Monday, 28 July 2008

Making the gals look and feel good

Something good happened for a group of young women from a supported housing scheme in Bow.

They were given the opportunity learn about how to get a job in the beauty industry and also trained on some areas of this work.

Rabena Faried, manager at the housing scheme, said: “Many of the young people who live here have had very difficult childhoods and come to us with low self-esteem and little direction. This course has enabled a number of young women to enhance their skills.”

East End Life says the course, conducted by Tower Hamlets College, is useful in helping these women get jobs and have independent lives.

Monday, 21 July 2008

African Children's Choir to sway Forest Gate

Drums, shouts and a lot of stomping. The popular
African Children’s Choir is out to bring the house down when they show case their stuff at the Arc Church in Forest Gate this coming weekend.

For more info call 0208 555 4245.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Have a go at ‘running’ Newham’s hospital

Suppose that for one day, tomorrow, you were in charge of all Newham’s
health services.

Then let your thoughts drift further and consider how you
would use your time to shape the future of health in the borough.

In simple terms, that opportunity to have your voice heard is the principle
behind the forthcoming Newham Health Debate.

Over the coming months the Newham Primary Care Trust will be introducing a series of events in which local residents will be asked about the kind of health services they want.

When the process is complete the Trust will analyse the information, identify the priorities and then set about acting on the results.

Look out for the first of these events – which is a survey questionnaire that will be distributed throughout the borough and available online.

This will be followed by a workshop and then a will be a live question-time meeting.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Top prize for helping poor folk mange their money

There’s loads of struggling families this side of town who can’t cope because they don’t know how to handle their (little) money.

So when a charity comes along and helps them manage their cash it’s no small issue because by educating the breadwinners in these communities, many people benefit – from mothers to children and those who live with cousins and grandparents.

No doubt judges at this year’s Charity Awards realised this when they gave the
Quaker Social Action (QSA) the top prize in the social care, welfare and religion category.

The QSA’s robust project , Made of Money?, fought off tough competition to win the judges hearts.

The panel recognised the immense value of giving families the time and space to talk, listen and learn about money and the emotional relief that the project provides, particularly in this current climate of economic uncertainty.

The QSA has been helping poor families in East London since 1867 and I’m sure many will agree with me that they deserve the prize.