East London.


Where we work.

Our East London hub works across areas of boroughs covering East and South London.

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Marzena Cichon-Balcerowicz

Local Co-ordinator

07437 985 793

Marzena is based at The Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) in east London. CTC grew out of the work churches in London Citizens were already doing, and out of their desire to root this work more deeply in prayer and theological reflection. The questions they address therefore emerge directly from the practice of local communities, and their desire to be more faithful and more effective in mission.


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Introducing Ana.

Who are you and what do you do for Near Neighbours?

I’m Ana, the Near Neighbours coordinator for east and south-east London. I am also a member of the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) team. A charity in east London who is the Near Neighbours’ partner in the area.

CTC’s vision is to equip churches to transform their communities – through the practices of community organising, theological reflection and prayer. It seeks to build relational power in the most deprived and diverse communities, by encouraging neighbours to focus on their common concerns and aspirations.

What have you done in the past?

I hold a BA in Media and Journalism and MA in Community Organising. I have 12 years’ experience in working with grassroots communities. My practice was developed over 11 years’ working in social research with organisations such as the Geography Department at Queen Mary University, the Institute of Psychology at Kings College and the International Migration Institute at Oxford University.

I also worked as a borough organiser in south London for Citizens UK for 4 years. Projects and campaigns I was part of developing have included: the improvement of maternal health, more ESOL classes, better EAL in schools, resettlement of Syrian refugees, affordable housing, etc.

Why did you want to work for Near Neighbours?

I wanted to work with different groups that want to make change happen in their local area. Be able to see and enable different ways that grassroots communities could achieve the change they are looking for. To develop the leadership skills of small organisation to grow projects that will have an impact in their neighbourhood.

Why do you love the area you work in?

Who doesn’t love London!? London is the most amazing city to live, work, make friends and so on. East and south-east London in particular are so vibrant and diverse, if you are from either of these areas you probably have friends from all over the world. What I love about it the most is that it is very multicultural and we end up learning so much from people that are so different from us.