We’re calling out to all young people in Hackney to get creative and help us make our very own Lockdown Archive!
This competition is all about imagination – you don’t have to be a great artist to take part. To get involved children and young people will need to send us a photo of their art work, this can be a drawing, painting, photograph, poem or model based on a theme we have selected. We will announce the winners and theme for each week via our newsletter and social media. Prizes include amazing arts materials and £40 vouchers to spend online.
This week the theme is: ‘What you can see out of your window?’ Artwork for this theme must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 4 May 2020. Please include your name, age and contact number.
Hackney Young Futures Commission has joined together with My Life My Say, an international youth-led charity, to host Hackney’s Covid Conversation. This online event will bring together the voices of Hackney’s young people with the Mayor of Hackney, Phillip Glanville to explore topics from mental health to education.
The Commission wants to hear about the worries and concerns of young people as well as the impact Coronavirus is having on their lives. The event is taking place on Saturday 2 May, 1-2pm via an online Zoom call. Young people can register for an invite here.
Our online hub is live Monday – Friday, 3-5pm. We have Junior sessions for ages 6-12 and Senior sessions ages 13-19. We also have online sessions and support available over the phone for young people with SEND and for our targeted groups including young carers and their parents.
This week activities at the virtual hub include an online dance party, cooking tutorials for all the family, live sports sessions, health & well-being drop-in sessions and much more. If you would like support accessing our activities please call us on 020 8356 7404 or
During this particularly difficult time, Young Women’s Trust is supporting young women aged 18-30 with their service Work It Out – a free telephone and online coaching service supporting women with work, life and building strong mental health.
For more information visit them online or call 080 8808 8099.
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.
Speak to friendly counsellors and access articles, self-help materials, advice and community forums.
It is free and completely anonymous.
Hackney Learning Trust
Hackney Learning Trust has hand-picked some fun and educational activities for parents and carers to help keep children occupied at home. These activities are designed to supplement – rather than replace – the learning set by your child’s school.
The Artful Parent
The Artful Parent is a digital platform created to provide inspiration for parents and carers when exploring art with their children. The platform features easy and fun child-friendly arts and crafts, unique ideas as well as tried and tested favourites and hundreds of arts activities to keep the whole family creating day after day.
The Maths Factor
Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman has made her learning programme the Maths Factor – an online maths tutoring site for 4 – 11 year-olds – free for everyone for the duration of the UK schools closure.
BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They also have a new dedicated TV channel full of educational content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and a variety of educational videos available on iPlayer.
Eastside aim’s to develop the creative thinking of children and young people across London through direct participation in the arts, culture and creative programmes. To help spark creativity at home, they have recently launched ‘Eastside at Home’, which is a digital series of creative challenges set by artists. Young people can participate in five different creative challenges and be in with the chance of having their work showcased on the Eastside website. Find out more here.
Grow Plants in Loo Roll Tubes!
Fun interactive videos teaching young people how to grow seedlings using toilet paper rolls as well as how to grow vegetables at home from store bought items. Visit the Council website for ways to recycle your food waste. Watch these videos on Youtube here and here.
Hoxton Hall have a great online activity timetable, including dance classes and craft workshops. Every Monday get active with On Beat Dance and every Wednesday get creative with Making sessions. More information is available online.
Immediate Theatre have developed a series of workshops, tailored to different age groups ranging from ages 5-25 (inclusive of SEND), as well as a bunch of activities and games. Find out more on their Twitter feed here.
AccessToSports are one of our commissioned providers who provide sports and physical activity for children and young people around Hackney. They are now hosting live dance classes every week via their Instagram.