City & Hackney Services

5 Ways to Wellbeing on the New Economics Foundation webstie

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Mindful Living are useful to follow to create a happier life for yourself.   Below is list of things to do to help you connect, take notice, keep learning, give and be active in City and Hackney.

Sometimes you might be going through difficulties where you could benefit from some extra help.  If you need support with things like housing or you need to talk to someone, there are some services listed below for these too.


City and Hackney Mind

Free confidential service for 16-25 year olds looking for support, advice or new skills.
Tel: 0208 525 2301


British Youth Council

Giving young people a chance to get their voices heard. Education, training and social opportunities as well.

Rising Tide – Youth Engagement Project

5 different youth committees from estates around Hackney – have your say in what’s going on.
Tel: 0208 986 3232


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Can help you with mental health problems. More information on the website, ask your GP about what service would be best for you.

LGBT Help and Advice for Young People

Emotional wellbeing support for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community.

Off Centre

Counselling, therapy, advocacy, advice and info for young people.
Tel: 0208 986 4016

The Mix

UK’s leading support service for young people, helpin young people take on any challenge from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to The Mix 24 hours a day, online, social or our free, confidential, telephone helpline.

Contact details and Website


Air Cadets– Learn to fly!

Get involved in summer camps, target shooting, adventure training and sports.

The Fairbridge Programme

Lets you try new things, from music production to rock climbing, meet new people and learn new skills, as well as helping to boost your confidence and achieve goals. Website

Talent Match

Can link you in with education or work opportunities that you might be interested in.
T: 020 7549 8800

Create Jobs

Providing job opportunities in creative industries for young people.


Alone In London

Can offer practical help and support for young people who are having housing issues or facing family difficulties. Drop in sessions Monday—Friday 09:00-12:15.
Tel: 020 7278 4224

Information on Housing

Shelter Website


Scouts and Guides

Get involved in team activities, learn leadership skills and develop new talents.
Girl Guiding Website
Scouts Website

Hackney Sparrows

Wheelchair Basketball Fridays and Sundays, open to all ages and abilities.
Address: Space Leisure Centre, 31 Falkirk Street, London, N1 6HF
Tel: 07956 469744

Hackney Women’s Football Club

An all women football club, that welcomes people of any age and background.
Address: Hackney Marshes (South), Homerton Road, E9 5PF
Tel: 0790 558 7444

HITZ Rugby Club

A club which uses rugby to help build confidence, resilience and friendships. Part of an England wide network which are helped by premiership clubs and players.
Tel: 07825 868761

National Websites and Help lines

Young Minds

Loads of information about mental health, support, medication and self help. Also the chance to get involved in campaigning for young people’s rights.

Hopeline UK

A safe, confidential help line if you’re feeling worried, down or unable to cope, or if you’re concerned for a friend/ family member. opening hours Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Weekends 2pm-5pm.
T: 0800 068 4141
(Calls are free from BT landlines, leave a message if you’re unable to get through and they will get back to you as soon as they are able.)


Fawcett Bike Club

A project that develops your bike maintenance skills and gives you a place and tools to work on your bike. Great training, qualifications and links with other organisations.
Address: 8 Fawcett Estate, Upper Clapton, E5

Arcola Youth Theatre

Welcomes anyone aged between 13-17 years old who is interested in learning about theatre. No previous experience is necessary.
Address: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

National Centre for Circus Arts

A range of circus based courses, from acrobats to trapeze. Scholarships available for some students.
Address: Coronet St, London, N1 6HD
Tel: 020 7613 4141

Eye With a View

Film making and animation classes for young people.
Address: 51 St Brelades ct, Shoreditch, N1
Tel: 0788 303 1115

Hackney Musical Development Trust

Award winning music teachers who run a Saturday Programme at Haggerston school. Opportunities to learn an instrument, singing and musical theatre for all ages and skill sets. Various prices available depending on the individual.
Tel: 020 8882 8825

Young Hackney

The first point of call for young people in Hackney. Can provide help and support as well as running sports, art and music events and youth clubs.
Tel: 020 8356 7404