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Plaistow South Big Local Community E-News
The summer holidays are finally here with lockdown restrictions easing!  We have been busy working on a range of projects and embracing the sun too.

We hope you and your family find this edition useful and can take advantage of some of the activities available.
Please do note that our email addresses have now changed although our previous ones will be active for a while.,,

Wishing each and everyone a fantastic Summer full of fun, laughter, joy and sunshine!  Hoping to keep in touch with you on our Social Media: LinkedIn,  InstagramFacebookTwitter
Sheba Choudhury, PSBL Director
Bon Voyage Milena!
Milena Rouse our Green Space worker is moving away from the area.  We are sad to be losing a long-standing staff member and would like to thank Milena for her passion and contribution to PSBL. She has worked on many projects and is best known for the tree pits project in Tunmarsh Land and Humberstone Road.  We are hoping that this neighbour initiative can expand to other roads in Plaistow South. Interested? Do get in touch.

Thank you to the Green Gym volunteers for hosting Milena’s leaving do on the Greenway Orchard.  On behalf of PSBL we wish you all the very best in your future endeavors, Milena!
Mindfulness is on Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays, hopefully more outdoor sessions soon
Our four Mindful Mondays in July on the Greenway Orchard were a success!  They were hosted by the Green Gym volunteers and facilitated by Urban Mindfulness Foundation.  It was an opportunity to notice nature using all our senses including mindfully eating white currants.  We hope to try this again,  and to include children. 

In the meantime, why not join our Zoom half hour at 12.30 on Mondays and Thursdays during the School holidays?  Pretty amazing results guaranteed when you need to recharge your batteries, be refreshed or perhaps slow the pace a little!  Zoom: / ID: 91280756448 / Password: 032826. More Info here.
PSBL at ReviveFM 95.0
Sheba and Denny attended Revive FM 94.0 with Simon Rush couple of weeks ago.
A great session sharing our thoughts on the importance of
community cohesion and collaboration, PSBL projects and vision for the future.
Thank you Revive for the invite!
Check out their work on-
Please join Simon Rush and Dean Armond on Community Connect every Mondays between 12-2pm
Summer activities on offer
Whilst the sunshine is beaming down on us this summer why not plan your summer holidays with fun filled activities across Newham.  Here are details of some activities happening in Newham for a variety of age range:-
Check out We are Fun we are Newham the programme is available to access online:
  Summer 21 Holiday programme (
You can also check out Summer Holidays with active Newham!
They have a fun filled list of activities including family swimming with children with autism, summer camp, sports activities and much more!
To book or find out more, go ahead and make contact -
Call them on  0300 124 0123 or visit their website- Active Newham

Music, cooking, self defense, table tennis and more all week, all Summer...

REIN’s Free Summer programme – for young people aged 9-19

26/07/21- 20/08/21
Rights and Equalities In Newham is offering this fantastic summer opportunity for the youth.  They have fun packed activities for all ages from 9-19 year olds.  From self defense to music production and performance, photography, crafts - loads. Here are the flyers: click here and click here
For more information  please contact Sarah –

Voices for Change – Visit the exhibition on-line
Voices for Change is a community research project lead by Bonny downs Community Association (BDCA). This was run over the course of five months, employing local people & volunteers to capture local people’s experiences of the pandemic. This valuable work has resulted in an amazing exhibition which you can find here.  It is presented as part of a wider ongoing conversation, powered by the people within our community.  You can find the full report online at and here is a beautiful poem
 Young Healthwatch Newham launches opportunity for young people!
Our friends at Healthwatch Newham are happy to announce details of an exciting new opportunity for anyone aged 16-21 who lives, works, or studies in Newham. Young people will have the opportunity to help lead a project tailored to their interests in health and social care. This opportunity is a great way to share opinion, have your voice heard and meet likeminded young people locally. Attendees will have the chance to work as a team and develop a range of skills that will look great on a CV- if this is something you, or somebody you know may be interested in, then please complete this short application form found on their website:
Paracarnival is FREE & looking for partner organisations in Newham
A community dance group for all, with a special focus on those with any cognitive, physical or emotional differences. They take part in Carnivals every year, such as Notting Hill and Hackney Carnival. Paracarnival holds workshops for dancing, singing, drumming, and other carnival skills. They are open to all, and try to include everyone to make a really diverse community.
Find out more about them on
Newham voices Community Newspaper – read the latest edition
Another great edition of Newham Voices hot off the press. Do check out pages 8-9 to see the fantastic range of activities on offer in Newham this summer.  PSBL gets a mention on page 13 when Denny was part of an Inclusivity talk organised by Newham Voices in collaboration with the recruitment agency London Works.
You can read all about it by clicking here
Barefoot Challenge for Newham Neighbours in Need
This summer Mentesnot Mengesha will be walking 100 miles Barefoot in Newham’s parks & streets to raise money for neighbours in need. In June, more than 80 adults & children came together to wish Mentesnot well as he took the first step in this epic journey of kindness. All money will go to Bonny Downs Community Association to help them make a difference – to support their foodbank to help low-income families. £15 would allow them to provide an emergency food parcel for a family or a new pair of shoes for a child in need. We wish Mentesnot the very best! To donate visit
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