Hackney’s guide to a summer of youth activities

Young people will be able to take part in of a whole range of indoor and outdoor events throughout the summer, with a new Summer Activities Guide to help them find their way to the action, as Hackney Council maintains its commitment to making the borough a good place to grow up.

There’s no need to be stuck for things to do over the summer with the variety of mainly free activities available for young people, including arts and culture; play schemes and play areas; leisure centres, sports, parks; and outdoor events. Also, the Summer Plus programme at youth centres where 11–19 year olds can enjoy themselves, meet new people and learn something new.

Some of the highlights include:

• the national Summer Reading Challenge, Circus Stars, starting 16 July - take part at your local Hackney library, read six books in six weeks and get an award in honour of your achievement;
• the London Swim School programme for 5–15 year olds at Britannia, Kings Hall and Clissold Leisure Centres and London Fields Lido;
• Young Hackney Volunteers programme, giving 13–19 year olds the chance to take part in a community project; and
• July auditions for the Arcola Music Theatre Project, age 14-19, taking place between 8-20 August at Arcola Theatre, Ashwin St, E8.

This year, to celebrate one year to go to the 2012 Games and as part of the Council’s Parks for Life programme, young people and their families are also invited to a free community event on Sunday 24 July, 12.30–5.30pm, at Haggerston Park, E2. Activities include sports coaching sessions and dance workshops, healthy food stalls, live music and much more. It’s all for fun and all for free.

Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, welcomed the Summer Activities Guide, saying: “Our young people are our greatest asset and they are leading the way in shaping activities and services to meet their needs. The summer activities programme offers a great variety of things to do across the borough while allowing young people to display their fantastic talent and resourcefulness.”

The Council has teamed up with The Learning Trust, GLL and the voluntary and community sector across Hackney to provide a whole range of events and activities throughout the summer to ensure young people have plenty of things to do. We hope young people and their families enjoy the Summer Activities Guide and take the opportunity to try out some of the activities on offer.

In addition, we would like to know what people think about the 2011 Guide. Feedback will be used to help us to carry on improving future publications as well as the services and activities. Please take five minutes to complete our online survey at: or

For details of this year’s summer activities for young people in Hackney, visit:; or pick up a copy of the 2011 Guide available from Hackney youth centres, schools, libraries, and the Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY.