The Rokeby Centre offers an ‘all under one roof’ service supporting families on a disadvantaged estate in Newham, one of the most deprived areas of the UK. The Centre offers a safe place for children, young people, their families and the local community.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1018517)
The Rokeby Estate in Stratford lies in the shadow of the 2012 Olympics Stadium, and is cut off from the wider area by a railway line and major roads. The estate is made up of 90% public sector housing, including two high rise blocks, housing almost exclusively families. The area has multiple problems; 73% of children live in poverty, there are high levels of young people who are not in employment, education or training, and local people regularly highlight their concerns about crime.
The Rokeby Centre has been open for a year and is buzzing with activities from 9am to 9pm. Every week 200 people use its services, which include a playscheme, youth club and community activities. Since the centre opened there has been a 48% drop in reported anti-social behaviour incidents and a 58% drop in reported crime. 80% of local people interviewed feel the area has changed for the better. It’s a great start; however we need to raise additional funds to secure the Centre’s sustainability.
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