Thanks & Acknowledgements

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We are deeply grateful to the incredible people who, day in and day out, dedicate themselves to providing spaces and activities for the older East London community to take part in. Thank you to all of the individuals and organisations listed below for warmly welcoming us into their spaces in order to find people to talk to about their lives.

Age UK East London:

Alya Rashid – Senior Community Development & Outreach Officer

Nurul Chowdhury – Community Outreach Officer

Stroke Association:

Shanom Shah – Family and Support Coordinator for Tower Hamlets, commissioned by Barts Health NHS Trust at The Royal London Hospital.

Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Team:

Sumala Hassan – Community Neighbourhood Senior Officer

Sarah Dodd – Community Neighbourhood Manager

— and the rest of the team at Canning Town Library, including  Noreen Mukalazi, Asha Mann, Kulsom Robbani, Angela George, and all other staff who have helped us during our coffee morning visits.

An additional thanks to Leila Nicholas who first welcomed us in through the doors.

Great British Community:

Michelle Lawrence – Director, Link Up (UK)

Liz Robertson – Project Support Officer, Link Up (UK)

— for putting us in touch with the key centres and community teams.

The University of East London

This project was generously funded by the Civic Engagement initiative at UEL, for which we are extremely grateful.

EastLife is a Writing Centre initiative, publication, and archive.

Sonority Turner

— for designing the EastLife logo

Alison Jones, of Practical Inspiration Publishing

–for her invaluable advice and assistance in the production of the e-book and print publication.

The team of talented student writers that gave the stories life. To find out more about the EastLife writing team, go here.

Lastly, we would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all the community members who agreed to take part in this project – without whom, none of this would have been possible. (Some names have been changed):

Adrian, Betty, Joan Barham, John Besagni, Jane Boyle, Charlie Burke, Kevin Flannagan Crispin Janolo, Ella Johnston, Irenee Lowe, Angur Miah, Nessa, Irene Pasquini, Ellen Shrimpton, Eileen Wade, and John Wiggett.

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