{{ 'About' | translate }} Our Tower Hamlets

{{ 'About' | translate }} Our Tower Hamlets

The Our Tower Hamlets crowdfunding programme is open again for Spring 2021 projects. As we emerge from the current crisis, it is hoped that the crowdfunding programme can be a positive springboard for a locally-led revival, where local groups come up with project ideas to benefit their local community. Could you help to improve green spaces in Tower Hamlets? Have you got an idea to increase volunteering opportunities or training? Could you deliver a project that brings cultural or arts activities to local people? Or do you have a great idea to bring people together? If so, tell us about it today. Along with pledges from the local community, not-for-profit projects run by charities, Community Interest Companies or Private Enterprises (with no share capital) can get up to £10,000 from the council towards your campaign. The deadline for the next funding round is the 21st April, with a free workshop on the 24th February. See the tab below for more information on how to get involved.

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Covid-19 Next Steps Programme
Covid-19 Next Steps Programme joined Our Tower Hamlets1 week ago

Our plan is to increase the delivery of online/digital provisions for young people and particularly those with SEN (Special Educational Needs) and offer a phased return to direct face-to-face provisions while adhering to government guidelines during the covid-19 crisis and transitioning into a post-covid-19 environment. These sessions will particularly target those of our beneficiaries who are unable to or remain uncomfortable in attending direct face to face session. We will also utilise this mechanism to reach out to those who have not previously participated in our activities and are unlikely to access such provisions even if there was no covid-19 crisis. As stigma and misunderstanding about SEN is prominent among sections of our community – contributing to loneliness, isolation and reduced quality of life of such young people. In parallel to the online activities, we will offer 4 sessions of sports and physical activities each week using outdoor spaces and large indoor venues.

Mural for Tower Hamlets Community Centre started fundraising!2 weeks ago
Tower Hamlets Craft Skill Share started fundraising!2 weeks ago
Emergency Food Appeal for Tower Hamlets started fundraising!2 weeks ago
Emergency Food Appeal for Tower Hamlets
Emergency Food Appeal for Tower Hamlets joined Our Tower Hamlets2 weeks ago

Thanks to the efforts of our residents and business partners, we were able to triple the monthly target we set in December, raising £16,000 to help provide food and essential toiletries to those who need it. A huge thank you to all those who contributed. Following this success, we are now relaunching our campaign with the aim of raising at least £50,000 by April. Pledges are made using a once off direct debit, where the pledges are only taken once. As we continue to face challenges brought about by a third national lockdown, food providers in our borough persistently see an exponential rise in demand. Without urgent support, many food banks face the impossible decision of having to turn people away or limit how often people can use their services. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been able to support 31 food banks to help 6,500 residents a week access food. We are once again asking partners, local businesses, staff, and residents to please donate to our urgent appeal.

Chisenhale Learn + Play + Create Space hit its fundraising target!2 weeks ago

Brilliant news, thanks everyone!

Artists with Dementia in Tower Hamlets started fundraising!2 weeks ago
Making Space in Poplar started fundraising!2 weeks ago
Making Space in Poplar
Making Space in Poplar joined Our Tower Hamlets1 month ago

We've been a given a long-empty post office on the Aberfeldy Estate in the East End, on a high street where most shop units are shuttered up. Ours is in state of disrepair but has such great potential, with a large front room with display windows, room for a separate kitchen, a garage for storage and a dedicated parking space that we can transform into an outdoor Making Space. Planned commissions worth a combined £31,000 have all been cancelled or postponed indefinately, we don't see being able to fully operate until late summer 2021, so want to use the next six months to test and prepare our participatory programme of creative making. Local residents are 70% Muslim, mainly Bangladeshi and with sizeable Pakistani and Somalian communities, also with many Vietnamese refugees settling here in the 1970s. This project aims to to bridge the longstanding population between these groups and the incoming international professionals now moving into the large new expanding Oxbow development.