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

Ward Community Grants

A reminder from Clive Bowyer, WMSC

Hi all,
Each ward in Waltham Forest is allowed to make grants to a total of £10.000 pa for community projects.

Please consider approaching one or more of your ward councillors and chat them up explaining what it is you do and convince them of the worthiness of your cause.

As usual the way it works is that having been offered a grant, at the end of the period you have to write a little report on what you have achieved, and what you have spent the grant on. The Council will then usually pay out – just note you have to spend the money before you can claim it!

So this link tells you about ward community grants

And this link tells you how to find and contact your ward councillors

Once you have established who your councillors are on this link, click on their photo and another page will come up giving various details including when and where they hold their surgeries. That’s usually the best place to go and see them.
Good luck!

Conversation Clubs: January 2018 Update

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!

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.

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

For a listing of clubs in Leyton and Leytonstone, please click here
For a listing of clubs in Walthamstow and Chingford, please click here

Tell MAMA – Reporting Hate Crime

Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) is a national organisation tracking incidents of anti-Muslim or Islamophobic harassment, abuse or other form of attack. They are keen to link to the ESOL provision across London, and are planning to run workshops with the ESOL providers across Waltham Forest.

Their workshops include talking about what is hate crime, reasons why people may not want to report hate crime, reasons why it is helpful to report hate crime and places that victims of hate crime can find support.

If you would like to report an anti-Muslim or Islamophobic hate crime, please ring 0800 456 1226 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, or contact Tell MAMA at any hour on the following means:

text (SMS): 0115 707 0007
WhatsApp:  0734 184 6086

twitter: @tellmamaUK
facebook: tellmamauk

Conversation Clubs

There are a wide variety of Conversation Clubs taking place across the borough – there’s sure to be one near you! 

These free groups are a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for people who want to drop in and practice English. Whether someone wants more practice in addition to a course or whether they just want a place to chat and build their confidence, the Conversation Clubs are a great resource.

For a full listing, please click here.



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.
View Map

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

Learn with Unite

Learn with Unite
The Unite union have developed an on-line ESOL platform, in conjunction with the WEA, which is based on the National standards. It can be used for both teaching and blended learning.
Unite’s ESOL programme is free to union members! Our facilitators will guide you through the syllabus, providing support both in the classroom and online.
Topics in this course include: Daily Life, Going to Work, Culture, Health, Education & Travel.