It's a hot day in July, but instead of finding a shady spot on the streets in Ilford, a group of rough sleepers are out in the sunshine harvesting spring onions and beetroot in the Welcome Centre's garden.
Redbridge Council is taking part in a London-wide campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of cheap and illegal tobacco, and wants to encourage members of the public to report premises and individuals that sell it.
The shadow education secretary, MP Angela Rayner, has branded £31.4million of funding cuts to schools in Redbridge "scandalous" and voiced her support for parents and teachers in the borough in the fight against forced academisation.
Children and young people from Barnardo's services in Redbridge had the chance to meet celebrities and politicians, including the charity's new president, TV presenter and journalist Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, at its annual Summer Parliamentary Reception.
The shadow secretary of state for education, MP Angela Rayner, will be joining Redbridge councillors, parents and campaigners today (July 10) for a public meeting on school cuts and academisation in the borough.