Newham New Deal Partnership (NDP)
Newham New Deal Partnership in its current form was founded in 2009, emerging from a ten-year New Deal Partnership (NDP) regeneration programme covering parts of West Ham and Plaistow. Setting up the original regeneration partnership owed much to the efforts of local residents putting forward the case to the Council, and their contributions to the management committee during the project’s lifetime.
The legacy of the NDP regeneration programme included projects helping people into employment, and supporting the community towards better health - both were taken over at the end of the NDC programme by the Council …
The Renewal Programme
The Renewal Programme was set up in Newham in the midst of a volatile political situation in the early 1970s. The arrival of a large Ugandan community had caused tensions within the local community and there were reports of attacks on these groups from gangs of white men. This led to Clifford Hill, Ted Faith and Roland Joiner setting up a youth group with the specific aim of the group to be multi-cultural. This was the beginning of Renewal.
In 1971, Renewal successfully applied for a grant and were given £6,000 and the first proper meeting …
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 …
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. …
IROKO Theatre Company was formed in 1996. The company uses the arts, particularly – although not exclusively – African theatre arts such as storytelling, drama, music, dance, arts and crafts, as a vehicle to advance the education, health and wellbeing of people of all backgrounds, age groups and abilities.
The name IROKO was chosen after the Iroko tree which flourishes in West Africa. It is considered sacred; a tree with special powers and meaning. As the saying goes, ‘A tree that never dies’!