Category: Blog

Regeneration Photo Blog – Beneath the Cloak

By Keith Greenough and Kevin Walker I joined Toynbee Hall on its redevelopment journey over 2 1/2 years ago, having worked in project management for over 15 years. At that time, the estate was the worse for wear, disconnected and confusing, but very much loved by those who worked and visited here. I recognised immediately…
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Legal Advice Centre volunteers: the extraordinary contribution of John Clark

By Christopher Coombe Since 1898 Toynbee Hall has provided free legal advice to anyone excluded from the legal system. This, the longest running service of its kind in the world, has been achieved through the voluntary effort, energy and enthusiasm of countless barristers, solicitors and law students. Volunteers remain integral to our work and they…
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Speak it! Our Young people’s poetry competition

14-16 year olds from Morpeth School, Langdon Park School and Central Foundation Girls School Toynbee Hall and Investec recently teamed up to deliver Speak it!, a spoken word competition for young people with award winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou. All poems were written on the theme of ‘identity’. Here are some of the submissions from the…
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My Internship at Toynbee Hall

By Chloe Rutland Chloe Rutland shares her thoughts on why her Financial Health Communications and Research Internship has been a useful experience. Did you know that there are still 1.5 million people in the UK without a bank account? Or how difficult it can be to attain a current account with a UK high-street bank,…
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Regeneration Photo Blog – The Hall Cocooned

By Clare Corbett and Keith Greenough I recently joined other former residential volunteers ahead of the demolition of Profumo House, my home from 2003-2004. It’s wonderful that the grotty kitchens and overheated rooms of the past will be replaced with a modern multipurpose building that can support Toynbee Hall’s pioneering advice and wellbeing services –…
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Regeneration Photo Blog – Open Spaces

By Kate Swade and Keith Greenough I lived in Attlee house as a residential volunteer for Toynbee Hall in 2003 and 2004. There were five of us in the flat, and we had a great time working on different Toynbee Hall projects and having fun in London. Even then it was clear that the building…
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A statement on the banning of letting agents fees – In response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

By Graham Fisher, Chief Executive After years of rising rents and increasing costs of living, today there was finally some good news for millions of renters in England. Under plans announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement, letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants. Currently, tenants can be charged…
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Everybody Frieze – Unearthing hidden treasures

By Liz Allen and Keith Greenough By Liz Allen, Archivist, Toynbee Hall We knew that Ziegler had painted this frieze but we had no real evidence it remained here. We felt there was a slim chance the boards above the wooden paneling in the Lecture Hall were the frieze painted over in white. So we…
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Money worries in the work place – How better financial and mental health support is needed in the workplace

By Sian Williams and Carl Packman Today (Monday 10th October) is World Mental Health Day, a worldwide event which aims to promote education, awareness and advcacy of mental health related issues. To mark this global event, Sian Williams (Head of National Services) and Carl Packman (Research and Good Practice) wrote this blog for the Money…
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More people are seeking debt advice but many are still struggling to stay afloat

By Carl Packman, Research and Good Practice Manager Toynbee Hall’s Research and Good Practice Manager Carl Packman, takes a look at what’s behind the numbers coming out of the latest publications on debt. Figures published last week by PayPlan revealed that the average UK borrower struggling with debt owes nearly £17,000. This week debt advice…
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