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.

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, or volunteer for 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

  • Concorde Youth Hub (Homerton)
    Kingsmead Way, London E9 5QG
  • Hoxton Hall Youth Hub (Shoreditch)
    130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH
  • Stoke Newington Youth Hub
    Shakespeare Way, London N16 8PU
  • Young Hackney The Edge Youth Hub
    Woodberry Grove, London N4 1SN
  • Young Hackney Forest Road Youth Hub
    29 Forest Road, London E8 3BY

Young Hackney is also available for two nights a week at:

  • Fellows Court Community Hall
    Fellows Court, Weymouth Terrace, E2 8LJ
  • Guinness Estate Community Hall
    Guinness Trust Estate, Stamford Hill, N16 5QT

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


Futureversity offers thousands of exciting opportunities for young people to try something new in the summer and year round in sports, art, technology, business, media, careers, fitness, beauty, cookery, science, etc. All courses are free. For more information call 020 7247 7900 or visit the Futureversity website

Hackney 100

Hackney 100 is a paid work placement programme run by the London Borough of Hackney for 16-24-year-olds, who are:

  • Hackney residents aged 16 - 24*
  • Non-residents aged 16 - 24 who are studying at a Hackney School, college or training provider
  • Non-residents aged 16-24 who are receiving (or have previously received) Hackney Leaving Care services

*there is no upper age limit for applicants who live and/or study in Hackney who have a disability or health condition.

Find out more by visiting Hackney Opportunities


Inspire – the Education Business Partnership for Hackney – delivers a range of employability programmes in schools and colleges to help prepare young people for the world of work. Their Female Futures programme, running until August 2021, supports young women in Hackney to find employment, work experience or training through a programme of mentoring, skills workshops and application support. If you’re a young female aged 16 – 25 and would benefit from this programme, please get in touch via email to find out more.


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 7328
This page was last modified on: 15 Mar 2022