James’ Place is The October Club's chosen charity partner
The October Club, a group of philanthropists based in London, have chosen James’ Place as their charity partner of 2020.
For the last 32 years, The October Club has supported a transformational project each year, with the aim of taking an organisation and its cause to another level, raising the profile of important issues.
The October Club will be supporting the establishment of a new James’ Place suicide prevention centre for men in East London.
Ellen O’Donoghue, Executive Director, James’ Place said:
“The need for our work in East London is urgent and we are honoured that The October Club has chosen to support our vital work. Through this partnership we will transform the help available for men facing a suicidal crisis in Hackney and the City.
With The October Club’s support, we will be able to establish a physical home for our new London service and provide a permanent resource which works in partnership with the local community and the NHS, providing our intervention to those who need it most.
We will be working with academic partners to assess, evaluate and improve our work so that the impact will be felt beyond the environment of the new centre, as we work towards the transformation of support for men in suicidal crisis across the UK.”
Henry Knapman, Chairman of The October Club said:
“The October Club has a long history of supporting smaller charities and their transformational projects. We have a transparent and thorough application and selection process and are delighted to announce that, from many initial applications, our 2020 charity will be James’ Place.
Male suicide is tragically common and the Financial Services industry, from where most of our October Club supporters come, is often impacted. Sadly, the current health and economic crisis will likely lead to increased loneliness, isolation and hardship, so it is a particularly important time for a charity like James’ Place.
We are delighted that, with our funding, they will bring the expertise and interventions they have developed in Liverpool to a new centre in London at a time when demand for their help is, unfortunately, likely to grow.”