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Alcohol – time to make a change?

Tower Hamlets Council is highlighting issues surrounding alcohol use during Alcohol Awareness Week, running from November 19 – 25 2018. Led by national charity Alcohol Concern, this year’s campaign theme is: ‘Change.’ The campaign aims to encourage conversation around alcohol, raise awareness and signpost people to services as appropriate alongside calling for change on individuals, communities and policy makers. Although a ...

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Get tested your way during HIV testing week

Tower Hamlets Council is working alongside local organisations and partners during national HIV Testing Week from 17 – 24 November, in the run up to World AIDS day on 1 December, to raise awareness of the importance of getting tested. The week-long campaign promotes the numerous ways anyone can get a free, confidential test – a finger-prick test, an oral swab ...

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Tower Hamlets Council commits to taking additional child refugees

Tower Hamlets Council is marking the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport initiative by pledging to welcome an additional 10 unaccompanied refugee children into the borough and calling on Government to release the necessary funding. The Kindertransport was a remarkable British rescue effort that saved 10,000 predominately Jewish children from Nazi persecution in the nine months before the Second World War. Individuals, ...

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London Bangla Press Club inaugurates its new office

Bangla Mirror Desk: London Bangla Press Club, the organisation represents Bangladeshi journalist and media professionals in the UK, has inaugurated its new office on Friday 16th November.   Senior journalists have portrayed this occasion as the new ere for the LBPC which started its journey in 1993 with few journalists. President of the Organisation Syed Nahash Pasha inaugurated the office which is ...

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The Plogolution reaches East London

Emdad Rahman: A group of diverse volunteers both young and old joined up for a 2 mile trot and a 5K run around East London as a get together to clean up the local community and have some fun at the same time. The event started at Victoria Park and finished at the Hackney Council Sustainability Day at Hackney Town ...

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Parkrunners Leo & Rafi on a homeless mission

Emdad Rahman: Primary school friends Leo and Rafi are running all 53 Parkruns within the M25 for Together in Barnet because they want to make a difference in their community. The pair recently visited East London to take park in Barking Parkrun. Both Leo and Rafi will be 13 years old in 2019. As Jews, this is seen as the ...

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Council rolls out healthier school dinners after scooping top food award

Tower Hamlets comes joint first for Best Overall Borough in Sustain’s Beyond the Food Bank annual league table. Soil Foundation Gold Food for Life Award renewed, with 87% of school meals freshly prepared. Healthier school menus rolled out to 87 schools. Tower Hamlets Council’s catering services, which serves meals to approximately 30,000 students across 87 schools, has started serving new ...

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Council takes action to tackle anti-social behaviour

Tower Hamlets Council has clamped down on anti-social behaviour at an estate in Whitechapel by banning “unauthorised people” from entering its communal areas. Residents at Berner Estate had complained to their landlord, Tower Hamlets Homes (THH), and local police that drug addicts were entering the block to use Class A drugs. Rough sleepers were behaving aggressively toward residents and caused ...

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Mayor John Biggs calls for urgent meeting on businesses based in railway arches

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has requested an urgent meeting with the developers who have purchased the management rights to 600 railways arches in Tower Hamlets from Network Rail. The Mayor has highlighted the concerns of businesses worried that following the sale they face potentially crippling rent rises to their arches based business premises. Over the summer, the Mayor heard ...

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Oppose candidates who promotes hate crime during general election

Ansar Ahmed Ullah: We must unitedly oppose any candidates, known for sectarianism & hate crime, standing at the next general election said NAP President Pankaj Bhattacharya. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at a meeting in Dhaka’s CIRDAP (Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia & the Pacific) venue on 31 October organised by the UK based Secular Bangladesh ...

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