New youth facility launched in Stoke Newington

Hackney officially launched its new youth facility, Stoke Newington Young People’s Centre, Milton Gardens, on Saturday, 23 October 2010.

More than 100 local young people and residents visited the Centre throughout the afternoon to enjoy a programme packed with activities, and to see firsthand the youth services on offer, through Young Hackney youth centres, at the new building and across the borough.

The refurbished building was officially opened by Councillor Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, who was joined by young people from the myplace project group along with staff from the Council’s Youth Services for the ribbon cutting.

Highlights included IT and multimedia workshops, healthy eating sessions with sizzling barbecued tasters, free microchipping for dogs, dance demonstrations and sports activities including the Personal Best Challenge.

Councillor Krishna said: “There’s something here for all young people, whatever their background or interests. We set out to create a world-class facility for the young people of Stoke Newington, and I think anyone visiting the centre will agree it is just that: a safe, ultra-modern, inspiring facility for those in the neighbourhood.”

The youth facility is a bright, colourful and comfortable space that combines areas for dance or sport, health sessions, cooking and IT, as well as smaller break-out rooms for training sessions or interviews.

The new building is worth a visit in its own right, having recently been shortlisted for a Hackney Design Award in the ‘People’s Choice category.

For more information and updates on the Centre’s programme see: and search myplace; email:; or call: 07976 342267.