Build a Bike gives young people the opportunity to explore bike repair and maintenance

Poplar HARCA's youth service Spotlight recently teamed up with Bikeworks to give 18 young people the opportunity to explore bike repair and maintenance by constructing and deconstructing bikes straight from the manufacturing box.

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Who’s the boss! Mayflower primary school visits the world of work at Poplar HARCA

33 year threes, from Mayflower primary school, exchanged their backpacks for briefcases as they visited Poplar HARCA's head office during World of Work Week on Tuesday 11th February.

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Welcome to Tower Hamlets

Are you a migrant or do you know a migrant who’s lived in Tower Hamlets for less than 10 years? Are you a migrant who’s unemployed or employed but wants to find a better paying job? Then you may be interested in the Welcome to Tower Hamlets Programme.

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Interested in joining an Estate Board?

Our Estate Boards are made up of Poplar HARCA residents who act as a voice for the local community.

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Spotlight youth tackle homelessness in Tower Hamlets

On Monday 27th January, the members of Mile End Spotlight’s Youth Committee ventured across Tower Hamlets on a cold and wet evening to deliver care packages containing hats, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags to the homeless.

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Spotlight birthday celebrations highlight the need for youth services in Tower Hamlets

The director of Poplar HARCA’s youth service has highlighted the growing need for a strong, local youth provision to tackle child poverty and inequality at its fifth anniversary event on Thursday 7th November.

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Local young people wash out hate graffiti

As Tower Hamlets Council calls for residents to support its No Place for Hate campaign during National Hate Crime Awareness Week, a group of dynamic local young men are leading a project to tackle hate graffiti across east London.

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Off the wall! HARCA’s Spotlight teams up with Paint the Change to celebrate local heroes of the east London community.

Situated on the Linc Centre wall sits 4 portraits which were unveiled in the summer. These are the faces of Aaron Williams, Heather Peirce, Senie Emmanuel and Helal Ahmed. These inspirational figures were voted as “community heroes” by the Bow residents due to the extraordinary work that they have done around Tower Hamlets. 

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EastEnders Pie ‘n’ Mash pays homage to Poplar with a new Chrisp Street mural

Brian, owner of EastEnders Pie ‘n’ Mash, is responsible for the stunning new mural on the south side of Chrisp Street Market. The colourful artwork pays tribute to the rich history of the market and the surrounding area, and was designed and painted by artist the Agwa from Bud Studio.

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Spotlight’s emerging artists shine at Apple performance

On 15th August 2019, Apple Covent Garden transformed into a performance stage to welcome artists from Spotlight’s youth programme as part of its Made In LDN programme.

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Poplar Fashion Week

Over 160 people attended Poplar Fashion Week from 29th July – 1st August, which hosted free fashion-based workshops, classes and discussions in venues across Poplar. The week’s events celebrated fashion talent by bringing together local designers, students and enthusiasts to share knowledge and learn new skills.

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Residents vote to regenerate Teviot

On an 81% turnout, 86% of voters have backed proposals for regenerating the Teviot Estate, Poplar with 1,800–2,450 new homes, new green and play spaces, shops, community and faith facilities, and improved infrastructure. 

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