TUC Chief welcomes work of Team Leyton

With Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary

Britain’s leading trade unionist has given his backing to the work being done by local regeneration organisation Team Leyton, which manages Leyton ward’s Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder and its Neighbourhood Renewal Fund – and on whose board I sit as the Leyton ward ‘Community Champion’ for Jobs.

Earlier today, I met Brendan Barber, head of the 6.4 million strong Trades Union Congress, to discuss projects being developed by Team Leyton to create new jobs and improve local people’s skills in the build up to the 2012 Olympics Games. Continue reading “TUC Chief welcomes work of Team Leyton”

“We were there too” – Score hosts exhibition about African & Caribbean people in the War

Score Building Exhibition - 'We were there too'The Score Community Building in Oliver Rd, Leyton, played host to an important new exhibition in December. The “We Were There Too” photographic display was organised by the Waltham Forest African Caribbean Women’s Development Centre to commemorate the contribution of African & Caribbean men and women who fought in the Second World War. Continue reading ““We were there too” – Score hosts exhibition about African & Caribbean people in the War”

George Mitchell says Lives not Knives

George Mitchell School Talk - 'Lives not Knives'The borough’s ‘Lives not Knives’ campaign took a step into the classroom in November. 14, 15 and 16-year-old pupils from George Mitchell school, where I am a governor, received a talk from the borough’s Superintendent Stewart Rivers, and the council’s violent crimes officer, Mike Jervis, on the dangers involved in carrying knives.

The teenagers were told that 13% of kids living in Waltham Forest now carry knives but that if caught, offenders face a stiff five-year jail sentence and other harsh punishments. The students also learned that the British Transport Police is about to begin conducting regular knife searches on the buses.
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Volunteers call for Bokashi Bonanza!

CompostingPat Brace, local Leyton resident and member of the Leyton Neighbourhood Forum, is trying to encourage more people to recycle their household waste. Over the last few months, Pat, accompanied by Steve Williams, Chair of the Leyton and Whipps Cross Community Council and Miranda Grell, local resident and volunteer, has been making weekly trips to the Sorenson and Clewer Courts on the Grange Estate to collect residents’ food waste from special green ‘Bokashi’ composting boxes provided by the Forest Recycling Project. Continue reading “Volunteers call for Bokashi Bonanza!”