Many of our clients are facing complex challenges when they begin their journey with us, and our extensive range of programmes provides the support they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Our people-focused and peer-support approach enables us to model our services around the needs of those we support, facilitating individual and community development and encouraging people to achieve their goals – whether they are for improved physical or mental health and wellbeing, to escape feelings of isolation, to engage more in cultural and community events or to increase employment opportunities.
We work to reduce social and economic disadvantage in Hackney by supporting people to gain knowledge, skills and opportunities so that they can:
• Lead healthier, more fulfilling lives
• Actively engage and connect with their communities
• Gain confidence
• Achieve greater independence and resilience
• Access the services and support they need
• Participate fully in the workplace and in civil society.
We work with people who are:
• In need of additional support
• Looking to make positive changes in their lives
• Experiencing difficult transitions (from care or custody)
• Struggling with community, cultural or peer pressure
• Facing difficult family or personal circumstances
• Lacking skills or knowledge
• Living in poverty (social and economic isolation, exclusion).
Shoreditch Trust was formed in 1999 as part of the government’s New Deal for Communities Programme.
The initial remit involved regeneration of a specific part of Shoreditch, working closely with community members to ensure their input was heard, and training them to be able to continue to influence change in their local area in the future. One example of this is the redevelopment of Shoreditch Park, detailed below. Since 2000, we have developed significant expertise in regeneration and social engagement through strong and fulfilling partnerships with a range of service providers, supporters and funders.
As we became more involved in the local community, it became apparent that the issues we were addressing in the area were not “easy fixes”, and would require care and attention beyond the scope of the original proposal. We therefore developed a mixed enterprise and community asset portfolio to enable continuation of the programme post-Government Funding (2000-2010). Since 2010 we have also expanded, offering our services further afield to the wider Hackney community and Greater London. Using an integrated approach to support people - as well as place-based physical improvements - we have laid the foundations for a sustainable development.
Now, we have a strong Assets and Enterprise team supporting our charitable delivery, and an extensive and inclusive Health and Wellbeing programme encouraging balanced, positive lifestyles and improved quality of life. All of our work aims to promote community engagement and self-development.
Long term, we aim to deliver social objectives and generate financial surpluses that enable ongoing delivery of our charitable objectives.
Shoreditch Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1086812 and a company limited by Guarantee. The Company was established in December 1999 under a Memorandum and Articles of Association, which established the objects and powers of the charitable company, and is governed under its Articles of Association.
Shoreditch Trust has tried to link physical regeneration with community involvement initiatives, to enable residents to be equal partners in the decision-making process. We have brokered innovative partnerships between communities and a variety of land owners and managers, facilitating the development of improvement programmes that originated from residents themselves.
In 2004, Shoreditch Trust undertook a large programme of capital improvements to Shoreditch Park, the Hoxton area’s principle open space. The involvement of local people drove and enriched the project, helped by local champions who kept the idea of a rejuvenated park alive. Today the park is a well-used resource, from dog walkers through to local sports teams, schools and festivals.
From 2007 to 2013, Shoreditch Festival presented thousands of performers, from local schools and dance companies to international acts, to audiences of well over 120,000 people.
Over the years we moved locations, from Shoreditch Park to Regent's Canal to Hoxton Street, celebrating the area and bringing work to the heart of our communities.
Shoreditch Festival brought communities together through engagement with imaginative cultural performances and celebrations.
In 2004 the Shoreditch Trust pigeon was born. Working with our designer, Ponybox, we wanted to develop a strong graphic brand that would set us apart and tell our story in many wonderful, humorous and warm ways. Our pigeon branding has developed over the years, describing our work and all of us here at Shoreditch Trust.
Pigeons are the other great urban population. They travel great distances, but always like to come home in the end. They live in communities and in neighbourhoods.
They suffer and they prosper.
They procreate, relentlessly.
They are at once ridiculous and beautiful.
Comic and serious.
Hard working and lazy, they preen, pose and fight — availing of local amenities.
They talk, chatter, sing and coo.
They are … just like us.
And, like us, our pigeons like to dress up as a means of expressing their negotiation of life — all the while being just the same underneath.
Shoreditch Trust prioritises staff wellbeing at work. From 2016, in a collaborative approach across the team, we will use the Health and Safety Executive management standards, a nationally recognised tool enabling organisations to take a preventative approach to supporting employee wellbeing, to facilitate positive changes that enable people to manage stress at work. This will establish a robust approach, adding to our existing individual and group coaching, one-to-one staff support planning process and day-to-day support.