Stephen has visited The Magpie Project, a local charity that supports mothers and under-fives that face homelessness or are in temporary accommodation.
Based in Forest Gate, The Magpie Project is run primarily by volunteers and provides a number of services to vulnerable mothers and children. These include practical advice, sessions with health specialists, free lunches and play times, as well as a range of courses and classes. The charity also supports families without the basic essentials, by providing nursery bursaries, free travel, nappies and clothes.
The Magpie Project has already had a significant impact on families in the local community. Last year, they supported nearly two hundred mothers and their children. One project Stephen and the volunteers discussed was the distribution of around sixty baby carriers to mothers that could not afford to buy their own. They were also hosting a food bank on the day of Stephen’s visit and several volunteers were busy preparing crates of food gifted by local stores and households.
Following the meeting, Stephen said: “In the face of rising child homelessness, The Magpie Project offers hope to a number of families in Newham. I commend their commitment to helping under-fives in the local community grow and enjoy their childhood, despite their insecure housing, and look forward to supporting them further in the future.”