Young Hackney

Young Hackney is our service for all young people aged 6-19 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

    Our Young Hackney website has news, views and events for young people.

    Youth clubs and projects

    Our five 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. 

    Young Hackney centres

    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 Arts Awards or 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.

    Other youth centres and projects in Hackney

    You can find details of over 100 hundred non-council youth projects in Hackney here 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 Learning Trust provide help with schools, play schemes, after-school clubs and support for young people with special educational needs
    • Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund provide grants for youth activities organised by young people
    • Young Hackney can provide advice and support on health, relationships, money management and staying safe
    • OffCentre offer free advice, support, therapy and counselling for young people aged 11-25 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

    Hackney Apprenticeships

    If you're ages 16-25, live in Hackney or went to school in Hackney and are interested in doing an apprenticeship you've stumbled onto the right page. The apprenticeship programme within the Council offers a variety of apprentice opportunities, at a competitive salary. 

    Hackney 100

    The Hackney 100 programme is a paid work placement scheme for Hackney Residents aged 16-19. This programme gives 100 young people, who live or study in Hackney, their first experience of the working world. So if you're 16-19 and interested in participating, you will work with high-calibre local employees whilst earning £7.50 per hr. for a minimum of 70 hours.

    Hackney Works

    Hackney Works is a free service offered to all Hackney residents. The aim is to connect local people to opportunities in Hackney's growing business community and to give them access to personalised employment support, IT facilities, and basic skills training and job opportunities.

    Volunteering opportunities

    Our volunteers come from all sections of the community and influence our youth programmes with their unique skills and experiences. To become a Young Hackney volunteer you need to be aged over 18, and submit an application form and attend an informal interview. You'll also need to pass a DBS and reference check.

    We ask you to commit to two hours' vounteering a week, but we can be flexible and accommodate your schedule. In return for your time, we offer full reimbursement of travel expenses and lunch expenses up to £5, along with support and supervision, training opportunities and references.

    For more information contact xanthippi.karkantou@hackney.gov.uk.

    Youth forums

    The four area youth forums are for young people to meet and discuss local and youth issues. Anyone aged 11-19 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 22 members who are elected every two years and represent views of young people in the borough.

    The parliament:

    • is the voice 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 Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund lets young people apply for a grant up to £3,500 to fund an event or project in their local area.

    Hackney Gets Heard

    Hackney Gets Heard (HGH) is the Council for looked-after children in Hackney. They are a group of young people who are in care or who have just left care. They work with social workers so looked-after young people enjoy the best care possible.

    Childcare and after school clubs in Hackney

    Contact the  Hackney Learning Trust family information service for more information.

    More information and resources

    Page updated: 13/04/2018 11:46:00