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North East Locality: Bromley by Bow Centre


  • Bow East/Old Ford Road 
  • Burdett Estate
  • Watts Grove

Burdett Estate case studies

At the beginning of the Communities Driving Change journey, we talked to many local people and stakeholders to understand where the opportunities for improvement were.

This was through hosting events which included

  • pop-up stalls
  • drop in events
  • workshops
  • door knocking and
  • visiting existing groups.

We used ‘The 100 Day Challenge’ to pull ideas and resources together to address the main issue of knowing who your neighbours are to improve sense of safety to address isolation, and to increase activities for families and children.

It was felt these issues underlined many of the problems on the estate. As a result, a series of resident led events called ‘Meet your Neighbour’ have been running since November 2018, attracting approximately 100 residents to larger events.  

We continue to support residents to run these events and develop other ideas. Before lockdown, we supported a Resident Action Group, ran training in “community organisation” and other topics, and kicked off a whole range of resident-led activities from a children’s confidence-building drama project to a young men’s retreat.

COVID-19 response

The pandemic has forced CDC to change from face-to-face work into virtual online and telephone projects, from hosting online coffee afternoons and information sessions to finding new ways to use WhatsApp. Many new projects connecting neighbours serving vulnerable and housebound people, that previous delivery was unable to reach, will continue. 

This includes the Burdett COVID-19 response group, a multi-partner engagement team which responds to residents’ needs and working with disparate groups. We are supporting stakeholder engagement and strategic links with the voluntary sector. This has resulted in 43 referrals to social prescribing and community support, including access to emergency food and medicines, CDC neighbour groups and access to online classes for parents, exercise, digital inclusion and local networks.

The team have facilitated an integrated health volunteer team, assisting Mile End East and Bromley by Bow (MEEBBB) Network to make proactive calls to 6000 patients identified with low mood.

Online Parenting Support Project

One of our volunteers adapted her project to create an online Confidence with Reading Book Club for 5-10-year-old children.

Offering lively story reading twice a week, showing children’s’ drawings and responses to follow up craft, construction or nature story activities.

This is open to residents in all areas and responds to concerns around home-schooling children and keeping children occupied.  

Contact us

Email: communitiesdrivingchange@bbbc.org.uk
Tel: 07495 015 316 (Jess)
Instagram: @cdc_north_east