• About us

    Akwaaba is a Sunday social centre 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:

     

    Polish speaking outreach volunteer

     

    Do you speak Polish? We need volunteers to help support and engage our vulnerable East European visitors. You would work directly with visitors to the project, making them feel relaxed and welcome in the space, being open for conversation or board games, and supporting them to deal with any issues they may facing.

     

    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.

     

    Bike Mechanics

     

    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.

     

    Computer volunteers

     

    Do you have computer skills that you could use in our sessions? We need volunteers to maintain our stock of laptops and printers, support visitors with basic computer use and deal with any technological issues that come up during our sessions. Web design and maintenance skills would also be useful.

     

    Expected commitment: 2 Sunday sessions a month from 2-6pm

     

    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 (NELMA) 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.

     

    NELMA is currently seeking volunteer accompaniers to support people approaching social services, and campaigners to challenge cases of injustice against migrants in our local community.

     

    Contact nelondonmigrantaction@gmail.com for information on how to get involved.

  • Contact us

    Get in touch if you would like to be added to our mailing list or would like further information about Akwaaba.

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    07946 596805

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