Young Hackney

About Young Hackney

Young Hackney is our service for all young people aged 6 to 19 and up to 25 with additional needs. Bringing together the skills and expertise of the youth service we aim to help all of Hackney’s young people to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults.

Young Hackney:

  • runs youth hubs, trips and projects
  • provides opportunities, support and guidance for young people
  • helps young people get involved in their communities
  • works to help prevent young people who might get involved in antisocial behaviour or crime
  • works with young people who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offence to make sure they do not offend again
  • helps with substance misuse, mental health issues and
  • helps young victims of crime

For news, views and events for young people,visit Young Hackney

See guide to Young Hackney services (PDF 2mb).

Youth clubs and projects

Our youth hubs in Hackney:

Each club has a team of workers who run youth activities, offer advice and guidance, and work with young people who need extra support.

We also run several youth participation projects to help young people get more involved in their communities.

Each centre provides a full range of activities and support services:

  • youth activities such as sports, arts, multimedia and homework
  • the chance to get involved in the community
  • accredited programmes such as art awards or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • employment and training advice
  • extra support, when and where it’s needed

And each has a nominated specialism, chosen by young people:

You can find details of over 100 hundred non-council youth projects in Hackney on Young Hackney.

Opportunities, support and advice for young people

We want all young people in Hackney to feel supported, safe and have access to positive opportunities in their community.

Ask staff at your local Young Hackney hubs or call 020 8356 7404 to find out about other advice and opportunities:

  • Hackney education and schools provide help with schools, play schemes, after-school clubs and support for young people with special educational needs
  • Hackney youth opportunity fund provides grants for youth activities organised by young people
  • Young Hackney can provide advice and support on health, relationships, money management and staying safe
  • OffCentre offers free advice, support, therapy and counselling for young people aged 11 to 25 in Hackney
  • CHYPS Plus provide free health information from City and Hackney NHS
  • Hackney Ark provides advice for carers and services for young people with disability support needs

Apprenticeships, jobs and career advice

Youth forums

The 4 area youth forums are for young people to meet and discuss local and youth issues. Anyone aged 11 to 19 can join their local forum as long as they can come to one meeting every week after school, college or work.

There are good reasons to join your area youth forum:

  • develop new skills and gain qualifications
  • enjoy new experiences
  • improve your CV
  • make a difference to your community

Hackney Youth Parliament

The Hackney Youth Parliament has 6 members who are elected every 2 years and represent the views of young people in the borough.

The parliament:

  • is the voice of young people in Hackney
  • consults young people in Hackney on their views
  • is involved in decision-making with the Council and councillors
  • keeps young people in Hackney informed on matters affecting them
  • run campaigns to make positive change

Hackney youth opportunity fund

The fund lets young people apply for a grant up to £3,500 to fund an event or project in their local area.

Childcare and after school clubs in Hackney

Contact the Hackney education and schools family information service for more information.

The Hackney youth charter has been developed by young people to support the active involvement of children and young people in decision making.

See The Hackney promise to looked-after children.

Page updated on: 18 January 2024

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