What we’re doing and how you can help

Gabriel, with leaflets for volunteers

We wanted to update on what we’ve been up to over the past week. Mostly, we’ve been supporting the brilliant teams of local volunteers who have sprung up to help our community during the crisis. We’re also gathering information about available services and wider support so we can share this with volunteers and residents. If you’d like to get involved with helping your neighbours at a street level please contact us, and we’ll put you in touch with other people helping in your area.

We particularly need people to cover:
Bedford Road, Blackhorse Lane, Darndale Close, Dudley Road, Eastleigh Road, Jewel Road, Kinross Terrace, Lisbon Road, Luton Road, Omnibus Way, Palmerston Road, Phoenix Close, Priory Court, Queensland Close, Russell Road, and Sherwood Close.
So if you’re on any of those streets and can help out – or you’re already helping, but we don’t know about you – get in touch!

We’re also thinking and talking to people about how we can best support the mental and physical health, and the community spirit, of our area over the weeks to come. We’ve had loads of great ideas come in (keep them coming!) and we’ll be updating with news and plans as soon as we can. If you’d like to be involved in this part of our work – again, contact us, and we’ll keep you in the loop.

We’ve always known that Walthamstow is special, but it’s amazing to see our community uniting in a crisis, and hopefully together we can keep our spirits up, and make sure that everyone that needs help can get it.

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Events and activities over the coming months

Sadly, due to the current public health situation, we’re going to have to cancel or postpone our face to face events and activities over the coming weeks. This means that the William Morris tea party on 24 March and the St George’s Day event on 23 April won’t go ahead, and our Green Fair, scheduled for 30 May, will be postponed until later in the year. Our regular activities will also be put on hold for the time being – there are more details on our events page.

Instead, we’ll be focusing all of our efforts on supporting the William Morris community through this crisis. We’ll be looking at how we can support the amazing community help that’s already being organised, and we’ll also be looking at how we can develop some online or phone based activities and spaces where people can stay connected and have some fun in difficult times – watch this space for updates. If you’d like to get involved and help out contact us.

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Grants are open for applications

We currently have several different opportunities to apply for funding to improve our local area. Our grants are based on our three main aims:  improving outdoor spaces, strengthening the community and supporting enterprise.

We have grants available for large and small projects that share these aims, so whether you’re part of a local organisation with big plans, or you’d like to make your street a bit more attractive, or get to know your neighbours better, we can almost certainly help you to do it. Find out more about the money available on our grants pages.

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Make your area greener

Got a green project that you want to get off the ground? Our Green Grants have opened for 2020. You can apply for up to £1,000 to make improvements to outdoor spaces in the William Morris ward. We know that having more greenery around makes people feel better about themselves and the place they live in, so if you’ve got a green idea you’d like to make happen, check out how to apply – you need to do it by 3 April 2020.

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January at William Morris Big Local

Helen and Gabriel at the Big Local office in Creative Works.

We’ve got lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead, including some events this month. So why not brighten up your January by joining us?

January Jig
A free event for anyone 50+ (but we won’t ID you!)
Buffet lunch, dancing and games.
Thursday 23rd January from 12pm to 3pm at Priory Court Community Centre.

Women’s Group
Meet other local women for tea and friendship. Little ones welcome too.
Thursday 30th Jan, 10am to 12pm at Priory Court Community Centre.

Games Club
Board games and cards. Refreshments provided.
Every Tuesday, 2 to 5pm at Priory Court Community Centre

William Morris Ward Residents Association
Residents group meeting – all welcome.
Wednesday 29th January, Priory Court Community Centre from 7 to 9pm.

Our Multicultural Grants are also currently open for applications – and it’s a great time to start planning multi-faith and multicultural events for 2020.

Finally, we’ve got a new member of staff: Helen is our new communications and admin officer, joining Gabriel in the Big Local office. She’ll be out and about around William Morris ward meeting people and learning about what’s going on.

Do get in touch with us if you’re interested in finding out more or getting involved with the Big Local.

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