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Circular Firing-up Squad – Cheerleading women to success – Central London Tuesday 26 April

20 Apr , 2016  

What advice would you give your fourteen year old self?
And what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? In 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential –below are the details of how to join the first one of these circular firing up squad workshops of 2016!
These free workshops are your opportunity to support women in Britain to stand for and seek positions across our public, voluntary and private sector.
But this one is different. We want YOU to use the model to spread it out to women across civil society – so we’re calling women who want to support other women to success – to come along to our special TRAIN THE TRAINER firing-up squad on Tuesday 26 April.
Please note this event is for self-defining women only.
Tuesday 26 April
7pm – 8.30pm Parliament
To sign up please email

Health,News,Take Action

Walthamstow Healthcare Campaign Introduction Event – Houses of Parliament Monday 18 April

11 Apr , 2016  


We all know what a big issue access to healthcare is for our community and in particular the difficulties many face in accessing GP services. As someone who has previously signed up to get healthcare campaign updates we wanted to invite you to an event at parliament we are having next week to bring Patient Participation Groups together as well as those interested in joining one.

We will be discussing the healthcare challenges in our area as well as talk about ways we can get more people involved in healthcare campaigns locally.

For some more context you can hear Stella on The Today Programme this morning speaking about PFI debt and the challenges ahead. Starts at around 2 hours, 54 minutes.

Anyone interested in attending should email to RSVP.

There will be a number of guest speakers as well as an opportunity for those involved in setting up PPGs to talk about the experiences. We hope this event will be the beginnings of work to make healthcare accessible to everyone in Walthamstow and for a #HealthyE17.

Education,Feminism,Take Action

Circular Firing-up Squad – Brighton Thursday 21 April

14 Mar , 2016  

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What advice would you give your fourteen year old self? and what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? in 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential – below are the details of how to join our next circular firing up squad!

Feminism,News,Take Action

The Tampon Tax and What it Tells us about Equality and Europe: Speech at the Wow Festival Saturday 12th March 2016

13 Mar , 2016  


I’m a politician and I come from the Marxist tradition of politics. The Groucho Marx tradition that is — he said politics was the art of making trouble. And I’m here to talk about women’s trouble…what am I talking about today? The Tampon Tax. More…

Feminism,News,Take Action

Generation to Generation: Walthamstow’s Int’l Women’s Day March Against Street Harassment and Feminist Bootcamp- Saturday 5th March 12.15pm – 5pm

23 Feb , 2016  

On Saturday 5th March 2016, ahead of International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday we will becharlene white holding a day of action to support gender equality in Walthamstow. If you’d like to join us please sign up using the links below:



The E17 Housing Awards 2016: The Results!

20 Feb , 2016  


butterfieldsThank you to all the Walthamstow residents who took part in our E17 Housing Awards 2016- over 400 of you voted for the housing heroes and horrors of our area! Here are the results which were announced at our Housing Awards with Special Guest Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, on Saturday 20th February 2016. Thank you to Nicola Tree and Nadeem Javaid for their pictures of this event.

Letting Agent Categories 

  • Best Letting Agent- Central Estates (runners up Stow Brothers and Wonderlease)
  • Worst Letting Agent- Foxtons (runners up Haarts and Kings)
  • Kindest Gesture from a Letting Agent- Your Move for helping a resident who was struggling to find an affordable home by letting them rent a property prior to purchase
  • Most Shocking Claim made by a Letting Agent- Spencers for requesting a tenant pay three months rent upfront plus rent of £1350 to secure a home.

The Waltham Forest Renters survey of tenant fees can be found here.

Estate Agent Categories 

  • Best Estate Agent- Central Estates (runners up Stow Brothers and Estates 17)
  • Worst Estate Agent- Foxtons (runners up Haart and Kings)
  • Kindest Gesture from an Estate Agent- Stow Brothers for wanting to genuinely support Walthamstow’s community spirit
  • Most Shocking Claim made by an Estate Agent- Bairstow Eves for repeatedly letting residents believe a sale was going through, when a seller has pulled out and then keeping the deposits

sadiq and housing2Social Housing Categories

  • Best Social Housing Provider- Islington and Shoreditch Housing Group
  • Social Housing Provider with most room to improve- Circle 33

MP Special Award for Outrageous Behaviour 

  • Glasspools Charity for the mass eviction of the residents of the Butterfields Estate

To get updates on our campaigning around housing please email

Education,Feminism,News,Take Action

Circular Firing-up Squad – Cheerleading women to success – Manchester Thursday 3 March 2016

16 Feb , 2016  

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What advice would you give your fourteen year old self? and what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? in 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential –below are the details of how to join the first one of these circular firing up squad workshops of 2016! 

These free workshops are your opportunity to support women in Britain to stand for and seek positions across our public, voluntary and private sector. Whatever goal they may have – whether related to their careers, campaigning for a cause or even in politics- these sessions are about how we can address the many different barriers holding women back, in the process learning from them and supporting them to succeed. In the last two years hundreds of women have attended these sessions – many have gone onto stand for parliament, council, seek promotions at work or start new businesses.  But we have more to do – in 2016 we want to help even more women achieve their ambitions and potential through supporting them to success.
The workshops are just 90 minutes long, and open to any woman over the age of 14. The next one is on Thursday 3 March 2016 at 6.30pm in Manchester. This session is free to join but please RSVP to confirm your place so we can ensure we have enough materials for all participants at this event. We will then send those who RSVP the full venue details. Furthermore, if you have previously attended a CFU workshop and would like to come to learn how to run a session yourself so that you can run sessions to help support more women into leadership positions please do also let us know.
I hope you will be able to join us as we work together to ensure in 2016 more women are able to achieve their potential in the UK.



Thursday 3 March 2016

Or sign up via this form here for the event details:

Sign up to Brighton circular firing-up squad

News,Take Action

Making Walthamstow Wilcumstowe- How You Can Help Refugees In E17

14 Feb , 2016  

Photograph by Nicola Tree

In the Doomesday Book, Walthamstow is first listed as ‘Wilcumstowe’ which means place of welcome. Our work to help refugees is part of living up to our history – over 130 local residents from Walthamstow came together on Wednesday 3rd February with Yvette Cooper, the Lead of Labour’s Refugee Taskforce, to discuss how they could support those fleeing persecution. This is a list of actions agreed by attendees:


Campaigning actions….

  • There will be an amendment proposed in the House of Lords to support Save the Children’s call for Britain to take 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children which will be balloted within the next few weeks. As Yvette explained, Labour is campaigning for support for this amendment – you can sign the petition here.
  • At the meeting we also discussed Amnesty International’s right of reunion for refugees campaign – you can find more details about this here.
  • We will be working with Women for Refugee Women to help lead the call for Yarlswood, the immigration detention for refugee women, to be closed down as part of a day of action on the evening of Tuesday March 8th – if you would like to join this action in central London please email
  • We will be holding local workshops to tackle islamophobia and prejudice and address the impact of extremism on our community within a safe environment – the next event will be on Thursday 10th March at 6pm. To register to take part please email
  • The Walthamstow Labour Party will be debating a motion about how to help resolve the situation in Syria and support the provision of assistance to refugees on Thursday 25th February at 8pm – if you are a member and would like to help support this please email 


Volunteering Actions…

  • WF Citizens is a local alliance of churches, mosques, schools and community organisations that is affiliated to the Citizens UK’s Refugees Welcome Campaign (#RefugeesWelcome).  Its principle aims are to prepare a community welcome plan for the successful resettlement of refugees here in Waltham Forest and to press for further resettlement and better treatment of those seeking sanctuary in the UK. If you would like to help/find out more, the next WF Citizens meeting will be on Thursday 25th February from 6.30pm to 8pm at Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College.  If you would like to attend, please email by Monday 22nd February,  so they know how many people to expect and so sufficient refreshments can be provided.
  • The Walthamstow Migrants’ Support Centre is from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday mornings at St Saviour’s Church, 210 Markhouse Road. The Support Centre can be emailed  at and the mobile no. is 07496 394 175. It is supported by the
  •  Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group. This group is also meeting to discuss the provision of English classes for migrants in the area on Tuesday 1st March at 10.15am Anyone wishing to join them should email
  • Another organization also helping refugees locally with a foodbank, advice and support is RAMFEL (refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London) to find out more about their work and how to volunteer with them please visit their website.
  • The Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais is helping provide 2,500 hot meals each day – local residents have been collecting donations of items for this kitchen and transporting them to Calais. You can find out more about how to help this project here.

Housing,News,Take Action

E17 Housing Awards with Special Guest Sadiq Khan, Saturday 20th February 2016 11am – Book Your Place Now!

9 Feb , 2016  


The cost of housing in Walthamstow is now the top issue residents raise with me as your local MP- whether the shortage of properties, rising rents, unsustainable prices, overcrowding or increasing homelessness. That’s why I’m delighted Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate for the next Mayor of London, has agreed to join us to hear first hand from residents about these problems and discuss how we can address these challenges. This event is our opportunity as a community to speak out about the housing crisis we face and call for the next Mayor of London to make tackling this a top priority.


This event is taking place on Saturday 20th February at 11am in Walthamstow. All Walthamstow residents are welcome to attend this free event, but to help us with logistics please RSVP for the full venue details and to confirm your place by emailing Please do also feel free to share this invitation with any other local resident you think would be interested in attending.


Don’t forget you can still have you say in the Awards to recognise the good and bad in our local housing provision- the ballot closes on Friday 19th February at 12pm. You can vote using the link below:


Housing,News,Take Action

Voting has opened for Walthamstow Housing Awards 2016! Nominate your Housing Heroes and Horrors Now!

27 Jan , 2016  

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Vote now!

The cost of housing in Walthamstow has become one of the biggest challenges facing local residents. Many find themselves unable to afford to live in our community, whether due to a shortage of properties, rising rents or increasing house prices. Without action – either owning or renting an affordable home in our community will become a distant dream for too many – that’s why the Walthamstow Housing Campaign is helping our local community fight back.

In Waltham Forest house prices have doubled over the last eight years, as people have been priced out of other parts of London and so turned their attention to outer London boroughs. These problems in turn create shortages for social and affordable housing, as many within the private sector are encouraged to speculate on rents and house prices. In turn, concerns about the quality of housing continue to grow, with many local residents being charged extortionate rents for properties which require repairs to be habitable.

Residents individually can feel powerless to complain about these issues, for fear of being evicted or cut out of the market all together. Proposals to introduce longer tenancies, ban fees for tenants and control the cost of rent were rejected by the national Government – but campaigners in Walthamstow will not wait to act to protect residents getting into greater debt, from those who are profiting from it.

By bringing residents, local campaigners and the Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy together, we are shining a spotlight on the good and bad practice in our local housing market. These awards offer an effective way of using consumer power to challenge those who are ripping off local residents as well as celebrating those who are supporting our community. The categories in the scheme cover all aspects of housing in Walthamstow including the social, private rented and home buying sectors – as well as a special MP nomination for horror stories!

Last year our Awards were covered by BBC primetime documentary Rooms, Rogues and Renters and we brought an end to estate agents double charging by estate agents in the area as well as helping local residents avoid being ripped off by letting agents overcharging them. So too, following the awards scheme, many local letting and estate agents participated in meetings about the problems facing local residents, showing their commitment to work together with the community to address concerns about their industry. We are keen to make just as much of a splash this year and continue to press companies locally to treat residents fairly!

Voting has now opened for Walthamstow residents to choose their best and worst letting agents, estate agents and social housing providers in time for the award ceremony with special guest, Labour Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan on Saturday 20 February 2016 at 11.30am in Walthamstow. At this event we will also be seeking to persuade Sadiq to back our proposals for a landlord cooperative in London as well as ways of addressing the cost of housing as part of changing London’s housing market so that it works for the many, not the few. The ballot will close at 12pm on Friday 19th February 2016. 

If you would like to attend the awards please register for your free place and to receive full details of the venue by emailing


Please use the categories in the link to tell us who you think are the best and worst in our local letting and estate agencies, as well social housing providers, and why you are nominating them by sharing your horror story of Walthamstow’s housing market. The three estate agencies, letting agencies and social housing providers who receive the most nominations will be made public ahead of the awards event, and the ‘winners’ will be announced on Saturday 20 February 2016. The ballot will close at 12pm on Friday 19th February 2016. 

Please note only Walthamstow residents are eligible to vote in this survey and each person is only allowed to vote once. No details of those who vote will be made public to maintain the anonymity of those residents who participate, but to vote in this process residents will need to provide an local Walthamstow address, or your ballot will be invalid.