• About us

    Akwaaba is a Sunday social drop-in for refugees and migrants based in Hackney.

     

    Come and join us every Sunday afternoon at Green Lanes Methodist Church to relax, meet new people and take part in our activities.

     

    Everyone is welcome - families, children and grown-ups. All activities are free. Come and enjoy:

     

    - A delicious hot meal and cake

    - English conversation classes

    - Drama workshops

    - Table tennis and board games

    - Computers, wifi and digital skills training

    - Activities for children and young people

    - Bike workshop (1st and 3rd Sundays)

    - Haircuts (1st and 3rd Sundays)

    - Beauty treatments (2nd and 4th Sundays)

    - Choir and music workshops

    - A team of friendly volunteers!

     

    Download our flyer here or find out more about what we do in our Akwaaba Zine.

     

    OPENING TIMES

     

    Sunday afternoons from 2-6pm

    Conversation classes from 4 - 5.30pm

    Drama workshops from 2.30 - 3.30pm

  • How to find us

    LOCATION

     

    Green Lanes Methodist Church

    132a Green Lanes

    N16 9BN

     

    For directions call 07946 596805 (Sunday afternoons only)

     

    First time visitors - we are not in the same location as the Hackney Migrant Centre! Green Lanes Methodist Church (Akwaaba) is a five minute walk from St Mary's (HMC). The church is located on the ground floor of a new block of flats - check out the pictures section below to see what it looks like.

     

    TRANSPORT

     

    Buses:

    141 and 341 (stop outside the church)

    73 and 393 (5 mins walk away)

     

    Nearest stations:

    Canonbury, Overground - 0.6 miles

    Arsenal, Piccadilly Line - 1.1 miles

     

    MAP

  • What's on at Akwaaba?

  • Get Involved

    We are entirely volunteer-run and we rely on people donating their time and energy to the project. Commitment is important and we expect our volunteers to attend at least twice a month. Contact akwaabalondon@gmail.com to apply for any of the roles.

     

    We are currently recruiting for:

     

    Donations Coordinator

     

    Expected commitment: 5 hrs per week

     

    We are looking for a volunteer donations coordinator to help us source and coordinate specific donations. This will involve advertising for donations of specific items on social media and Freecycle, organising collection/delivery of donations, and potentially sourcing in-kind donations from local businesses. This role will mainly require out of session work, so you don't need to be free on a Sunday.

     

    Currently we mostly arrange donations of food, toiletries and household goods for our destitute visitors on an ad hoc basis. We are looking for someone who has the vision to improve our systems for acquiring donations and grow our network of supporters so we can better respond to the needs of our visitors. The donations coordinator should be a good communicator online and in person.

     

    Volunteer Fundraiser

     

    Expected commitment: 3 hours per week

     

    Do you have fundraising experience? We are looking for someone to help us plan and implement a fundraising strategy to make our financial situation a bit more sustainable. The role involves writing bids and appeals, planning events and researching new sources of funding.

     

    If you are interested, get in touch with akwaabalondon@gmail.com.

     

    Volunteer drivers

     

    We are in desperate need of volunteers with access to a car/cargo bike to help with collections of donated food/household goods. If you could help by responding to ad hoc requests, please send an email to akwaabalondon@gmail.com.

     

    ESOL Volunteers

     

    Sundays, 3pm – 6pm

    Expected commitment: 2 sessions per month

     

    We are seeking volunteers with English teaching experience/qualifications to work on our ESOL project. Every week we run drop-in conversation classes at a range of levels for 10-15 students. Classes are either one-to-one or in small groups of up to five. Volunteers work together with the ESOL coordinator to prepare class materials, and report on student progress after each session.

     

    If you are interested get in touch with akwaabalondon@gmail.com.

     

    Children's Volunteers

     

    Shifts: 1pm – 6pm

    Expected commitment: 2 sessions per month

     

    The children's volunteers work under the supervision of the children's supervisor and are expected to help with the following: supervising the children, setting up and packing away the children's area and specific activities, early years play-work, homework/literacy, and providing general support and encouragement to our child visitors. We have a range of children who attend the session (aged between 1-13). Ideas for children's activities are very welcome!

     

    Whilst experience is welcome, it is not essential. Our main priority is to recruit volunteers who can help make Akwaaba a comfortable and supportive environment for the children who visit us. Basic training will be provided.

     

    Please contact Eve (dickson.eve@gmail.com) if you are interested in the role or would like further information.

     

    Bike Mechanic

     

    Every 1st and 3rd Sunday a month we run a bike workshop, fixing up bikes to donate to migrants and teaching cycling and repair skills. What you need to bring:

     

    - Sound experience in fixing bikes, i.e. being confident at all the basics (change a chain, fix brakes, etc) and willingness to learn new skills

    - Good communication skills to understand the needs of our visitors, and to teach repair skills

    - Commitment to attend on a regular basis with a minimum of once a month, as well as to attend the occassional planning meeting

     

    If you are interested get in touch with akwaabalondon@gmail.com.

     

    Workshop volunteers

     

    We love to have people running workshops at our Sunday sessions. If you have a skill, craft or passion that you would like to share at Akwaaba either on a one-off or regular basis, get in touch!

  • Support Akwaaba

    Why are we asking for your support now?

    Akwaaba is a grassroots project run entirely by volunteers and funded entirely by cash and in-kind donations and small grants. In January 2016 we successfully applied for a grant which has allowed us to reimburse the travel expenses of those visitors who would otherwise be unable to afford to come to the centre. This scheme has been a great success, particularly in increasing access to Akwaaba for families with young children, but the funding for it is about to run out. Overall, our visitor numbers have more than doubled since September 2015: a great achievement, but also a significant strain on our very limited resources.

    We are continuing to seek sustainable sources of funding to ensure that Akwaaba has a secure future. But at present we only have enough money to continue running our Sunday drop-in for another three months. This is why we are urgently asking for contributions now - no matter how small! All money raised will be reinvested directly in the running of the project.

     

    How to support us

     

    Donate to our crowdfunder appeal. Go to:

    https://www.youcaring.com/akwaaba-577029

     

    Make a direct bank transfer. Our bank details are:

    Akwaaba

    Acc no: 65781610

    S/C: 08-92-99

     

    Please use "Donation" as your subject line.

     

    You can also donate to us via Paypal using the button below, but be aware that they charge extortionate transaction fees which will be deducted from your donation!

     

    Donate in kind

     

    We always need donations of new toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoos, soaps, deodorants, sanitary products.

     

    We are in need of various items for our children and young people:

    - Good quality toys

    - Arts & crafts materials

    - Scooters / space-hoppers / other outside equipment

     

    We do not accept donations of adult clothing. We can only accept donations of items not listed above by prior arrangement - we have very limited storage space! Please contact akwaabalondon@gmail.com before bringing items to Akwaaba.

     

    We are also always looking for bikes and useful bike parts and bike accessories such as locks, lights and helmets (in good condition). Given limited storage, contact us before you want to make a donation.

  • North East London Migrant Action

    North East London Migrant Action brings together community activists from Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest to campaign on issues faced by migrants in the local community. The group's current focus is to challenge injustices towards families with no recourse to public funds. Meeting are held fortnightly on Thursdays at Pages bookshop on Lower Clapton Road. Contact nelondonmigrantaction@gmail.com for information on how to get involved.  

  • Contact us

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