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About us

Shoreditch Trust is working to create a future free from inequality. Our people-focused and peer-support approach enables us to model our services around the needs of those we support, facilitating individual and community leadership and development and encouraging people to achieve their goals.

Shoreditch Trust has over 22 years’ experience and specialist expertise in designing and implementing community-based health and wellbeing programmes.

We support communities in Hackney and neighbouring boroughs to improve their health and wellbeing, develop social networks, and build skills and opportunities for meaningful employment.

Our focus is on working with people who experience health, economic and social inequality, including women in pregnancy and early parenthood, young people not in education or work who are at risk, stroke survivors, socially isolated older people and those experiencing long term health and social issues.

Our Values guide everything we do with clients, colleagues, partners & commissioners:

Equality: we believe that everyone has the right to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We support people to recognise opportunities and overcome obstacles to realise their potential.

Connection: bringing people together is at the heart of what we do, forging strong and trusting relationships to enrich our work and the lives of our clients.

Compassion: we believe everyone should be treated with kindness and respect, and recognise that honest and challenging conversations can be as important as encouragement.

Independence: we promote independence, enabling people to make informed decisions and take ownership of their own development.

Flexibility: we strive to respond flexibly and intelligently to people’s needs, understanding that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to real lives. 

Shoreditch Trust was established in 1999 as part of the New Deal for Communities programme with delivery focussed initially in the south of the borough – Shoreditch and Hoxton. Over the 10-year programme (2000 to 2010), the Trust established a strong reputation for delivering a programme of projects and services that have achieved real and positive change in the local area and on the lives of local people. As Shoreditch Trust moved into the post-NDC era it committed to building on these strong foundations with a clear focus on the continuing community development programme to make a considerable contribution to the broader regeneration of Hackney and the wider area.   

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.

Shoreditch Park
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.

Shoreditch Festival
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.

Shoreditch Trust Safeguarding Policy Statement
Shoreditch Trust works with children, vulnerable young people (and at risk adults) in a variety of ways and is committed to providing a safe, positive and friendly environment to children and at risk adults. We have a statutory and moral duty to ensure and promote the welfare of these groups regardless of Race, Disability, Gender, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Belief, Gender Reassignment, Pregnancy and Maternity, Marriage and Civil Partnerships.

This policy extends to the treatment of all of our service users, partners, volunteers, visitors, and employees of Shoreditch Trust. Shoreditch Trust abides by the legislative framework in place for safeguarding, including the Children Act of 2004, Safeguarding At Risk Groups Act of 2006, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act of 1974 (amended in 2001), Criminal Justice and Court Services Act of 2000, the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and adjacent legislation and policies. We take into account ‘Best Practices’ in child and at risk adult safeguarding.

This policy includes instruction and advice on reporting and responding to allegations, national and local frameworks, advice lines and examples of best practice. Shoreditch Trust provides training in safeguarding to staff and volunteers as well as additional and specific training for project teams and safeguarding leads.

Our objectives are:

1. To provide a safe and accessible working and training environment that values and respects the identity and culture of the individual;

2. To comply with all rules and regulations in the field of safeguarding;

3. To proactively avoid putting service users and employees in any position whereby their safety, security and welfare are threatened;

4. Where lone working is deemed necessary all appropriate safeguards are put in place including a relevant risk assessment specific to each and any such scenario;

5. To identify children and at risk adults who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm;

6. To take appropriate action to see that such children and at risk adults are kept safe;

7. To enable our employees to make correct decisions regarding safeguarding issues and to deal quickly with suspicions or allegations of abuse;

8. To deal efficiently and effectively with any suspicion or allegation of abuse;

9. To ensure the development and monitoring of our Policy is undertaken by a Safeguarding Lead Designated Person who is responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating initiatives that ensure and enhance safeguarding at Shoreditch Trust;

10. To monitor the effectiveness of Safeguarding across all the operations within Shoreditch Trust through the Safeguarding Working Group who meet quarterly (or more if necessary).

Shoreditch Trust prioritises staff wellbeing at work. As part of our approach to better understand and make targeted improvements, we use the Health and Safety Executive's 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 helps us establish a robust approach, and compliments existing initiatives, including clinical supervision, core training, individual workplans, one-to-one staff support planning process and day-to-day support.

The Trust welcomes your feedback in all forms.

Your views and suggestions are an extremely useful part of ensuring that the current and future work of the Trust is meeting its community needs. We strongly believe that by dealing with Complaints in a thorough and professional manner, we will not only improve as a service, but we will also gain the trust of our customers, users and the wider public through exceptional customer service. 

Please find our policy on complaints here.

Staff, volunteers and partners are often the first to experience or suspect any bad behaviour or bad practice within Shoreditch Trust.

Shoreditch Trust  is committed to the highest possible standards of openness and accountability. In line with that commitment we have a Public Interest Disclosure Policy (Whistleblowing).

The Shoreditch Trust Aims

  • To encourage staff and volunteers  to feel confident in raising serious concerns and to question and act upon concerns about practice.
  • To provide avenues for staff to raise concerns and receive feedback on any action taken.
  • To reassure staff that they will be protected from reprisals or victimisation if they have a reasonable belief that any disclosure was made in good faith.

Any staff, volunteers and partners, who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Trust’s work should  come forward and voice those concerns following the PID Policy.

Speaking up is NOT disloyal to colleagues or to the Trust.


Please find our whistleblowing policy here

Please find our contact lead on safeguarding here