Category: Blog

Residential voluntary workers with Jim Minton outside the doors to our halls

Meet our residential volunteers

Since re-opening the doors to our historic building this year, we’ve delivered a range of heritage-inspired learning projects and community events to encourage the next generation of social activists to drive change in their communities. This includes working with local schools on history and arts projects, holding forum events and workshops as well as undertaking…
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Graduates from a Money Mentors Course

Jemimah’s Story

Jemimah started as a participant on our Community Money Mentors course and now, she’s teaching it.

Payday denied - blog by co-author Carl Packman

Payday Denied – The reality of being declined access to a payday loan

An introduction by Sian Williams, Director of External Policy and Innovation We believe good policy and practice depend on listening to, learning from, and acting with people with lived experience of any given problem. Today we launch a research report, co-produced with Coventry University, which captures the experience of 80 people who no longer have…
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Stepping into my new role

Stepping into my new role as Financial Health Research Manager by Jen Durrant

An introduction by Sian Williams, Director of External Policy and Innovation At Toynbee Hall we believe that we are each the expert on our own lives and experience. Listening to and learning from and with the people we work with in order to influence real systemic change is increasingly at the heart of our vision…
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Lord Neuberger delivers speech at FLAC 120 event

Filling the growing access to justice gap

A speech made at the Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre’s 120th Anniversary event by Lord Neuberger, the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The two fundamental pillars on which any modern civilised society rests are democracy and the rule of law. Democracy requires that the country’s lawmakers can be removed…
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Influencers blog: The V&A Museum of Childhood plan’s for the future

East End Influencer, Alexandra Mitrica, went to the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green last week to find out about their future plans to turn their museum into a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children and families. Last week, V&A Director Tristram Hunt revealed details of a new redevelopment project for the…
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The Fine Details…

Keith Greenough and Theresa Dhaliwal Davies – September 2018 The official opening of Toynbee Hall’s wonderfully restored old hall is fast approaching and finishing touches of the redevelopment are being put in place. The new entrance hall has wonderful and unique light wood furniture. The hallway surrounding the original staircase has an exhibit celebrating Toynbee…
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Lunch for £5? No problem, right?

The first blogs from the new East End Influencers Over the summer we asked local people to share their experiences of East London, challenge assumptions and be part of our fight for a fairer London, by becoming East End Influencers. The Influencers will be asked to blog, vlog and create a range of online content…
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The 120th Anniversary of our Free Legal Advice Centre – a conversation with Julia Wookey from Howard Kennedy

There is […] a sense of pride in contributing to a service which has been delivering at a consistently high standard for so many years, and being part of the team that’s maintaining that. Julia Wookey in conversation with Rob Crich In October this year, we are celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Toynbee Hall’s Free…
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Eleanor Sier and Prof Emily Abel

Eleanor’s Heritage Blog – A conversation with Prof. Emily Abel

By Eleanor Sier. In this blog, Eleanor chats to Prof. Emily Abel of UCLA about how she uncovered and saved Toynbee Hall’s lost history This week I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Prof. Emily Abel of UCLA during her visit to London. Prof. Abel submitted her PhD thesis entitled ‘Canon Barnett and…
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