Tell MAMA Hate Crime Surgery

Tell MAMA would like to invite you to a Hate Crime Advice Surgery in Waltham Forest:
The Mill Community Centre, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA.  The surgeries will run on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

They provide a safe space to discuss hate crime and how to report hate incidents anonymously
Members of the public can drop in for advice with no appointment necessary for this free service.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursday 14 February 2019
Thursday 14 March 2019
Thursday 11 April 2019
Thursday 9 May 2019
Thursday 13 June 2019

Women’s Global Story Cafe

Stories & Supper: a Women’s Global Story Cafe
Hoe Street, Central Bank in Walthamstow

Date and Time: 23rd March, 11am to 1pm 

Stories & Supper are hosting a Women’s Global Story Café
Hoe Street Central Bank, 151-155 Hoe St, E17 3AN, Walthamstow on 23rd March, 11am to 1pm

This is a community conversation about migration, home and belonging, with stories from refugee women.  Entrance is free (including global snacks) 
Booking is essential at

This event is supported by the Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary University.

Transport: Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line and London Overground) is a 3 minute walk
Walthamstow Queen’s Road (London Overground) is a 10 minute walk.

Buses: 20, 34, 48, 69, 97, 212, 215, 230, 257, 275, 357,W12, W15, W19.

Job opening: ESOL Single Point of Contact Manager

Connecting Communities ESOL Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Manager:
(PO4) £38,994 – £41,847 (fixed term for 12 months with possibility for extension)

Born from the borough’s selection as one of only five Integration Area pilots nationally – and the only one in London – Connecting Communities will establish innovative solutions to local needs. In doing so we will empower residents to take the lead in their communities and be the catalyst for change, and provide them with the support and infrastructure required to achieve their ambitions.

The post holder will manage the development and implementation of the new Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for ESOL provision in Waltham Forest.

The SPOC is a core component of the Council’s Connecting Communities delivery plan, and the purpose of this role will be to manage and develop the service. Based at local hubs throughout the borough, the post-holder will be expected to lead or contribute to a wide range of partnerships and English-language provision.

Connecting Communities is more than a programme; it represents a new movement that will impact across the community, council and partners and our local teams will be at the heart of it. We’re looking for people who can not only handle that pressure, but embrace it. This role require proactive and confident individuals who can develop new ideas, challenge perceptions, and identify opportunities working alongside the voluntary and community sector, local residents and services.

For more information and to apply, please see the Council’s online listing here.


Twitter: @wfcouncil


Our ambition is that everybody in Waltham Forest enjoys a quality life.

Hate Crime Advice Surgery

Invitation by Tell MAMA: Hate Crime Advice Surgery
The surgeries will run on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Mill Community Centre, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA

The surgeries are a safe space to discuss hate crime and how to report hate crime incidents anonymously. Members of the public can drop in for advice with no appointment necessary for this free service.

Thursday 14 February 2019
Thursday 14 March 2019
Thursday 11 April 2019
Thursday 9 May 2019
Thursday 13 June 2019

Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) is a secure and reliable service that allows people from across England to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse.

For more information about the surgery, contact: Rehman at Faith Matters

Saturday story making workshops for refugees and asylum seekers

Story making workshops every Saturday 11 am to 1:30 pm for refugees and asylum seekers at Gnome  House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS

  • learn skills in drama and storytelling
  • share the real story about migration
  • practise your English and build confidence

Local refugee supper club Stories & Supper will be running a series of story-making workshops for refugees and asylum seekers (status irrelevant).
The workshops will be at Gnome House (E17 6DS) on Saturdays at 11am starting on 9th February.

No experience needed –  Travel expenses paid and lunch provided.
Those who attend the workshops can go on to be facilitators and storytellers for a series of global story cafes in the community.

Please spread the word to attendees at your ESOL classes.
More info from Helen at

Connecting Communities across Waltham Forest

Connecting Communities: Joining all Networks meeting, Waltham Forest
Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS 
Date and Time: 
Tue, 5 February 2019, 10:00 – 12:30 GMT
Information by:  Mark Foster, Connecting Communities Project Manager

Please register here:
Connecting Communities – Joining All Local Networks Event

Connecting Communities is a new programme soon launching across the borough. It aims to improve the life chances of residents by making our communities feel safer and more connected. We want people in Waltham Forest to be proud of their different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, while feeling part of the bigger community.

What are the networks?
To help the council and community work better together, we have formed four local networks in Walthamstow, Chingford, Leyton and Leytonstone. At the first round of network meetings in December, residents shared what they see are the key challenges for their area and mapped some of the valuable work that’s already happening across the borough. It was a chance for people to get to know others and share ideas. 

What now?
Following your feedback, we would like to join all networks together at one big meeting. As well as having the chance to network with others beyond your local area, attendees will also be involved in shaping some ideas which will become pilots in the borough over the coming months.

Click here to keep up to date with the latest Connecting Communities news and events. 
If you have any questions, contact the team on

Catalyst Leadership Programme: 18-21 February

Catalyst will be delivering a programme in Walthamstow from Monday 18thFebruary to Thursday 21stFebruary and applications are now open! 
Develop the skills and experience to play a part in building a strong civil society in a multi-faith, multi-ethnic Britain.

About Catalyst: Catalyst offers free training to young people between 16 and 26 years of age, to empower young people to act as positive role models in their neighbourhoods and communities. Catalyst emphasises the importance of religious and ethnic diversity in our country and encourages its students to be understanding and supportive to people of all backgrounds.
For more information and an application form please go to our website:

Dates: Monday 18thFebruary – Thursday 21stFebruary 2019
Location: Faizan-e-Islam, 8 Corbett Road Walthamstow, London E17 3JZ
Times: 9.30am-4.00pm
All refreshments and materials provided
Please contact us if you have any queries or special requirements such as dietary or a need for a private prayer area, as we do our best to accommodate any request.

To apply please fill out the application form on our website and return it to Florence.    
E:  T: 02078981667

Catalyst is delivered by the charity Near Neighbours.

Christmas events at South Chingford Community Library

South Chingford Community Library welcome you to join us as a thank you for the support of the community during 2018.
265 Chingford Mount Road, E4 8LP

Twixmas Drop In: Friday 28th December 2018 
From 11am – 3pm 
Singer  Annie Riley at 1pm
Buffet Lunch
All welcome

Monday’s at South Chingford Community Library 
Free Arts and Crafts for all 
Monday’s 2-4pm
10th Make your own bath salts
17TH Make your own Scarves

Drop in , for more information please contact
Alison Gordon, Local Area Coordinator Larkswood Ward
07790 362715

Free Community Trainings

Community Waltham Forest Training Sessions
The following sessions are free but you must enrol with Community Waltham Forest for each.

All sessions take place at The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA.
Fundraising and Beyond – Diversify and Grow your Income
10:00-16:30, Tuesday 6th November
Safeguarding is All our Business
10:00-13:00, Wednesday 14th November
Recruiting Volunteers made Easy
10:00-16:00, Thursday 22nd November
For further information, contact: 

Update from the Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group

Vacancy: Membership Secretary 
WMAG are currently on the lookout for a Membership Secretary to join our team, to help us set up and manage a proper database of our members. It’s important whoever takes on this central role is organised, focused and effective, ideally with experience of having carried out this kind of work before. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please email

Burns Night Fundraiser for WMAG
Evening of Friday 25th January
Local E17 venue TBD
Our wonderful fundraising team are arranging a local evening of Burns Night fun to brighten up a chilly January, including a ceildih, poetry, music, haggis and veggie haggis! Save the date!