Community Engagement

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Poplar Union. We work hard to build long lasting relationships and partnerships with local organisations, artists, schools and residents to unite and celebrate the lives in and around Poplar. Our responsive and personal approach, allows us to adapt to the wants and needs of our local communities – striving to enhance physical, social and cultural prosperity.

We are proud to offer:

– Free activities & festivals to bring together our communities (including Discover Poplar, St Paul’s Way Festival, Poplar Picnic (coming soon!))
– Ongoing partnerships with local schools offering free resources, performances and activities for students
– Free resources and activities for local families
– Partnerships with local charities and organisations to help support change-making community work
– Subsidised ticket prices and concessionary rates to ensure all of our events are accessible to all
– Community Champions membership scheme to give back to our local supporters
– Free, safe hire space for underrepresented community groups such as Aponghor (a Bengali LGBTQIA+ group)
– Subsidised hire rates for local residents
– Poplar HARCA Resident membership scheme offering discounted tickets and other benefits
– Celebration of festivals including Bengali New Year, Pride, International Women’s Day, Black History Month

What our community says about us

Poplar Union has the most amazing family activities in the area. My children love coming here. This is our happy place all year round!” Yi-Chieh (local resident)

“All communities need a beating heart and within just a very short space of time, Poplar Union has carved out an amazing niche as the beating heart of this special part of the East End, offering an eclectic mix of activities, shows and delicious food not to forget the E5 Bakehouse for your daily bread. Thanks to all at Poplar Union; you make it happen.” Lisa & Mike Orlov (local residents)

“Very blessed to have this on my doorstep. Excellent coffee, baked goods (e5 Roasthouse) and events for locals. Keep doing what you’re doing” Matt Silton (local resident)

“We had a fantastic discussion upon our return to school about the themes from the performance and the children expressed how ‘cool’ and ‘magical’ it was.Yasmina Bibi – Teacher at Marner Primary School

“It was so lovely and I thought pitched so well for the age group. Year 3 listened well and really got it. Really glad I was able to come along and thank you Poplar Union for the invite.” Carol Doherty – Assistant Head/Shine Project Manager at Marner Primary School