Feeling lonely can happen to us all, but there are lots of ways that you can get involved with your local community and meet new friends.
Community Neighbourhood Link Workers support residents for up to six weeks on a one-to-one basis to help build confidence in seeking out and/or rediscovering hobbies and interests. Working together, we will both agree an action plan that supports you to keep active, connected and healthy.
Information, advice and guidance
Don’t know where to start? We can offer information, advice and guidance on how to access local activities and services. There are lots of free activities available in Newham including gardening, walking groups, chess, carers support groups, knitting, exercising, volunteering and so much more.
A member of the team is based in each Community Neighbourhood and has oversight of local health and social care and events taking place in our libraries and community centers – so if you have any ideas of what’s missing we can help make it happen.
Support to complete forms for accessible transport
Community Neighbourhood Link Workers can support with completing forms to apply for accessible transport. This service is only provided to residents who are housebound and who do not have any family or friends able to offer support.
The forms the team can support with include:
Download Form filling support services in Newham (PDF) for details of where you can get free support.
Tips and ideas – if you are feeling lonely
Feeling lonely is a normal human emotion such as joy and sadness. Everyone will feel lonely from time to time and is simply a sign of wanting contact with people.
Download Combatting loneliness - helpful tips (Word) for information about what you can do, where you can go for support and top tips on combatting loneliness.
Link Worker Areas
Team members and the neighbourhoods they cover from right to left: Standing: Mikayl Mehtab (East Ham), Noreen Mukalazi (Canning Town & Custom House/ Beckton and Royal Docks), John Celso (Stratford & West Ham), Rasime Singh (Plaistow/ Green Street). Sitting: Jacqui Pringle (Forest Gate), Monjila Khatun (Team Leader), Shamilla Kumari (Manor Park).
|Area(s)||Link Worker||Contact Details|
|East Ham||Mikayl Mehtab||
Mikayl.Mehtab@newham.gov.uk 020 3373 1076 Mobile: 07812 675213
|Custom House and Canning Town / Beckton and Royal Docks||Noreeen Mukalazi||Noreen.Mukalazi@newham.gov.uk
020 3373 0332 Mobile: 07814 615350
|Green Street / Plaistow||Rasime Singh||Rasime.email@example.com 020 3373 3874 Mobile: 07773 641259|
|Forest Gate||Jacqui Pringle||Jacqui.Pringle@newham.gov.uk 020 3373 1884 Mobile: 07812 675187|
|Manor Park||Shamilla Kumari||
Shamilla.firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3373 1804 Mobile: 07854 962478
|Stratford & West Ham||John Celso||
email@example.com 020 3373 1076 Mobile: 07866 152925
Time To Talk
Every Friday at 2pm join Newham’s Community Neighbourhood Link Worker team for information about what’s happening in your area, meet new friends and stay connected.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97859064196
Meeting ID: 978 5906 4196
For more information or if you need help accessing a device or logging on please email Noreen.Mukalazi@newham.gov.uk or call 07814 615 350.
Online social group for young adults with learning disabilities. Join for a chat, games and the chance to meet up with friends.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8952584162
Meeting ID: 8952584162
For more information contact Jacqui on 07812 675187