Byron Gold, middle, with Stratford East Singers Acapella. Picture: Robert Day

After wowing millions on hit BBC Two TV show The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone vocalists Stratford East Singers (SES) Acapella are looking to go global with the release of their new debut single, I Am.

Laine Esperanzate hopes to run her business after completing her apprenticeship

This week Minds Matter explores the prevalence of mental health problems among children and young people. Kat Hopps speaks to 18-year-old Laine Esperanzate who has found her way through anxiety, depression and eating disorders towards a bright future.

Last night (Tues) the BBC broadcast a documentary claiming to look at how immigration and white flight is impacting the make-up of Newham’s population.

One of the main reasons for leaving Europe is the continual pumping out of ever more burdensome regulations.

Recently, SATs for Year 2 pupils have caused a fair deal of controversy between parents and the government.

Amina Mohamed, Lucess Thomas and Joel Kerr in the Memory Lane café

Sharing information, experiences, or even a cup of tea over a chat, can be hugely important to people affected by dementia.

The Recorder's editor and team of journalists learn more about how dementia can affect the brain during our training session

The Recorder’s team has pledged our support to help change people’s perceptions of dementia by becoming Dementia Friends.

Jocqueline Pierre with her mum Estina Grant

Two Newham families tell the Recorder what it’s like to live with dementia and how getting the right support makes all the difference.

University of East London student Cordelia Ibe has spoken out about her experience of schizophrenia for the Minds Matter campaign

As the Recorder launches its Minds Matter mental health campaign this week, investigations reporter EMMA YOULE explores mental health in the borough and finds there is rising need but also plenty of room for optimism

The House of Commons recently debated government plans for a national school funding formula from April next year.

We are busy on the park preparing for a spectacular summer of events.

Newham has the youngest population in England and one of the highest birth rates.

Stratford resident Jean Rutter, right, has benefited from the smart Alcove technology in her home, says her daughter June Bush, left.

Smart watches and fridges that talk to iPads are helping to improve the lives of Stratford residents with dementia.

Watch uplifting performances at the Active Minds Health Café. Photo: Newham Council.

Support programmes and events will be taking place across Newham during Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2016, 16 May to 22 May, and Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) 2016, from now until May 21. All these events are open to the general public.

Representatives from Newham charities join Stephen Timms MP, Lyn Brown MP and Cllr Clive Furness to launch the Minds Matter campaign.

Mental ill health can affect anyone, at any time, and worries about money, employment and housing, amongst many other things, can make it harder for people to cope.

Catherine Hoffman presents Free Lunch with the StenchWench on June 14. Picture: Lisa Alexander

Drop scones, rats and searing shame are all up for discussion in a thought-provoking live performance about growing up in austerity Britain.

Moving home is rarely easy. And when that home has lots of memories tied up in it, it becomes harder, even if the new place is wonderful.

Like so many others, last night was an emotional one for my family, as the lights finally went out at the Boleyn for the very last time. The Boleyn has given me and my family so many memories to treasure over the past 60 years.

Last week we elected Sadiq Khan as our Labour Mayor for London.

Tomorrow morning at 7am polling stations will be opening across the borough. I hope you, like me, will be voting in the Mayor of London elections and for who you want to represent us on the London Assembly.

Elections debate is all you will hear these days, on TV, radio and in newspapers.

A remarkable house in Spitalfields is home to the extraordinary Museum of Immigration and Diversity, the oldest museum of its kind in Europe.

I saw in the news that a chair has been sold for £278,000!

Members of black and South Asian communities make up 14 per cent of the UK population.

The NHS affects us all - that’s why it’s always in the news! Whether for amazing life-saving procedures, care that goes beyond the call of duty, for financial difficulties or when things go tragically wrong. Equally as a service that cares for more than one million patients every 36 hours everyone has their own opinion on how it could be better. However, the NHS has to stay responsive to ever changing needs and demands.

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