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Creating Connections East 5 – now open for booking

By Benjamin Meunier, on 20 January 2017


Colleagues from Library Services are warmly invited to attend the next Creating Connections event, where a number of topics will be discussed ranging from mental health support to safeguarding vulnerable people and the role of the library and of the university in the wider community. Full details below.

Creating Connections East 5 Wednesday March 8th from 3pm – 5pm.

Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL (10 minute walk from Stratford Underground / Train Station)


Register at uclu.org/creating-connections

Creating Connections East is a networking event that brings together staff and postgraduate students from University College London and the University of East London with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. The afternoon is a mixture of themed discussions in small groups with more informal networking; the aim is to find areas of common interest and encourage collaborative working.

Previous events have had a good turn out and we’re now onto our fifth edition. We are trying out holding the event in the afternoon this time. We hope this will make it more accessible and attract some new people.

If you work or are a postgrad student at UCL and UEL and are interested in making links with community organisations from East London and beyond – please come along.

If you work for a community organisation, or are a member of one, and would like to explore ways you might work with people from UCL and UEL – this event is for you too!


Topics will include:

  • Safeguarding women

The event will be held on International Women’s Day, so come and meet people interested in how we can safeguard women and girls in our communities (forced marriage, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, amongst other issues)

  • Mental health support

How can we best support people with mental health issues in our communities?  What non-clinical support services are there? What support do charities need to run non-clinical support services? And how can university research on mental health help? What role can social prescribing play in mental health support?

  • Libraries in the community

Come and meet people interested in libraries as community hubs; creative ways in which libraries can be used; university libraries and public engagement; use of libraries for community research.

  • The university in the community

With UCL building a new campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and with UEL’s long legacy of working in East London, let’s discuss how we can best work with the local community. What kind of projects would be beneficial? What do you expect from partnership and project working with a university? How can UCL and UEL break down barriers and make ourselves more accessible to the community?

  • Involving men in volunteering and engagement

Women tend to volunteer and get involved in engagement projects more than men. Come and meet people interested in redressing the balance. How can we encourage more men to get involved? What is it that prevents men from volunteering and doing engagement? How can we make it easier for them, break down barriers and challenge perceptions?

  • Refugees and migrants

Come and meet people interested in supporting refugees and migrants. How can we support recent immigrants to access health services? What are the best ways to involve them in local decision making? How can we deal with the need for housing? How can we improve educational provision for young immigrants?

Note that the event is a short networking event for people interested in these issues – a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with. It’s intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between. It’s not a conference and there won’t be long plenary speeches or workshops!

Light refreshments will be provided.


Register at uclu.org/creating-connections

If you’ve any questions or comments about the event, contact Kim Townsend at UCL Public Engagement Unit, Joe Crook at UEL Volunteering, or Jyoti Singh at Newham Council


Creating Connections East  is organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, University of East London, and London Borough of Newham.

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