Meet Your 5 East London Superheroes!

By Sarah Henderson

The Echo Community Fund crowdsources the skills, talents and expertise of our brilliant network (YOU!) to support grassroots community initiatives.

Each receives a 20 Echo grant to buy in the skills and training they need to progress their projects, so they can benefit more people.

Scroll down to meet this year’s winners and find out how you can help with their first 10 requests.

They’ll be lots more listed over the next few weeks, so if you’d like to get involved keep an eye on the Echo marketplace, Twitter and our newsletter.

What better way to earn Echoes than supporting a good cause!





Joshua Wehner / Flames Basketball

Flames uses basketball as a way of helping U19 men in east London learn valuable life skills such as focus, discipline and team building, and supports them to make informed decisions about their education or future employment. They also run classes for women and children.

Now, Joshua wants to scale his passion into a profession and needs the help of the Echo community to shape his strategy going forward.

Latest requests from Joshua…

>> Business Coach or Mentor [up to 4 Echoes]

>> Strategic Support and Advice [up to 4 Echoes]


Gordon Fryer / Trowbridge Silver Surfers

Gordon believes you’re never too old to learn something new. With the help of Echo, The Trowbridge Silver Surfers was born in Hackney Wick, offering digital skills training to over 60s. We are hoping to bring the local community together for some sizzling intergenerational learning.

Gordon also hopes it’ll raise awareness of the Senior Citizens Club and attract new members, benefitting more pensioners living in East London.

Latest requests from Gordon…

>> Digitally Savvy Workshop Helpers [up to 2 Echoes]

>> Flyering in Hackney Wick [up to 2 Echoes]


Kiran Patel / Tech Tribe

Tech Tribe brings together children and young people from across east London and connects them with passionate local volunteers to learn about digital technology via creative, imaginative and affordable courses and workshops taking place in the school holidays. ​

Now, Tech Tribe needs the help of the Echo community to develop their project into a thriving social enterprise.

Latest requests from Kiran…

>> Business Modelling Support [up to 4 Echoes]

>> Registering a Social Enterprise [up to 2 Echoes]


Lisa Bari / East Village Play Group

The East Village playgroup runs a weekly session for under 5’s, where founder and mum Lisa provides a much-needed service for parents with toddlers. The group gives parents a chance to meet one another and share advice, whilst reducing social isolation.

Now, Lisa needs the help of the Echo community to develop her own skills to turn the playgroup into a financially sustainable organisation.

Latest requests from Lisa…

>> Parent and Toddler Activities [up to 2 Echoes]

>> Graphic Designer for Marketing Materials [up to 4 Echoes]


Qavi Reyes / Freelance Photographer

Qavi (21 years old) was nominated by a local Echo member, who worked with him on the London 2012 – Legacy Youth Panel, and admired his community spirit and ambition. Alongside his love of community youth work, he has big ambitions to become a freelance photographer.

Now, Qavi needs help from the Echo community to get set up as a freelancer, kit him out with a portfolio website and gain professional experience.

Latest requests from Qavi…

>> Shadowing a Professional Photographer [up to 5 Echoes]

>> Mentor or Career Advisor [up to 4 Echoes]

Follow the journey and find out more about each of our East London superheroes at

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