Canning Town charity celebrates 40th birthday with launch of ambitious new strategy

PUBLISHED: 15:21 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 30 November 2017

Community Links is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Picture: Tony Boyle

Community Links is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Picture: Tony Boyle

Tony Boyle 2015

A Newham charity is celebrating its 40th birthday with the launch of a book and an ambitious new strategy aimed at helping people in east London.

Community Links, based in Canning Town, aims to connect members of the community with private, public and voluntary organisations to build a cohesive, well-run society.

The charity organise sessions for legal advice, they help people find work, they advocate cancer screening and run early intervention sessions.

“We want our community to be defined by what it dreams of, not what holds it back. A community with ambition, strength and influence. A community that cares for itself, is keen to collaborate and share, and it proud of the diverse groups that make it up,” said Arvinda Gohil, the charity’s chief executive.

And after joining forces with Catch22, a nationwide not-for-profit community focused business, the charity are confident they can have a bigger impact in Newham.

They are launching their Ready for Everything Communities campaign, which aims to connect residents with organisations which can benefit them.

Ms Gohil added: “This is an exciting time for Community Links and we hope for east London. The new strategy puts the community, its needs and its potential at its heart. It acknowledges the charity is an important part of the community, working with and for it.”

To commemorate its birthday, the charity has published a book called Generating Change, which looks back at its work over the last 40 years.

Notable successes include their tower blocks campaign, which saw the notoriously unsafe Ronan Point tower block and others like it demolished.

They also bought Canning Town Public Hall in one of the first examples of a council building being given over to a charity.

They have also taken Newham youngsters to Downing Street to discuss policy with the chancellor and lead the prime minister’s Council for Action.

They are also modernising their facilities by having their Barking Road base renovated.

“We thank our community, our funders and our friends for the past 40 years, and look forward to creating even more impact and generating more change together for the next 40,” added Arvinda.

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