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A busy end to summer at Toynbee Hall
Published: 27 Aug 2013
It’s been a busy summer at Toynbee Hall with plenty of gatherings and opportunities to reflect on this year’s achievements, as well as plan the one ahead.
The summer socials
On 15th August, over 60 people from across the Square Mile and Tower Hamlets including volunteers, people were treated to a sizzling barbecue feast at Toynbee Hall including Wellbeing Service users, friends from Sundial Centre, Link Age Plus, City 50+, Surma, and the Flower & Dean Community Centre. This lunch was a chance to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community. Stalls were dotted around the estate and offered second-hand books, bric a brac, jewellery, facial packs and massages to encourage people to get to know each other. The afternoon came to a close with the raffle which raised over £100 towards the Halloween Party. We were delighted to welcome Councillor Helal Uddin Abbas and the London Assembly Member for City and East, John Biggs who helped with the raffle.
The sun shone once again at Toynbee Hall on 21st August for our Inspire and Aspire Summer Social. Inspire graduates encouraged a new group of young people to take part in the upcoming programme. They shared with them all the wonderful experiences that they have been involved in throughout the year; from running a music weekend event, to peer mentoring at Jamie’s Farm and going on a tour around the BBC Broadcasting house! This academic year, Inspire will also be involved in Global Dignity Day, a large mural project, leading debates on areas of social policy that interest young people.
The Portsoken Health Open Day
Also taking place on Wednesday 21st August, over at the “greenbox”, more than 70 local residents and young people from the Portsoken Ward of the City of London Square Mile came along to take part in organised activities and to find out more about the services offered by the Portsoken Community Centre. There were also free health checks and face painting stalls, as well as a performance from a local Somali dance group. Projects such as City Recycling, City Carers and City Advice promoted the services they offer to local residents throughout the year.
Health open days take place twice a year in Portsoken : the next one will be in January 2014.