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!

Call for Volunteers: event on 3rd November

ZELT in support of Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group
Saturday 3 November, 19:30 – 22:00
Wild Card Brewery Ravenswood, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ
We urgently need a few of our supporters to help us collect money at this exciting music event. It is being held to raise funds for our very own cause, so we just need some willing volunteers to be there on the night to shake a bucket and collect the suggested £5 donation.
Please email if you are interested in helping out.
It is guaranteed to be great music and lots of fun, as well as an enormous help to our fundraising team and our cause!
Followshare and find out more about the event here:
Thank you as ever for your support!
The WMAG Team

12th September: Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fund Raising Buffet and Jazz

The Waltham Forest branch of Palestine Solidarity Campaign is having a buffet evening at the Star of India in Leytonstone to raise funds for an  appeal to the Supreme Court.
The PSC took the government to court after it ruled that local councils could not make  ethical decisions about investments they made, particularly their pension investments. The PSC won its case, but on appeal the court overturned the lower court’s decision and so the PSC wants to appeal to the Supreme Court. However such appeals are expensive and Bindmans LLP estimate that the appeal will cost about £100,000. So far the PSC has raised over half this and are making a final push towards raising the balance.
Waltham Forest PSC is trying to raise £500 towards the target. So far they  have raised about half this figure and this buffet and jazz evening at the Star of India if well attended will net the balance. The Star of India’s owner has always been supportive of the community and also provides very tasty food! Hope to see you all there.

3rd August: Connecting Communities workshop and lunch

Community Waltham Forest is offering a workshop and lunch, inviting local people involved in the community sector to a half day workshop on 3rd August to find out about the new ‘Connecting Communities’ programme. At the end of the workshop they will be providing lunch and the opportunity for networking and further conversation.

 Please click here for more information on the event.

Driven by Community Waltham Forest’s new corporate strategy, Creating Futures, and the Integrated Communities funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Connecting Communities represents a new way of thinking about the borough’s priorities, how they can be addressed, and the role everyone can play in:

  • Improving life chances
  • Creating a better sense of community
  • Increasing integration across the whole borough
  • Responding more effectively to the evolving needs of a growing and changing borough

Conversation Clubs: Summer 2018 schedule

Would you like to be able to speak English with more confidence? Why not join an English Conversation Club. There are a wide variety of Conversation Clubs taking place across the borough – there’s sure to be one near you!

The summer schedule includes Conversation Clubs as well as events, activities and outings. Please do take a look!

Run by trained volunteers, English Language clubs allow you to practise speaking English in an informal, relaxed environment.  The clubs are free and take place on different days and in different venues across the borough.  There is sure to be a club near your home.  You will make friends and get the opportunity to discuss lots of different topics.  Each week you will find that you can express yourself better in English. Regular Conversation Clubs will resume in September.

For more information, email or call the conversation club hotline on 020 8496 1130

For a listing of conversation clubs please click here

Upcoming Conversation Club Volunteer Training

English Conversation Club programme – volunteer training

  • Are you interested in volunteering?
  • Are you a confident English speaker?
  • Have you got one or two hours spare each week?
  • Are you interested in helping people improve their English speaking skills?

Conversation Clubs are run in a variety of local public spaces: libraries, children’s centres, community centres, places of worship and schools. We have a number of vibrant clubs currently running throughout the borough, but new volunteers are needed to support existing clubs and set up new clubs. We offer a 5 week FREE City and Guilds accredited training course to support adults who have English as a second language to improve their speaking and listening skills and encourage conversation. There is also an ongoing support and development programme for volunteers who complete the training and contribute to the running of a club.  There are still a few places left our next training course which begins on June 9th.

If you are interested in becoming an English Conversation Club volunteer, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information on 020 8496 1130 or email us on for more information

Pub Quiz and Raffle Fundraiser

Waltham Forest Migrant Support Centre is holding a fundraising pub quiz and raffle on Thursday 19th April 7:30 pm at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4SA

Gather a team together of your nearest, dearest and cleverest, and join us for a one-off QUIZ night with all proceeds going directly to the Walthamstow Migrants Support Centre! Great fun for a great cause! Pit your wits against Hugh the Rose & Crown quizmaster!

PLUS an opportunity to win some amazing prizes in the RAFFLE: Prizes available to win from Sodo Pizza, Empire Cinema, TodayBread, East of Eden yoga studio, Emma Scutt, artwork by OddlyHead and GOMACG, and many more…

£5 a head, teams of up to 6. Everyone welcome, we can find you a team
Raffle tickets £1 each or £5 a strip

Happenings in March

There’s a lot on in the local area in March across Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow!

Please join the Waltham Forest Women’s Network for a day of celebration on 10th March 2018 at the Leyton Great Hall, E10 5NN (1 minute’s walk from the Leyton tube station).

More information and FREE tickets can be found on their eventbrite page

There is also a strong offer for older people in the borough:

Leyton Orient Trust has an Older Adults Monthly Network – March’s theme is creativity and crafting. If you’re over 50, come along 15th March noon – 2 pm at Leyton Orient Stadium, E10 5LG.

  •  Meet other like-minded people who want to socialise and get out more.
  •  Find out about clubs, groups and other activities going on in your area.
  •  Try out an activity taster.

Click here for a flyer with more details including how to contact the Older Adults Monthly Network

The Better Club 60+ has offerings each weekday in all Better Leisure Centre locations in Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone. There really is something for everyone, from swimming to aerobics and Bowles.

Click here for a calendar of events and more detail on the Better Club 60+ offer

Bags of Taste Budget Cooking Course

Bags of Taste Budget Cooking Course
Fridays 12.00-2.30, 2-23rd March at the Salvation Army,
434 Forest  Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PY

“Bags of Taste” is a local project helping people increase access to healthy foods and the benefits of healthy meals every day. Our delicious recipes are sourced from around the world and are all designed to cost less than £1.00 per head.

At the end of every lesson you can buy bags of ingredients at a cost of £3.00 each, with enough food included for four meals, so you can try cooking it again (and again) at home. Each lesson includes a food demonstration, practical hands on learning to prepare the recipes and opportunity to take part in a free community lunch.
To register text /call 079 14 80 35 30

Find us at:
See a short video about the programme.