Christmas Cruise to Antwerp

Uniting Friends took its first ever cruise last week to the Christmas markets of Belgium.

Everyone loved the trip including a formal dinner seated at the captain's table. Everyone looked really smart! After dinner we joined in a music quiz and won a bottle of bubbly.

The Christmas markets were magical with stalls selling Bratwurst, mulled wine, chocolates and lots of gifts to take home. With all the twinkly lights and live music, it felt very festive.


UF Annual Fundraising Quiz

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the annual UF fundraising quiz last Saturday. As ever it was a fun filled evening with a particularly great music round sing-a-long!

We raised a wonderful £1875 which will help us continue to provide our vital services into 2018!

Special thanks to everyone who donated items for the raffle and the auction.



Pop-up Christmas shop re-opens!

From next Monday 9th November, we are opening a temporary shop selling merchandise made by our members for the public to purchase in the run up to Christmas.

The shop will sell a unique range of items grown and made at the Uniting Friends project including goods made at our creative arts centre and grown on our organic allotment. Items on sale include a range of unique toiletries which have just won an award “from using nature in an innovative way” by City Bridge Trust.

Also on sale will also be a selection of greeting cards, signed framed prints, wreaths, plants and more, all made and sold by our members. 

The shop operates 11am-4pm Monday-Friday until 15th December at Uniting Friends, 92 Beehive Lane, IG4 5EG.

A Special Christmas Show from Uniting Friends Radio

It's almost Christmas time and UF Radio are bringing some amazing Christmas tunes and great banter to their latest show.

We invited all our co-presenters from the past year to join us in our celebration of the festive season. We're sure you will enjoy the fun and frolics as much as we all did!

Merry Christmas and a happy 2017 to you all from us at Uniting Friends Radio!

The grand opening of our new centre “The Hive

Simple click the image to scroll through the collection of photos from the day. The Hive is our new facility that includes a training café, independent-living flat and an IT suite where our members can learn about and use graphics and animation software. The Hive is just a few doors from the UF HQ (92-94 Beehive Lane, IG4 5EG).

A new venue for Uniting Friends!

Uniting Friends expands and opens the doors on ‘TheHive.’ 94 Beehive Lane.

The Hive is new community hub for running services of Uniting Friends. It includes a brand new skills training Café, IT suite and training flat.

The opening of this new building makes way for Creative, a new Arts Centre and Coffee shop which is within in our original base at 92c Beehive Lane. The base will double up as a pop-up shop selling our Sprout There! merchandise and many of our handmade goods created in our workshops.

Although partially opened, we will be fully operational by 31st October. Watch out for the full programme of events, pop-up show days and our grand official opening.

Uniting Friends in the Ilford Recorder

Uniting Friend's artwork display at the Tate Modern has been profiled by the Ilford Recorder. 

The Love Is... exhibition saw 16 members display their work in the London museum. 

Over 400 people came to view the exhibition, which coincided with learning disability week. 

Festival in the park 2016

Uniting Friends performed at Learning Disabilities celebration Festival in the park. 

The group did a wonderful performance with great voices and great energy. 

The rain that was promised held off to the end! 

Love is ….

To celebrate Learning Disabilities Week 2016, Uniting Friends together with Redbridge and Waltham Forest Learning Disability teams present Love Is…

Love is…. is an exhibition of artwork and film created by adults with a learning disability. Come and see the wonderful artwork on display at Leytonstone Learning Link (23-25 North Birkbeck Rd, London E11 4JF) on the 24th-27th May.

The winners award ceremony will be held on the 27th May at 1pm. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Tate Modern in June.

Government acknowledges great work of our programme partner

This recent article details the Government’s new sports strategy and features a video that profiles the fantastic work of our partners, the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy (BMBA).

The video sees Barry talk about the benefits of getting involved in local sports clubs and in keeping active. Keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot some of our members in the background, mid fitness session at the Leyton Youth Club!

To find out more information about our work with BMBA and how you can get involved in one of our Box Start Fitness sessions please click here.

New venue for The Groovy Cat Club

From next month (4th February), The Groovy Cat Club is moving to a smart new venue:
Champs Sports Bar and Grill
19-21 Chapel Road

Drop off for vehicles including Carers, Dial a Ride and Taxis is at the rear of the building on Chapel Road. Right by the entrance to the Iceland loading bay.

Click here to reach the website of this great new venue

The time is the same (7.30-10.30pm) and entry is still just £3. All your favourite Groovy Cat DJ’s will be there to mix and play your favourite tunes.

Note: Karaoke/Open Mike sessions will no longer be taking place at the Groovy Cat Club due to space but don’t worry, we know how much some of you love to perform. Watch out for a separate night to come each month just for you!

Love is...

The theme for our learning disability art contest and exhibition at the Tate Modern, in partnership with Redbridge and Waltham Forest learning disability teams, is...LOVE IS...

All of our members can enter any artwork they wish that represents love.

We're really look forward to seeing the results and holding another exhibition on the 21st June.