Syrian Refugee Event – 9th November

Syrian Refugees Waltham Forest – Community Event

Please see the Community Waltham Forest website for more information
or book online here

Come to a Community Meeting on Thursday 9th November 6-8 pm at Blackhorse Road Baptist Church Hall to help plan support for Syrian refugee families in Waltham Forest.

Blackhorse Road Baptist Church Hall (entrance on Southcote Road), Blackhorse Road, E17 7AS
Nearest tube Blackhorse Road 5 min walk, St James Street
Overground 5 mins walk, Buses 230 or 158.
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Meet other local community groups, hear about plans and help coordinate community support with other groups and residents in Waltham Forest.
Speakers from Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group, Single Housing Project and Refugee Welcome Waltham Forest.
Refreshments will be available.
Our thanks to Blackhorse Road Baptist Church for kindly hosting this event.

Click here for the flyer and booking info.
Click here for more info about welcoming the Syrian refugee families in Waltham Forest

Leesa Herbert
Community Waltham Forest
Tel – 0203 893 9791
working days tue – fri

Wanted: local young people to lead Arts Against Extremism project

Waltham Forest Arts Against Extremism

The initiative has been created in partnership with organisations including the Home Office, Waltham Forest Council and the Arts Council. It will support people aged 16 – 21 to become activists, flooding social media with messages and art promoting their local community. The deadline to register to get involved is 10 November.

Councillor Sharon Waldron, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “All too often our media space is filled with extremist rhetoric. There is a clear need for positive messages and a counter-narrative.

“I’d urge any young person interested in becoming a voice for social change to sign up before 10 November.”

Volunteers will receive training in using social media and dealing with opposition online. They will then create films, some of which will be developed by producers at world-famous communications agency M&C Saatchi and screened at the 2018 Walthamstow Film Festival.

Jevelle Hibbert, a local 16-year-old who has already signed up, wants to encourage others to join him and get involved: “This programme will be a step towards making Waltham Forest a more positive place to live, the air a little bit clearer and the world a safer place. I believe that the younger generations have the skills to tackle this.”

Walthamstow resident and anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) campaigner, Hibo Wardere, is supporting Arts Against Extremism: “I am very excited to work on this pioneering project,” she said. “It recognises the wider harms of extremism, including FGM, and aims to engage youth in becoming a positive voice that stands up against it. I will be following the project’s every move online and supporting it wherever I can.”

To apply for a place on the programme, please complete the Arts Against Extremism application form .
For  further information
Contact Charlotte Littlewood
Community Coordinator (Counter Extremism), Early Help Division
London Borough of  Waltham Forest
Tel: 020 8496 5375 | Ext 5375
Mob: 07976436739

Newham ESOL Exchange: Pathways into Employment

Pathways into Employment: help refugees and migrants take the next step
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10am to noon

This Pathways into Employment event brings together key local providers of employment and training support, including some VCS organisations targeting ‘hard to reach’ groups such as migrant women or refugees.  In 2 hours you will hear from providers and have the chance to network and talk to them directly.
If you work with ESOL learners, migrants or refugees and haven’t booked your place, please take another look at the event details here and if you  have any feedback please let me know.

Stall Hosting 
If your organisation offers support around employability and you would like to host a stall to share information about your work please book a stall here. You will need to arrive by 9.30am to set up your stall.

Anne Crisp
Community Development Worker
Please note I work two days a week – usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, London, E7 9AB.
020 3740 8122
Registered Charity number : 220085

Bags of Taste Pop Up Kitchen

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Bags of Taste Pop Up Kitchen
Salvation Army, Forest Road, Walthamstow

Access to healthy food is a key element of the wellbeing of all of us but, perhaps surprisingly is not a reality for everyone as a result of various barriers both real and perceived.  “Bags of Taste” is a local project being introduced to Walthamstow this Autumn that will help people overcome these barriers and increase their opportunity to enjoy the benefits of healthy meals every day.

Guests will be learning how to cook delicious food for less than £1 a portion. After participating in the course, students will find they are making significant savings on their food bills, eating more healthily and reducing eating takeaways and ready meals. Guests will feel empowered to take control of their diets, also cook for family and friends and feel more connected to their local community. This really makes a difference to the fullness of life open to them.

Each lesson includes a food demonstration, practical hands on learning to prepare the recipes and opportunity to take part in a free community lunch. If you have a Walthamstow postcode you are welcome to attend as a guest.

But perhaps you may have the skills to help Andrew and Judy as volunteers, setting up the Pop Up kitchen hall at the Salvation Army on Forest Road in Walthamstow and supporting guests to get the most from this course.  Please consider offering your help by joining in as a volunteer – in particular we are looking for some help for four Fridays in November between 11.30am to 2.45pm.

Please contact Andrew if you think you can help or you know people who might benefit from taking part in this course.
Coordinator : Andrew Musgrave
Fridays 12.00 – 2.30, 3rd-24th November 2017
Tel: 07914 803530