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MOTIV in May and June

We have been having a brilliant time in May and June at MOTIV - our new programme aiming to provide meaningful, fun and positive activities for young people, by young people.Read more

May Bank Holiday Closures

6th & 27th May - Our Community Centres, Durning Hall and Aston-Mansfield Community Centre will be closed for the May Bank holiday.Read more

Aston-Mansfield's Community Iftar 2024

Saturday 30th March 2024 - our youth team invited friends, family and the local community to join them in breaking their fast at our Community Iftar.Read more

Celebrating Our Warm Haven

January to March 2024 - Over January, February and March 2024, we ran a Warm Haven at our community centre in Manor Park.Read more

Celebrate Ramadan with Us! (Space for Hire)

March/April 2024 - Come and celebrate Ramadan with us! Host your Iftar & Eid parties at our community centres!Read more

Warm Haven

March 2024 - Get out of the cold and come along to our Warm Haven at our Community Centre in Manor Park.Read more

Project Management Masterclass

November/December 2023 - Young people develop project management skills as part of Aston-Mansfield’s Project Management MasterclassRead more

Maintaining Positive Mental Health

November 2023 - Maintaining positive mental health in the face of distressing news and gloomy weather is crucial for overall well-beingRead more

Christmas Closures at Aston-Mansfield

December & January 2023/4 - Check out below our community centres and charity shop closures for the Christmas and New Year's period 2023/4.Read more

What Workshops Do You Want To See? (Fitter Finances)

November 2023 - We're developing a range of workshops to support small charities, community groups & non-profit organisations. And we want to hear from you!Read more

Saluting Our Sisters – Black History Month 2023

October is Black History Month in the UK and this year’s theme is Saluting Our Sisters – a theme which pays homage to black women who had their contributions ignored, ideas appropriated, and voices silenced.Read more

Volunteer Stories: Kate

22nd September 2023 - We sat down with Kate to learn more about her volunteering journey, what she likes about volunteering, why she does it, and what she would say to those considering volunteering for the first time.Read more

We are Committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

4th September 2023 - Aston-Mansfield is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation and all of the work that we do. Read more

Fitter Finance Funded for Four More Years

August 2023 - We are excited to announce that the Fitter Finance Programme (FFP) has been successfully funded by City Bridge Trust for four more years.Read more

Impact Report 2022-23

Welcome to our Impact Report – your chance to see everything we have been up to last year from 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023.Read more

Volunteer Stories: Sonal

18th July 2023 - Sonal is a dedicated member of our volunteer team who is celebrating 5 years of volunteering at Aston-Mansfield. We sat down to chat with her to learn more about how and why she started volunteering, the difference it has made to her life, and what she hopes to do next.Read more

Little Manor has Successful Ofsted Inspection

July 2023 - We want to give a massive congratulations to the children’s team who met all requirements with no recommendations at their unannounced Ofsted Inspection in June.Read more

Spare Room Needed

July 2023 - We are looking for a host person or family in east London, who can rent a room to our international volunteer whilst they volunteer with us.Read more

Youth Trip to Cambridge

June 2023 - In June, our youth team took a group of young people on a trip to Cambridge, to enjoying punting on the River Cam and to visit the Cambridge Central Mosque, Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque.Read more

Little Manor Supermarket becomes a Food Club

19th June 2023 - Aston-Mansfield continues to support local families by converting the Little Manor Supermarket into a new Food Club.Read more

Volunteer Stories: Marlene

7th June 2023 - We sat down with our dedicated volunteer Marlene, to hear about her experiences volunteering, how she got involved, why she does it and what she has gotten out of it.Read more

AMCT Awards Grant to Community Music Project (Project Update)

In 2022, AMCT awarded a grant to Saint Matthias Church to support a new community music project for children and young people.Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week

15th-21st May 2023 is Mental Health Awareness Week! It’s a chance to talk, share and learn more about how everyone can work towards good mental health.Read more

Little Manor Receives £50,000 Grant From London Marathon Foundation

20th April 2023 - We want to say a massive thank you to the London Marathon Foundation under the Active Spaces grant they have awarded us a grant of £50,000 to ensure we keep at least 70 Newham children and young people fit and active whilst participating in our play offer.Read more

May Bank Holiday Closures

On the 1st, 8th, and 29th May, Durning Hall, Aston-Mansfield Community Centre and our Charity Shop will be closed for the Bank Holidays.Read more

AMCT Awards Almost £2000 to Local Community Groups

4th March 2023 - We are delighted to be able to award a local Charity and a Community Interest Company almost £2000 as seed grants towards their work.Read more

Saying Goodbye to Fitter Finance

31st March 2023 - Today the Fitter Finance Programme (FFP) comes to its natural close, celebrating five years of supporting many small grass roots groups in Newham.Read more

Elevate Networking and Youth Survey Event

On Tuesday 21st March 2023, at Stratford Youth Zone, the youth team hosted the Elevate Networking Event.Read more

Elevate Development Day

Thursday 16th February - our youth team ran the Elevate Development Day, an interactive day for young people focused on helping them learn essential interview and assessment centre skills.Read more

Christmas Party

Tuesday 20th December 2022 - We had a fantastic time at our Christmas Party, with staff, volunteers and trustees joining together to celebrate the end of the year. It was a great time to catch up, get to know each other better and enjoy delicious food.Read more

Staff and Volunteer Away Day

22nd November 2022 - We had a great time at our staff and volunteer away day. It was a great chance to team-build and catch up with one another.Read more

Trustees Week

7th-11th November was Trustees Week - a time to come together to celebrate the achievements of nearly 1 million trustees across the UK.Read more

Impact Report 2021-22

Impact Report - Over 2021-22, Aston-Mansfield delivered services to 400 young people and140 children. Find out more in our 2021-22 Impact Report.Read more

Culture Fest

24th September 2022 - Over 200 people came together from all ages and cultures, to enjoy Culture Fest - a youth-led social action event!Read more

Community Connectors: Service User Story

Through Community Connector intervention LBN reviewed the case and were able to rehouse the family into a more suitable accommodation conducive enough for the whole familyRead more

Almost £2000 Awarded to Local BAME Groups

23rd September 2022 - We were so excited to be able to award two small BAME community interest companies (CIC) almost £2000 as seed grants towards their work.Read more

Young People's Charter

15th September 2022 - We are so proud to have signed-up to Newham’s Young People’s Charter as part of our continued commitment to children and young people. Read more

Continued Commitment to Real Living Wage

5th September 2022 - Aston-Mansfield celebrates continued commitment to Real Living Wage by becoming accredited as a Living Wage Employer.Read more

Forest Gate Festival

2nd July 2022 - We had an excellent time at the Forest Gate Festival – a community celebration of Forest Gate and beyond.Read more

Staff Away Day

23rd June 2022 - We had a great time at our Staff Away Day on Thursday 23rd June. Staff, Trustees and Volunteers got together to team build and socialise.Read more

SKY Project Round-Up

8th June 2022 - Our SKY (Skills, Knowledge in Youth) project looked to strengthen young people’s employability skills and boost their confidence.Read more

London Youth Bronze Quality Mark

8th June 2022 - Aston Mansfield is delighted to announce that the charity has achieved the London Youth Bronze Quality Mark Award for 2022 to 2025.Read more

Summer with the Little Manor Children

The children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed their summer of fun, and we hope to see many of them in our afterschool programme that runs throughout the year.Read more

HeadStart summer sessions

It’s great to see young people engaged in their activities while also making friends.Read more

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: Bringing together voluntary organisations

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