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When We Speak Article Part 3

When We Speak – Activating the next generation of activists Part 3: Aliyah

Young people describe their experiences of being part of the first cohort of our new youth activism project, When We Speak. The project aims to inspire and enable young people in East London to bring change. As part of this project Toynbee Hall will be directly supporting young people between the ages 15 to 25…
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When We Speak - Zareen

When We Speak – Activating the next generation of activists Part 2: Zareen

Young people describe their experiences of being part of the first cohort of our new youth activism project, When We Speak. The project aims to inspire and enable young people in East London to bring change. As part of this project Toynbee Hall will be directly supporting young people between the ages 15 to 25…
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When we speak - activating the next generation of activists

When We Speak – Activating the next generation of activists Part 1: Debbie and Hiba

Young people describe their experiences of being part of the first cohort of our new youth activism project, When We Speak. The project aims to inspire and enable young people in East London to bring change. As part of this project Toynbee Hall will be directly supporting young people between the ages 15 to 25…
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Shaping a fairer future from uncertainty by Jim Minton

Shaping a fairer future from uncertainty

By Jim Minton, Chief Executive. Joy* was a regular visitor to Toynbee Hall’s community centre, taking part in craft workshops with her friends and enjoying an active, healthy life. She’s now been isolated in her home for three months. I spoke with her as part of the hundreds of regular outreach phone calls we are…
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Give young people the same megaphone as their adult counterparts

“The solutions are simple: we need young people to be given the same sized megaphone as their adult counterparts.”

We invited young activists from our youth activism project, When We Speak, to tell us about the impact that Covid-19 has had on their lives, and what people with power in education and local and national government could do better. Lottie describes the injustice of young people’s voices being systematically excluded from the political sphere…
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Covid-19 and the case for the Green New Deal

“This crisis has taught us that lack of preparedness gets you killed”: Ann Pettifor’s talk on Covid-19 and Green New Deal

Extracts from Ann’s talk on Covid-19 and the case for a Green New Deal, organised by My Fair London, The Equality Trust and Toynbee Hall. Climate breakdown is going to be global. And according to the political economist and author, Ann Pettifor, Coronavirus is teaching us that “we don’t know how to cope with global…
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Volunteers Week 2020 - Laura's Blog

Volunteers’ Week: My experience volunteering in the Free Legal Advice Centre

Laura S M Humayun has volunteered with us for two years. As we thank our volunteers this week, Laura writes about what she has gained from the experience. This week is Volunteers Week, where we take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication and contribution to our work and to the…
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Is online enough?

By Elizabeth Archer, Head of Service Design and Delivery at Toynbee Hall

Bee presenting at Community Research findings launch

“If I had a smartphone and Wifi…”: A call for digital inclusion

Bee is a member of Toynbee Hall’s Community Centre. She is also one of our community researchers taking action to improve safety and togetherness in Tower Hamlets. In this blog, Bee talks about her difficulties with data limits, what has helped her to get connected online, and learns from one of her friends who doesn’t…
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Gaps in support for self-employed

“I can’t afford to stay at home”: Gaps in support for the self-employed

Anwar lives in Tower Hamlets with his wife and two children. His first priority is supporting his family, and he works hard to make sure they have enough income to cover costs. Up until the crisis started he was managing by working as a self-employed Uber driver, but this work stopped suddenly with lockdown, throwing…
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