household, please have a bowl, a jug of warm water and a towel to hand. This is followed by a vigil of the watch until 10pm.

Good Friday – 10:00 am to 11:00 am 

The Stations of The Cross.

Good Friday – 12: 00 am to 3:00 pm

The Three Hours, with reflections by Sam Wells on the theme of Boasting of Foolishness: Christ’s Cross in the New Testament Epistles

Easter Sunday – 5:30 am to 6:30 am

Easter Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday 10:00 am to 11:00 am


City of London Police Guidance: Fraud

Beware scams relating to Covid-19 pandemic

Criminals will use any opportunity they can to take money from innocent people. This includes exploiting tragedies and global emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, to scam people in a variety of ways. The number of these scams are only likely to increase and we need individuals and businesses to be fully aware and prepared.

As more people stay indoors and work from computers and laptops at home, there is more opportunity for criminals to try and trick people into parting with their money at a time when they are anxious and uncertain about the future.

We have already received nearly 400 reports of fraud related to COVID-19, the majority of which are online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived. We have also seen a large amount of phishing emails and texts circulating, that use COVID-19 as a hook, and try to get recipients to click on links or attachments which harvest information and lead to the individual revealing personal or financial details.

Is fraud rising?

While the number of reports of fraud in general is not increasing, we are warning people that the current social situation we find ourselves in could lead to any number of fraud types increasing as this immediate public health crisis unfolds. We are advising people to be particularly vigilant around:

  • Computer Software Service Fraud – as more people work from home, fraudsters may capitalise on slow networks and IT problems, to commit computer software service fraud. Be wary of cold calls or unsolicited emails offering you help with your device or to fix a problem. Attached is a helpful graphic with protection advice.  
  • Mandate Fraud – with more people working at home, it may be easier for fraudsters to impersonate senior decision makers, with seemingly valid reasons why they cannot be contacted, and request a change in a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by purporting to be an organisation you make regular payments to. The change they ask you to make will divert funds to their own bank account. Attached is a helpful graphic with protection advice.

Advice for businesses in regards to people working from home

Many organisations are either moving to working remotely for the first time or significantly increasing it, and this presents a number of cyber security challenges. Advice on how to respond to those challenges is set out in the NCSC’s working from home guidance.

There are a number of practical steps organisations can take to reduce the risk including:

  • Supporting people to use stronger passwords and setting up two factor authentication.
  • Ensuring staff know how to report problems, especially those related to security.
  • Creating ‘How do I’ guides for new software and tools staff may be using.  
  • Using VPNs to allow users to securely access the organisation’s IT services.
  • Ensuring devices encrypt data whilst at rest.

Some organisations may be allowing staff to use their own devices to work remotely. In this case, please refer to the NCSC’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) guidance.

In addition to following the guidance set out above, it is worth being aware of phishing emails which trick users into clicking on a bad link. Once clicked, the user is sent to a website which could download malware onto your computer, or steal passwords. We know that cyber criminals are opportunistic and will look to take advantage of people’s fears, and there is evidence that the coronavirus outbreak is being exploited in this way.

Those who do fall victim shouldn’t feel bad – these scams can be extremely convincing – but what they should do as quickly as possible is report it to their IT department when the incident is work-related or Action Fraud when it is personal. They can also open their antivirus (AV) software if installed, and run a full scan, following any instructions given. If they’ve been tricked into providing password, they should change their passwords on all their other accounts. The NCSC’s guidance on suspicious emails provides more tips on this.

Our Cyber Griffin team have also created a series of short video guides on how to keep you and your family safe while online at home which contain practical hints and tips and cover a range of topics, including passwords, phishing, vishing and multi-factor authentication.

To report a fraud please follow this link: Phishing emails can be forwarded to  or via