Hackney Association Youth Club is a user-led organisation established in January 2004 to provide free, confidential and impartial information, advice and guidance to enable the large disadvantaged BAME young people who are living in Hackney and London access services they need. We help over 2,800 disadvantaged youth families each year to access welfare benefits, housing, and immigration and consumer credit services. We are well known in Hackney and London wide for our interpreting and translation services. The charity has good track record in developing successful projects and structures to address the unmet needs of disadvantaged BAME young people who are living in Hackney and London.
The main problems of our user group are language, immigration, family issues, education and employment. Many of our users lack basic literacy skill and need support to access community and mainstream services. The organisation has an active 4- member voluntary management committee comprising of community members, young and old people, many of who are former refugees. They are very passionate in helping our user group to attain their potential.