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Skinners School

'It's a Hackney Thing!' - Skinners School

'It's a Hackney Thing!'

Tackling the issue of postcode warfare: how to tackle the issue of young people having no where to go and nothing to do!

Project started: Oct 2006

Students at Skinners School have decided to tackle the issue of young people hanging about on the streets with nowhere to go and nothing to do in their local area.

One of the biggest issues identified by the group was postcode warfare. Postcode warfare refers to the fact that if you live in a particular area, say your postcode begins with E5, then you can't access services in another area, say N16, even if the services in the next postcode area are just around the corner.

Another problem in the area is that young people just don't necessarily know what there is out there for them and how they can access it.

So the group decided to take action by working together with fellow sixth form students on a talent show and music event in early 2007.

In February 2007 the group worked together to organise the It's a Hackney Thing Unity Jam music event at Hackney's Ocean Club. The event gave the opportunity to 13-19 year olds to showcase their talents but also to find out about opportunities available to young people in Hackney. The group also ran a stand providing information about facilities, youth clubs and training in the borough.

The group plan to repeat the event in Autumn 2007 with acts, music and food to celebrate opportunities for young people throughout the borough.They are putting together a business plan to construct a youth club.

The group are currently working on creating logos, securing support and publicity for the event and making sure the word gets around about the event and their campaign to bring young people together and improve their access to opportunities in Hackney!

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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