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Fun at the Forest Gate Festival!

On Saturday the 14th, we attended the annual Forest Gate Festival. At our very busy stall, we had arts and crafts, games, and more!Read more

Confidential Helplines

Supporting young people is at the heart of everything we do, if you are experiencing any issues then please get in touch with one of the following helplines. Read more

Forest Gate Community Meeting

In the wake of the youth murders that have happened in Forest Gate, a community meeting organised by local residents took place on May the 14th at Durning Hall.Read more

Transitional Youth Explore London

This Easter, we ran four extra sessions for the young people in our Transitional Youth Project.Read more

One Newham: the new body bringing together voluntary organisations in Newham

Aston-Mansfield alongside other local organisations have played a key role in establishing One Newham. The One Newham vision is to put the people of Newham at its heart. Read more

Inspiring young people at Youth4Youth

We had students attend from a range of different colleges such as Havering Sixth Form college and Newtec. They were passionate, intelligent and very enthusiastic! Read more

Evaluation Exchange celebration

We celebrated the wonderful collaborative work UCL researchers and voluntary organisations have done over the past six months. Read more

Spaces available for rent

We are offering residential and commercial spaces for the public to rent. They are situated on Earlham Grove, Forest Gate.Read more

Fitter Finances Programme

A new and exciting programme we have created to support voluntary organisations in Newham. Read more

Healthy Hearts Bistro Night

A delicious 3-course serving on keeping your heart healthy!Read more

Transitional Youth Project Pilot

The highlights of our NEW Transitional Youth Project, an exciting 2-day holiday programme looking at building successful young adults.Read more

Big Sleepover with LaLit

With kind support form Lalit & City Harvest, Little Manor enjoyed a gourmet meal as part of their latest Big Sleepover!Read more

Little Manor ❤'s Hearts

The Little Manor Loves Hearts project, funded by Heart Research UK, continues at a pace. There are several elements to the project – all delivering informal learning opportunities about different activities and behaviours that can keep our hearts healthy. These are formed of:Read more

Our partners: The Magpie Project

At Aston-Mansfield, we believe in the power of partnership and creating community among organisations with whom we share some of the same aims and values. Read here about The Magpie Project, what they are doing to tackle homelessness in single mothers and how we've helped out. (written by Jayne Williams of The Magpie Project)Read more

SupaPlay Saturday Squidge Special!

Our first SupaPlay Saturday of the year went off with a ...SQUIDGE! Read more about our monthly free family events, designed to encourage community cohesion, adventure and a love of outside play!Read more

Little Manor Loves Hearts

Back in October, the children at our After School Club kicked off the Little Manor Loves Hearts programme funded by Heart Research UK. The programme aims to educate and inform the children on how a healthy lifestyle can contribute to a healthy heart and the long-term benefits this yields. The activities are delivered in an exciting and fun way.Read more

Little Manor Make Mosaic mirrors!

During the Easter holidays, children from the Little Manor Play Project got to channel their inner interior designer and try their hands at DIY home décor by creating their own mosaic mirrors. A great big thank you to staff from Willis Towers Watson who gave their time to come and support this activity!Read more

A very Aston-Mansfield Summer!

A round up of a very Aston-Mansfield summer, including the action packed six week long youth and children's programme!Read more

Fuller Futures and our art auction.

July and August were all about raising money for our Young Achievers Group for young disabled people in Newham. With an online campaign and a star studded art auction, we have been able to raise lots of funds to support our group!Read more

Community fun day and fundraiser! What a success.

A real community get together! Thank you Forest Gate for a wonderful day and for helping to raise funds for our hall!Read more

Little Einstein’s at Little Manor!

Strange things were going on in the Sports Hall at the Froud Centre on Monday 15th February.Read more

We love to ride our bicycles

One of our main focuses across our work with Children is health and wellbeing, another is learning through play. Cycling is a brilliant way to combine the two!Read more

Volunteering is powerful

Voluntary action that benefits others – how can that not be powerful?Read more

Aston-Mansfield. Standing Strong

Aston-Mansfield has been standing strong and helping to build stronger communities for over 130 years, we are looking to you to help us to do more. A few words from Claire Helman, our CEO.Read more

ESOL Online directory launch!

A new way to find English lessons and ESOL courses in the borough of Newham.Read more

October holidays with Little Manor

A little insight to our action packed half term with our Little Manor group. Never a dull day with activities and fun filling every moment!Read more

A big Thank you!

Aston-Mansfield has been working with the Prince’s Trust to help spruce up Durning Hall. We are really grateful to the Prince’s Trust from Newham College for the amazing job they did painting around Durning Hall.Read more

Community Space Available!

Affordable space available at both our centres now.Read more

Ofsted Inspection for Little Manor Play Project

We are delighted that our children's work recently had an inspection where we achieved the highest possible rating for a part inspection.Read more

Celebrating 25 years of the Froud Centre

On Wednesday we marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of our Froud Community Centre with a packed day of activities.Read more

June & July SupaPlay Saturdays!

SupaPlay Saturdays are a series of exciting and free drop-in play events for primary school aged children and their families.Read more

The Value of Shared Community Spaces

In Manor Park, Newham, we run The Froud Centre, a purpose built community centre which shares the building with St. Michael’s & All Angels Church.Read more

Join us for a Sunny Afternoon

We are delighted to be celebrating the 25th Birthday of our Froud Centre next month, and to celebrate we will be throwing open our doors to the local community on a Wednesday afternoon!Read more

3, 2, 1...Blast Off!

The latest SupaPlay Saturday reached new heights as children and parents made unique pieces of art by launching paint rockets high into the air resulting in a satisfying splurge of paint onto their canvasses below!Read more

Thanks to our amazing supporters!

We are grateful to the 99 people who backed our campaign for Paris and helped us exceed our target of £6,000! We couldn’t have done it without you.Read more

What a night!

A whopping 70 people turned up last night at Stratford East Picture House for our community screening of the film, Pride.Read more

How your donations help

In case you’ve somehow missed it, we’re crowdfunding to raise funds for our LGBT youth group, Paris.Read more

Come & watch Pride with us!

Join us for a community screening of the Pride film to help raise money for ‘Paris‘, our LGBT Youth Group. We’re pleased to say our screening is now confirmed!Read more

Paris Crowdfunder Launch Event

Saturday saw the launch event for our Crowdfunding campaign. Clapton Ultras, the supporters group for Forest Gate football team Clapton FC, planned & ran a Football vs. Homophobia match against Basildon complete with rainbow flares, flags & awesome pies!Read more

Paris: the ONLY support for Newham’s LGBT Youth

We’ve launched a campaign for our ‘Paris’ group, the only group in Newham dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender or Questioning) youth.Read more

A week-in-the-life of our Little Manor project!

February half term was full of a whole range of activities for the Little Manor Play scheme!Read more

The 3rd Sector in Austerity

An event for the whole voluntary and community sector in Newham. Run in partnership with The Forum for Health & Well-being we will be hosting an event for the voluntary and community sector in Newham.Read more

Funding Surgery with the Refugee Council

We have a funding surgery coming up on Wednesday in partnership with The Refugee Council’s ‘Supporting RCOs’ Project.Read more

Pizza time at the Market Games!

On Wednesday 18th February, some of our young people from our Harold Road youth session volunteered at a community event held at Queens Road market in Green Street.Read more

Financial Self-Defence Workshop

Come to this free event organised by the Financial Conduct Authority on Tuesday.Read more

Get Up & Groove!

Last Saturday our Young Achievers Group (YAG) enjoyed a ‘Get up and Groove’ session from East London Dance at our Froud Centre.Read more

This month in the CIU

The CIU provides a whole range of services to voluntary and community groups in Newham.Read more

Free training: Involving young people as volunteers

This Newham session is a practical training workshop for groups that want to or already work with young volunteers (under 18).Read more

Free event: ‘Facts for Funding’

Join us for our upcoming event at Durning Hall about highlighting the situation of new communities through recent research.Read more

Great Frosty Festival for SupaPlay Saturday!

As part of our SupaPlay Saturdays, we have a special event coming up this Saturday at our playground in Manor Park.Read more

SupaPlay Saturday – Sparkly Fun!

Last Saturday we had our first SupaPlay Saturday at Toronto Avenue Playground in Manor Park. It kicked off with our “Sparkly Fun – smells like a bonfire” event.Read more

Dressing up for Diwali

The children at Tendercubs Pre-School & Day Nursery, which is held in Durning Hall celebrated Diwali in style, dressing up in traditional costume for the event on October 24th.Read more

Timebanking: how can it help your organisation?

More than 500 organisations across East London are now using Echo to save money, increase capacity, build their profile and win commercial work.Read more

Free Safeguarding Training

Aston-Mansfield, in partnership with Safe Network will be hosting an interactive training session for voluntary, community and faith organisations working within children and young people in Newham.Read more

Interested in becoming one of our new trustees?

We are entering an exciting new phase, with the appointment of a new Chief Executive, and the development of a new strategy. As part of our growth plans, we are looking for a number of new trustees.Read more

Free workshops on Creative Writing

Always wanted to learn how to write creatively? Want to get some expert tips and inspiration from an award-winning author?Read more

Getting into the swing of it!

‘Swing Patrol’, tipped to be the biggest swing dance company in the world has been brought to Newham, with weekly swing dance classes happening at our very own Durning Hall.Read more

Successful Summer Programme

We have just come to the end of another great summer programme for both our projects with young people and children.Read more

All about vegetables!

At Aston-Mansfield we have a Street Growing Project with our own community garden based at the Froud Community Centre.Read more

It’s BIGSleepover time again!

The BIGSleepover dilemma: How could we keep 50 children entertained for 20 hours, overnight, before being picked up by their grateful and refreshed parents and carers?!Read more

Bug Boxes, Go-Karts and Gardening: Barclays comes to the Froud Centre!

At Aston-Mansfield we love all our volunteers, but on Friday 2nd August we had a few more than normal!Read more

Volunteer Achievements

Here we celebrate some of our current volunteers and see what they have got up to during their time with Aston-Mansfield.Read more

Crowdfunding for the BIG Sleepover!

Aston-Mansfield has launched a new crowd-funding initiative to try and raise £25,000 for or local children in the London Borough of Newham.Read more

Olympic Days

Throughout the course of the Olympic period Aston-Mansfield and staff kept their doors open to the local community, celebrating our rich diversity and the games that were just on our doorstep.Read more

Previous CIU Research and Publications

Research done by the CIU prior to 2010.Read more

A look back...

In 2000, Aston-Mansfield was created by the merger of two organisations – Aston Charities Trust and The Mansfield Settlement – with long-standing links to Newham and east London.Read more