So, here we are at the end of a truly extraordinary year. From all at PSBL we wish you good wishes for your health and wellbeing. It is a good time to reflect on our past challenges and to celebrate some of the amazing work of PSBL and others we have worked with during this time. Take a look at our story in pictures on our website.
On behalf of all of us a PSBL, we send you are very good wishes for the festive season and for a healthy, safe and prosperous 2021.
A look back at 2020 with PSBL
A Zoom community networking meeting we held this week
It’s not been the year we planned for and we have been busy behind the scenes over the past few months working on our new priorities for the coming year - when we plan to be more visible and involved in local developments that create a safe, healthy and prosperous community. The photo is of a community networking event this week.
Looking back, it has been incredible what we have been able to achieve despite the challenging circumstances, and it gives us much to build on: we supported residents of the Green Gym to become independent; engaged others in maintaining their green spaces and plants; funded groups to run Community Conversations to make sure residents’ voices were heard; connected children and elders to provide intergenerational events in the lead up to Christmas and funded or connected with the efforts of 40 groups over the past 2 months who provided front line services to vulnerable people and families during the pandemic. To see our gallery of 2020 activities click here.
Community Networking Cuppa - on Monday 14th December 2 - 3pm - one hour of inspiration
We think community folk and organisations need to meet more, and in Covid-19 times it needs to be online. We are running a pilot with a business networking format for a focused hour. Four community groups joined us this week with valuable connections made.
A Caribbean Locked Down But Not Locked out Fun Afternoon Monday 14 December
Surprise guests will be joining the Golden Oldies and the Hibiscus Caribbean Elderly Association for a fun packed event on Monday 14th December 4-6pm. The host is Sister Nkechi and she is joined by Tenna Star, Deloris Francis, Miss Hatty, Jarzann arts and YOU! Register via the website www.hibiscuscommunitycentre.co.uk See you there!
Looking forward to 2021
We look forward to engaging with many more of you during 2021 with our digital inclusion efforts, helping our communities to access money matters programmes of support, supporting the growth of sustainable transport and services such as social prescribing or reuse activities and helping our smaller communities of residents to be heard and be safe– including our young people, south Asian community, parents with children with special educational needs, elders and African Caribbean/Black communities.
Keep in touch so you don’t miss out by following us on Twitter @plaistowsouth or Instagram or becoming friends on Facebook.
New Saturday School at The Mix for black history all year round
A Pan-African 'Saturday School' aimed at increasing the education and knowledge base of black children, young people and parents has opened at The Mix in Plaistow South. The aim is to increase their pride in their background as well as to assist with learning what the mainstream curriculum has struggled to deliver. Target year groups are Years 6-8 12pm-2pm and Years 9-13 from 2.30-4.30.
We are looking to work with African Caribbean or African community groups to support us in getting supplies of Vitamin D to vulnerable residents from December onwards. Contact Milena at PSBL for details.
Making Plaistow South a place where everyone has digital access
We are working alongside others in practical ways to make sure that people, families, community groups are not being excluded from access to the internet. Our focus will be on devices, data and WIFI. We are hoping to make a difference in 2021 by exploring setting up WIFI spots, creating digital champions and more.
If you would like to help us with this, do get in touch with Ros @PSBL.
This the season to be Holly -bring the Nature in your home for the festive season!
When it comes to foraging for home decor, winter offers so many possibilities. Even the simplest, barest branch or handful of pinecones can be transformed into elegant and festive home decor.
6 ways to have a mindful festive period or Christmas
Mindfulness can be an excellent addition to your holiday season to help you cope with the stress and business of the holidays. However, it will also be a great tool to allow you to appreciate this time and enjoy it.