Youth Projects

Youth Project

‘When We Speak’ is our new youth activism project, aimed at inspiring and enabling 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 to run their own local project by providing grant money, training & coaching between October & Feburary. 

For more info on how we can support you or if you would like to join please contact: Annick.metefia@toynbeehall.org.uk.

Our flagship youth project

When We Speak Launch

The evening was honouring East London youth’s ongoing resistance, resilience and activism. All we at Toynbee Hall felt is overwhelming appreciation for everyone who made the evening spectaluar. 

The night consisted of amazing performances from Nawi Collective, Voices that Shake, Promi Ferdousi and Farzana Khan, for which we are extremely grateful. Not to forget the delicious African-fusion food from Maame T’s Kitchen!

A big thank you to Alicia Pearl Cato who show cased her amazing art, giving life to our halls with powerful portraits of people she grew up with in Hackney. 

Our Motivation

‘When We Speak’ is inspired by artist and activist Grada Kilomba’s piece ‘Who can speak’ from her book ‘Plantation Memories’:


‘When they speak, it is scientific; when we speak, it is unscientific;
When they speak it’s universal; when we speak it’s specific;
When they speak it’s objective; when we speak it’s subjective;
When they speak it’s neutral; when we speak it’s personal;
When they speak it’s rational; when we speak it’s emotional;
When they speak it’s impartial; when we speak it’s partial;
They have facts, we have opinions;
They have knowledge, we have experiences.’


With the author’s kind authorisation.

Vol. 1

Our free workshops will run twice a month Wednesdays 6-8pm with experienced activists and community organisers as guest speakers, whose work, rooted in grassroots movements, has been and stil is too often invisiblised. 

Amal Biden was the first guest speaker of When We Speak, from Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action (GARA). Amal lit up the Wellbeing Centre with her inspirational activism. Talking about experiencing racism and islamophbia from a young age, Amal told the young people in the room ‘your existence is activism’.

It was fantastic to hear the victories of GARA challenging insitutional racism at Goldsmiths University and its manifestations at all levels of management, student life and teaching.

All workshop vol.’s will be recorded on the website so keep posted for more inspirational guests!

Vol.2 

When We Speak Vol.2 was a phenomenal success thanks to Change.org who expanded our skills and knowledge on online activism.  

Campaigns Director Pascal Frazer-Carroll and Campaigner Rima Amin shared their professional advice on campaigns and petitions with the young activists of East London!

They encouraged out the box thinking and creative thought around campaigns when thinking about current issues in the news. Unsurprisingly there was no shortage of amazing ideas and we look forward to building on these in the next workshop!

Everyone left the workshop with boosted confidence because of Rima and Pascale’s tips and were honoured to learn from such experienced actvisits. When We Speak looks forward to continuing our work with Change.org’s Campaign Team. 

When We Speak Mentor Evening

When We Speak’s first mentor evening was a huge success thanks to Hodan Styrene, Zahra Bei and Josina Calliste. We are extremely grateful for all the knowledge and expertise shared with the young activists to help with their social impact projects.

When We Speak cannot wait to hear about all the developments with the opportunities that were offered to the young activists. These opportunities include visiting radio recording studios and attending round table discussions on school exclusion policy. Keep posted to see these relationships flourish! 

Support our youth projects

By supporting our youth work you will ensure that young people in the East End are able to build the critical thinking skills and confidence they need to thrive. You can set up a regular or one-off donation by clicking the link below, or contact our Development team to discuss other ways to support: angela.basso@toynbeehall.org.uk 

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