Urban by nature

Introducing our sister project, a three year programme with arts at its core, to implement community-led change in the Wood Street and William Morris neighbourhoods. In our consultation process, we asked YOU what you wanted and based on the feedback we received, the following ideas were curated :

A Pop-up programme to enable young people to connect with peers, develop skills and have new creative experiences through takeovers, schools partnerships and creative enterprise development

Creative Courts – a programme to turn basketball courts into giant works of art to help promote grassroots basketball and fund basketball sessions for local residents

A new Urban by Nature studio space run by Wood Street Walls CIC, with 5 new maker-spaces, co-working desks and food prep areas for local street food operators and creatives to provide much needed creative infrastructure for the borough.

Crowdfunding hub on civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive, with drop in support and development sessions for people to help realise their own ideas for creative events and activities for the area with both in kind and financial support.

Street Art Tours – local residents will be trained to take people on local tours. Funds raised will enable the project to pay a London Living Wage to the newly trained tour guides and raise further funds for the Urban by Nature project.

An International Arts Exchange Program – starting with partnerships with Art House Jersey (video below) and Waterford Walls in Ireland, that will see local creatives visit areas overseas and lay on exchange trips for young people to visit emerging destinations.

An ambitious part of the project is forming business partnerships to help give people new pathways into the creative industries. Working with local businesses, Urban by Nature plans to develop new products in collaboration with these businesses to generate new revenue for the project, long after the three year programme completes, with a view to creating a sustainable model for creative programming locally. Watch this space for more updates on the project!

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Green Grants Open!

Is there an unloved space near to you that is just screaming out for some love? Are you sick of the grey and wish there was more green around you? Well our Green Grants are back and can provide up to £1000 of funds to help transform a ‘grot-spot’ into a ‘beauty spot’

Our Green Grant is a funding pot that supports individuals, local groups and organisations wishing to make small scale improvements to one or more outdoor spaces in the William Morris Ward of Walthamstow. Its primary aim is to enhance local people’s experience of their urban environment through community-led improvements that make the area look and feel better. Ultimately this can help improve wellbeing, connectivity and make people feel better about the area they live.

For more information and the application form click here or contact Gabriel on 07947 766 251 and devwmbl@gmail.com

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William Morris Birthday Party 2019

We had another wonderful get together in Lloyd Park celebrating what would have been the great mans birthday. Much fun was had by all and we met many new potential volunteers which is essential to the work we do. We are proudly run by residents for residents and cannot improve our corner of the community without this vital lifeblood.

Our baking competition allowed us to sample some pretty yummy cakes and the Under 13’s winners cake (pictured here) was truly outstanding. It was also an opportunity to inform residents about this years Big Lunch in June and our Community Chest Grant scheme which has just opened, as well as chat, drink tea, greet old friends and connect with new ones. The sun shone and a lot of happy children left the park that sunny Spring day with faces painted, hair braided and special memories to treasure.

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New Staff Update – Read more!

We are delighted to welcome Catherine Bartram on board as our new Communications Officer/Operational Support Worker.  Catherine hit the ground running with our annual Tea Party in Lloyd Park.  She has produced a new Spring Newsletter and designed some eye catching posters.  Catch her updates on Facebook and Twitter too!

‘I love the varied role and the fact that we have so many vital ongoing initiatives. Similarly, meeting residents, partners, volunteers and affiliates who help push our vision forward has been great.  As a result, delivering our inspirational plan is a passion I take seriously.  We have some very exciting plans in the pipeline!’.

Catherine has a wealth of marketing and event experience and is looking forward to making great things happen.  Please do get in touch if you any enquiries: comms.wmbl@gmail.com


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Open Space Projects – Tender Opportunity

Our vision for Open Spaces at William Morris Big Local is to make the outdoor spaces and external environment in our local area both useful and beautiful for the benefit of all who live work and play here. We have been developing two projects from our Big Local plan that we see as great ways of helping make this vision a reality. The first is a Front Garden and Balcony Improvement Scheme, the second, a Tool Lending Library. We are on the search for organisations or individuals to come forward and pitch to us proposals to help deliver a pilot of one or both of these projects. The ideal organisation would be from the Waltham Forest area or nearby and have expertise, skills and passion for working on outdoor projects with communities


For full details of the project briefs and how to apply to one or both please check out the links below:

Front Garden Improvement Scheme –  FGIS-Brief_FINAL_Sept2018 

Tool Lending Library – ToolLendingLibraryTender_Sept18 

Closing date for receiving responses to these briefs is Monday 29th October at midday

If you have any questions regarding these projects or would like more information please contact Gabriel Edwards on 07947 766 251 or devwmbl@gmail.com 

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