As a church based in the local community, we love to bring benefit to the people who live in our Borough.
Delivering Community-building Projects in Conjunction with East London Textile Arts
Little Ilford Baptist Church has recently received a grant from the National Lottery 'Awards for All' Fund. Together with East London Textile Arts, we will be organising community-building projects Newham-wide, engaging local groups in arts and crafts activities, especially embroidered textiles which have proved very popular.
The groups will be open to a diverse range of people of different ages, ethnic backgrounds and life experiences, and will include adults with learning difficulties. The activities in each group will be determined by the interests, abilities and energies of its members. One particular creative hub is to be centered at a brand new primary school, situated in a freshly constructed residential district of the borough.
Community Homeworking Textiles Project
The church was also awarded National Lottery funding in 2020 to support its textile teaching with older women and vulnerable adults. We used the grant to run a home-based creative textile project for those shielding while the national coronavirus lockdown was in force.
Lead Textile Tutor Sonia drew out designs, spoke with participants on the telephone, and safely delivered work to them on her bicycle. People could see their work on a WhatsApp group and also on the Facebook page, Instagram and website of East London Textile Arts. A series of online exhibitions were also held.
Sonia said, “Thanks to the National
Lottery, we were able to keep working with local communities during the easing
of the lockdown. This was important because it helped people to stay active,
creative, and connected to each other at a time when it was so easy to become
Sindy, a volunteer with the project, said, “It was a new world. It gave me friends, adventure and helped me be more independent. I love to learn from people who love what they are doing.”
'The Big Clean Up'
Little Ilford Baptist Church has so far twice joined a national initiative called 'The Big Clean Up'. Along with thousands of other community groups around the country we've taken to the streets near the church to pick up litter and generally do our best to make a positive difference to the way our neighbourhood looks. We did this to bless the people of Manor Park, and to show them that we care about our shared environment.
Local Area Neighbourhood Watch
As a part of the local community, Little Ilford Baptist Church shares the same kinds of concerns that those living around us have for the safety of our neighbourhood. We have been proud to host Neighbourhood Watch meetings for the Little Ilford ward, which were often attended by local councillors and the Metropolitan Police's local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
More Church and Community
Little Ilford Baptist Church has also:
- Organised fun days, street parties and similar events for local people
- Visited a nearby sheltered accommodation for the elderly
- Welcomed children and young people on visits from local schools as part of their religious education studies
- Joined with other churches to stage events such as concerts in the park and Christmas carol services
- Hosted a temporary classroom block on part of our site while a local primary school was being extensively redeveloped