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Rokeby Centre - a safe space for children

The Rokeby Centre offers an ‘all under one roof’ service supporting families on a disadvantaged estate in Newham, one of the most deprived areas of the UK. The Centre offers a safe place for children, young people, their families and the local community.

The Rokeby Centre is an on-going project which opened just over a year ago.

Charity information: Community Links

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  • Need


    The Rokeby Estate in Stratford lies in the shadow of the 2012 Olympics Stadium, and is cut off from the wider area by a railway line and major roads. The estate is made up of 90% public sector housing, including two high rise blocks, housing almost exclusively families. The area has multiple problems; 73% of children live in poverty, there are high levels of young people who are not in employment, education or training, and local people regularly highlight their concerns about crime.


    The Rokeby Centre has been open for a year and is buzzing with activities from 9am to 9pm. Every week 200 people use its services, which include a playscheme, youth club and community activities. Since the centre opened there has been a 48% drop in reported anti-social behaviour incidents and a 58% drop in reported crime. 80% of local people interviewed feel the area has changed for the better. It’s a great start; however we need to raise additional funds to secure the Centre’s sustainability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to create a safer environment for children, young people, families and the local community.


    » Supervised drop-in play sessions - for children aged 5-11, everyday after school, every other Saturday and all day during school holidays
    » Youth Club – youth activities including sports for young people up to 16 years old, 3 nights a week and every other Saturday
    » Stay and Play – twice weekly group for toddlers and their carers including messy play
    » Range of community activities includes coffee mornings, bingo, swiftly 50’s, story telling, walking group, computer classes and much more!

    What success will look like

    200 children, young people and families will use the Rokeby Centre’s services regularly, people will be more engaged with their community with continuing reductions in crime.

  • Impact


    The Centre provides a safe place for children developing confidence, self esteem and skills. It brings together people of different generations and backgrounds building community cohesion. Our latest survey shows that 75% of local people feel there is a need to tackle poverty in the local area, and 86% would like to experience a greater sense of community. We will monitor increases in children and young people's confidence, increased perceptions of personal safety, and reductions in crime.


    There is a risk that the local community won’t engage with the Centre. We have addressed this by setting up a service user group so that the activities and services provided by the Rokeby Centre are influenced and led by local people.


    Supporters will receive a twice yearly update by email, detailing progress at the Rokeby Centre and its impact on the local community. They will also receive a quarterly enews from Community Links giving an overview of the charity’s work and progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £179,468

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      Amount Heading Description
      £143,365 Staff salaries Centre Manager, Play Workers, Youth Workers
      £10,903 Premises Running costs of the centre ie heating, lighting etc.
      £25,200 Other Travel, equipment, events, marketing and contribution to core costs.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anon £75,000 Guaranteed
    Anon £30,000 Guaranteed
    Anon £20,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Newham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. It has one of the highest proportions of households with dependent children, and one of the highest rates of unemployment and economic inactivity in London and the UK. Children are disproportionately present in low-income households All of these factors help to explain why over half of the families in Newham live in poverty.


    Children, young people, families and adults on the Rokeby estate will benefit from the Rokeby Centre’s services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Community Links has over 30 years experience of running community projects in Newham. We currently have a network of 60 projects working with over 30,000 vulnerable children, young people, adults and families each year, helping people to build their own ladders out of poverty and towards a brighter future. The Rokeby Centre is already having a significant impact with reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour, and with local people feeling a greater sense of community cohesion and positivity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Loreen - Centre Manager

    Loreen provides a warm welcome to the Rokeby Centre, she helps children and young people reach their full potential.