Pembury Community Centre and Estate

The Pembury Children’s Community is an ambitious 10-year programme led by Peabody and Hackney Council. We want to work with the many talented and resourceful residents of Pembury who are making this a really great community and place to live.

Watch our young people enjoying themselves at the Children's Community Centre

The Children's Community so far includes adult education for parents, childcare, reading groups for young children and homework clubs, as well as apprenticeships and work experience for young people.

What's on at Pembury

In 2015-16 over 300 children and young people and over 200 parents took part in the Children’s Community. Here are some of the highlights of the year:

The early years and primary school

  • Reading from the Start, Peabody’s family literacy project has provided a free book every month to 158 children on the estate aged up to 4-years-old. 78 children have attended 2 or more reading group sessions run on the estate.
  • Pembury Pre-School has established well-attended breakfast and after-school clubs for 53 Pembury children. There was an increase in daytime places from 23 to 41 in 2014-15, benefiting 66 children between April 2015 and March 2016.
  • In October 2015, Linden/ Brook Children's Centre re-located their family services into the new Pembury Community Centre, offering sessions four days a week which were attended by a total of 95 children under 5.
  • Peabody successfully fundraised for a holiday play scheme for younger children on the estate. Over 30 children aged 5 to 11 attended in February and March 2016.

Secondary school and into adulthood

  • Pembury youth club has grown and is now reaching an average of 90 young people per week. Estate-based school holiday provision has expanded with more than 100 5 to 18-year-olds participating every half-term.
  • Pembury young people led their own successful bid for £8,000 from the Youth Opportunity Fund, enabling them to organise their own activities, events and residentials. 
  • 43 young women have been supported intensively through the Threads project for girls to improve their self-esteem, increase skills and confidence and work towards an accreditation. 
  • The Pembury Pass project for 16 to 24-year-olds has provided 29 young people with intensive one-to-one support and coaching in 2015-16: 5 have completed work experience placements; 10 have taken part in training programmes or secured college/university places; and 13 have progressed into apprenticeships or employment.

Support for parents

  • Overall the Children’s Community has supported more than 200 local parents from April 2015 to March 2016.
  • Since April 2015, Peabody has helped over 65 parents address the barriers they face in moving into education, training and work and supported 81 local people into jobs.
  • Our Reconnect service helps you find the right job, prepare you for interviews and working life. You will receive one-to-one support, build self-confidence and gain practical work related training to help you find work.
  • Together, Peabody and Hackney Learning Trust brought adult education assessments and courses onto the estate, supporting 22 parents to enrol on literacy, numeracy, IT and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses.
  • Our Parent Advisor service helps parents who want to develop their skills and explore their career options. We can help you find the right course and arrange childcare.
  • At least 75 parents have attended a coffee morning on the estate, offering peer to peer support and the chance for jointly planned projects and activities, with parents reporting increased confidence, improved knowledge and new friendships.
What's on at Pembury

What do you think the Children’s Community should do next? We’d like to hear what matters to you and your family, how you feel about Pembury life and what you think could be improved.

To find out more, including how you can join the residents and volunteers already involved, contact us at Pembury Community Centre.