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Project information

Stepping Up Youth

We will support young people from our local area in Hackney to enhance their learning, skills, health and employability through a range of targeted activities. We will use sport and fitness, music, events, trips and residential activities to engender team spirit and individual enterprise.

This project will be ongoing, supporting young people known to us at the moment, and attracting more young people as the project continues.

Charity information: Hackney Marsh Partnership

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  • Need


    Many young people in the Kingsmead area of Hackney face enormous barriers to success in their lives. The barriers may relate to poverty, family problems, lack of educational attainment or many other factors. Drugs, gangs, guns and knife crime are part of the fabric of many local young people's lives. Young people are often so weighed down in these circumstances that they cannot achieve their potential. We want to support them to achieve.


    We will use activities designed to encourage individuals to achieve, through workshops, courses and accredited learning - for some young people their first 'certificate'. We will provide support on relevant training and education, CVs and form filling, interview skills etc, in groups or on a one to one basis.

    We will work with other local clubs and groups of young people to break down barriers between young people, enhancing their safety and supporting activities across those barriers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable young people in Kingsmead to reach their potential


    » Run a range of relevant activities using sport, music, dance, fitness, discussions for young people.
    » Provide opportunities for accredited learning to gain qualifications.
    » Provide information, advice and guidance on employment and education activities, such as support with training, job search, CV and form writing etc.
    » Work with other local clubs to break down postcode barriers and develop contacts and friendships across different areas.

    What success will look like

    Success will be individuals achieving their educational, social and life aims, involved in their local community and not part of any criminal activity.

  • Impact


    The project will demonstrate to local young people that it is possible to achieve in their lives, despite the many local barriers. Young people from our area will develop joint activities across postcode barriers.

    We will recognise the achievements of our young people through awards, certificates of achievement and events. We will publicise our young people's achievements and the joint activities we're involved in with other clubs.


    National policy changes are likely to have major effects on our area, both directly through benefits etc changes, and indirectly through the effects on Hackney Council's services. Support for young people may not be protected in these circumstances, and community based charities such as ours may lose significant funding and support.

    We are aiming to use other sources of funds - such as the Big Give!


    We will provide regular reports on the activities and the young people and clubs involved. We will provide quantitative information on numbers etc, and case studies, progress reports etc. using video, photos etc. to show the effects on groups and individual young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Sports activities 50 x 2 hour sports coaching sessions
      £3,000 Dance activities 50 x 2 hour dance coaching sessions
      £4,000 Workshops 10 workshops to develop personal achievements, self esteem etc
      £4,000 Employment / training support 50 x 4 hour training / employment sessions for groups / individuals
      £4,000 Joint activities Trips, workshops, sessions for cross club and team activities
      £5,000 Residential weekend Weekend of activity, workshops etc to enhance clubs and individuals working together
      £3,000 Showcase event For performance and presentation to highlight the achievements of young people and the project
      £10,000 Youth club Staff and activity costs for 40 evenings of youth club for 40 young people
      £4,000 Support costs Project management, monitoring, admin, utilities etc
  • Background


    We will use the Concorde Youth Centre, based in the Kingsmead area of Hackney. Concorde is a fully equipped centre, due to be upgraded under the previous Government's Big Lottery myplace programme. Concorde has outside space for sports and fitness activities, and a large sports hall, with smaller spaces for music, workshops, discussions and socialising. We will work with other clubs in nearby areas, such as Clapton Park and Hackney Wick.


    Our local area ranks among the most deprived in the country. There are high levels of housing need, low income, low life expectancy, higher levels of infant mortality, higher levels of limiting long term illness, low levels of qualification and high levels of unemployment.

    Other issues for local people include drugs and gangs - impacts on neighbours and fear of crime, worklessness, poverty and debt, community care and health, overcrowding and homelessness and immigration issues.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a locally based community development organisation that has been active for 15 years. The Concorde Youth Centre is part of the range of activities we have developed in response to the needs of local people. It is well used and supported by Hackney Youth Service, who fund our basic youth club activities.

    The SUA project will build on the club's existing activities and provide more targeted support for individuals in particular need, as well as developing work with other clubs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    J B-M

    J is our Senior Youth Co-ordinator, and will have overall responsibility for the project, bringing wide experience in working with young people.

    C S

    C is our Senior Sessional Worker, with experience of working with young volunteers, and will lead the sessional staff team input to the project.