Mela in the City

26 September | FREE Aldgate Square

Celebrate Bengali arts and culture this September at Aldgate Square. Have a go at Bengali dancing, make a rangoli design or get a henna tattoo, and enjoy a day of music, dance and poetry performances. Bursting with live performances, fantastic food and interactive workshops, Mela in the City is a free and fun outdoor event that offers something for all the family.


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Shaw Trust’s Aim4Work program supports City and Hackney Residents with common mental health problems back into sustainable employment.

We offer a free employment program where we support with CVs, Cover Letters, applications, interview prep and support around confidence building and wellbeing.

We also offer up to 6 months of in work support once a participant goes into work.





Mind in North East London, Safe Connections – Local Support for People Facing Suicide

Grief in Pieces is a suicide bereavement service for residents living in the Northeast boroughs: Hackney and the City of London, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering and Barking & Dagenham.

Grief in Pieces offers support through a range of options and is open to anyone who has been bereaved by suicide.


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Resist, Reclaim and Reimagine: Remembering the Battle of Cable Street 85 years later

Sunday 3rd October, 3PM pm @ Toynbee Hall (DOORS OPEN AT 2pm)

‘In an era of rising fascism and anti-Semitism in the UK, on the 4th October 1936, Oswald Mosely and his fascist party, planned to march through the East End, targeting the Jewish community. Despite public outcry and a petition submitted to parliament to stop the march, it was allowed to go ahead. In protest, around 300,000 people including local Jewish communities and their neighbours, Irish Dockers, Trade Unionists and Communists across the East End and London came together to challenge Oswald Mosely from marching across Cable street, galvanised by the slogan No Pasarán! (They Shall not pass).

Today we celebrate the 85th anniversary of this historic moment of community protest and solidarity. Join us on Sunday afternoon where we will have:

  • Archival material documenting the event itself and following protests in the local area throughout the ages.
  • A pop up stall by the East End Women’s museum
  • Creative protest art workshop run by Riot Soup, a collective of black and brown women artists in London.
  • Practical self-defence session run by Bender Defenders to challenge hate crime
  • We will also have panel discussions that reflect on the Battle of Cable Street and what it means for the current struggles our communities face. Contributors include from Nijjor Manush (a Bengali led grassroots campaigning organisation) and Queer Night Pride (reclaiming the streets for LGBT), Yoav Segal (Arts Foundation award-winning film and theatre maker and social-action creative), David Rosenberg (Radical historian and author, of East End Walks).

Further speakers to be announced.

Get a chance to meet other people, share food and spend time at Toynbee’s historic halls.

This event is free and open to the public but we do ask you to book:

CALL OUT: If you have a personal family connection to the Battle of Cable Street and would like to share your story, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact or call 07398 294110′


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The government has shared its COVID-19 WINTER PLAN.

This includes guidance on Safer behaviours and actions that reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We have shared below a guide to meeting others safely, which was put together by City & Hackney Older People’s Reference Group. We hope this is useful in addressing any concerns you may have. (16.09.21)

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National Eye Health Week – 20th – 26th September

“This year’s National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will take place from 20 to 26 September 2021, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

Many people think that a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses. But there are other important reasons to have a regular sight test.

A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.

A sight test can also detect other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.”

Follow the website throughout the week to find information on the daily themes:

Monday 20 September 2021 – How’s Your Sight Seeing? Eye test call to action & spotlight on red flag symptoms for poor eye health

Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Focus on Kids’ Eye Health

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – How to be Screen Smart

Thursday 23 September 2021 – Live Well, See Well – how your lifestyle can impact eye health

Friday 24 September 2021 – Help us light up social media with stories of why Vision Matters.

Saturday 25 September 2021 – Vision and Falls

Sunday 26 September 2021 – Good Vision for Driving

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London Vision – Managing Sight Loss

Managing Sight Loss Being told you have sight loss can be scary and confusing for both you and your friends and family. But talking to people in a similar situation can really help. London Vision hosts Managing Sight Loss sessions both over the telephone, computer and in face-to-face groups to help people who are adjusting to life with sight loss.

The content of these sessions explains where to get help and advice, how to contact your local sensory team and how to explore simple solutions to everyday living with sight loss. The sessions also address the benefits of being registered as blind or partially sighted, introduce you to assistive technology and advise on how to get out and about with confidence. Most importantly, the sessions are an opportunity to hear from you and other participants, as well as any friends and family you would like to join.

If you would more information or to attend a session, get in contact on: 0203 761 3651 or

Details of the sessions are below:

  • 17 September 1pm – 2pm Lunchtime assistive technology drop in
  • 22 September 6pm – 7pm The joy of listening to books on a smart speaker
  • 24 September 1pm – 2pm Lunchtime assistive technology drop in
  • 29 September 6pm – 7pm Getting about confidently
  • 30 September 6pm – 7pm Life hacks for everyday living
  • 14 October 6pm – 7pm Theatre, arts, TV, hobbies and more


Dragon Care in the City – Activity Schedule

Visit the website for more information and to register.



Healthwatch City of London – Upcoming Events

Covid 19 booster and Flu vaccination programme update webinar

Wednesday 15th September 6pm – 7pm

Following the success of our COVID 19 vaccination programme webinar, on 10/3/2021, we’ll be hosting a second giving you the latest on the COVID 19 booster and flu vaccination programme that will be rolled out from September.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 15th September between 6pm – 7pm. We are fortunate enough to be joined by Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health, City of London & London Borough of Hackney, Dr Mark Rickets, C&H Chair NEL CCG and Clinical Lead Primary Care – NEL CCG & Health and Care Partnership.

This in an opportunity for you to find out the latest information on this initiative and ask your questions. Please spread the word to others who may not get our newsletter.

To join the webinar you can register on our Eventbrite page or to submit a question to the panel please email

Healthwatch City of London Annual General Meeting

Thursday 16th September 2pm – 4pm

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 16th September between 2pm – 4pm in which we’ll present our annual report, our annual accounts, giving an overview of our work from the previous year and outlining our plans for the coming year. We’ll be showcasing our top seven local priorities based on feedback from you and our own work. Core to our mission is making sure your voice is heard in the changing landscape of the delivery of health and social care provision across the City so please do join us.

Everyone is welcome to attend to meet the Healthwatch City of London team and to ask questions.

To join us you can register on our Eventbrite page or you can email

Annual Public Meeting

In October we will be holding our Annual Public meeting which is an opportunity or you to find out more from those who deliver our services. We are lining up some exciting speakers and we’ll publish the details as soon as they are confirmed, so watch this space!


In October we will also be welcoming the team from the East London Cardiovascular Prevention programme to talk about their work across East London and how you can prevent and improve your cardiovascular health. We’ll be announcing details soon, so please check on our website.

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