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Leyton Orient footballer Omar Beckles poses with young people at our Chingford Space4All youth hub

Space4All opens up local hubs for young people in Waltham Forest

Published: 10 January 2023
Filed under: Youth hub

The Council has opened several pilot spaces for young people across the borough. They are intended for a variety of ages ranging from 9 to 25 years of age. 

We run junior youth spaces for 9 to 12 years, after-school spaces for 11 to 18 years, and targeted provision for 18 to 25 years. 

They are part of our new youth space project, Space4all, which sits within our Family Hubs programme, bringing local services to residents in their neighbourhood.

Young people have told us how important it is to have safe spaces to spend time in, and we’re working hard to make sure young people of Waltham Forest have this available local to their homes.

We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the following organisations to run our youth spaces:

  • Project Zero
  • Lymore Gardens/LB Creative
  • Worth Unlimited
  • Creative Engagement Services
  • Break Tha Cycle
  • Waltham Forest Community Hub’s youth team
  • Treasure Me Kids
  • Walthamstow Stadium TRA 
  • Streetfathers (Gangs Unite)
  • Leyton Orient Community Trust
  • Leaders Community

The below list of activities is no longer being updated. To find the updated list, please check the Space4All page.

Chingford

St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church

Every Wednesday (term time) 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Parish Church Hall of St Peter and Paul, The Green Walk, E4 7EN. Sessions are for ages 11 to 25.

A creative and energetic environment for young people to be themselves, access support, have meaningful conversations about their future and feel safe within their community. 

Project Zero leads these sessions and include games, food, PS5, music studio, chill space and camping.

Chingford Family Hub

Every Friday from 4:15pm to 6:30pm:

Junior youth hub for ages 9 to 12, run by Treasure Me Kids. 

Sessions are free, but you must register in advance. Call 020 8527 1737.

Activities include games, arts and crafts, music, and food. 

Address: Chingford Family Hub, 5 Oaks Grove, E4 6EY.

All Saints Church

Every Thursday term time 3pm to 6pm, at Highams Park Food Hub. Delivered by Creative Engagement Services. Activities include podcasting, games, music and video, and chill space.

Address: Highams Park Food Hub, All Saints Church, Church Ave, E4 9QZ.

South Chingford, Walthamstow Stadium

Every Wednesday term time 4pm to 6pm, Walthamstow Stadium, 63 Parade Gardens, E4 8DF.

Run with Project Zero, working in partnership with Stadium Place TRA and L&Q Housing. These sessions are aimed at young people aged 11 and over.

Chingford Hall

Every Monday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Paradox Centre, Leaders Community has activities in three zones for two age groups: commercial street dance, cooking, drama, leadership activities, chill out zone, and food. For 9 to 11 years and 12 to 15 years.

Every Thursday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Paradox Centre, Break The Cycle has activities for ages 8 to 16. Activities include music, arts and crafts, movies, games, mentoring and more. Refreshments provided.

Address: 3 Ching Way, E4 8YD.

 

Leyton

Leyton Manor Park

Every Wednesday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Leyton Manor Park, Capworth Street, E10 5AL.

In partnership with Worth Unlimited. For ages 11 to 18. Free drop-in basketball with WF Flames, plus a mobile youth van, with games and cooking.

See also Leyton Family Hub, below.

Leyton Orient and L and Q Youth Zone

Every Thursday, 5pm to 7pm at the Seddon Centre, 33 Clyde Place, E10 5AS.
Games, food and chill out zone for 11 plus. 

Leyton Orient Youth Zone

Every Friday 5pm to 7pm at the Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, E10 5LE.

Chillout zone, games (play station and board games) multi-sports and food, for 11 plus.

Leyton Family Hub

Every Friday from 3pm to 6pm, Leyton Family Hub, Queens Road, E17 8PJ.

Free drop-in sessions with music, mentoring and more, led by Lymore Gardens and LB Creative for ages 11 to 25.

Junior Youth Space at Leyton Family Hub

Every Wednesday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm sessions for ages 9 to 12 from Treasure Me Kids.

A safe space for young people to come and relax with friends. Call 020 8496 2442.

Sign up in advance for Leyton Children and Family Centre

 

Leytonstone

Pastures Youth Centre

Every Thursday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, 15 Davies Lane, E11 3DR.

A range of activities for ages 11 to 25, including creative workshops, employment opportunities, and other youth work programs. Participants can also enjoy the food provided by the centre. The space provides one-to-one mentoring by experienced youth workers and mentors to support young people in achieving their goals and addressing any challenges they face. Run in partnership with Lymore Gardens and LB Creative.

Langthorne Park

Every Tuesday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Langthorne Park Pavilion, E11 4YG (Birch Grove entrance).

A space to relax with friends, for ages 11 to 18. Run in partnership with Worth Unlimited, activities include games and cooking. Or develop your own ideas with the club's youth workers.

 

Walthamstow

Walthamstow Village

Every Monday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road, E17 9LN.

Weekly sessions run in partnership with Waltham Forest Community Hub’s youth team, including games, Stronger Futures: leadership and entrepreneurship activities. For ages 14 to 19.

Wood Street

Every Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm, Trourbridge Square, Wood Street, E17 3GN.

Mobile youth van offering activities for ages 11 to 18, run by Worth Unlimited.

Activities included: games, arts and crafts, mentoring and food.

Walthamstow Family Hub

Every Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6:30pm at Walthamstow Family Hub, 313 Billet Road, E17 5PX.

Junior Youth Hub from Treasure Me Kids offers a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to relax with friends. 

Sessions are free but registration is needed. Call 020 8496 3511, email: nicola.george@walthamforest.gov.uk or sign up online for Walthamstow Children and Family Centre.

Priory Court

Every Monday, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Priory Court Centre, 11 Priory Court, E17 5NB.

Free drop in activities for ages 11 to 18, including games, cooking and mentoring, in partnership with Worth Unlimited and Streetfathers (Gangs Unite).


Discover our Youth Services Directory

Use our interactive map to find youth services near you.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Kizzy Gardiner, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our first youth spaces here in the borough.

‘We value our young people in Waltham Forest and want them to have the best experience they can through their teenage years. Our Space4All youth spaces have been named by our young people, and are run by qualified, motivated and committed youth workers. 

‘Our aim is to make sure our young people have a safe space to chill in, meet new people and develop new skills. We can’t wait to see how they develop.’ 

Watch this space as more pilots are announced.

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Image: Leyton Orient footballer Omar Beckles joins young people and the team at our Chingford space

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