South East locality: Poplar and Limehouse
- Samuda Estate
- Teviot Estate
- Poplar High Street West (Will Crooks to Pennyfields Estate)
Overview of approach
Our accountability model is through the steering groups who work effectively driving the change in their community. Members volunteered at the Participatory Budgeting Events held in December, and the outcome for the steering group leading on these events is feeling like they are influencing change on issues that matter to the community.
As a result of the events delivered by the steering groups, the projects that followed were a mental health project in partnership with Mayflower Primary School, a lunch club for over 50’s in partnership with Neighbours in Poplar, and a martial arts class for children.
Khalida Begum is a Teviot Estate resident and has been on an eighteen-month journey with Communities Driving Change. She was engaged through the team’s door knocking process raising awareness of the programme’s intentions and how residents can get involved.
Khalida attended our first World Café Session and expressed her passion for addressing local issues and wanting to make a real difference in improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
After developing a positive relationship with the CDC Local Area Activator (LAA) Khalida decided to join the programme, to become a steering group member, and helped recruit four other residents to join. She became the steering group Chair, leading on organising meetings and becoming a point of contact for the LAA, residents, steering group members, and the wider community.
To increase community cohesion, Khalida, alongside the steering group, agreed to deliver a Community Eid party and Christmas Participatory Budgeting Event. Both events had over 100 participants.
She also helped establish a volunteer led Stay & Play Session at Manorfield Primary School using her experience from Play Association Tower Hamlets. Her commitment and energy to CDC empowered other steering group members to deliver the Stay and Play sessions using their skills & knowledge.
Khalida’s journey in the CDC programme changed from a volunteer to a LAA as she was successfully appointed. Before she became a CDC LAA, she had been preparing a Teviot BBQ Event. The aim of this event was to address the lack of cohesion in the community.
With the help of local partners and stakeholders Khalida has been involved in organising and delivering many events for over 600 residents.
Our CDC approach during Covid-19 has involved the Team now engaging people in and outside the area of focus. We are continuing working closely with GP practices to contact patients to check on their health and wellbeing. This has developed to contacting patients with different health conditions such as COPD and type 2 Diabetes. The team have contacted around 350-400 patients and working with Bikeworks CDC has been responsible for over 150 medication deliveries. CDC has been responsible for free school meals on the Isle of Dogs at the Samuda Centre and CDC worked with volunteers to distribute over 100 learning packs to children from Mayflower Primary School.
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