Local support and volunteering

Find out what support is available to you locally and what organisations you can volunteer with.
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The People's Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH)

For benefits and housing advice and local foodbank contact Ascension Church:

020 7511 1232

Breast Feeding

Baby feeding support during Coronavirus:

  • Carry on breastfeeding
  • Wash hands more frequently
  • Ask for help if needed

For more information download the poster from Newham Council and the Local NHS:

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Carers First Newham

Carers FIRST provides support to a carers of all ages in Newham. Find out more by visiting our Services pages or contact us to talk about your caring situation.

Carers UK

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after.

Deaf and Hearing Impairment

Enabled Living Healthcare

Enabled Living works on behalf of Newham Council and can provide support to manage the effects and impact of a visual impairment.

There is currently an online Deaf and hearing Impairment support group every Tuesday. to find out more:


07896 664 350 (call or text)

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Educational Psychology

Newham Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

The EPS Parent Advice sessions are offered to any Newham parent or carer who would like to discuss concerns about their child with an educational psychologist (examples may include: your child’s emotional well-being, challenging behaviours, learning progress, your relationship with your child or some of your own worries). The sessions aim to be supportive, confidential, and informal. Each session is 40 minutes.


07976 733536

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Home school meals

if you are struggling with extra meals during lockdown for your children, Mafrika can provide FREE meal every Monday - Friday (12pm - 2pm) LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

Lizzy Mafrika: 07904 858 699 

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Hot meals

Are you struggling with hot meals during lockdown?

  • Order a hot meal from PEACH
  • Pay what you can from free to £4
  • Caribbean, Asian and English cuisine including halal

07849 265 427

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Five East London Charities Hubs

Newham charities Bonny Downs Community Association, The Magpie Project, The Renewal Programme, West Silvertown Foundation and Alternatives Trust East London have announced a partnership to help vulnerable neighbours in need during the Coronavirus crisis.

The five charities have set up four donation hubs in Forest Gate, East Ham, Manor Park and West Silvertown where residents can donate urgently needed items, which will provide relief packs for vulnerable neighbours, including older people and young families.

Residents able to go shopping are welcome to purchase non-perishable foods including:

  • tinned foods (such as meat, tuna, soup, rice pudding and fruit and vegetables), jars of pasta sauce and jam
  • dried foods (including pasta, biscuits and coffee) 
  • large-size nappies
  • sanitary towels
  • soap
  • bleach, Milton tablets, washing-up liquid, washing powder and toothpaste.

Residents are invited to drop their donations of essentials to either:

The FOREST GATE Hub at Forest Lane Lodge, E7 9DE on Mondays and Wednesdays 10am to 2pm

The EAST HAM Hub at The Well Community Centre, 49 Vicarage Lane, E6 6DQ on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm

The MANOR PARK Hub at The Renewal Programme, 395 High Street North E12 6PG on Tuesdays 10am to 2pm and Fridays 10am to 2pm

The WEST SILVERTOWN Hub at Britannia Village Hall, E16 1TU on Mondays and Thursdays 11am to 3pm

The charities are also appealing for financial donations to the emergency appeal for people unable to visit the hubs or wishing to help in another way. Donations can be made securely online and will be split between the participating charities:

Other local organisations collecting donations

Please download the PDF that also lists other organisations in Newham that are also collecting food donations

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Key worker support

Breakfast club and after school provision for key workers’ children in Manor Park at the Froud Centre:


Learning disability

Powerhouse for women in Newham

Support for women with learning disabilities

Tae: 07930 162 505


Online community groups

Thee are many community-led online groups offering assistance by getting supplies to people affected by Covid-19/Coronavirus.

This could be people who are self-isolating due to having Covid symptoms, or people who are older, have a serious chronic illness, people who have a suppressed immune system, or for other reasons.

Support could come in the form of deliveries (of food, medicine or supplies) or in whatever way is helpful for the person.

Over 50s

Age UK East London

Age UK East London deliver information, advice and advocacy although they are not currently seeing people face to face, services are available by telephone and email. Age UK also provide support with hospital discharge and immediate return home. If you are over 50 and have any query or if you are a professional with questions or want to discuss a referral.


020 8981 7124

Subco Trust

The trust is providing the following support:

Day Care: Welfare telephone and video calls, morning and afternoon, once on Saturday and Sunday. All members and participants of groups, advice, information and advocacy services will be contacted at least once a week to check how they are.

Advice advocacy and information service to vulnerable adults and their family carers. If there are any issues, areas of concern these will be referred to this service which is run by Subco.

Shopping service: An essential Shopping Delivery Service.

Asian meals delivery service: An Asian meals delivery service cooked fresh on the premises.


020 8548 0070


Do you need a FREE meal for Iftar this Ramadan? You can place an order between 12am and 2pm

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Active Newham

If you are of good health, physically able to get out and about, a real team player and wish to support those who are isolated and vulnerable during this difficult time, join Active Newham's team of volunteers who are supporting Newham Council and other partners on the #HELPNewham Campaign.


020 3770 444

Chat Newham

There are usually many ways that volunteers can get involved in The Renewal Programme, but as we are living in unusual times due to COVID-19 Chat Newham especially need volunteers to help them run their new community support and advice line - Chat Newham.

You can feel you make a difference by helping other people and gain new skills and confidence at the same time. 


NHS Volunteer Responders

The NHS volunteers help people:

  • avoid busy places by collecting their shopping, medicines and other important items
  • have regular contact with other people by making regular friendly phone calls

  • get to medical appointments by giving lifts

The NHS Volunteer Responders service will continue until at least December 2020.

0808 196 3646

The People's Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH)

If you would like to volunteer with PEACH:

  • Leafleting, food preparation, deliveries and taking order

Hero: 07957 945 411

Casey: 07961 588 112

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