From Whitechapel to Westminster: Gary Hutton, the Founder and CEO of the charity ‘Product of a Postcode’, exclusively shares his personal story, growing as a street-kid in Tower Hamlets. The story reveals a personal journey of crime, danger, and self- transformation; starting in Chicksand Estate in Brick Lane, and ending last Monday, October 16th, in the House of Parliament. “My anger started from this day,” Gary stated, as he was standing in the exact same spot where 42 years earlier he watched his mum’s coffin being carried. The tremendous confusion of a seven-year-old boy, walking out of school, not knowing he’s about to attend his mum’s funeral, stays with him to this day. Gary’s mum died at the young age of 41 to leukaemia, leaving behind 11 kids. That day, they lost not onl
The beautiful reality of ‘Just Bread’: baking workshops and a small cafe bakery chain with a conscience enabling refugee women in London to support themselves. The sunlight gleams through the thick glass of the large windows, when I step in the Roasthouse in Poplar Union. It is just a few minutes away from the City, in London, but it seems far from the chaotic agglomeration of lights, voices and steps characteristic of Canary Wharf. The chitchat of the people sat at the tables blends with the humble noise of the coffee machine. The kitchen is open, so that everyone can see the food getting prepared. Two women move resolutely around the kitchen tools, mixing puffy dough in metallic pans. Nawal (not her real name), overlooks, with a friendly smile and a firm voice. She p
For this festive season, why not try and do something for those who aren’t as fortunate as we are? Christmas is the holiday most of us look forward to each year. It's the time to spend with family, be thankful and of course, get a lot of gifts! However some people may not be as lucky as we are. Scroll down to see a list of charities running different kinds of christmas donations. The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a church and a registered charity. This month you can support their Christmas Present Appeal by donating unwrapped gifts for children who may not receive one otherwise. Our Church in Scarborough has been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from their local community who have been donating toys to their Christmas appeal. Across the UK many of
Words and video: Haonan Yuan | Yujia Yang A London animal welfare charity is bringing festive cheer to our best friend in the capital. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home hopes to give people and their lovely companions a Christmas to remember with Carol concert, meanwhile, finds warm homes for strays in their shelter. Voice of London talks to the charity's dogs rehoming team leader and reviews what they have done in 2017.