In 2000, Aston-Mansfield was created by the merger of two charities – Aston Charities Trust and The Mansfield Settlement – who had been working in east London since the late 19th century. The ethos of Aston-Mansfield’s work has always been about its buildings; the community anchors for local people, open to all.
Some of the services that we provided over 100 years ago are not so different to those we deliver today. The Busby Scouts group started in the original Durning Hall in 1908 and meet weekly to this day. With many regular clubs and groups, Durning Hall became a …
What You Do Matters
I am a young woman from an ethnic minority, born and bred in Newham. “Enthusiastic, high energy and loud” would probably be how people would describe me! I feel as though my life was pretty average until I graduated, but as I became hungry for experience, I could no longer do “average”. In 2011 I travelled around Asia alone for six months. Whilst my trip was full of adventure, I became increasingly upset and frustrated with the poverty I saw, particularly in Manila. I became overwhelmed with the need to get involved in charity work and volunteering. I …
NASSA - Newham All Starts Sports Academy
Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has become part of Newham’s fabric since it was formed in 2006 by Natasha Hart MBE. It was set up to provide a safe haven in which young people could play basketball socially and competitively in a positive, fun environment. Its growth in size and impact led to it being named overall Charity of the Year at The Charity Awards 2014.
Where NASSA differs from many other basketball clubs is in the mentoring support it offers to its young people to increase their awareness …
“Since I started coming to Mehfil Care Group I have made so many friends, I am not lonely anymore”
- A user of Ekta Project services
Translated as “Unity” in English, Ekta Project – founded in 1986 – has been tirelessly campaigning for the rights of Asian elders in Newham and the surrounding areas for over three decades. Providing equal opportunities and access to care for Asian elders is something that has a personal resonance for founder and CEO Ramesh Verma OBE.
Born in Tanzania, Ramesh moved to the …
DOST Trinity Centre
Dost means "friend" in several languages and is a Newham based project, supporting young refugees and migrants in the UK. In 2000, Dost was set up to meet the practical and emotional needs of young refugees as this presented as an emerging necessity.
With funding to provide education, advocacy and support for young refugees we hoped to try and understand, and make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children in our community. We understood that their realities were complicated, but believed that in many respects what was needed was simple: care, compassion and kindness. …
Helping Hands is a charity which works with people in need in the Newham area, especially those who are homeless, the elderly and those with mental health issues.
On entering the house located just off Barking Road, you immediately feel a sense of quiet and familiarity: people chatting over a cup of tea in the conservatory looking out onto a peaceful garden –the centre of all the activities during the summer. Helping Hands provides food to people in need and is one of only three organisations in London that offers a place to sleep for free, …