Project information

Pembury Children's Community

Pembury Children's Community is an ambitious programme that aims to significantly improve the life chances of the 900 children and young people living on the Pembury Estate, Hackney. The programme provides joined up, sustained support across the different aspects of their lives.

September 2016 - August 2022

Charity information

Peabody Community Foundation

Peabody Community Foundation
  • Need


    In the UK today it is a sad truth that children born into the most socially disadvantaged areas face unequal chances of growing up to achieve positive and healthy outcomes in their lives. Despite significant investment over recent years on Peabody’s Pembury estate in Hackney there are still high levels of deprivation and residents face significant socio-economic challenges.


    The Pembury Children's Community programme aims to break the link between disadvantage and poor life outcomes.

    The programme is an ambitious ten year partnership led by Peabody and the London Borough of Hackney (LBH) to tackle intergenerational child poverty. It works with families, schools and the wider community to ensure that every child receives joined up support at key stages throughout their childhood.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Tackle intergenerational poverty and improve life chances for children and young people on Pembury


    » Early years and primary school activities with young families and children focusing on early engagement, intervention and prevention.
    » Providing support to those who are/ at risk of NEET through secondary school and transition-to-adulthood activities enabling young people to thrive.
    » Supporting parents, including informal support networks for parents and parenting classes, ensuring support services reach the most vulnerable.
    » Reducing child poverty by helping parents improve skills, gain access to training & employment, and link to welfare benefit and debt advice services.

    Pembury Estate will become a beacon in Hackney, a vibrant and aspirational place to live because it is:

    Safe & attractive
    An ambitious community
    A place where children achieve

  • Impact


    - A reduction in child poverty (particularly through increases in better paid parental employment);

    - Improvement in educational engagement and achievement;

    - Confident and skilled parents;

    - Young children develop well and are 'school ready' at age four;

    - No 'place stigma';

    - Children and young people feel confidant and able to access opportunities;

    - Reduction in number of evictions.


    Risk: Management, governance and delivery.

    Mitigation: Robust governance structure and comprehensive process of monitoring and evaluation:

    - Programme Board with key strategic leads providing strategic direction & ensuring programme is linked into & supports a wider borough strategy.

    - Operational group planning & driving delivery of work plan and monitoring progress.

    - Community stakeholder group. Robust evidence based design process ensuring programme shaped by community needs & wants.


    Monitoring is the responsibility of our programme team, with over 15 years' experience of monitoring externally funded programmes to ensure that we meet funders' requirements. They complete monthly narrative and financial reports, and report to funders at least twice a year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £85,340

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,900 Reading from the Start Early Years Literacy project and community group support
      £10,000 Pembury Pathways Tailored support for young people at risk of/ experiencing NEET
      £8,000 Outreach Events and wider communication around the Children's Community project
      £18,000 Holiday provision For under 8's and over 8's
      £10,740 Threads Textile project targetting disadvantaged young women
      £11,400 New project development Activities and set up
      £17,300 Various Creche costs, refreshement sundries, travel expenses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Children in Need £10,740 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Pembury Estate is home to 3500 residents, including 900 children and located in the Hackney Central ward, one of the most deprived in the UK. On Pembury:

    - 47% household are below 60% of the median income;
    - 24% of children live in 'out of work' households;
    - There are significant levels of overcrowding;
    - There is stigma associated with a high crime rate linked to gangs and ASB, and to the riots of 2011;
    Some residents are socially isolated and face significant barriers to progress.


    The programme has the potential to benefit all children, young people and their families living in the neighbourhood. However, we will specifically target the most disadvantaged as follows:

    - Children in lone parent or out of work households;
    - Children living in poverty;
    - Those at risk of gang related activities;
    - Young NEET men aged 19-24
    - Children with high levels of school truancy;
    - Young people with SEN/ disabilities;
    - Families at risk of isolation and poor mental health.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our enduring mission is to make London a city of opportunity for all by ensuring as many people as possible have a good home, a real sense of purpose and a strong feeling of belonging. We work in and among some of London’s most deprived neighbourhoods, providing a wide range of community programmes to combat poverty, reduce isolation and strengthen communities. Peabody, as a place-based organisation, is an anchor in people's lives; a trusted and long standing presence in the fabric of London.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    London Borough Of Hackney

    Joint programme lead and chair of Programme Board helping provide strategic direction and overseeing development, management and evaluation.

    Save The Children

    Pembury is one of four pilot Children’s communities in the UK that are being championed by Save the Children.

    University Of Manchester

    External evaluation partner.

    Schools, Health Services And Voluntary Sector Partners

    Strong local assets upon which the Children's Community is built, who are engaged to take joint action and can drive help transformational change.