Who we are
St. Margaret’s House is a unique charity supporting community, good works, creativity & wellbeing in Bethnal Green.
Our projects anchor us in the community, providing spaces for residents to eat, shop, learn, create, and enjoy a diverse cultural program. Our buildings are home to more than 27 community organisations and charities that made our buildings their home and many others that hire our rooms for their meetings, training sessions, and events.
The Gallery Cafe offers a vegan menu with many locally-sourced options, as well as serving as a popular events venue.
Our charity shop, Ayoka, is a wellspring of low-cost yet fashionable clothing, housewares, books, records, and CDs.
The Create Place began as an arts and crafts workshop and also provides space for support groups, wellbeing initiatives, and adult learning classes to better serve the diverse needs of our community.
The profits from these projects enable us to run volunteer programmes, do good works in the community and support local organisations.
Meet a few of our wonderful team members:
TONY HARDIE - Director
LUCINDA KINGSNORTH - General Manager, Gallery Cafè
MATTHEW SOGORSKI - Head Chef, Gallery Cafe
SIMONE BANDINI - Sous Chef, Gallery Cafe
JAY FERRY - Supervisor, Gallery Cafe
NATALIE JOELLE - Volunteer, Founder of the Gallery Cafe Book Club
OLLIE- Volunteer, Ayoka
MARTIN- KP, Gallery Cafe
DIANA SERBAN -Communications & Administration Manager
FRANCESCA GRASSI- Graphic Designer
SIOBHAN FORSHAW - Community Arts Manager
JENNIFER RICHARDS- Social Media Coordinator
AMANDA TALSMA-WILLIAMS -‘Crafting is Connecting’ Coordinator , Create Place
DRITA - Volunteer, Ayoka
BRENDA DAVIES - Volunteer Workshop Facilitator, The Create Place
GEORGE PARIS - Events Manager
NIGEL MACMILLAN - Community Engagement Manager, Ayoka
ROSEMARY SLAY- Community Wellbeing Manager
SUZANNE BAKER- Assistant Manager, Ayoka
JOSE GAMA - Finance Manager
JANICE HATT- Volunteer, Ayoka