Background and History
The Stepney Community Trust (SCT) is a community-led charity that has a long history of self-help actions, working for justice and equality, and supporting local residents to access good quality services. It was set up in 1982 as the St Mary’s Centre – a housing, welfare and resource project that responded to the existence of severe housing conditions and social deprivation in the area. It originally drew its name from the St. Mary’s ward, but following the political boundary changes in the London Borough Tower Hamlets, the ward was renamed Whitechapel, prompting the organisation to change its name to Stepney Community Trust in 2002.
From the beginning, the SCT worked with others to help meet the unmet needs of local people living and working primarily in the Whitechapel area but also, from time to time, engaged in activities for the benefit of the wider Tower Hamlets borough. It acted in various ways to help address the inequality and disadvantage experienced by local people, especially the Bangladeshis, in accessing decent housing, appropriate welfare advice and good quality education. Initially, the Trust campaigned to help improve the conditions of local housing, bring regeneration into the area and establish much-needed community facilities, including for young people to engage in leisure activities.
The Trust worked closely with the Greater London Council (GLC) and successfully persuaded the then Department of the Environment (DoE) to designate the locality as a Housing Action Area, which led to new investment for upgrading housing stocks and achieve environmental improvements. It also engaged with Tower Hamlets Council and local housing association partners to develop and implement concrete plans to help regenerate the area, with a priority focus on addressing the severe local housing needs. The organisation’s activities included campaigning for issues around housing, education, employability and young people’s provisions.
In 1984, the SCT acquired the freehold of their premises at 46 Myrdle St., London E1 1HL, with assistance from the GLC, who also provided an additional grant to modernise the lower ground and ground floors of the building, which enabled refurbishment work to be carried quite quickly and transform the property into a community a resource centre. Funding was also secured from the GLC, Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), European Social Fund and Tower Hamlets Council to appoint full-time staff and implement a comprehensive work programme.
The Trust is understood to be one of only four similar community organisations in the borough that owns its own property, thus providing certain security and enabling overhead cost for running projects and activities to be minimised.
Welcome to the website of the Stepney Community Trust (SCT), which is a grassroots community organisation, established in 1982. It was set up to help meet the desperate unmet needs of the community at that time, and it is still driven by a strong desire to be at the forefront of helping local people to go forward in life, by addressing their unmet needs and empowering them to take control of their own destiny. SCT works relentlessly, and with great passion, to improve lives of and opportunities for people living in Whitechapel and Stepney areas of the East End. As a community organisation, the organisation acts as a resource centre that supports the disadvantaged and underprivileged in the community by delivering a programme of activities for their benefit. The SCT also helps raise awareness of the changing needs of the area and enables disadvantaged people to acquire relevant skills, knowledge and experiences needed to go forward in life.
Chair of Trustees
Treasurer & Chair of Finance Sub-committee
Hafiz Ahmed Hasan
Mohammed Enam Uddin
Abdul Khalam Ali
Kamal Uddin Ahmed
Abdul Sattar Ali (Advisory-Solicitor)
Ameena Begum (Advisory-Domestic Support Case Worker)
Sheila Rahman (Advisory -Accountant)
The Stepney Community Trust (STC) has a long history of community action and supporting local people in the Whitechapel / Stepney areas of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Since the establishment of this charity, we have been financially and otherwise supported by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In addition, we have received financial support from a large number of Trusts and Foundations.
We are enormously grateful to all our past and present funders without which SCT would not have been able to deliver much-needed activities and programme for local disadvantaged people.
During the last five years we have received funding from the following sources:
The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
Awards for All
Big Lottery Fund
Community Consortium Against Poverty
The Coutts Charitable Trust
The Fishmongers’ Company
Garfield Weston Foundation
Heritage Lottery Fund
Hillden Community Foundation
HSBC Bank Plc
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
London Council Community Grants
Lloyds TSB Foundation
St Katharine and Shadwell Trust
UFI Online Centre
Stepney Community Trust would like to express its appreciation for the support it received from the above sources.