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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.
 PSBL Community Competition – Pet pics on Facebook
We hope you like the first week’s winner – beautiful windows with rainbow on Jedburg Road!  The £25 voucher is on its way to a young artist.
During the time when some of us have to self-isolate, and all of us are required to practice social distancing, pet owners have re-discovered the benefit of having a companion at home, to provide love, entertainment and friendship.
During this  week, we invite you to post the photo of your beloved pet to our Facebook page and our FB followers will pick the winner by posting the ‘Likes’- the pet with most ‘likes’ gets the prize. 

The deadline is Thursday 21st May at 5pm. Feel free to get neighbours and family involved in your push for the Pet prize!
The winner will receive or £ 25 online voucher for Newham Bookshop, or £ 20 voucher of their choice.


Kindness at the Lockdown coffee morning - Thursday 21st May at 11am

Kindness is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), focusing on the power and potential of kindness. Our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.  Join our coffee morning and let’s celebrate kindness - to ourselves, to and by others, by sharing stories and ideas!   Everyone welcome.
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 /

Visit National Gallery from comfort of your home!
National Gallery’s three virtual tours allow you to step inside the Gallery and explore one of the greatest collections of paintings whilst wearing your slippers and sipping a cup of tea! Please follow the link:
Kooth- free, safe and anonymous support for young people
This website provides on-hand support for young people facing any type of crisis- online counsellors are there to listen, advise and comfort young people in need. For more details
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.
Helpful tips to tackle loneliness during Coronavirus lockdown
As we have been trying to follow ‘stay at home’ message for the last six weeks, most of us are used to spending normally time with a multitude of different people who nourish us in various ways. This currently not being feasible, a fair amount of us will find that isolation turns to loneliness. What can we do about it? Please read the helpful article from Women’s Health Mag
National Vegetarian Week - try a new recipe!
Find an array of delicious vegetarian recipes below, and celebrate National Vegetarian Week tasting a new, veg-based dish. Please follow the link provided:
Bird Song identification from Woodland Trust
One of the joys of spring is the burst of bird song it brings, but telling birds apart by sound alone can be tricky for beginners. Start by learning the repertoire of some of the UK's most familiar songsters and you'll soon get your ear in.
Safety awareness booklet for children ages 9-11 on knife crime
Interactive educational safety awareness booklet aimed at ages 9, 10 and 11, designed to help raise awareness around the subject of knife crime. Fully interactive, lots of useful information to support adults to have the conversation about this worrying subject. Downloadable for £1.
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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