Our mission is to promote positive social change by creating opportunities for people to come together and play a more active part in their East London community.
There's a lot happening at St. Margaret's House:
A DIVERSE CULTURAL PROGRAMME >> We organise and host a wide variety of events, including exhibitions film screenings, gigs, open mics, spoken word nights, theatre and comedy performances as well as one-off festivals.
ARTS >> We see the arts as a route to community building, wellbeing and social change. Our workshop, the Create Place, is a rare animal in London: an inclusive space for the community to be together and share skills. We curated a great mixture of free weekly classes and one-off workshops and classes for everyone. We continue to develop, support and coordinate projects that respond to contemporary issues faced by the UK creative industries .
WELLBEING >> Our wellbeing programme is designed to bring people together to improve their physical and mental health. Yoganest , our cosy studio provides our range of low-cost yoga, pilates, and dance classes .
AWARD- WINNING VEGAN FOOD & DRINKS >> We're committed to making delicious food that proves that a vegan diet doesn't mean missing out on your favourite dishes. Our Gallery Café has many locally-sourced options as well as a choice of drinks and baked goodies .
CHARITABLE ECOSYSTEM >> Providing support to like-minded charities is as important to us as our community projects. By offering considerably below the market rates for office rental as well as access to all our existing facilities, we pride ourselves in being a charitable ecosystem at the root of positive social change in East London and beyond. We are now home to more than 30 different community organisations and charities .
What we've been up to lately..
We are excited to annouce that the Hilarity Academy is coming to Bethnal Green! Young people will be taught comedy skills for free in this programme funded by Children in Need.
In February and March 2019, we were pleased to facilitate and support a work placement between the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and our friends at BPCA.
We are currently looking to the future, exploring the possibility of expanding our work with a new build. We recently asked for your feedback on the initial proposals.
Chair of Trustees receives MBE
In May 2018, Linda Ransom, Chair of our Trustees Board, received an MBE for services to the community. Prince Charles did the honours at Buckingham Palace, just the day before the Royal Wedding!
Linda has been a member of the Council of the House for many years. She is seen here with our Director, Tony Hardie. Congratulations Linda!
Welcome Juta Shoes!
In June 2018, we partnered up with Juta Shoes, a a shoemaking social enterpris. They work with unemployed women in the local community to create beautiful handmade products from reclaimed materials, and they provide support, training and well-paid employment along the way.
You'll find them in the Create Place, their new home !
KEEP IN MIND
In aid of Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018, we ran a week of events to encourage mental strength and resilience. This culminated in a day of workshops and talks, delivered by experts, to give participants tools to strengthen their mental health. >>Find out more.
This International Women’s month in 2018, we wanted to bring the global movement down to a local level, by shedding light on the huge impact made by women in our local community >>Find out more.
Gallery Cafe's VEGAN CELEBRATION
If you haven’t already heard, our cafe turned 100% vegan at the end of 2017. To mark the occasion, we celebrated in style in January 2018. Opening up our doors for an evening of gourmet vegan food and special guest speakers, the night was a testament to how great being vegan can really be! >> Find out more
STEP INSIDE 2018
On 20th January we partnered with Step Inside and we hosted a day of free wellbeing classes, talks and workshops to proactively improve the physical, mental health of the community.
EAST LONDON'S ONLY ETHICAL & FUNDRAISING COMMUNITY MARKET
The range of stalls including vintage clothing, hand-made jewellery, christmas cards, bathroom products, candles and much more. The market also supported WISH, with the £2 entry fee going towards this national, user-led charity that works with women with mental health needs . >> Find out more.
DOWN THE GARDEN PATH
Guests lounged in the shade of our mulberry tree and enjoyed a blissful day of free music with some of our favourite acts of the year. >>Check out what we've planned for this year!
SUMMER JAMBOREE 2017
We curated a series of fun and accessible activities for the families of Bethnal Green, with a special focus on creativity and wellbeing. We teamed up with long time friends to bring the community an eclectic mix of free activities throughout the day . >>Find out more
SPRING MARKET 2017
A series of stalls selling homeware, food, vintage clothes, kidswear, crafts, illustration and anything else in between !