The Old Fire Station is home to a number of charities, social enterprises and start-up businesses, offering benefit to the people of Hackney.
Growing Communities is a social enterprise providing a real alternative to the current damaging food system. The Old Fire Station is a collection point for our community-led fruit and veg box scheme, which provides a weekly selection of delicious, fresh organic produce from small-scale local farms. Veg bags start at under £8 a week. They also contain Hackney Salad, grown on our local market gardens and Patchwork Farm – we welcome volunteers to help grow and harvest it. We also run Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, every Saturday at St Paul’s Church on Stoke Newington High Street.
Fire Station Community Nursery
The Fire Station Community Nursery was established in 1982 in the Old Fire Station building in Stoke Newington in Hackney, and joined the LEYF family of nurseries in 2014. We have 45 places for children from 13 weeks to five years. We’ve built strong partnerships with the local community so we can offer the children well-rounded care and education so they have the best start in life. We celebrate diversity, welcoming a cross-section of the community into our nursery family.
Hackney Migrant Centre
Hackney Migrant Centre is a small charity offering free advice and support to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. We run a weekly drop-in on a Wednesday afternoon from St Mary's New Church Rooms in Stoke Newington. We aim to provide high quality legal advice and advocacy on immigration, welfare, health and community care support.
Giles has a music studio in the basement, where his own and several other bands rehearse regularly and where he and Andrew Isle teach drums.
Therapeutic Space, Raku-comodo
Fumie at Therapeutic Space, Raku-comodo offers variety of Therapeutic Treatments such as Remedial (incl. Pregnancy) & De-stressing Massage, Holistic Facial, Advanced Reflexology, Kinesiology and Allergy Testing & Treatment. She believes in our self-healing power/ability and takes Natural & Holistic approach to enhance your balanced, total health.
From a garret in the Old Firestation, Violet Berlin writes. Her stories weave together various forms of digital media, physical artefacts and 3D spaces, creating unique narrative adventures to be encountered at around 50 cultural, heritage and brand experiences across the world.
Hands Inc are a local charity which has been helping to inspire health and wellbeing across London since 2001. They offer innovative services including a range of complementary therapies, well-being workshops and training. Current programmes include the Low Cost Clinic, Menopause Project, Stress Awareness Programmes, Health Awareness Days and their Wellbeing@Work service. Services are offered both out in the community and can also be booked as for your service users, staff and events.
Contact them to find out about volunteering opportunities.
WORM are flower and book duo Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler.
They make beautiful flower arrangements from the flower dungeon and pair them with books for delivery around the surrounding areas. They also make flowers for events.
PIVOT is a small charitable organisation working in Hackney to help people in need of support by connecting them with services and community networks to improve their quality of life. We are currently building a calendar of free activities, events and services in Hackney. We also regularly run PIVOT Soup, a community meal and microfunding event which supports people working on local projects & ideas. Bring £3, some friends & come along to support the presenters!
Jamboulay Carnival Arts
Jamboulay Carnival Arts (Jamboulay) is a Voluntary Community led organisation specialising in all aspect of carnival Arts. It provides local people with the skills and confidence needed for social networking and community cohesion within diverse communities of Hackney, to assist those who are limited with resource and are struggling to acquire skills and portfolios that can enhance their employability. We run a series of costume making and dance classes leading up to Notting Hill & Hackney Carnival.