Covid 19 Notice

Our organisation has adapted its services to still operate during the Covid-19 pandemic using online platforms, telephone and email. Volunteers are regularly making friendly calls to see how users, who are mostly lonely and isolated, are doing and offer help. We provided ongoing support and telephone outreach to our young users shielding during the pandemic. Volunteers also helped to deliver food and medicine to elderly people under lock down. We have managed to run information, signposting and interpretation sessions all with the power of Zoom and Facebook which has maintained the cohesiveness of our charity. The pandemic has adversely affected our organisation and the people we support. With the virus has come increased domestic abuse, a decrease in mental wellness.

A Little About Us

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.

Our Top Mission

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.

Our organization has been delivering projects for disadvantaged BAME young people who are living in Hackney and London who are mainly refugees and asylum seekers from the French speaking countries in the Great lakes Region of Africa living in Hackney and London areas for the past 16 years. We began by supporting these young people with information, advice and advocacy to enable them access education and skills training, employment, housing and benefits. When our users told us their main barrier in accessing community services was language, we set up basic ESOL classes in July 2004 and have been running it since. We have been successful with various funding streams including:

Recent Activities

  • Neighborhood Renewal Fund’s Community Chest for a project working with isolated BAME young people who are living in Hackney and London to take part in Keep Fit and Healthy Eating and cooking sessions

Local Network Fund for a children's project.

  • We involved children in educational trips and using this as a way of getting isolated young women together to share better ways of bringing up their children.

Recent Activities

  • Faith in Communities Fund to help train 15 youth in singing and playing instruments as a way of building their capacity to enter the Congolese music industry

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