Author: David Allsey

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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Regeneration Photo Blog – Breaking Ground

By Karen Hart and Keith Greenough At last the day arrived when I placed our precious building into the hands of the contractor who will be restoring and transforming Toynbee Hall over the coming year.  Over 5 years in the planning, the progress in the first 5 weeks of construction has been very encouraging. The…
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Turning the bad into good – How we used paper to signify our advice services at The City of London Community Fair

By Helen Evans, Advice Services Team Manager Helen Evans, Advice Services Team Manager at Toynbee Hall attended the City of London Community Fair to promote the City Advice service. City Advice is a free advice service that offers confidential and impartial advice to help people in the City of London manage their everyday problems. It’s…
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Regeneration Photo Blog – The first and second floor

By Carole Macqueen and Keith Greenough The first and second floors of our Grade II listed halls are the areas most in need of repair and where I think we will see some of the biggest change. These floors were once the home of our Residential Volunteers but the rooms haven’t been occupied for many…
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Regeneration Photo Blog – From the ground upwards

By Graham Fisher and Keith Greenough By Graham Fisher, Chief Executive, Toynbee Hall The vision behind our regeneration has been well documented and you can find more about this here. This first blog focuses on the ground floor. The photographs shown below are of the ground floor of the halls, the venue for the meetings,…
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