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!
Sunday afternoons from 2-6pm
Conversation classes from 4 - 5.30pm
Drama workshops from 2.30 - 3.30pm
How to find us
Green Lanes Methodist Church
132a Green Lanes
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.
141 and 341 (stop outside the church)
73 and 393 (5 mins walk away)
Canonbury, Overground - 0.6 miles
Arsenal, Piccadilly Line - 1.1 miles
What's on at Akwaaba?
We are launching a new bike project every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. We offer bike repair, informal cycle training and free reconditioned bikes (subject to availability) to those that need them.
If you are interested, give us a call (07946 596805) or send an email to email@example.com before the session to check if we can help you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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:
Make a direct bank transfer. Our bank details are:
Acc no: 65781610
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for information on how to get involved.