About us

About us

Based in the East End of London since 1884, Toynbee Hall is a charity working alongside people facing poverty, injustice, and inequality to build a fairer East London.

We provide vital advice and support, working in partnership to tackle unfairness and ensure everyone has an equal chance to thrive.

Find out more about our work and our impact in 2022-23

Toynbee Hall Painting for purpose class at the Toynbee Hall community Centre Advice client receives advice in the Toynbee Hall advice centre

Our vision

A fairer future with an end to poverty, injustice and inequality.

Our Mission

We work towards our vision by:

• Addressing poverty and injustice through advice and support and influencing systemic change.
• Shifting power to people and communities affected by injustice and inequality.
• Collaborating to end poverty and build fairer systems and institutions.
• What we want to see in the world starts with our community and our organisation.

This means

• Working together to build a thriving local community where people have the resources they need, feel their voices are heard and are optimistic about the future.
• Being a good employer, where people are treated fairly, feel engaged and empowered, and work together to achieve our shared vision.
• Acknowledging the role Toynbee Hall has played in civic society while recognising that our role now is to shift power, to be an effective partner, and to amplify voices that are less likely to be heard.

Our Values

are to be:


open-minded, transparent, convening and collaborative; seeking fresh and alternate perspectives


principled, ambitious and acting with integrity


shifting power, sharing our knowledge, enabling people to take action for themselves

Our strategy

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How we work with local people

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Our Community Centre

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Our history

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Our impact

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Our team

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Read our 2022/23 Annual Report

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