What we do
The Children’s Community was launched in 2015. In its first two years, 659 children and young people along with 357 parents have taken part in our projects.
We have 3 priority areas:
Getting things right early
Our focus is on bringing early years services to Pembury, increasing the availability of and access to childcare (in conjunction with Pembury Pre-School), and facilitating family learning through providing books and supporting reading group sessions. We have strengthened relationships between Peabody, the local children’s centre and primary school (Linden and Mossbourne Parkside), and kicked off an innovative pilot initiative to improve school readiness.
Supporting young people in Secondary School and beyond
We're supporting young people in secondary education through several projects. We're providing estate-based youth programmes at our community centre, along with intensive one-to-one support to vulnerable 16-24 year olds helping them out of crisis and into education, training or employment. We have been developing a partnership between Mossbourne Academy, Young Hackney and Peabody to support some of the most vulnerable students at risk of exclusion. We are also building relationships between youth workers, teachers and statutory services so that children and young people receive coordinated support across their home, school and community.
Support for parents
We know that in order to make an impact for children and young people, we need to work alongside their families. We provide support to vulnerable families with rent arrears by reducing their arrears, avoiding court orders and relieving family stress and the threat of eviction. We also facilitate peer support networks for parents (including dads), encouraging residents to support each other. Additionally, we run training for Pembury parents to improve relationships with their children, and help them to get into work through employment training.
The 10-year Pembury Children’s Community programme in Hackney is now two years old. This report summarises our achievements so far and outlines our future plans.
Pembury Children’s Community has been featured as an evaluation case study in the Early Intervention Foundation’s ‘Early intervention into action’ resource series.