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It's going to be a very different Autumn this year and very hard for many of us.  We hope you find this month's entries and resources helpful.   As always, please stay safe and follow the Government's guidelines.  Don't forget the Newham Covid helpline run by Community Links. Details at the end on Notice Board.
Free help to keep your community group in financial shape to survive these difficult times
Aston Mansfield supports Newham community groups from very small to very large and is offering the Fitter Finance Programme: free support to develop financial skills and knowledge, help on how to fundraise etc.  We would encourage Plaistow South faith groups and community groups/projects to get in touch with them.  You are going to need all the help you can get in these difficult economic times and everyone benefits from community and faith groups being in good shape. Info here.
New City School to #WearYellow on Friday 9 October to support Mental Health Day
New City Primary school will be joining many schools around the Country to mark Mental Health Day.  As the Young Minds website says: ‘Lockdown is having a devastating effect on children and young people’s mental health. It’s been unbelievably hard, but together, we can make a difference and show young people they are not alone.’  There’s useful info for parents and young people on mental health support and coronavirus on the Young Minds website.
It’s Apple Day on 21st October – try a baked apple recipe!
Apple Day is an annual UK celebration of apples and orchards, held on 21st October, celebrated since 1990. Apple Day events can be large or small, from apple games in a garden to large village fairs with cookery demonstrations, games, apple identification, juice and cider, gardening advice, and the sale of many hundreds of apple varieties.  Maybe next year we can hold one in Plaistow!
In the meantime, why not celebrate Apple Day with this easy, tasty recipe for baked apple
Newham Black History month – a full programme of celebration and learning in October
Do take a look at what’s happening in Newham: films, exhibitions, talks, performances and so much to learn and celebrate.  Click here

Our partner Rights and Equalities in Newham (REIN) alongside new Plaistow organisation A Community for Change (ACFC) is running 4 online community conversations on topics that affect Black Communities.  An opportunity to listen and talk and learn together about real community issues.   Why not give it a try.  Speak Truth to Power is on Monday evenings in October 7-8.30pm.
Harvesting conkers!
Who does not remember those childhood game of conkers, with the glossy fruit of horse chestnut trees bouncing as they hit the ground? You will find them abundant this time of year, and they lend themselves perfectly to all kinds of autumn crafts. 

Have a look at all these great Woodland Trust ideas.
Reducing serious youth violence - the importance of networking and knowing who is doing what
Grassroots organisations working in Newham with local young people are encouraged to join a new network to talk about community approaches to reducing Serious Youth Violence.  On offer is access to capacity building support including training, mentoring, collaboration opportunities and other support from REIN, East London Business Alliance (ELBA) and other partners. Here is the flyer or contact Cheryl on 07595 787772
Green Gym volunteers are busy this Autumn – join them!
Green Gym volunteers are using up last few days of good autumnal weather to spruce up the the Greenway Orchard for the winter months. Their new home has been painted dark green to blend with the surroundings. The group has been funded for few projects they will be running for the community:  dates and times will be revealed soon!

Volunteering with nature in Plaistow’s Greenway Orchard takes place on Thursday mornings – contact or Lucy on 07543 519174 for more details.
Free My Meals – an easy way to cook a meal for those in need
This is a great community initiative!  Free My Meals has been set up to connect people who cook with people who need meals in your local area. If you cook and can make an extra portion you can register it with the 1st part of your postcode only. The site has all the safety and hygiene information.
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Winter is on its way - if you suffer with SAD some ideas that could help
Every year, around 10% of us go through what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also referred to as the ‘winter blues’.  We have found 5 natural ways that may help you to combat SAD on the permaculture website.
Rosetta Arts are offering free creative arts workshops for a COVID consultation
Rosetta Arts are offering free creative arts workshops and consultation sessions to explore your feelings around COVID and a potential COVID commemoration.
Many communities in East London have been, and continue to be, disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including key workers, young people, vulnerable groups, lower income groups and those from BAME backgrounds.
We hope that there will be a good representation from Plaistow South.  Click here for the application form – there are a range of dates throughout October.
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