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Eastside’s January 2024 Updates

Eastside’s January Updates

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you all managed to have a restful break, 

With a busy year ahead of us, I wanted to share some exciting updates:

30th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s officially our 30th Anniversary year! 

We had an incredible few months kicking off the celebrations with our special exhibition in Shoreditch library, which launched in November. 

The exhibition is a celebration of Eastside’s work over the last 30 years, inspiring thousands of young people to fulfil their potential through participation in our creative programmes.

You can visit the exhibition until 4th March 2024 – please make the trip and remember to take headphones and a device to enjoy the short films and podcasts embedded in the exhibits.

We would love for you to join our 30th Anniversary Creativity Campaign on social media, by answering the following question: “Being creative is important to me because…“.
Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #Eastside30.

Find us on Instagram.
Find out more about how to get involved in our 30th Anniversary celebrations

Welcoming our new Trustees

We’re delighted to welcome four new Trustees to our board. 

Urs Banziger
Managing Director, Tramontana Asset Management, Member of Parliament, City of Winterthur, Switzerland.
“I am privileged to support Eastside’s team in empowering young people as a trustee. My background in finance, education reform, and social development has taught me the importance of providing opportunities for young people to develop diverse skills and self-esteem. Eastside has been successful in this mission for the last 30 years, and I am excited to contribute to their efforts to help even more young people in the future.”

Samantha Tulloch
“I’m excited to join Eastside as a Trustee. With a strong background in business and digital transformation, and change delivery, I bring valuable experience to support the organisation’s initiatives. Over the years, I’ve developed expertise in project, programme and change management across various sectors, including public and charities – including improving efficiency of operations, digital rollouts and behaviour change. My motivation as a Trustee stems from a deep commitment to give back to the community I grew up in. I aspire to support Eastside to expand its reach and inspire young people across the UK.”

Monti Kgengwenyane 
“As a newly appointed member of the Board of Trustees for Eastside Charity, I bring a blend of technological insight and innovative thinking to the organisation’s mission. My focus is on leveraging cutting-edge technology such as AI to enhance Eastside’s outreach and delve into deeper realms of creativity and impact. With a background steeped in strategic application of technology across various sectors, I am passionate about translating these skills to support Eastside’s vision.”

Tijana Milosevic
Head of Philanthropy and Special Events at Pratham UK.
“I have almost 20 years of experience in fundraising, account management and marketing in the charity and corporate sectors. Over the years, I worked in many different areas of high-value giving managing major donor, corporate, trusts and foundations and special events fundraising channels for various UK based and international charities. I am hoping that my extensive and varied fundraising knowledge, combined with my passion for empowering young people, will be very beneficial for Eastside. I feel honoured to serve as a trustee of Eastside.”

A warm welcome to all our new Trustees. We’re so excited to have them on board to help us make our anniversary year special. 

April Foolery

Save the date: 15th April 2024 

Preparations for our annual fundraising gala, April Foolery are well underway. This year we’re bringing you a star-studded line up of fantastic comedians and inspiring jazz musicians. 

Keep an eye out for tickets going on sale soon! 

Annual Report

And finally, we are pleased to let you know we have recently completed our 2022/2023 Annual Report- so if you are keen to find out more about Eastside’s work in detail please follow this link.


Thank you all for your ongoing support for Eastside- all of your donations and encouragement help us keep moving forward and growing.

Please stay in touch with us and continue to support our life-changing work. 


Matt and the Eastside team.

Working towards a future in which all young people’s creativity is nurtured and celebrated