Category: Blog

Tribute to Eric Moonman OBE, a friend of Toynbee Hall since 1957

It is with sadness that I came back to work this week after a fortnight’s holiday to learn that Prof. Eric Moonman OBE had passed away on 22 December, aged 88. Prof. Moonman had long been a friend of Toynbee Hall’s, since 1957 when he came to live here as a residential volunteer. He continued to…
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Regeneration Photo Blog – The Hall Unveiled…

By Keith Greenough and Jim Minton With the roof now in place things are really taking shape. But Toynbee Hall is so much more than just a building. We want it to be a part of the community and a real catalyst for positive change for the future, inspired by what has gone before. Keith…
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Eleanor’s Heritage Blog Part 2 – Top 10 Toynbee-ites

By Eleanor Sire, Heritage Learning and Participation Manager at Toynbee Hall In the second part of our new blog series, Eleanor Sier, Heritage Learning and Participation Manager at Toynbee Hall, shares some stories of some the most interesting individuals she’s come across so far. Since starting this role I’ve had to try and soak up…
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Eleanor’s Heritage Blog Part 1 – Welcome to the archive

By Eleanor Sier, Heritage Learning and Participation Manager In this new blog series, Eleanor Sier, Heritage Learning and Participation Manager at Toynbee Hall, will be giving us a whistle stop tour of the archive and an insight into her role. When I started working for Toynbee Hall in May last year I was excited to…
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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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