Living Unitarian values through social change and community empowerment.

Our Partners:

Toynbee Hall
Account 3

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets
Age UK


Members of:

E2 Breakfast
Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum
Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Voluntary Sector Children and Youth Forum

Have a look at our most recent year-end synopsis.

What We Do

We run community programming from our Bethnal Green, East London premises. Our programmes - including our After School Club, New Neighbours/Old Neighbours Lunch, and ESOL classes - are all run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

See our latest presentation "SimpleGifts: Rooted for Growth"

Our History

In the autumn of 2011, in response to the riots and social unrest of the preceding summer, a small group of Unitarians committed to social outreach met together in London and started talking about what a consolidated UK-wide effort could look like. Having an under-used church building in East London (with no active congregation) potentially available, we discussed creating a centre for training that would include a "living lab" of on-the-ground programming to enrich the lives of local residents and give UK Unitarians a place to meet, volunteer and be inspired by. What came out of this was SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action.

With support from the LDPA (London District and Provincial Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches) and the Chalice Foundation (the board of trustees responsible for the Mansford Street building), we formed a small committee, chaired by Rev David Usher and run by Rev Rob Gregson and Ann Howell. We opened our doors in May 2012 and haven't looked back!

Ann Howell, Co-founder and Director

Ann spent 15 years in the corporate world, as a business writer and project manager. A life-long volunteer with a passionate interest in social action, Ann retrained and shifted into the non-profit sector when she relocated to London from Montreal in 2010. 

Rev. Martin Whitell, Trustee

Leighton Cole, Chair

Jane Williams, Trustee

Roy Clark, Trustee

Nadia Begum, Treasurer