Online Art Sale

Here's your chance to get in on the ground level with some of tomorrow's up and coming talent! For £5 we will send you a hi-res photo of your artwork of choice to print out or use as your phone or computer background. For £10 we will post you the original! Go to our donations page to send us your payment, then email us and tell us your selection. 

"A dynamic abstract piece. The blend of colors and strong lines draws the viewer in. Despite a lack of a clear person or object being depicted, the painting still offers a suggestions of motion, conveying a powerful energy."

Click the images below for full descriptions of all the pieces!

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Message from the Director

 Cutting our 5th Anniversary cake

Cutting our 5th Anniversary cake

This is a bittersweet time for me as I prepare to leave my post. Several weeks ago I met with some key board members to inform them of my decision to step down as Director of SimpleGifts and pass the baton to a new leadership team. (The Board is still ironing out the details about who will take over and in what capacity, so stay tuned!)

Our work at SimpleGifts has been invaluable to my professional, personal and spiritual growth. The interaction with our volunteers, families, local users and partners has been incredibly rewarding over the years. We have watched as children went from being just bumps in their mums' tummies to walking around and going to school! It has been an honour to be a witness to such development.

The past 5 1/2 years spent helping to build SimpleGifts has been some of the most memorable and valuable time of my life. The warm, generous spirit of SimpleGifts will stay with me always and I hope its light will shine for many years to come.

Best wishes,

Ann Howell, Director

We were featured recently on BBC1's The Big Food Rescue. Watch our clip here: SimpleGifts on the Big Food Rescue

 Creative pattern making in action at the  Sewing Class

Creative pattern making in action at the Sewing Class


SimpleGifts serves the community in Bethnal Green, East London with programming for children, parents, elders, and anyone looking to enrich their lives with skills building, healthy recreation, or volunteer opportunities.

Quick fact: Our dedicated volunteers provide over 2700 hours of service to us each year!

Watch this short animation developed by Sabrina Vispi and Andrea Alves. We had a special production day at SimpleGifts where the kids, parents and volunteers got together to draw eacher other's faces and then ask each other some questions about themselves. Then, Sabrina and Andrea made some voice recordings of the participants and animated the drawings. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot about each other! It's a strange experience to experience yourself through someone else's eyes and voice!

All About SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action, offering community-based programming in Bethnal Green, London.

Dr Sufia Begum and Jeba Maleque are two Bethnal Green mums who play important role at SimpleGifts. They are both service users and volunteers, community stakeholders at the highest level!

Thank you to the Unitarians in Cheltenham, Glasgow, Hampstead, Lewisham, Godalming, York and Kensington for taking to the pavement in support of migrants everywhere who flee perilous situations in their home countries, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Anti-migrant rhetoric diminishes us all and shows of solidarity like these can only help strengthen our communities. Well done to all who participated!

Simple Gifts is a Unitarian-led volunteer organisation. We run community programming in Bethnal Green, East London aimed at alleviating the effects of deprivation and improving social cohesion.

Our flagship programme is our After-School Club, which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons. Browse the site to find out more about our current projects and about how you can help us with our programming.

We welcome those of all cultures, ages, mental and physical abilities. Our facilities are fully accessible.