People of Purpose Craft Workshops

Wood Street, Walthamstow
People of Purpose (POP) have a doing space in Walthamstow, providing craft  workshops and 1.2.1 tutorials for knitting, crochet and sewing skills as well as a community-based herbalist. Activities include:

  • Wednesday afternoons – knitting and crochet club with teaching support
  • Thursdays –  community herbalist who produces locally sourced herbal treatments. She will be running workshops and learning sessions to introduce practices of herbal medicine and how to cultivate health in your home and garden
  • Coming soon – Pattern cutting workshops delivered by a fashion designer. Workshops will be for both adults and children

In addition, People of Purpose would love to run an ESOL group and has space in its calendar for this. At present 2 ESOL students are using the space for their own enterprise.

For further information on how to get involved
See our Instagram page: popeastlondon

People of Purpose, Craft Workshops
2 Georgian Village, 100A Wood Street, Walthamstow,  E17 3HX

Interfaith Event – Significant Threads of Faiths

PL8 4U – ALSUFFA are holding a fund raising event at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on 7th February 2018.

Tickets are free and can be found on the eventbrite page

  • Raffle Prizes!
  • Religious Attire Fashion Show
  • Live Music
  • Photographic Exhibition/competition
  • 3D Exhibition
  • Drama performance Centrally Theatre
  • 3 Course meal

Next WF ESOL Meeting – 4th December

UPDATE: The meeting will now start at 4:15 pm due to room bookings!


  1. Introductions
  2. Minutes of previous meeting: Minutes 2017.09.18
  3. Update on the website
  4. Syrian Refugee Meeting Update
  5. Tell MAMA Speaker
  6. Clarification on the £1m ‘cohesion funding’
  7. Meeting dates for 2018 – proposals
  8. Announcements and AoB

The next meeting of the Waltham Forest ESOL Group will take place on Monday, 4th December at the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Centre on Queens Road, E17 8QR. The meeting will take place at 4:15 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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

2017 Oct poster

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