Hackney Connect

Hackney Connect was a programme aimed at developing the skills, confidence, aspirations and opportunities for young people aged 18-30 in Hackney.

Hackney Connect aimed to develop the skills, confidence, aspirations and opportunities for young people aged 18-30 in the borough. Hackney Connect was a 23 month programme comprising a package of funding, project and personal support and online and real world networks to enable young people to start up and grow their own social venture.

Supported by UBS, the programme has funded 45 individuals whom have an idea to tackle social issues in Hackney. The Awards, available between £5k-£15k were aimed at getting young people to create positive change in Hackney by starting up social enterprises which directly tackled social issues. In addition to the funding, each Award Winner received 12 months support from UnLtd, through access to workshops, staff time and events. Award Winners also received mentorship and expert advice from UBS staff throughout their journey.

Our partner 

UBS logo For over 30 years, UBS has worked to overcome disadvantage in our local communities by supporting education and entrepreneurship. Our two global community investment themes of education and entrepreneurship were selected to align with our core business.

Our approach is founded on building sustainable and successful partnerships with non-profit organisations and social enterprises. We achieve impact through a combination of strategic funding and employee volunteering. UBS employees are key to the success of our community programme. By providing diverse opportunities for our employees to volunteer their time and skills in support of our community partners, we seek to maximise our impact.

In the UK we do this by funding a small number of long-term community partners, and through the commitment and skills of our people. In 2016, 46% of our UK workforce volunteered over 19,000 hours to community projects.

Hackney connect will establish a movement of motivated individuals within Hackney; whilst at the same time developing their personal, professional, entrepreneurship and employability skills

The Hackney champion network

The champions network is a working group convened by UnLtd and UBS as part of Hackney Connect, a programme designed to support social entrepreneurs start up and thrive in the borough of Hackney. The network sits independently from the programme and aims to:

  • Enhance collaborative working
  • Develop partner programmes
  • Think Strategically about sustainability for programmes across the network
  • Support and share best practice methods and learning
  • Improve access and support for social entrepreneurs in Hackney
  • Imporve support for supports of social entrepreneurship

Meet the network

As a responsive charity Hackney CVS believes that the voluntary and community sector plays a critical role in tackling poverty and disadvantage by working with key stakeholders to address local inequalities. We strive to challenge oppression and prejudice, to promote diversity and to work towards a society where full equality for all is a reality. Hackney CVS is the umbrella body for the voluntary and community (not for profit) sector. We support hundreds of people to run successful community organisations by giving them access to the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to respond to the needs of local people.

Hackney Co-operative Developments (HCD) is a local community economic development agency with a membership open for all those who subscribe to its co-operative goals and values. HCD works within our local community to explore ideas and opportunities to create a sustainable environment for Hackney’s communities to flourish. We provide affordable workspace to a range of social and ethical organisations, local start-ups, cultural entrepreneurs and creative professionals, playing an important role in Hackney’s business ecosystem and ongoing urban regeneration.

A training programme designed to reach young adults who are not trained in education. They need a new way of communicating to absorb lessons. URBAN MBA uses language and communication tools which they can relate to and understand. The programme designer, Kofi Oppong developed his training methodology over many years of training and managing young employees in organisations such as Nike and social enterprises. He learnt that illustrating points using cultural references and metaphors relevant to young disengaged adults meant that they ‘got it’. For example Oppong uses Sport, music and fashion to demonstrate potentially boring subjects such as finance and accounts in a way that can be understood and is relevant.

Our core business is providing a mixture of workspaces spaces to allow a diverse community of tenants to startup and grow. This ranges from deskspace to studio space to messy maker spaces in the new Bootyard. I have been busy campaigning and working with the GLA to ensure that existing affordable workspace is protected, and built into new developments. Bootstrap are working with other socially minded workspace providers to show how workspace can be financially sustainable as well having a real community benefit. We provide support for tenants to be socially enterprising and grow into sustainable businesses, contributing to the wider community.

Hackney Roots is a grassroots project to promote personal expression, community spirit and collective action. We're growing the connections between people and organisations to share values and value sharing.

We aim to overcome disadvantage by supporting education and entrepreneurship in our local communities through funding and the commitment and skills of our people. We focus on education and entrepreneurship because these are the issues where UBS and our employees can make the most impact. Our aim is to increase the number of people in our local communities who have the right qualifications, employability and enterprise skills, confidence and aspirations to reach their potential.

We aim to overcome disadvantage by supporting education and entrepreneurship in our local communities through funding and the commitment and skills of our people. We focus on education and entrepreneurship because these are the issues where UBS and our employees can make the most impact. Our aim is to increase the number of people in our local communities who have the right qualifications, employability and enterprise skills, confidence and aspirations to reach their potential.

NCVYS is the only national independent body that represents voluntary and community youth organisations in England. Through the work that we do, we are helping such organisations to build their capacity to deliver quality youth work. Our strategic aims includes; to act as champion for voluntary and community youth organisations, ensuring that their experiences are at the core of public policy making, to support voluntary and community youth organisations in breaking new ground so that practice with young people becomes more effective, to act as broker and facilitator of networks, partnerships and consortia so that voluntary and community youth organisations become efficient and sustainable.

NCVYS is the only national independent body that represents voluntary and community youth organisations in England. Through the work that we do, we are helping such organisations to build their capacity to deliver quality youth work. Our strategic aims includes; to act as champion for voluntary and community youth organisations, ensuring that their experiences are at the core of public policy making, to support voluntary and community youth organisations in breaking new ground so that practice with young people becomes more effective, to act as broker and facilitator of networks, partnerships and consortia so that voluntary and community youth organisations become efficient and sustainable.

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45

We made 45 awards to social entrepreneurs.

£20,5000

We invested a total of £20,500 into our social entrepreneurs. 

2000

 Over 2000 beneficiaries have benefited from the award.

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