International Women's Day Events
Cranbrook Community Centre in Bethnal Green is celebrating with a Well Womens Day on Thursday 8 March. There will be Yoga, Zumba and Henna, as well as an exhibition of women in history and a healthy lunch. Come and join: everyone is welcome.
Tower Hamlets Council are hosting an event on Thursday 8 March at Rich Mix cinema to celebrate the outstanding contribution of women to the borough. There will be teams on hand to give advice on entrepreneurship, childcare, housing, and more. Read more here.
Idea Stores across Tower Hamlets are celebrating with an array of events. Click here for more information.
And for an even longer list of events, take a look at the Alternative Arts website.
Dates for events and meetings in March
Cranbrook TRA Annual General Meeting
(7pm at Cranbrook Community Centre, Mace Street, E2 0RB)
Collingwood TRA meeting
(6:30pm at Collingwood Hall, E1 5AY)
Tower Hamlets Federation of TRAs meeting
(7-9pm at Collingwood Hall, E1 5DY)
Cllr Rachel Blake, Lead Councillor for Strategic Development, will lead a discussion: first on waste recycling issues in Tower Hamlets and then on the Council's plans for the Whitechapel area post-Crossrail. There will be plenty of time for questions. All welcome.
Wellington Estate TRA meeting
Mulberry House TRA meeting
(7pm at Mayfield House, E2 9LJ)
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H-Appy Coding for young people in Whitechapel
THH's Inspiring Communities Fund has helped dozens of projects get off the ground. It has funded summer gatherings, local history projects and food gardens, to name but a few. One of our projects – Coding Club – is part of a wider initiative run by the Inventors Club Whitechapel to get young people interested in learning computer languages and improving their interpersonal skills. Akik Miah runs their Monday night sessions:
“I grew up in Stepney so for the last 25 years I’ve seen lots of gangs in the area and I ended up getting involved in all of that. But I came out on top. I went to college and University and got a degree. Growing up, I used to rely on the youth centres. If it wasn’t for the youth centres, I would have been on the streets or in jail. As I got older, I thought 'I want to give something back'. I earn enough in my career to be happy, so I wanted to dedicate some of my time to the young people in the area. I thought – 'I know a bit of coding and we need to get young people in the borough involved.'
We want to teach them other skills too, like talking to a crowd with passion. Coding is just to get them through the door, it’s an avenue into computer gaming and apps. We want the parents to come as well, so that they can see what it’s all about. Most parents don’t know what coding is – I tell them that their child is going to learn to talk to the computer in its own language. These workshops offer fun taster sessions for young people – come and try it!”
For more info on the Inventors Club, visit their website.
Ah-ah-ah-ah-Stayin' Alive: Kids' First Aid
Last year, twelve residents attended a paediatric first aid course – one of dozens on offer through THH's free residents training programme. One of the participants, Shazna, told us: “I’m going to be a teacher and we need to be first aid qualified. I’ve loved the course – and the trainer, I’d definitely recommend it.”
The course was led by Najma, a local first aid trainer, who added:
“First aid can save lives. Instead of panicking, you can do something to help. Remember the five key points."
D = Check for Danger
R = Check for Response
A = Check if the Airway is open
B = Check if the Casualty is breathing
C = Check for Circulation
You can find courses through the Idea Stores or through THH's resident training programme. You can also get first aid tips and watch videos by visiting the NHS website.
What you need to do - Recovery position
If someone is unconscious but breathing (and they have no other life-threatening conditions) they should be placed in the recovery position; this will keep their airway clear and prevent them from choking.
1. With the person lying on their back, kneel on the floor at their side.
2. Place the arm nearest you at a right angle to their body with their hand upwards, towards the head.
3. Tuck their other hand under the side of their head, so that the back of their hand is touching their cheek.
4. Bend the knee farthest from you to a right angle.
5. Carefully roll the person onto their side by pulling on the bent knee.
6. The top arm should be supporting the head and the bottom arm will stop you rolling them too far.
7. Open their airway by gently tilting their head back and lifting their chin, and check that nothing is blocking their airway.
8. Stay with the person and monitor their condition until help arrives.
9. Make sure their airway is open by tilting their head back and their chin forward. Call 999.