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Call to bring festive magic to deprived children

Call to bring festive magic to deprived children

  A Stoke Newington parenting website is on a mission to make sure ‘Santa visits every child in Hackney’ this Christmas. StokeyParents has teamed up with local estate agent Location Location to launch the Winter Toy and Food Appeal, collecting festive donations for the Ivy Street Family Centre and Hackney…

Winterville brings Christmas magic to Victoria Park

Winterville brings Christmas magic to Victoria Park

Winterville opened its gates yesterday, signalling the start of Christmas in Tower Hamlets. Victoria Park has been transformed into the magical town of Winterville, a new Christmas festival that offers an exciting array of attractions and entertainment. The opening saw friends and families of all ages enjoying a new type of…

Bishop to lead contentious Fairness Commission

Bishop to lead contentious Fairness Commission

The Bishop of Croydon has been chosen to lead the council’s £200,000 Fairness Commission, despite scathing criticism from the Conservatives that it is a “waste of money”. Bishop Clark will assess whether public services in the borough are being distributed fairly enough. Tony Newman, leader of Croydon council, told the…

Boroughs blighted by highest rates of child poverty in UK as figure approaches fifty per cent in Tower Hamlets

Boroughs blighted by highest rates of child poverty in UK as figure approaches fifty per cent in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Lewisham are among the 20 local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, according to a new report from a children’s organisation. The report, released last month by The Campaign to End Child Poverty, an association made up of more than 150…

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

A campaign to combat violence against women was adopted by Croydon Council last night. The year-long White Ribbon initiative will start with 16 days of campaigning from November 25 to December 10. Croydon Council opted into the campaign, which aims to mobilise men in the fight against gender-based violence, at…

Whitechapel literary festival gives the WriteIdea

Whitechapel literary festival gives the WriteIdea

Owen Jones and Tariq Ali spoke at a free reading festival hosted by Tower Hamlets Council over the weekend, along with a variety of other distinguished literary and political figures. The three-day event was organised by Idea Store, a Whitechapel library service created by the council. The Writeidea festival, now in…

Conference shines light on gender-based violence

Conference shines light on gender-based violence

Puppetry may seem an unlikely campaigning tool against gender-based violence, particularly since popular puppet act Punch and Judy has been slammed for promoting domestic violence. But A Team Arts group’s innovative puppet show “Her Link”, which communicates with young people about “healthy relationships”, was met with a very positive response at…

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

The Trussell Trust is opening a new foodbank centre in St James Church in New Cross next week. The past 12 months have seen a record number of clients over the organisation’s 14-year history. From November 17, the new centre will be open between midday and 2pm every Monday. This will be…

TEDxYouth bring “ideas worth spreading” to Croydon

TEDxYouth bring “ideas worth spreading” to Croydon

Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Bill Clinton are just a few names to have graced the TED stage, now TEDxYouth is coming to Croydon aiming to inspire the next generation. TED conferences bring together speakers from technology, entertainment and design backgrounds to talk to a global audience. TEDxYouth is an…

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Comedian Russell Brand revealed how community spirit can transform urban spaces when he unveiled the result of nine month’s hard work by a local charity in Hackney Downs yesterday. A “curious structure” in Hackney Park was transformed into an impressive piece of artwork by The Hackney Mosaic Project, a scheme…

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