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07 November 2012

Five new youth centres open in Hackney

ARE you, or do you know a young person, aged between eight and 19, who struggles to find things to do in East London?

Five new state-of-the-art youth centres have been opened in Hackney to provide activities for young people, while helping them nurture their talents.

Each Young Hackney centre has its own speciality: Hoxton Hall in Shoreditch focuses on the arts; Concorde in Homerton specialises in sports; Woodberry Down is an enterprise centre; and the Stoke Newington centre in Milton Gardens concentrates on IT and media.

A central youth club in Dalston, called the Forest Road centre, also provides a base for the Hackney Youth Parliament.

A group of young people helped put the funding bid for the new youth centres together and went on to contribute to the design process for the new buildings.

The bid said they wanted to get more young people using youth centres, change negative perceptions of young people in the borough, and alter the way young people may see themselves.

The Young Hackney centres are open seven days a week, and aim to be welcoming places for under 20s, where they can access high quality youth activities – from cookery classes and homework club, to music lessons and rock climbing.

For more information, visit: www.younghackney.org

The iconic Forest Road Young Hackney youth centre in Dalston

The iconic Forest Road Young Hackney youth centre in Dalston

The iconic Forest Road Young Hackney youth centre in Dalston Rock climbing is one of the activities on offer at the Young Hackney centre in Dalston

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