Who we are
St. Margaret’s House is a unique charity supporting community, creativity & wellbeing in Bethnal Green.
Our mission is to promote positive social change by creating opportunities for people to come together and play a more active part in their community.
Our projects anchor us in the community, providing spaces for residents to eat, shop, learn, create, and enjoy a diverse cultural program.
The Gallery Cafe offers a vegan menu with many locally-sourced options, as well as serving as a popular events venue.
Our charity shop, Ayoka, is a wellspring of low-cost yet fashionable clothing, housewares, books, records, and CDs.
The Create Place is our arts space, offering workshops, classes and studio hire to the community.It is a launch pad for starting a creative project that benefits your community, and a space for creative people to gather, to learn, to create, and to have fun.
Our buildings are home to more than 27 community organisations and charities and many others that hire our rooms for their meetings, training sessions, and events.
All the profits go back into the community, enabling us to run volunteer programmes and support local individuals and organisations.
Meet a few of our wonderful team members:
TONY HARDIE - Director
LUCINDA KINGSNORTH - General Manager, Gallery Cafè
MATTHEW SOGORSKI - Head Chef, Gallery Cafe
SIMONE BANDINI - Sous Chef, Gallery Cafe
JAY FERRY - Supervisor, Gallery Cafe
NATALIE JOELLE - Volunteer, Founder of the Gallery Cafe Book Club
OLLIE- Volunteer, Ayoka
MARTIN- KP, Gallery Cafe
DIANA SERBAN -Communications & Administration Manager
FRANCESCA GRASSI- Graphic Designer
SIOBHAN FORSHAW - Community Arts Manager
JENNIFER RICHARDS- Social Media Coordinator
AMANDA TALSMA-WILLIAMS -‘Crafting is Connecting’ Coordinator , Create Place
DRITA - Volunteer, Ayoka
BRENDA DAVIES - Volunteer Workshop Facilitator, The Create Place
GEORGE PARIS - Events Manager
NIGEL MACMILLAN - Community Engagement Manager, Ayoka
ROSEMARY SLAY- Community Wellbeing Manager
SUZANNE BAKER- Assistant Manager, Ayoka
JOSE GAMA - Finance Manager
JANICE HATT- Volunteer, Ayoka