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 …
‘Survivors Together’ has a simple but transformative aim – to provide a space for women survivors of sexual abuse, outside of their homes and families, where they can socialise with women with similar experiences.
Since 2008, they have run two groups which meet monthly, alongside one-to-one sessions. One group tends to focus more on talking and socialising, with plenty of tea and cake, the other on learning new skills, from exercise to music, self-defence to Mindfulness. Most recently both groups have collaborated to produce an emotional poetry collection reflecting on their personal experiences, and they often …
Alternatives Trust - East London
Alternatives Trust East London started in 1994 by Plaistow resident Julia Acott in her front room. It provides holistic support to vulnerable local families, working with about 80 women and their children through the We Are Family Club, a weekly social held in the Welcome Centre at Memorial Community Church in Plaistow. Julia, herself a counsellor, originally set up Alternatives Trust to help women who needed support around issues of pregnancy choices and pregnancy loss. She was inspired after hearing one woman say – with tears – that despite the fact that she didn’t want to have an …
Mansfield House was part of the settlement project that emerged in Newham in the late nineteenth century. The project provided a range of different services and activities to help local members of the community, and the work became renowned in the region.
In 1884 Frederick William Newland, an Oxford graduate and Congregational Church Minister, began a ministry in Canning Town and helped to establish Mansfield House. He invited pairs of students to work with him for two weeks at a time during their holidays, and created a link between Canning Town and Oxford University. It took …