St Stephen's - Manor Park


St Stephen’s Food Bank

Thank you to those of you who have been supporting our food bank with your kind and generous donations. The food bank will continue to operate during the lockdown apart from the last Sunday of every month and you are welcome to drop your donations off to us when we are operating on Sundays at 11.30 or you can drop your donations off during the week to the parish office.

The Parish Office hours are (Monday 10.30 am – 5:30 pm, Thursday 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and Friday 10.30 am – 1 pm). You can also donate online through this diocese link by marking ‘other’ as ‘food bank’. If you would prefer to give a cash donation then you can do so through Father Sean’s letterbox but please mark the donation clearly as ‘food bank’. If you have any queries on how to donate please contact us on 0208 478 1895.

The items that we are most in need of at the moment are :

Tinned Food
Instant noodles
Small bottles of cooking oil
Sugar/ Biscuits
Breakfast Cereals
Tea bags/ Coffee
Baby products (baby formula milk; wipes / nappies)
Women Sanitary products

Thank you for your continued support in helping us feed those in need our local community.

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society – bccs

At bccs our priority has always been to keep children and families at the centre of our work and during this challenging year, this has never been more important.  We are still here for these young people – we continue to keep in touch with schools and families via phone and video links to offer help and support where we can during this period of lockdown.

We continue to be a physical presence in many schools and are offering professional assistance to school staff and consultations to parents who may be finding the current situation is putting undue pressure on them and their families. (more…)

London Borough of Newham

Dear friends, I hope this finds you well.

As you may have already heard, the MHCLG have released guidance that places of worship will be permitted to open for private prayer from Saturday 13 June but must observe strict social distancing rules.

They have also provided a definition, additional guidance on precautionary measures and restrictions. Do visit their website  to see the full article.

In recognising the challenge this may pose, Newham council have taken a number of initiatives to provide as much help as possible so that places of worship can make an informed decision to open or delay. We continue to advocate that you should only open if you are able to fully conform to the health and safety obligations including conducting a thorough risk assessment outlined in the MHCLG guidance.

Following the webinar hosted by our Public Health colleagues on Friday 12 June, we will be sharing the recording with you very shortly. We are looking to condense the size of the video so it does not clog in-boxes and can be shared easily.

In the meantime, please find the following attached for your convenience:

1. Information on bereavement support and services

2. Information on mental health and wellbeing

2.1 Mind provides a Newham Bereavement Service and can be contacted at 020 7510 1081. More info please click here

2.2 Newham Talking Therapies provides over the phone counselling/talking therapies and can be contacted at: 0208 475 8080. More info available at Newham Talking Therapies

3. Risk assessment templates (generic and faith specific which has been shared with us as good practice – we will share others as we receive them)

4. A comprehensive Places of Worship Guidance in draft stage – this requires your feedback by end of working day on Monday 15 June.

You could kindly reply to Elizabeth Owen (Public Health Strategist)

We trust that you find the information useful and helps you to plan responsibly. For any other queries you are welcome to get in touch and we endeavour to provide a prompt response.

Note: the next Faith Sector Conference will be hosted by Cllr. Canon Ann Easter on Tuesday 16 June at 4.30. We hope to hear your experiences of reopening. A reminder will go out on Monday.

Wishing you all a pleasant and safe weekend.


Shah Muhmud

Community Engagement Coordinator
Resident Engagement and Participation

Directorate | People, Policy and Performance

London Borough of Newham

Newham Dockside | 1000 Dockside Road | London E16 2QU

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Social Distancing/Self Isolation is difficult.

There is no doubt that people are struggling/will struggle with this new reality.

Unfortunately there will be issues resulting from this.

Here are a list of numbers you may find useful:

Childline – 0800 1111

Samaritans – 116 123

Domestic Violence Hotline – 0808 2000 247

The Survivors Trust – 0808 801 0181

Mind – 0300 123 3393

Age UK – 0800 169 6565

In addition:

The Forced Marriage Unit – 020 7008 0151

LGBT+ Switchboard – 0300 330 0630

The Mental Health Charity Good Thinking has a lot of useful resources to help you look after yourself – @GoodThinkingUK

Again – feel free to share/distribute.