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:

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!


When We Speak Vol.2 was a phenomenal success thanks to 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’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! 


London Campaign Against Police & State Violence (LCAPSV) is joining When We Speak on 16th December to provide knowledge and trainig on knowing your rights and intervening safely when it comes to Stop and Search. Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper will be joining us for a discussion followed by a training sessions using roleplay. 

LCAPSV have set up a police complaints clinic to guide people through the process and create accountability, making sure peoples voices are heard. 

The organisation also puts on monthly free film screening to provide a space where it is possible to shre and discss experiences of violence, objectification, oppression and harrassement. LCAPSV fundamentally brings together families, communities and campaigners and we are really excited for When We Speak to be involved!

Stop and Search is a harsh reality of the lives of young people in East London. As a project aiming to support them and offer them true spaces of expression, its is important for us to provide a space for these difficult and necessary conversations. 


When We Speak 2019 Cohort

Since October 2019 we have been helping 6 social impact projects grow in a number of ways; forming stronger networks, workshop training and providing microgrants to test their incredible activism.

Pupil Power

Pupil Power is changig the narrative about cuts in school. We are educating and engaging others on issues in the classroom, so that we can inspire action! Aliyah has been working extremely hard to develop an awareness toolkit as a device to educate students and enthuse others to take action agaisnt school cuts!

Hajra Foundation

The Hajra Foundation is a unique charity that recognises the lack of support provided to single parent households and so we aspire to be the changing force that provides a helping hand. We will ensure this occurs by making services avaliable such as psychological therapy sessions, childcare and tuition. Moriam and Zareen are looking to lauch their charity at the beginning of March. 

The Soul Shack

The Soul Shack is a social enterprise that aims to tackle youth violence through introducing those effected into the African American kitchen. The power of food aims to begin the rehabilitation process. At the same time, will provide peer mentoring schemes to empower one another and ensure leadership skills are passed on.

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: 

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