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News for December 2017

11th Day of Christmas - Removing obstacles to young refugees’ & asylum seekers’ education and well-being

Thursday, 14 December 2017

With the aim of alleviating hardship and removing obstacles to young refugees’ and asylum seekers’ education and well-being, Hope for the Young was established in London in 2008. It started as a handful of people who could relate to the struggles of being alone in a new countr...

by Sophie Blank

10th Day of Christmas - Using music to support those experiencing mental health issues

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Key Changes was originally set up in 1997 by a group of mental health services users in Islington who felt that, while music could be of great help to them in overcoming some of the challenges in their lives, finding these services was difficult. Starting as a weekly music group on the...

by Lana Jakilazek

9th Day of Christmas - Providing targeted support for those over 50 living with HIV

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Two weeks ago, I got the chance to speak with the director of Cara Trust, Chris Woolls. Incredibly committed to the cause, Chris has worked in the field for 20 years and counting. Cara Trust serves as a support centre for those living with HIV. Though they’re based in Kensington ...

by Emma Holton

8th Day of Christmas - Eradicating loneliness through friendship and advocacy at Evergreen Care Bexley

Monday, 11 December 2017

Evergreen Care Bexley’s vision is to see older people in the community living fruitful and fulfilled lives by eradicating isolation, loneliness and vulnerability through advocacy, friendship and practical support. Born out of the personal experiences of Diane and Peter Kot, the h...

by Lana Jakilazek

7th Day of Christmas - Exchanging skills and services at Paxton Green Time Bank

Friday, 08 December 2017

Paxton Green Time Bank is a timebanking organization that started in 2008 and delivers their outreach and development programmes in Lambeth and Southwark. A timebank is a place where people come to help others while gaining credit they can use to help themselves. The members can exchange ...

by Emma Holton

6th Day of Christmas - Bringing the joy of reading to children in London

Thursday, 07 December 2017

The Doorstep Library Network was born out of a desire to bring the joy of reading to disadvantaged children in London. They operate in Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster, with a brand-new hub launching in Lambeth in January. Their volunteers, armed with rucksacks of books, go direct...

by Emma Holton

Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund Grenfell Appeal Final Disbursement

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell tower fire are to receive a final cash disbursement of £1.4 million from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund Grenfell Appeal. It brings the total amount disbursed by the fund to £6.8 million which is 95 per cent of the £7.2 million raised. T...

by Admin

5th Day of Christmas - Improving wellbeing and inclusion through art at Artbox

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Made up of one full time and three part time members of staff – Artbox London impressively accomplishes a lot with limited resources. Based in Islington, Artbox’s mission is to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of people with learning difficulties (PwLD) and autism throug...

by Lana Jakilazek

4th Day of Christmas - Accepting Failure at Streets of Growth

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Streets of Growth was founded in 2001 following a Sir Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship backing Tower Hamlets resident, Darren Way. Starting off in Bromley-by-Bow, the small organisation soon expanded and is now borough-wide active in Tower Hamlets with the mission to transform the ...

by Sophie Blank

3rd Day of Christmas - 'Being rooted in our local community is crucial'

Monday, 04 December 2017

Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) is a Tooting-based community group supporting refugees and asylum seekers in South London. Believing that people who have sought refuge in the UK should be welcomed and valued within a community in which they can flourish, they have...

by Sophie Blank

2nd Day of Christmas - 'Mosaic Clubhouse is like a family'

Friday, 01 December 2017

At the beginning of October, we went to see the Mosaic Clubhouse to talk to members of staff about the organisation’s impact. Based in Brixton, the charity helps young people and adults affected by mental ill health to have a better quality of life by increasing their engagement a...

by Sophie Blank

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