“I have had practical support and advice, got involved in lots of activities and made many new friends”

Originally from Lithuania, Povilas moved to a new local housing estate. He felt disconnected and isolated after leaving neighbours and friends behind he had made during his previous ten years elsewhere in Poplar. His daughters live overseas so he sees them rarely.

After suffering a stroke, he felt unable to do as much as before but, as a helpful and neighbourly person, he remained keen to make a difference in his community.

Through the Centre’s Communities Driving Change project, Povilas has become a key participant, involved in planning and organising events on his new estate. He is now a regular walking group participant and regularly attends weekly coffee mornings. To help him deal with an issue he was facing, legal and financial advice was provided at the Centre.

“I am so lucky I found the Bromley by Bow Centre. I have had so much practical support and advice and got involved in lots of activities. The Centre brings people together and has helped me meet so many new friends”