Holistic and Practical Well-Being Support for Local Families

Alternatives Trust East London is a small charity (Registered Charity No: 1103724) that empowers vulnerable families in the London Borough of Newham to transform their lives.

A small dedicated team gives long-term, intensive support to over 100 women and their children each year through the We Are Family (WAF) programme. This is centred on a weekly therapeutic group which offers early intervention through parenting and life skills to 25-30 families each week.

Alternatives offers

  • advocacy to address the causes of poverty
  • practical help like food and baby equipment
  • one-to-one parenting support
  • counselling

Social enterprises run by mums increase employability and help women move on. We believe anyone can be a good parent given the right support, and we aim to provide that support.

Service access criteria: Parents living in Newham, caring for a dependant/dependants under the age of 18 and facing any form of practical or emotional hardship which requires support.
Advocacy for carers
Food banks
Bereavement support
Adult carers advice and support
Adult education and learning
Activities for children and young people
Asylum seekers and refugee support
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Financial advice and support
Mental health support
Young carers support
Computers and IT skills
Welfare rights advice
Employment and training initiatives
Family support groups and organisations
Connecting with others
Helping with money
Information and advice
Mental health
Support for carers
Support with employment
Youth support
Additional needs catered for:
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Non English speaking friendly
Waiting list (weeks): 1
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