In November 2020 our Communities Driving Change team held their first ever Online Community Voting Day. Community Voting Days provide people with the opportunity to pitch their community project ideas to prospective beneficiaries in order to receive up to £500 funding to get their idea off the ground.

50 people joined an online community meeting to support, and vote for, ten projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in and around Old Ford Road East, in Tower Hamlets. With ideas ranging from healthy eating to calligraphy, the ten projects were funded unanimously and you can find out all about them here.

Completed projects

Litspeel run creative writing workshops for improved mental health and sent therapeutic creative writing packs to 50 people.

Cooking with Kids hosted six online sessions where kids and parents learnt how to make healthy meals at home together.

“Thank you Sasha and Alison! You’re fantastic and we’ve learnt how to cook some yummy meals! We’d love to continue.”
– Cooking with Kids attendee

Ongoing projects

Roman Road Neighbourhood Plan used their funding to support people to input into plans for the Roman Road.

A Death Cafe was launched to create a space for people to discuss death and dying at St Paul’s Church. Email April Keech to participate in upcoming sessions.

Spaces of Hope are creating a community art project with Chisenhale Art Gallery. Want to join in? Email Joy Girvin to attend collaborative painting and collage Zoom session on 22nd 29th April at 1.30pm.

Coming up

  • You Can Draw Chinese – Learn Chinese calligraphy online.
  • Goalgetters – Football sessions for home-educated children in Victoria Park.
  • Cycling Fun for Women – Improve your confidence and have fun cycling together.
  • Inspired with Coffee – Local women connect to improve health and wellbeing.
  • International cooking – Learn to cook international dishes with your family online.

“The funding I received for my project has enabled me to buy resources to provide free football sports sessions for a community which is underfunded and under resourced”.
– Ambeah Rahman, Goalgetters Project

To get involved, email communitiesdrivingchange@bbbc.org.uk

The CDC team wants to thank the dedicated local leaders who hold both an inspiring vision for their area, and the courage to act on it. Funding for Communities Driving Change is coming to an end in September 2021, but we are working closely with project leaders to support them to continue their amazing work.

They won’t be going without some summer celebrations however, details of which are to follow.

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