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Volunteers Week 2019 – A thank you to all our amazing volunteers

This Volunteers Week, we would like to take the opportunity to thank every single volunteer for their invaluable efforts across all of our work and celebrate their immense contribution. Last year over 300 volunteers gave up nearly 17,000 hours of their time to help us deliver vital services, such as our Free Legal Advice Centre,…
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One of the first walking in their shoes tours

Walk in their Shoes – A personal history tour

On Tuesday 28th May, the Walk in Their Shoes tours began with local volunteers sharing and leading their own personal history tour of the East End. After establishing a route around the East End as a group, with Toynbee Hall at the centre, volunteers chose their favourite spots and places that have impacted on their…
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Our Community Researchers meet for the first time to help improve Tower Hamlets

Community researchers meet for the first time to tackle local issues

On Friday 17th May, newly recruited peer researchers for our two new community-led projects came together for the first time to start designing research into the issues that are important to them. At Toynbee Hall we believe that above all, putting people with real experience of these issues into the heart of the research is…
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One of the students performs their creative response to Toynbee Hall's history

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories Creative Showcase

17-18 year old students from New VIc College have performed an anthology of their own creative pieces at a showcase event at Toynbee Hall. This anthology is a celebration of New Vic College’s students highly original responses to Toynbee Hall and its historical archives. This follows a unique collaboration between Toynbee Hall and London Metropolitan…
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London’s debt advice partnership relaunches as Debt Free London to help more Londoners out of debt

Debt Free London (formerly known as Capitalise) is making its service easier to find, understand and use. It has helped over 250,000 people since launching in 2006, however, debt is still a growing problem across the capital. Capitalise, a London-wide partnership of organisations led by Toynbee Hall and funded by the Money & Pensions Service…
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Bank of England Citizen's Panel

Bank of England hold their first Citizens Panel event of the year at Toynbee Hall

People in London were given the chance to question some of the Bank of England’s most senior policy makers on issues including jobs, housing and pay at the Bank of England Citizens Panel Event at Toynbee Hall last night. The Citizens’ Panels is an initiative set up by the Bank of England where their regional…
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Building safer and more welcoming communities

Toynbee Hall launches two new community-led projects to make communities safer and renting fairer for younger people

Toynbee Hall has launched two new ground breaking projects, where local people with no previous experience, will be trained to become social researchers in their communities, developing solutions and campaigning for change. As an organisation committed to making Tower Hamlets a fairer and more inclusive place to live, we want to better our understanding of…
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Theatre of the oppressed interactive workshop which aims to tackle social isolation

Theatre of the Oppressed: Tackling loneliness through interactive workshops

Following research undertaken last year which discovered that loneliness is a real problem in our community, we held a series of workshops for people to share their experiences of loneliness in a fun and creative way. In response to our Older Peoples peer research project last year, which discovered that loneliness is a real problem…
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ESOL Classes starting at Toynbee Hall

ESOL course starting at Toynbee Hall

We are delighted to have partnered up with New City College to deliver entry level ESOL (supporting English as a Second Language) classes at Toynbee Hall. Come along for a chat and an assessment on Friday 3rd May at 10:00am at 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS. Toynbee Hall and New City College, Tower Hamlets…
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