Mayor launches Tower Hamlets Homes Youth Summer Programme

Posted on Friday 2nd August 2019
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On Friday 2 August the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs and Tower Hamlets Homes' (THH) chief executive Susmita Sen, launched the THH Summer Youth Programme in Shadwell Gardens. 

The programme places youth workers on THH estates where they will work with young people and provide a range of recreational activities as well as encouraging them to take part in schemes provided by the council and others. 

The summer holidays see increases in anti-social behaviour and youth on youth violence and are a crucial time to provide diversionary activities. Many families on low incomes in the borough struggle to provide fun things for their children to do in summer and almost all the activities in the programme are free, with the rest having a nominal charge.

THH has commissioned seven youth and community organisations who to provide a five-week summer holiday programme using funding from Tower Hamlets Council.  The seven organisations are: 

•             Society Link, covering Shadwell and Wapping 
•             Vallance Community Sports Association, covering Globe Town 
•             Osmani Trust, covering Chicksand and Collingwood
•             Newark Youth, covering Whitechapel and Stepney 
•             Ocean Youth Connexions, covering Malmesbury and St Stephens estate
•             Neighbours in Poplar & Splash, covering Poplar and Limehouse 
•             St Hilda’s Centre, covering the Boundary estates in Shoreditch

They will provide activities ranging from water-sports, to arts projects and day trips.

Tower Hamlets Homes’ chief executive Susmita Sen said: “Reducing anti-social behaviour is our top priority. The summer programme will get young people involved in activities and will ensure they are kept busy during the summer break.  It will divert young people into positive activities.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “We have one of the best funded youth services in London and over the summer we will be running a series of free summer activities.  The aim is to keep young people engaged and to ensure they invest their time and energy in a positive way. Providing young people with positive opportunities will help reduce anti-social behaviour.”


For more information about our summer programme, including the timetable of activities for each area, see below:


  • Shadwell & Wapping

           Society Link

          Contact Joyce on 0207 702 0901 or email:  


  • Globe Town area covering Cranbrook, Meath Gardens and Approach

           Vallance Community Sports Association

           Contact Junel on 0207 247 6957 or email:


  • Chicksand and Collingwood

           Osmani Trust

           Contact Rukon on 020 7247 8080 or email:


  • Whitechapel and Stepney area covering Sidney, Clichy and Locksley estates

           Newark Youth

           Contact Manik on 020 7392 2121 or email:


  • Malmesbury and St Stephens estate

          Ocean Youth Connexions

          Contact Adnan on 07960259259 or email:


  • Poplar and Limehouse area covering Bazely Street & Cottage Street/Pennyfields, Thornfield & Birchfield and Limehouse, St Vincent’s, Roche & Barley Mow

          Neighbours in Poplar & Splash

          Contact Sister Christine on 0207 987 0257 or email:


  • Boundary estate

           St Hilda’s Centre

           Contact Aulad on 020 7739 8066 or email:


Posted on Friday 2nd August 2019