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

Can you offer your time or expertise to feather our new nest?

We may be moving to a new building soon. It depends on our lease negotiations.
If we do move then we will need lots of help to make our new home beautiful, exciting, safe and wonderful for our families.

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“Before the Magpie Project I was confused and helpless. I did not have anyone to speak to or to go to for advice”

Magpie Mum

Do you want to know more about the issues that we are addressing?

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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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…

Thank you Ruth

Our beloved social work student closed the doors on her placement today. She came to us in the middle of the Covid chaos – but despite this, she has approached every person, every task, every opportunity with love, curiosity and a wonderful instinct for how to keep people safe, how to make sure people feel…

Call out for babies and boobs

We are excited to be working alongside a committee of Newham, BME, Migrant or marginalised mums, Alternatives and the NCT to co-create a suite of support services around childbirth and parenthood. In our initial workshops, our mums told us they felt let-down by a lack of early, as-and-when needed help. It meant they were not…


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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