We believe all children have the right to a secure, safe place to play, healthy food, engaged, informed parents, and access to support, no matter what their family circumstances

We are taking a break in August

Please note that we are not operating in August. We will not be available for referrals, donations, press requests, or for any other activity. If you need immediate help please see links to other organisations

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Newham has the unfortunate honour of leading other boroughs in the number of people in temporary accommodation, child poverty rates and homeless referrals.
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Visit our installation artwork at Coal Drops Yard: ALL OUR STORIES

8th July – 5 Sept This collection of illustrated stories captures intergenerational narratives and amplifies the voices of children. From it, Bethany Williams, London-based sustainable fashion designer, humanitarian and artist, has created her first large scale public art work. The works are a continuation of Williams’ ongoing project with two East London grassroots organisations: The Magpie Project,…

Homelessness APPG

Meeting on the health effects of temporary accommodation on unders fives. Tuesday 8th June saw the Magpie Project give evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on ending homelessness. Evidence was given by: Kemi, member of our Magpie Mums Leadership team. Professor Monica Lakhanpaul – professor of integrated community child health at university college London…

All Our Stories: a collaboration

Saturday 12th of June at 12pm sustainable fashion designer, humanitarian and artist, Bethany Williams, launched her latest collection, All Our Stories.   “She still wears stories passed down to her by her mother. Words that no longer fit the same way because life has stretched and changed its shape, but the moral of the story remains. Like…

House of Lords Committee on Covid Recovery

We were a bit taken aback and incredibly honoured to be asked to give evidence to the the House of Lords committee on Covid Recovery on Tuesday April 20th 2021. We asked, as we always do, whether we could bring a mum who experienced the crisis first hand to speak, and on this occassion it…

Newham’s response to Covid

The COVID crisis made visible a pre-existing, chronic crisis of inequality and poverty – and the Covid response improved the lives of people suffering before COVID (the homeless, those in unsuitable accommodation, those with NRPF) as well as those who were newly in need.  The spread of COVID 19, government instruction to stay at home and sudden…

A new nest for magpie minis

Even before lockdown we were fast outgrowing Forest Lane Lodge. We do not have sole use of the building, which means that we were setting up and breaking down the equivalent of a full nursery provision each time we opened. That, alongside not having enough storage for our donations or a private area for our…


We are avoiding face-to-face sessions and casework is remote or by appointment. We are distributing essentials, food, equipment, nappies, craft items etc at the door. Workshops, crafts, stories and peer support are happening online
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