We are a Buddhist-inspired charity working to benefit the local community, while putting our values into practice.
We aim to put compassion into action, building local connections and cohesion so we can all enjoy the rich diversity of our area.
Our values include:
Cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and cohesion.
Respect for diversity and accessibility.
Awareness of self, others and the wider environment.
How we work
The way that we work is as important to us as the outcomes of what we do. We commit to accessibility, inclusiveness, clear and kind communication in service delivery. We work to create positive, ethical and caring working and learning environments.
Our work is generously supported by individual donors, and a wonderful network of local volunteers. We gratefully acknowledge support from trusts and foundations, which in recent years have included Gateway Housing Community Chest, European Social Fund, London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council, Comic Relief Fund, Wakefield & Tetley Trust, Worshipful Company of Weavers and Yapp Charitable Trust.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What does ‘Buddhist-inspired’ mean?
Our charity was founded by people involved with the London Buddhist Arts Centre in Bethnal Green, many of whom were practicing at the nearby London Buddhist Centre, part of the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community. Globe Community Project was established to benefit the local community through compassionate action. We want our work to benefit as many of the groups who make up our local community as possible.
+ How do you meet local needs?
We match skilled people, mostly from the local Buddhist community, with the most pressing local needs, according to our 2017 needs assessment, or needs expressed by other local organisations or entities. We then fundraise to carry out these projects together.
+ Do you only work in Tower Hamlets?
Our purpose is to work in Globe Town and surrounding areas. So far, our work has all been in Tower Hamlets, although participants may sometimes come from further afield.
+ Do you have funding for other local organisations?
We are not a grant-giving charity. Try the Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service for free advice and support to help develop your organisation.
+ Why do some of your people have additional names?
Some of our people are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Community and have been given Buddhist names on their ordination. These names have meanings which describe the qualities of that person. For example, our Chair Susanne Powlesland also uses her Buddhist name ‘Sraddhapuspa,’ which means ‘blossoming faith.’