Personal development

If you want to extend your knowledge, brush up on some skills, or simply have fun in the holidays, Hackney has a huge range of activities for you to do. A good starting point is the Young Hackney website. Most activities are free and can look great on your CV.

Watch out for extra fun ways to get involved during the Discover Young Hackney Festival between May and September.

Young Hackney

Young Hackney is a single integrated service for all young people aged 6-19 (up to 25 years old if SEND).

At Young Hackney Youth Hubs, you can enjoy free sports, media and arts activities, take part in accredited programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Hackney Youth Parliament and several youth ambassador leadership projects that will benefit your community.

Young Hackney workers also provide advice and support, which will enable you to reach your full potential from education.

They’ll provide you with advice if you have concerns about your health; if you have problems at home; or if you need help with other issues such as training, employment, personal finance or accommodation. If you need extra support, they’ll make sure you can access the right services.

Where to find Young Hackney 

Young Hackney Forest Road Youth Hub
29 Forest Road, London E8 3BY

Young Hackney The Edge Youth Hub
7 Woodberry Grove, London N4 1SN

Young Hackney Eastway Sports Hub
80z Eastway, London E9 5JH

Shoreditch Adventure Playground
Shoreditch Park, Mintern Street, London N1 5EF

Hackney Marsh Adventure Playground
Daubeney Fields, Kingsmead Way, London E9 5PP

Young Hackney Concorde Youth Hub
Kingsmead Way, London E9 5PP

Young Hackney Stoke Newington Youth Hub
Chaucer Court, London N16 8TS

Young Hackney is also available Tuesday evenings at:

Guinness Estate Community Hall
Guinness Trust Estate, Stamford Hill, N16 5QT

Find out more on the Young Hackney website or call 020 8356 7404.

Hackney Youth Parliament

Hackney Youth Parliament represents the views of young people in the borough. They aim to advocate on behalf of all their peers and contribute to positive change for all young people. They run campaigns about important issues, and hold regular events and consultations. Getting involved will give you some great skills and contact for your future working life. 


Volunteering is a great way of learning new skills and using your spare time constructively. Volunteering is something that you can put on your CV and talk about when being interviewed for jobs as well as for college and university places. In Hackney there are currently lots of volunteering opportunities available to young people.

For more information about volunteering call Volunteer Centre Hackney on 020 7241 4443 or visit For vacancies aimed at 16-25 year olds visit the vinspired website.

There are also lots of drop-in events, festivals and sports organised in Hackney in need of volunteers. Check your local library or visit for details and council organised events.


14-19 Education Office

020 8820 7162 (Monday to Thursday, term time only)

Careers and progression advice for 16-19 year olds

07769 648664 or 020 8356 7866
This page was last modified on: 28 Jan 2024