Peter Bedford Housing Association on 26 November celebrated the launch of Kingsland Hub, its new head office and community space in Haggerston, where it will host support services for people from across Hackney and Islington.

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch officially opened the centre, which will offer a range of courses, training and support both to tenants of PBHA, and to people from across North East London.

Meg Hillier said: ‘[H]aving a presence this visible on the High Street is a very important reminder of the many challenges we still face in Hackney. There are still great needs. There are still people living in really great poverty, there are a lot of people who are very vulnerable and who need support.’

CEO Clare Norton said:

‘Today is significant not only for PBHA, but also for the wider community. Kingsland Hub is a space for collaboration and shared learning, not just for our tenants and participants but also for the many local organisations supporting vulnerable and excluded people and working to build inclusive communities.’

‘We’re delighted to build on our 45-year history of peer support in this flexible, modern space, which will allow us to nurture even more people to gain the confidence and skills they need to rebuild their lives.’

‘PBHA is about bringing people together through learning, the sharing of ideas and leveraging each other’s strengths,’ she added. ‘We offer a space for courses with great IT facilities, employability, support and advice and shortly will be opening a new community coffee shop.’