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Plaistow South Big Local Community E-News
This month we continue to enjoy Spring and the gradual easing of Lockdown and welcome the month of Ramadan.  We’ve had very sad news – the loss of a wonderful and much loved Steering Group member, Phyllis Grant – see next entry.
During the month of Ramadan, I will be joining Muslim’s around the world to observe fasting and a time of reflection and togetherness.  This year, same as last, will be challenging due to the current pandemic limiting people to come together.
On behalf of PSBL we would like to wish all those who are celebrating Ramadan a blessed Ramadan Kareem.
Sending love and light, stay safe and follow the guidelines.
Sheba Choudhury, PSBL Director
Losing Phyllis

On 25th March our much-loved Steering Group member – Phyllis Grant was tragically taken from us. Phyllis was the absolute spirit of our community and we want to build a lasting legacy in her memory. Phyllis was involved with so many groups – a choir, a dance group and drama to name a few! Many saw her as a Matriarch in our community.
To us she was a wise, knowledgeable and active member of our team, a resident dedicated to doing good in her neighbourhood but most of all a friend and part of our Big Local family. She will be missed by as all.

April Community Networking Cuppa – Monday 26th at 2pm
All community volunteers and organisations are welcome to join our networking cuppas – one hour of networking that is focussed and wonderful – so many ideas and contacts forged. 
We will be hearing from Steve Bynon (Bonny Downs) to share the learning from the Newham Voices project.  See if you agree with the findings and how you can be part of new community partnerships to meet community needs.

26th April 2-3.15pm on Zoom. Meeting ID: 956 4920 7084 Passcode: 047508
Zara, Plaistow Youth Market trader is featured in Newham Voices

We are delighted that Newham Voices wanted to do a feature on one of our traders from Plaistow Youth Market (PYM). Zara – one of our youngest traders shares her experience of the market along with her business plan. Read the full article in the latest copy of Newham Voices on page 9
Due to Covid-19 the market closed in 2020 and due to the current situation it remains closed until further notice. We are currently working on ideas for future community markets. If you have ideas or would like to share your thoughts, get in touch!

Hooray! Weekly volunteering on the Greenway Orchard opens again on Thursday 15th April
We are delighted that the Green Gym volunteers have the go-ahead to re-start the weekly volunteering sessions.  It is from 11-2pm every Thursday and everyone is welcome. There’s a short application form to complete when you arrive and you are welcome with no experience whatsoever, or loads!  Upcoming tasks are seed planting, weeding, general tidying and much more.
Just turn up or email  Here is the Orchard Google Pin
Join a Litter Pick on Saturday 10th April with Plaistow Residents Group
Litter is something that can be so depressing!  Why not turn that around and join some positive action with the Plaistow Residents Group on Saturday.
Briefing on Friday by Zoom
Litter Pick with family and friends in various locations over Plaistow
Saturday 10-1pm
Email for more details and how to get your equipment.
PSBL is proud to be supporting the Plaistow Residents Group.
Got a garden? Start composting your vegetable waste!
Looking for an activity that’s good for the environment and your garden, then try this! Newham’s Waste & Recycling team are running a composting workshop on 20th April from 4-5pm. The workshop will give attendees a step-by-step guide on how to compost and what goes in the compost bin, with lots of useful tips on how to get started. You can book via this Eventbrite link
Want tips on how to avoid vegetable and food waste in the first place? Take a look at the Love Food, Hate Waste website!  Click here for info on ‘compleating’ your food.
Autism Awareness Month supported by Newham Parent Forum
April is Autism awareness month. It’s a month dedicated to ‘Celebrate difference’. It is a time for all to build awareness of the signs, symptoms & realities of Autism: a month to promote acceptance and understanding and to embrace everyone is unique. On the first Friday of the month we saw schools holding a wear blue for World Autism day.
Newham Parent Forum is a group of parents and carers of children & young people with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) who work closely with the Local Authority and other support groups so that collectively they can make a difference. To find out more contact them on
Anxious? Feeling low? Stressed?  Try a community workshop!
The Community Workshops run by Newham Listening Therapies offer a first step to accessing support. The 1-hour webinars will suit anyone who feels they might benefit from a group setting.  Participants learn techniques and skills to help manage their difficulties themselves, in an open, friendly yet confidential space.
This month’s workshops are managing stress, managing irritability, understanding and improving sleep, managing low mood, introduction to mindfulness, managing worry.  More info here.
Unbelievably wide range of short 2-hour courses over 2 or 3 weeks

Future Learn has an amazing range of courses – they are short ones, and mainly free.  Really worth a look here.  I’m doing Psychological First Aid – supporting children and young people (Denny)

And finally, a reflection on the past year
The end of March saw the anniversary of the first lockdown.  In March last year we had no idea how much all of our lives were going to change. The past year has brought much sadness in the lives that were lost, heroes were recognized, our homes became our places of work and schools for our children, we relied on digital platforms but in turn found so much digital exclusion.
Communities rose up offering help, ordinary people did extra ordinary things and we united in kindness.
PSBL is proud to have been able to offer grants to groups within our community throughout this time to allow them to continue their great work as well as connecting groups via our zoom Networking Cuppa's. As the restrictions begin to lift, we hope the partnerships formed will allow us to work together to support people living, working & studying in Plaistow south.
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