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Plaistow South Big Local Community E-News
Welcome to the May edition of our E-News.

You will see there is lots happening this month - I hope you enjoy the read.  I want to particularly mention Mental Health Awareness Week taking place from 10-16 May 2021 as the Pandemic has made it such a very hard year for the whole community.  We also want to acknowledge the recent tragic deaths of two more of our young people.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased. 

We here at PSBL will work with our partners and the community to help raise awareness of knife crime and to bring much needed positive change.

Sheba Choudhury, PSBL Director
Want to borrow our WIFI router for your group or meeting?

Our WIFI Router with unlimited data will be loaned out to the Bridges project and Four Square Church for the times they provide meals for the homeless. so that your volunteers, service users and passers-by can access the internet. The powerful router can be plugged in (or just use the battery) and can help give WIFI and data access in Plaistow South.  We are trying out something new to see how it goes - please let us know if you may like to try it out.  We are working with partners to tackle other areas of digital exclusion too.

Once we find enough groups to borrow our first, one we will buy another!  More info here. Do get in touch: / 07957 534908

Zoom events for Mental Health Awareness Week by Newham community groups
Three community groups have organised a mammoth event for Mental Health Awareness Week.  ASK User-Led Mental Health Group, Carers Community Mental Health Group and the Newham Co-Production Team are on Zoom from 9.30am until 9.00pm on Monday 10th until Sunday 16th May.
Workshops, inspirational speakers, Q&A panels a little fun and more…. 

If you would like further information on how to join, please email: or join the sessions via Zoom: Meeting ID- 562 505 8209  Passcode -MHAW2021Just turn up when you can!
Fabulous events throughout May for Newham Heritage Month
Not to be missed!  Fantastic range of events for all ages.  More info here
Join a 20-mile Beating The Bounds of Newham cycle ride – Sunday 9th May
Join Newham Cyclists on 9th May for a socially distanced leisurely 20-mile journey around the boundaries of Newham taking in the banks of three rivers, open spaces and sites of historic interest. There is also the option of exploring two riverside Nature Reserves. Booking is essential as numbers are limited:
There will also be a ‘Call The Midwife’ ride around Tower Hamlets later on this month, on 30th May.
6-week youth journalism course starting 12th May
This exciting opportunity is for 14-20 year olds and is 5-8pm at East Ham Library. You must book quickly!

Some of the topics covered are: Help you communicate more effectively so that you can get published / Improve your writing skills / Help you ensure that your journalism is fair, accurate, ethical and legal /Inspire you to write about local events and issues that concern you. 

The opportunity comes from Newham Voices, Bonny Downs and the Renewal programme.  More info here.
An event to commemorate lost cherished lives during the Pandemic
Friday 14 May 2021
4 – 5pm
Plaistow Park by Essex Lodge, Greengate Street
It is Dying Matters week from 10-16 May.  Plaistow Community Neighbourhood will commemorate the lives of all those neighbours, friends and family who have lost their lives during this pandemic, and of our community champion, (and PSBL steering group member) Phyllis Nelson.
The commemorative program will include a poetry reading, the planting of a tree and unveiling of a plaque.  PSBL, with a range of partners, is looking into ways of commemorating all that’s happened during the Pandemic.

The Council is running a range of activities for Dying Matters Week, well worth the look
Free Foraging Walk in the Greenway Orchard!

On Saturday 15th May the Green Gym volunteers will team up with local Bush Craft expert Wendy Paton.  She is running three 1-hour foraging sessions which you need to book on to, running at 10.00, 11.15 and 12.30.  PSBL is proud to be funding this opportunity.  Contact

Business Professional Traineeship Programme for 16-25s
Newham College is offering young people a 6-week traineeship programme that will start on Monday 17th May on the East Ham Campus.  A 3-week work preparation programme  followed by a 3-week work placement with a local employer where they will gain experience, knowledge and skills in a business environment.  This is for 16-25 year olds. More info here.
Sharing ways of using green spaces for well-being – join our Networking Cuppa 
Monday 24th May 2.00-3.15
These networking cuppas are bringing amazing results of sharing what community groups are up to.  The theme this month is green spaces. Find out ideas for harnessing nature in Plaistow for your and your group’s well-being. The direct zoom link is here. or use the Meeting ID: 956 4920 7084 and Passcode: 047508.
Volunteers’ Week – take a restful & rejuvenating mindful half hour
Volunteers’ Week is 1st to 7th June.  To launch some Mindfulness courses for volunteers, Carers and all those working so hard in community groups, we are offering 4 lunch hour mindfulness sessions on Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th JuneYou will be amazed how a short mindful exercise can bring you deep rest.  12.30 – 1.  Direct Zoom link is here.
Do sign up with the Plaistow Community Assembly!
Join the Plaistow Community Assembly process to help improve the Plaistow neighbourhood.
Please Click here to register on the Newham C-create platform to view or comment on ideas submitted pre and post assemblies, apply to join the Working groups and subsequently to vote on your preferred priorities to influence how the £100,000 local funding is spent.
To find out more please visit Plaistow Library, call: 020 3373 0859 or email: 
Launch of the ‘Let’s Clean Plaistow’ from members of Plaistow Residents Group
On Saturday 10th April over 40 people took to the streets of Plaistow for a Litter Pick. Four locations were targeted – The Greenway, Prince Regent lane, Streets near Kaizen Primary and New City Park. This initiative was led by Local people who want better for the area we all live and recognise we all have a part to play. It is hoped that these ‘Lets Clean Plaistow’ days will continue along with other great projects the group are planning. To get involved contact:
Free accessible show for people with dementia for your community group/Home/Centre
We were glad to welcome Jacqui to one of our Networking Cuppas. Jazanne Arts puts older people at the heart of its work, using creative arts and reminiscences to improve resilience, well being and quality of life.  We are promoting one of their projects here with more info and projects on their website.
In July and August, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, Exchanging Dreams, can come to your Centre or community venue with 4 professional performers, two of whom are musicians and the other two actor/singer/facilitators.  It is a mixture of song, film, dance, reminiscence, theatre and is multi-sensory using smells, objects and even taste. Exchanging Dreams is built around two older friends reflecting on episodes in their lives.
How to get money advice and education from an award winning social enterprise
Money A+E is an award winning grass roots community organisation that provides money advice and education to Diverse Ethnic Communities.
To find out more about its community services click here. If you need debt or benefits advice please email: or if you are interested in attending or setting up a money education workshop, email:
Follow Money A+E on Twitter and Facebook
At present due to Covid-19 all services are delivered online or via telephone.
And lastly a craft activity - make Maple seed dragonflies
In the Spring and early Summer our streets are covered with these maple seed twirlers, so finding a stash of these is not hard to do, and a good tree identification practice for all of us.
You can find maple trees all over our patch- Plaistow Park, Barking Rd just outside REIN office, Kingsland Rd- those are just some of the streets they grow.
Click here to find out how to make these colourful ‘seed bugs’,
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