Category: Blogs

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week, 9-15 May 2022: Tackling loneliness

Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. Together we can tackle loneliness.

4 Women Who Have Shaped Social Change at Toynbee Hall: Carrie Morrison, Sabera Majid, Edith Ramsey, and Rosetta Reardon

The crucial and pathbreaking work of Toynbee Hall’s founder, Henrietta Barnett is well known. However, some of the stories of other women in Toynbee Hall’s history who have been fundamental in driving positive social change while they worked or volunteered in the East End have not had the same attention. As part of Women’s History…
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VODCAST: Interview with local author and historian John Walker

In this Vodcast local historian John Walker speaks to to us about his recently released book Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Abuse, Neglect and Fire in a London Children’s Workhouse, 1854-1907.

Who are the women leading change in our community?

by Hazira Begum My name is Hazira, and I am a Project Support Worker on Toynbee Hall’s research and policy team.  I have got to know Aneita, Paulette and Nasrat over the past year, working together to research and tackle issues like debt, the poverty premium, and community safety. How have women led change in…
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University Settlement in New York

Connecting with communities and shaping change – sharing learning from New York’s experience

By Jim Minton, Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall At the end of February I was lucky enough to be in New York City. To be travelling again felt a real privilege given the times we have been through; and I felt very fortunate indeed to have the luxury of being able to take some time…
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More than just education

New blog: More than just education

In this blog, peer researchers reflect on on their participatory action research project on adult education in London.

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Why the Nationality and Borders Bill needs to be challenged

On Saturday 5 February 2022 Toynbee Hall will host a free event for campaigners and others concerned about the Nationality and Borders Bill. Our Chief Executive Jim Minton explains why this is important

Bangladesh 50 Essay

Bangladesh 50 Essay: How did the independence war of 1971 affect the identity of those in Bangladesh by Niha Miah

Celebrating Bangladeshi heritage on the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh war, struggle and subsequent Independence

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The Legacy of 1971: how the Bangladesh independence war influenced the anti-racist movement in East London by Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Ansar recently collaborated with Toynbee Hall in celebrating Bangladesh’s’ 50 anniversary

Community Safety Research Group workshop

Journey of a co-production facilitator: Collaborating with residents to make a safer and more connected borough

To celebrate Co-Production Week 2021, Research and Policy Intern Hiba Adan reflects on her work with Toynbee Hall peer researchers