Pembury community event to support young people’s career goals

Arsenal FC, Leyton Orient FC and the Met Police are just some of the local partners who teamed up with grassroots organisations, the Council and Peabody to host a series of events supporting  young people’s career development and well-being in Pembury. 

The last event of the series saw hundreds of residents attend a community fun day in Pembury Community Centre with a variety of career stalls offering expert advice about employment training, apprenticeship schemes, mentoring programmes and mental health support. 

As well as careers advice, young people were able to get involved in creative activities such as face-painting, arts and crafts and cake decorating. 

Residents also enjoyed free food and a special raffle with the chance to win a signed shirt from Arsenal FC and Leyton Orient FC, which was presented to the winners by the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and Cllr Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety. 

This series of events was in support of the Mayor’s priority to ensure that Pembury is an inclusive and safer place for all, by reducing crime and ASB, youth violence and increasing quality of life. 

 Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

This engagement project with our local partners has been a really important step in our journey towards making Hackney a safe place for everyone. By increasing our engagement with residents, especially our young residents,  and supporting their career prospects we hope to increase their quality of life and in turn reduce the rate of crime and anti-social behaviour. Young people in Pembury, Clarence Road and the surrounding area have been able to engage with organisations about their futures and enjoy fun activities at the same time, in a safe environment. This work within our communities is ongoing and incredibly important to improving the relationship between us, our partners and our residents.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

The Pembury community fun day was the penultimate event of a successful project in partnership with our local partners. It has been a great contribution to the work we are doing to make Hackney a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit. The fun day in Pembury was a great way to round off the project and offer our young residents a safe and friendly environment to engage with the Council’s community safety team, the police and meet organisations who can help them reach their careers goals. This project is part of our long-standing work and commitment to making Hackney safe for all.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

We are proud to have brought so many young people together at our community centre, giving them access to the many skills and training opportunities available in Hackney. We have been working with the Pembury community for over twenty years and it is important for us to continue to engage with the talented young people who live on the estate and give them a voice through our community projects. Working closely with residents, local partners and the community, our vision is to make Pembury a place where people are proud to live.  The community centre acts as a hub, bringing people of all ages together. We hope the young people who attended our event today have been inspired and encouraged to achieve their goals.

Vatel Ntankeu Mbami, Peabody’s Assistant Director of Resident Services

Pembury's Children Community started in 2015 and is led by Peabody and Hackney Council. Working with the community, the programme aims to improve the lives of the 1,000 children and young people who live around the estate. For more information about Pembury Children’s Community, see here