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Decorate your windows for Ramadan

Local artist, and William Morris Big Local partnership member, Rezia Wahid has come up with the great idea of putting a picture of a mosque in your window during Ramadan.

Rezia says, “One of the most important parts of Ramadan is the tarawee (night) prayer, which is traditionally performed in mosques. This will be immensely missed by those who observe it.”

Putting a mosque in your window is a small way of marking Ramadan, while visits to an actual mosque are not possible. Rezia has created a template for you to download, which can be coloured in or cut out, and otherwise decorated. The one above was designed by Rezia’s talented daughter, Halima.

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New grants available to help during the pandemic

Are you already helping others during this crisis, but could do with some support? Do you have a great idea for a morale-boosting, community-spirited activity that can help keep everyone connected? We’re launching a new version of our Community Chest fund, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Community Chest fund is a small grants scheme available to local people, groups and organisations. Right now we want to support the amazing neighbourly volunteering already going on – especially where it’s helping those who are finding it difficult to access other support. We also want to encourage positive activities that help keep people, healthy, happy and connected despite the challenges of social distancing. 

You can apply for up to £1,000 per project, and we’ll be assessing applications as they come in. For more details and an application form go to our dedicated web page.

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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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