Lincoln Area Regeneration Group

Run by local residents, for local residents

LARG is run by local residents, for local residents with aims to bring cultural, social and environmental prosperity to communities living and working within Tower Hamlets. LARG’s charitable objectives are focussed on supporting local people to create opportunities and utilise these initiatives to build strong relationships and cohesive communities.

LARG’s unique status as a resident formed and led charity means that the organisation has an intrinsic understanding of the needs of Tower Hamlets’ residents. LARG is insightful and equipped in recognising and filling any gaps in the social, cultural, economic and environmental landscape of the borough. Issues such as poverty, isolation and exclusion, racial or religious tension, physical and mental ill-health, lack of socio-economic opportunity and access to quality cultural provision all motivate the actions taken and partnerships formed by LARG.

LARG are longstanding practitioners with over 15 years of service delivery within local communities and continue to grow and evolve to reflect the changes and needs of Tower Hamlets’ residents.

Board Members

  • David Black

  • Helal Ahmed

  • Christine Searle

  • Safia Jama

  • Soomin Ryu

  • Cheryl Ndione

  • Brian Searle

    Vice Chair
  • Asim Iftikhar


Projects & Festivals

  • Poplar Union

    Poplar Union

    Opened in January 2017, Poplar Union is a purpose-built community arts centre which aims to be the creative heart and soul of Poplar.

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  • Adoption Of Canal

    Adoption Of Canal

    In 2016, LARG identified the potential of the Limehouse Cut in partnership with 15 other local organisations including Thames 21 and Queen Mary University.

  • Chiltern Green

    Chiltern Green

    Chiltern Green is a local park that LARG has helped maintain for the benefit of the Lincoln residents for over 15 years.

  • St Paul’s Way Festival

    St Paul's Way Festival

    St Paul's Way Festival is an annual, free, family-friendly community festival situated on Bow's St Paul's Way.

  • Women in focus festival

    Women in focus festival

    Women in Focus is a free, weekend-long annual festival curated and hosted by Poplar Union in celebration of International Women's Day.

  • A Mindful Mess festival

    A Mindful Mess festival

    A Mindful Mess Festival is a free festival exploring mental health and celebrating ‘neurodiversity.’


  • Poplar HARCA

    Poplar HARCA

    Poplar HARCA is an award-winning housing and regeneration community association.

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  • Moo Canoes

    Moo Canoes

    Moo Canoes were created in 2012 to help make London's waterways more fun for everyone.

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  • Power to change

    Power to change

    LARG, along with 15 other organisations, has adopted 3 miles of the Limehouse Cut.

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  • Well One

    Well one

    Well One is an online portal connecting residents to health & wellbeing services within the area.

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  • E5 Roasthouse

    E5 Roasthouse

    In September 2017, e5 Bakehouse opened a new café and coffee roastery called e5 Roasthouse, situated in Poplar Union.

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Other Partners & Collaborators


  • Poplar HARCA
  • Poplar HARCA
  • London Borough Tower Hamlets
  • London Borough Tower Hamlets
  • Power to change
  • Power to change
  • The Big Lottery Fund
  • The Big Lottery Fund
  • East End Community Fund
  • East End Community Fund
  • Canary Wharf Group
  • Canary Wharf Group (Bloom Festival)