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    Portsoken community centre

Portsoken Health Open Day

Come along to the spring Portsoken Health Open Day this Saturday 15 March 2014 at the Green Box. There will be many stalls on the day as well as lots of FREE sporting activities for the kids.

Date: Saturday 15 March 2014 from 11am till 3pm

So don’t miss out come and see for yourself what’s on offer including;

  • Wellbeing activities
  • Healthy snacks
  • Health checks

Address: Portsoken Health and Community Centre (Green Box)

               14-16 Little Somerset Street, E1 8AH

For more information contact: Shiria by email


Portsoken Health Centre and Green Box Community Centre

14-16 Little Somerset Street

This centre on the Mansell Street Estate in the eastern part of the City of London. It has a modern, purpose built interior made out of two shipping containers.

Part of the upper level is run by City Wellbeing Practice as a health centre, and the lower level is used as a community centre run by Toynb­ee Hall

The community centre runs regular group workshops and activities. Toynbee Hall works with local residents and partners to develop the offer further and create new volunteering opportunities for local people in the ward who want to contribute to this thriving centre. You can earn and spend Time Credits at the centre. Earn Time Credits by getting involved at the centre, running activities, helping to manage the centre or working alongside providers to run activities. It has wireless internet connection and disabled access.

For more information contact the Coordinator:  020 7481 9646

The health centre is run by City Wellbeing Practice which provides services including Child Health, Foot Clinic, Smoking Cessation, Family Planning and Sexual Health, and a Diabetes Clinic. There is usually a Bengali speaking worker on site. For more information contact City Wellbeing Practice on 020 7488 4240.

Community Health Engagement Project

Do you want to improve your health? Maybe you would like to be more active, eat more healthily, quit smoking or drink less, but you’re not sure where to start? The Community Health Engagement Worker can help you make a real difference to your health and wellbeing. The project offers a holistic way of thinking about your health and wellbeing, and can link you into a wide range of opportunities in your local area.

The Community Health Engagement Worker works with City of London residents to promote health and wellbeing, focusing on the needs of family members of various age groups. We work in partnership with Portsoken Health and Community Centre, Health Trainers and Therapists (Shoreditch Spa), tenants’ and residents’ associations, and other community based organisations.

The Project organise the following activities:

  • Health awareness and lifestyles sessions.
  • How to help your children say healthy.
  • Information on City services and how to access them.
  • Keep fit classes, walking group, day trips, healthy cooking classes, parenting skills classes.
  • Local community events such as the recent Family Health Festival on Mansell Street Estate.
  • How to have your say in what happens in your local area and in planning your local services.

To find out more contact the Community Health Engagement Worker on 020 7392 2987 / 07432 736 495 ( available Thursdays and Fridays)

Other volunteering opportunities in the City

You may find the following pages on our website useful:

Volunteering in Epping Forest

Volunteering in City Commons

Volunteering in Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common

Volunteering in West Ham Park​​