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.
|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.
|A New Direction runs Create Jobs, an employment programme supporting and developing young Londoners who are underrepresented in the creative industries.
|Dipped in Creativity is a youth and community service that works to empower and develop young people and young adults through creative workshops, an employability programme, coaching and events training.
DICE are a local social enterprise business, providing employment opportunities for young people aged 16 – 30 years old in Hackney, Islington, and Brent.
There are two strands to Dipped in Creativity, including Dipped In Creativity Engagement (DICE Engagement) and Dipped In Creativity Events Socials (DICE Socials). Dipped in Creativity’s overall mission is using creative expression as the initial tool of engagement to achieve our aims of supporting young people to express themselves and equip them with key skills to enhance their lives. Dipped in Creativity encourage young people to follow them and get involved in the work they do like Creative Expression Workshops, Careers Step In and Guidance Workshop, The Side Hustle Talks Programme, BigSis Girls Group Project and Events Training.
DICE are community-focused and everything they do is centred around giving members the autonomy and confidence they need to be successful so that they have control over their own lives and futures.
|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:
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.
|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.
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.
Supported Employment supports residents with health conditions and disabilities to regain and retain employment.
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.
|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
Youth Theatres for ages 12-25
|Inspire is a community charity that works with young people in the London boroughs of Hackney, Camden, Islington and beyond to raise their attainment and unlock their potential. Working with 15,000 young people each year, they deliver a combination of in-school and workplace activities to help young people aged 3-24 see and understand the world of work.
Believing that all young people deserve a fair chance to succeed, the mission at Inspire is to deliver high-impact services which help individuals to find their talents and to thrive. Inspire aims to give young people the best start in life, creating opportunities and connecting young people with employers in their local area and the City of London.
|LIFT (Leading Inclusive Futures Through Technology) is a programme within Hackney that supports young adults 18+ to understand the different pathways into employment in the tech & digital, creative and health science sectors. This programme is designed to support young adults to map out pathways into these growing sectors by supporting them find jobs, apprenticeships, training opportunities, internships or work experience. LIFT also supports residents of Hackney with business support – this is for existing business owners or new start-ups that would like to explore their options within self-employment.
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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.
Youth Board (18-25)
Film screening (under 30)
|The Mentoring Lab is a specialist youth mentoring organisation, using mentoring tools and techniques to support young people from Black and marginalised communities in making academic, career and personal progression. The Mentoring Lab’s mentoring programmes have been designed to give young people a safe space to reflect on their current situation, explore the skills and opportunities available to them and develop the qualities to succeed.
Although Black-led, The Mentoring Lab is an inclusive community organisation supporting all young people who want to make progress with the support of high-quality mentoring.
|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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|Redthread is starting a social prescribing service for young people registered at GP practices in the Well Street Common Practice Network (Elsdale, Wick, Well Street, Trowbridge, Greenhouse) who have experienced, or are at risk of, violence or exploitation. Young people must be between the ages of 10/11 (year 6) and 24.
They can receive self-referrals, referrals from surgery staff (clinical and non-clinical) and from family members (if they live with the young person they are referring).
Support provides non-medical interventions and can be up to twelve weeks. Support could cover housing, mental health, education, legal, physical health, sexual health, relationships, safety in the community, substance misuse, finance, engaging in positive activities, confidence and self esteem.
If Redthread cannot support with something they will refer to someone who can. They work closely with local partners such as Young Hackney, Hackney Quest, Good Growth Hub, Homerton Hospital, Catch 22 and others.
|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.
|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.