bobble hat charity fundraiserMerry Christmas from Just Helpers!

As an office team, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you for trusting us to find great cleaning colleagues who match your home and office spaces over this past year.

This year has been a big year of growth for us, which has been exciting and has kept us all very busy.  We are excited about the creation of our new App which will be launched in the first quarter of next year.  This will help to ease communication, allow you and your Helper to keep up with your cleaning schedules, give you an easy platform to make comments and allow you to connect with the team more readily.

It was thrilling to have our 3rd baby in the manager’s team and the arrival of baby Matthew to Monika in September has been wonderful – more on that in January!

Empowering Women

Being nominated by one of you for a Venus award this year was also very humbling, and much more making it through to the final 4 and a ‘juoozy’ awards evening at the Waldorf with the team on the 3rd as an Employer of the year has been an interesting journey.  We look forward to announcing the results.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Many of you ask me about potential gifts for your Helper.   For all of the team, the very best thing for them is a monetary tip as they are often trying to support family still located in their countries of origin. I will leave this between you and your cleaner, but please do be mindful of your last cleaning day before Christmas with your regular Helper. I would suggest just leaving a card etc, in a prominent place where she is likely to find it.  Last year I can honestly say that most of my team were moved to tears because of your generosity. Thank-you in advance.

Our Christmas Charity Appeal

We are supporting two charities this year:

The first is Bulgarian charity spearheaded by Olga one of our cleaning colleagues.  She and a group of friends organise a busload of items to be delivered to a charity that cares for Children in the care system in Bulgaria.  There is a desperate need for items of clothing, toiletries, stationery and toys.  As many of our team are Bulgarian, we want to get behind this in two ways:  Our team will rally together to donate various second-hand items from their family.  Secondly, any money raised by the team for both this and our UK charity below will be matched by the agency.  We will divide the money and have a day as a team in the spring where we create as many gift-boxes as we can to send with the next bus that Olga and her friends will organise.  We would LOVE it if you could consider donating some money towards this.

The second is Children with Cancer UK.  This was the charity that is close to our manager Yana Yaneva’s heart and won the team’s vote too.  Already as a team, we have raised over £600.  This will be matched pound for pound by the agency.  Could you join us in donating to this charity too?  Find out more at https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk and donate through our Just Helpers Facebook Just Giving Page.

Christmas Festivities near you.

We currently clean for 9 great churches and their clergy around London.  I know that they will be busily planning their Christmas services now.  If the thought of Carols by Candlelight, Alfrescosinging, festive wreath making, midnight mass, an evening of carols at your local jazz bar, Children’s Nativity service, a Christmas market or the chance to find out what Christmas is really all about beyond the trees, carols, Santa and gifts piques your interest,  why not drop into one of their services, or a church more local to you.  See below for details of our connections:

Streatham Central Church:  http://streathamcentralchurch.org.uk/whats-on/ 

Dundonald Church Wimbledon: https://dundonald.org/calendar/

Hornsey Parish Church: http://hornseyparishchurch.org/news-events/

St Michael’s Battersea: https://stmichaelsbattersea.org/calendar-view-sunday-service-example?page=3

St Thomas More Swiss Cottage:  https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/swisscottage/news/

St Peter’s Bethnal Green:  http://media.withtank.com/5f6784c691/autumn_back.pdf   

St Andrew’s Chelsea: https://www.standrewschelsea.org/events

The Bridge Battersea Community Church: http://www.batterseachurch.co.uk/upcoming/

St Mary Abbots Parish Church Kensington: http://www.smaw8.org

Christmas and New Year often provide a time and space for us to reboot, rethink and in some cases change direction.  I pray for safety and well-being for each and every one of you as you pause, reflect, spend time with family and friends and enter into a new year.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

Warmest wishes,

Antoinette, Lydia, Monika, Vivian, Vanya, Yana, Yana, and the Just Helpers Team