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Hope you are all keeping safe & following Government guidelines to protect each other at the present time.  The Public Health Agency has published useful tips on how to keep fit and healthy during this time.
Mabel of Holborn Road gets the most Facebook Likes!
This beautiful pet wins our week-two Facebook competition. A voucher is on its way to Mabel and her owner Nicky. Many congratulations!
Facebook competition week 3 -  a 'Plaistow in Bloom’ Selfie!
For this week's Facebook competition we are inviting green fingered Plastownians to post a photo of their prised plant, front garden, back garden, window box, windowsill flowers or hanging basket to our Facebook page, and we will announce the winner on Thursday 28th May at 7pm.  It’s your role to get as many Likes as you can – the pic with the most Likes is the winner!   Find the post on our Facebook page with the pic of Milena's front garden, and then add your photos as comments :
The winner will be able to choose either £ 25 voucher from Newham Bookshop, or £ 20 voucher of their choice. We are looking forward to seeing ‘Plaistow in Bloom!’

Lockdown coffee morning every Thursday - this week's theme is 'keeping fit'

We are carrying on with our virtual coffee mornings every Thursday, as they have proven popular with locals.  We chat about all sorts of subjects, from gardening to baking, crafting to exercising. We even have polls and quizzes to keep you entertained!  This week we will hear about what you're doing to keep fit and well.
Join us on Thursday at 11 am for a spot of socialising
Join the meeting through this link or via the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 956 4920 7084. Password: 047508.  If you want help to get on Zoom, contact Ros 07957 534908 /
How do I maintain my mental health in Lockdown? How about a self-soothe box?

The coronavirus pandemic is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone. We can no longer take for granted some of the things we used to do to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, like meeting a group of friends or going to the cinema to shake off the blues. Along with other elements of our routines, we might have had to shake up, adjust or rethink some of our self-care techniques and rituals as we adjust to self-isolation and social distancing.
Have a read of this BBC article on what Young Minds suggest in terms of a self soothe box


The Urban Tree Festival this weekend
This festival has created an online platform featuring an array of activities and tours to connect us with the trees, those silent witnesses of urban progress. Do a daily tree meditation, decorate your window in tree-themed ornaments, learn to distinguish different type of trees, take a virtual-or an actual- tour, or read a piece of writing about trees. The whole week’s listing can be found on
Free downloadable book for children about Coronavirus
Well known children’s books illustrator Alex Scheffler has released a FREE digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Folow the link to download and read this engaging book.
Free online courses - take a look and let us know if there are other courses you'd like to take
‘Free Courses In England’ specialises in education and training that supports the needs of employers and learners. They offer accredited programmes, which are designed to complement employers’ existing in-house training provision and improve each learner’s knowledge and skills by assessing their core competencies against national standards. They offer a wide range of accredited training with a combination of online or hard copy resources. Please follow the link provided:
We are interested to hear from you if there is a need for other online courses, as we might be able to fund it for residents on our patch (South Plaistow). Get in touch!
Chat Newham- a community support and listening line
This is a volunteer run telephone support service launched to support people affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Newham. This call service is for anyone who either wants to know about resources or would like a chat. It is for anyone feeling lonely, bored, anxious, or those who don't have anyone to talk to. It's for those who are grieving, or finding it hard living in a confined space. Ring 0808 196 3510 or the Renewal Programme website
Origami heart - a free tutorial
There's nothing like a handmade gift to bring joy to the special someone in your life. That special someone can be a spouse, a sibling, your parents, or a good friend, whomever it may be, they'll be happy that you spent a little time and effort on them. Making a small paper shape and immersing yourself in the craft will also aid your feeling of peace and add to your exploration of creative mediums to express yourself.
Sunflower seeds giveaway, for a sign of hope
During these uncertain times, gardening and growing is a peaceful, mindful activity that everyone can undertake even if they don't have a garden. We would love it if this summer South Plaistow explodes with sunflower blooms in people's front gardens, to symbolise hope, solidarity and togetherness. Will you help us? Send your name and address to Green Spaces Community Worker Milena on 07388 406-499 /, and she will post a few sunflower seeds through your door for you to grow.
Financial telephone support from Money A & E

‘We are pleased to help fund Money A&E who are continuing to support our community with financial advice during this time of difficulty.  

The Money Coach service will continue to offer one-to-one (telephone only) support with money, debt and benefits. As our team are now working remotely, we are offering telephone appointments. Please call or email using the contact details below to book.

Rosie – 07936 005774. Jeredine – 07753 439551. 

Please be aware that demand for the service is unpredictable at this time, and wait times for an appointment are therefore uncertain. We are grateful for your patience and understanding.

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