Some relief for children in Tower Hamlets lockdown...
Just a couple of weeks ago I was in conversation with the Early Help and Transitions team at Tower Hamlets council – they told me about the difficulty many families in Tower Hamlets are facing during the pandemic. In particular how 100’s of children are stuck inside cramped, high rise apartments with little or nothing to do during the lockdown.
Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK – currently standing over 53% (surrounding areas such as Hackney, Newham, Poplar and even Westminster have some of the highest rates in the country). Incredible when you realise that it sits cheek by jowell to two of the most affluent areas in the world – Canary Wharf and the City of London.
So we put the word out on social media that we needed board games, IT equipment, electronic games, pens and paper, art materials etc. The response was amazing. We received 5 iPads, 2 phones, around 100 games (most new) and 3 bags of art materials. All delivered by the end of the week and all distributed over the weekend.
Thank you to everyone who helped out. We can’t end child poverty on our own but we can be part of the solution.
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Thanks - James