We’re sure many of you have been glued to the news, feeling heartbroken about the situation in Ukraine.
Over the past week there have been numerous organisations taking donations of supplies for Ukraine. Unfortunately, some have been getting stuck in transit so the advice from those in the sector is to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee which has partners on the ground that can get aid to people fast.
Closer to home, Lizzy’s on the Green is putting all proceeds from today’s pancake special towards UNICEF’s Ukraine work.
Project Update: Community support
Welcoming Refugees to Newington Green
We are working with Reset Community Sponsorship on bringing a refugee family to our area and expanding our work to support all refugees in Newington Green.
Those who have already expressed interest in being part of this work are meeting this week. Please message email@example.com if you’re keen to join us.
The Government has signalled that it is considering an extension to the community sponsorship scheme we are part of to cover Ukrainians without family connections in the UK. We have written in to support this and will continue to work with other organisations to put pressure on the Home Secretary to open this scheme to applications as a matter of urgency.
Project Update: Improving the local area
Ferntower Road- Newington Green
Most of you will have noticed that the works are almost complete. The trees were planted on Friday and 500 plants are arriving on Wednesday.
We will need a lot of help so there will be a Community Planting Day on Wednesday 9th March 11:30am-4pm.
It will overseen by Ruth from The Garden Classroom so you don’t need to be an expert gardener. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Please wear suitable clothing and bring your own gloves if you have them.
If all goes to plan, the barriers will come down on Thursday and space will be open to everyone.
Project Update: Newington Green Playground
Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the playground survey. The council has uploaded the survey results to the procurement portal they use and will will be getting quotes and design options back on March 25th.
We will have a chance to comment on the options. If you would like to be part of that meeting please reply to this email with ‘playground’ in the subject line.
Project Update: Food Justice
We continue to partner with St Jude and St Paul’s Church for a weekly food hub every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm. There is both shopping to take away and hot food to enjoy on site. If you know of anyone who might need be interested please let them know. It is based at a church but it is open to everyone, regardless of background or beliefs.
Feel free to drop any food donations you may have to the church between 12.30pm and 3pm on Tuesdays. Tuna, tinned meats and children’s cereal are always in high demand.
Mildmay Library Consultation
The council are working with architecture practice Public Works to upgrade and expand the offer at Mildmay Library.
There will be an in-person drop-in engagement event on the 22nd March between 6pm-8pm. You can also pop down and speak to the architects, councillors and staff at the Library on the 15th March (10am-1pm) and 21st March (10am-6pm).
If none of those times work there will feedback forms to fill out at the Library from next week. There will also be a zoom event as part of an upcoming Mildmay Ward Partnership on the 23rd Match at 7pm. We will share that link once we have it.
Diversity Training Recommendation
We wholeheartedly recommend Impact Culture for anyone seeking to integrate diversity and inclusion in their workplace, school or charity.
All NGAG trustees recently participated in a series of workshops with Chaka as part of our commitment to make the charity more representative of the community we serve. More on the outcomes of that work soon!
Those of us who had been on diversity training before were especially impressed with Impact Culture’s approach. They are a relatively new organisation so it would be great if some of you could recommend them to the organisations you’re involved with. You won’t regret it.
St Jude and St Paul’s School
One of our local primary schools has a vacancy for a school governor. They are particularly keen to hear from local people who have some governor/board experience.
The role will require a level of commitment to attend governing body meetings, review papers & policies and assist with the strategic direction of the school. It is both an interesting and important time to be a school governor. The lost learning during the pandemic and the surplus of school places across Hackney and Islington are especially pressing challenges.
We can put you in touch with a governor or you can contact Jean Campbell (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.