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From garment making to an Urban Forest, activities galore were on offer to young people in Hackney over the school summer holiday.

Twelve teenagers took part in the Urban Forest week where they developed skills in woodwork, gardening and art and design — and converted a derelict space. 

Our Youth Project Manager, Felicity Hunt, said: “It was amazing to see the group grow in confidence over the course of the week and the space they have created is a true urban paradise – they should be extremely proud of their achievements.” 

We run events and activities for young people across London

Tosin Lawal, 17, said: “Taking part has really developed my creative side and I've learnt how to communicate with professionals and my peers, which is a really important skill for the future." 

Larissa, 15, said: “I've really grown in confidence over the course of the week and I have enjoyed trying new things such as art, design and woodwork." 

Fashion for girls

The week-long activity also tied-in with our Alternative Careers Week. This gave young people a chance to find out about career options, and also offered street dance, arts and crafts, family outings, and fashion design with our Threads project. 

Threads runs weekly at our Pembury Estate

Our Senior Fashion Trainer, Janine Francois, said: “Over the summer, the team finished their garments including t-shirts and jewellery which will be showcased at their very first photo-shoot.” 

Amirat, 14, said: “I’ve been involved in Threads for over a year and have learnt and made so much. I never thought I would be able to make my own clothes but recently wore a dress I made to a party and my friends loved it! My friends think my clothes are extra extraordinary.”