All posts by Gabriel Edwards

£500 Grants Schemes open

We are delighted to announce the launch of two grassroots funding pots following the return of our popular Community Chest fund as well as a brand new Multicultural Grant.

Multicultural Grants

Back in August we celebrated our richly diverse local population and hosted a Multicultural event packed full of singers, musicians, dancers and poets all topped off with delicious food in celebration of Eid. Now it’s your turn as we open up a funding scheme of up to £500 per applicant that will allow  local community groups, faith groups, residents and charities to put on their own celebrations, exhibitions and learning events.  Full details and application form can be found here!

Community Chest Round 5

Our Community Chest Grant is back and to date has funded over 50 local projects and activities that bring people together from community keep fit and dance sessions to art therapy and lunch clubs as well as numerous street parties. If you have not applied to the grant scheme before your application will be considered ahead of the rest so what are you waiting for?! Full details and the application form can be found here!

For more information about either grant scheme or if you would like to talk through a potential application please contact Gabriel on 07947 766 251 or devwmbl@gmail.com

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Job vacancy

COMMUNICATIONS & ADMIN OFFICER. Are you an experienced Communications Officer with traditional and digital communication skills, stakeholder engagement and administration expertise? Do you want to support a vibrant community-led partnership that improves people’s lives and the area they live in through innovative projects and exciting programmes?

(Project Lead Gabriel Edwards alongside Partnership member Rezia Wahid and her daughter Halima at the Walthamstow Garden Party)

We are seeking a new member of staff to join us as we scale up the delivery of our exciting plans. Our new staff member will work alongside a committee of volunteers (the ‘Partnership’) and our Project Lead. S/he will lead on delivering projects as well as supporting the core operations and leading the communications work at William Morris Big Local.

The role will actively develop our communications work, outreach and raise the profile of WMBL thereby encouraging more residents to participate in the programme. The role will also provide administrative support to ensure smooth operation of WMBL. The role is ideally suited for anyone who enjoys a balanced and varied job that combines traditional office related work and being out and about in the community.

For the full job description and details on what we need from your application please click on the below link:

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Please submit applications or questions about the role to: jobswmbl@crestwf.org.uk. You can also contact Chrys Christy, Chair of William Morris Big Local to find out more about the role by email at chrysc@live.co.uk

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Get Together Time!

  • When: 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Thursday 19th September
  • Where: Creative Works, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS

An exciting evening of talks, performances, music and food celebrating the past 12 months of Big Local projects and looking to the year ahead. This event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the Big Local programme or that would like to be a part of helping us improve the William Morris area of Walthamstow no matter how big or small. Information about our Community Chest and Multicultural grants will be launched on the night and we will be seeking your views on some of our more ambitious plans for open space improvements, social isolation projects and developing our youth offer. We will also be welcoming local residents who have put themselves forward to be on the Partnership for the year ahead and carry the programme forward. All of this topped off with food and refreshments and taking place within the awesome event space at Creative Works!

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Multi Cultural Event in Celebration of Eid

Join us on the evening of Saturday 17th August at Harmony Hall, where we will present a programme of dance, music, singing and poetry in celebration of our culturally rich community. Local acts will be performing a combination of traditional and contemporary pieces that represent their heritage, beliefs and cultures. We will have performers from the Asian Community, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Albanian, Portuguese and even a good old fashion English song or two for good measure! The event is free and refreshments will be served at half time. We are making the first half family friendly and accessible to younger audiences with the second half being more suitable for older children and adults.

We believe that by learning about each others beliefs and heritage and celebrating who we are as human beings we can break down the barriers of fear and distrust that ultimately lead to hate in our community. Join us for an evening of inspiration, learning and good times! Book your tickets now as there will be limited availability on the night!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multicultural-event-in-celebration-of-eid-tickets-68127692763

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A day of Wild inspiration

On Saturday 27th July over 300 people joined us at Lloyd Park for our Greener Together – Live event, a day of talks, stalls and all things green, wild and healthy! The wet weather couldn’t dampen the mood as we celebrated our vital open spaces and explored the fun ways in which we can use and interact with them.

We had some incredible speakers sharing their “what if……” vision for a Greener, Wilder and Healthier Walthamstow. Our speakers spoke of green walls, healthy walks, re-wilding our country, educational programmes, giving up plastic, making skater friendly landscapes and designing in ways we can interact more with our urban jungle. For a full list of the speakers and the topics they spoke of click here.

To help inspire the crowd even further we had hands on planting demonstrations, seed bomb making as well as nature inspired arts n crafts. We were blown away by the positive response people gave us about the event and this has convinced us to bring back a regular green event to Lloyd Park.

We must thank our fantastic volunteers who helped on the day without whom we wouldn’t have been able to put on such a great event. And a huge thanks also goes out to all of the organisations and speakers who made our Greener Together event a really special day. If you would like to get in touch about our plans for a greener William Morris Ward don’t hesitate to get in touch! We are always looking for people to help us turn vision into reality!

Our amazing young volunteers who helped on the day! (from left; Ellie-Mae, Vicky Peet (TCV), Grace, Leon, Dom and Gabby)

Greener Together Live was part of the London National Park Festival Week helping to mark London becoming a National Park City

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