16+ Network

The 16+ network consists of organisations based in and around Hackney offering provisions of support and opportunities for 16 – 25 year olds.

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Adult Learning Service offers a wide range of courses if you want to improve your English, maths, or digital skills, gain a qualification to enhance your career, or develop your personal and wellbeing skills.

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A New Direction is an award-winning non-profit organisation working to enhance the capacity and agency of children and young people in London to own their creativity, shape culture, and achieve their creative potential.

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A New Direction runs Create Jobs, an employment programme supporting and developing young Londoners who are underrepresented in the creative industries.

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Frampton Park Baptist Church are a lively Church on Frampton Park Estate offering a wide range of community activities. The aim of their community work is to support and include all ages, and they are partnered with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), XLP and Hackney Quest.
In Partnership with Christians Against Poverty they offer:

  • CAP Money Course – 1-3 Sessions to improve personal money management skills
  • CAP Job Clubs – 8 Sessions offering a combination of teaching and one to one coaching helping participants gaining confidence and skills to find employment.

They run an open access youth club every Friday in conjunction with Hackney Quest for young people aged between 11-18, as well as football sessions every Wednesday for both girls and boys at Mabley Green with XLP. During term time and half-term they also run events for young people.
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A New Direction runs the Good Growth Hub, a new space bringing together people and businesses in east London to offer career opportunities, training and skills to 18- to 30-year-olds and fresh new talent to local businesses.
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Hackney Quest aims to give young people, families and members of the community the practical and emotional support they need to develop and pursue their aspirations and deal positively with life’s challenges.
They help build confidence, develop new skills, widen perspectives and opportunities, as well as uncover existing strengths and capacities.
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Hackney Opportunities is where you can find quality learning and employment opportunities in and around Hackney.

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Hackney Works is a free employment support service for Hackney residents. Support is available to explore job goals and access help with CV development, job applications, interview preparation and finding suitable work placements, apprenticeships & jobs.

Email: hackneyworksinfo@hackney.gov.uk


Supported Employment supports residents with health conditions and disabilities to regain and retain employment.

Email: supportedemployment@hackney.gov.uk


Youth Employment Support in Hackney Get support with planning your next steps, information about training, placements, volunteering, apprenticeships and jobs as well as information about benefits and support around mental health.

Hackney Youth Employment Hub


Immediate Theatre work with young people and communities in Hackney and East London to ensure access for all to arts activities that break down barriers and engage people in debate.
They provide creative programmes and one-to-one support to help participants develop their skills & explore potential career opportunities. They offer a range of support options for those still in education through to long-term unemployed.
They also run three weekly youth theatres for ages 12 – 25 (inclusive of young people with disabilities) on estates across Hackney. The programme aims to help participants develop improved interpersonal skills, artistic abilities, and emotional health & wellbeing.Employability support

  • What’s your Story? – A 4-week accredited programme which uses filmmaking and drama techniques to build confidence and develop vital employability skills.
  • Kickstart Support – Offering support for young people on the Kickstart scheme, from the application process through to the end of placement and identifying next steps.
  • Drop-in Sessions – Open for drop-in sessions on Thursdays, offering both general employability support (open to all) and Kickstart support for referrals from the JCP.
  • Skills Sessions – 3-hour group sessions which aim to develop key employability skills, practice interview techniques, build confidence and offer peer networking & support opportunities. Workshops can be tailored based on participant need/demand.
  • MIND Sessions – 3-hour weekly meet up sessions supporting participants to build confidence with an emphasis on building positive mental health and wellbeing.

Youth Theatres for ages 12-25

  • Huddleston Youth Theatre for ages 12-25 (for young people with disabilities)
  • Wally Foster Youth Theatre for ages 12-18 (25 for young people with disabilities)
  • Forest Road Olders Youth Theatre for ages 12-25 (inclusive for young people with disabilities)

Together Project
A paid opportunity for young people to be trained as facilitators to support the delivery of creative based programmes in schools.

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Mediorite is a creative agency that sells services in animation, photography and film. As a social enterprise, they offer training and coaching to help diverse young people get a head start on their careers all while delivering exciting, impactful content.

SHIFT (18-25)

  • 6 week (1 day a week) training program working to create a short film, working with a range of creative professionals on your creative practice with opportunities to develop soft skills around leadership.
  • 6 week (1 day a week) personal development plan, polishing your CV and creating a showreel.
  • Support to apply for work placements with a creative business with a mentor

Outreach (16-19)
Create a music video in a day within a 6 hour workshop. In the past sessions have been delivered around identity, campaigns, mental health or promotional videos.

Youth Board (18-25)
Mediorite are looking for young people to join their youth board and ensure they’re youth-led. As well as informing on their training, you’ll get to network with other young creatives and gain knowledge from creative guest speakers.
Sessions happen once a month on Tuesdays between 6 and 7pm virtually on Zoom and they’ve had production companies, TV producers and Getty Images drop in as well as asking you for feedback on their youth work.

Film screening (under 30)
If you’re a young filmmaker and you’ve got a short film you want to share with the world, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. Mediorite will be programming 8-10 short films (2-5 mins) and one longer film (up to 10 mins).

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New Futures HQ is a programme designed by Hackney Quest to introduce young people to different career opportunities and be supported to build the right skills to get there.
They do this by partnering with businesses, supporting them to create a range of different opportunities that let young people experience industries first hand, develop their employability skills, learn about career options and benefit from new pathways into work.
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SkyWay works with young people, their families and the communities they live in to make sure people have the opportunities, skills and confidence to build a better future for themselves. They support people to tackle challenges through their projects, giving them access to sports, youth and community clubs, alternative education, employment support, life skills and mental wellbeing sessions, positive role models and peers, parenting support, leadership development and mentoring, learning support and skills development.

SkyWay’s over 16s offer includes their youth ambassadors board, targeted sessions on employability and wellbeing, workshops with external providers and guests on a variety of subjects, D.I.C.E Dipped in Creativity Employability sessions, and their peer programme offering training and volunteering opportunities to develop transferable skills and sports and wellbeing sessions on their sports pitch.

SkyWay’s Blue Hut Youth and Community Hub is kitted out with a gym, a music and podcasting studio, a kitchen and a computer suite.
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XLP started in 1996 in response to a stabbing in Peckham. 25 years on, XLP now operates across nine inner-city boroughs, working with 3,000 young people each year. XLP engages in long-term relationships that empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete their education, avoid anti-social behaviour and ultimately become independent and confident contributors within their communities.
XLP runs an employability programme aimed at getting young people aged 16-24 into education, training or employment. Building on the long-term relationships already established with young people, it is a natural next step to help them transition into work. The project consists of a 12-week course that tackles the barriers that particularly hinder this group of young people from moving into and remaining in meaningful employment. XLP work to raise self-awareness and help young people to take responsibility, whilst also developing soft skills such as patience, resilience and confidence.
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Built in a converted warehouse, The Yard is an award-winning theatre and music venue in Hackney Wick. The Yard runs two community centres, Hub67 and The Hall, from which they run Yard Young Artists, their theatre-making, creating and exploring groups for young people. The work shared on their stage, in their bar, and in their community centres focuses on sharing new ideas, new voices, and sharing live events together.

There’s loads happening at The Yard for young people. They are committed to inclusivity, quality and exploring the idea of what theatre for young people could be. For 15-19 year olds they offer The Committee, a free creative leadership programme for local young people to learn, lead and experiment. If you’re young and have something to say, The Yard is the place to be.

They offer a variety of creative projects, cheap tickets for schools and £5 tickets for under 25s.
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