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Fortnight of community events to thank pandemic heroes

Covid Memorial Millwall Park

School children attended a tree planting at Millwall Park as part of a Covid Memorial event hosted by the council in October

Residents are invited to take part in a festival of community events to thank volunteers for their help during the pandemic and to bring neighbours together.

The Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund has given a cash boost of £50,000 to organisations to host a range of events including supper clubs, street parties and mental health workshops.

The Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund is a £3 million scheme aimed at kickstarting the borough’s economic, health and social recovery from Covid-19.

The money will be used to support residents, businesses and the work of community organisations recover from the impact of the pandemic. 

Events will run until Sunday 7 November. Spitalfields City Farm will host two evening supper clubs, one aimed at residents who are feeling isolated because of the pandemic and the second to celebrate the work of local volunteers. The culinary team at the farm will create a sit-down dinner for 70 guests from the farm’s varied produce of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Other highlights include:

  • Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours will be hosting a tea party for volunteers and their clients at St Margaret’s House in Old Ford Road on Wednesday 3 November. This will be the first time the volunteers will meet with residents face to face and celebrate the friendships that they have made over the past year.
  • The LGBT+ Community Forum will celebrate Trans Parent Day on Thursday 4 November by hosting a panel discussion at 6.30pm. The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity for trans parents and parents of trans children to come together to connect and learn from one another with common themes of parenting and gender identity. Click here to register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/181721081647
  • A community party hosted by Neighbours in Poplar on Friday 5 November from 11am – 3pm Bollywood Community Party St Matthias Community Centre, 113 Poplar High Street, E14. For more details visit www.neighboursinpoplar.com
  • Community development organisation, Leaf Coaching will host a two-day programme of workshops focused on building resilience, increasing confidence and helping people to engage with mental health services. The workshops will be delivered by a qualified life coach, who is experienced with dealing with issues faced by (predominantly) second generation British Muslim immigrants. The workshops will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November. To find out more visit leafcoaching.com

A further £50,000 has been earmarked for further community events next April.  

Mayor Biggs said: “The Mayor’s Covid Recovery was set up to help residents, businesses and partners to recover from the pandemic and I am pleased to see a diverse range of events being organised to support residents and celebrate the work of our amazing volunteers who worked so hard through the pandemic.

“Through our £3 million Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund we are able to provide help alongside our partners where it is needed most; be it through business support, helping those who have suffered mentally and physically during the pandemic or by giving young people the tools and skills they need for their futures.”

Cllr Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Sports added: "The pandemic will have long-term effects on all of us. Social isolation was a common impact of the pandemic for many residents which is why we’ve set aside money for a fortnight of community events to help bring people together.

“I’m really pleased we have been able to plan these events and I hope they will be successful in bringing people together and thanking people for their vital contributions throughout difficult times.”



Posted on Wednesday 3rd November 2021