The well-attended, heart-warming event showcased 17 projects that had received up to £1000 funding from the Centre to run new community initiatives and activities.

Since pitching at our Community Voting Day in May 2022, 17 people have been dedicating their time, passions and skills to improving health and wellbeing in the Mile End and Bromley by Bow area.   Teams from the Bromley by Bow Centre charity, Health Partnership and our local partners have been supporting the projects to thrive.

These 17 voluntary-run community projects have benefited over 250 people, with sessions taking place over the past 6 months. This event gave project leaders the chance to share their project journeys and their learning to assist others.

Many attendees talked of how their projects have started a positive ripple effect in their local neighbourhoods with others keen to get involved and set up and grow their own local initiatives.

Among the projects are Wellington Primary Parent Volunteers (shown). This involves crafting together to improve mental health. Papa Young is a father figure stay and play.  There are also outdoor mindfulness sessions, baby yoga, tapestry making, baking skills, family trips to museums and an LGBTQ+ group.

Many of the projects have ambitions for next steps, attracting more members and going from strength to strength.  Papa Young have just taken steps to launch themselves as a social business.  Watch this space.

If you would like to take part in our next Community Voting Day, please contact Jess Walker jessica.walker35@nhs.net Tel: 07495 015316

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