Current projects

There are a number of current opportunities to get involved with projects in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. All of them are working to make sure the Park provides real, positive benefits for the people of east London. As well as the projects below, take a look at our young people, volunteering, disability and community sport pages to find out what we are currently doing in these areas.    

  • Growing Links: Make, Grow, Do – Project Outline

    The aim of Growing Links is to establish an active community gardening scene local to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which supports growers, creates a network for sharing information, encourages people to ‘have a go’ and gives opportunities for people to get their hands dirty both on and off the Park. There will be online support through Project Dirt and offline support through the various taster sessions, skills workshops and a big Harvest Festival in autumn 2015 for local growers to share their wares.

    The theme of the programme is ‘Make, Grow, Do’. Groups and individuals who make their own produce, or would like to, have the opportunity to learn, share, enter into competitions and even sell what they produce. This could include anything related to gardening from prize turnips and chutneys to wind-chimes and garden crafts. In line with this theme, we are looking for groups who would like support with growing or making gardening produce for sale and would like to join a network of other growing groups around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

    For up and coming Make Grow Do events please click here.

    Activity will be centred around four ‘Hubs’ and will host a variety of training and taster sessions, as well as offering a space for people to meet and network. The ‘Hubs’ are situated at the following locations:

    • View Tube – Newham
    • Bromley By Bow Centre – Tower Hamlets
    • Mabley Green – Hackney
    • Church Lane Community Garden – Waltham Forest

    The Growing Links programme provides groups and individuals:

    • A chance to be part of a network of growers on or near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    • Skills development workshops, which you can help shape
    • Exciting and varied taster sessions on and near the Park
    • Online network hosted by Project Dirt to connect with other local groups/peer support
    • Fundraising ideas and signposting
    • Support with learning or progressing Grow to Sell and other enterprises
    • Accredited Horticulture Training

    For more about Growing Links and how you can get involved, click here.

    For up and coming Make Grow Do events please click here.

    Visit the Project Dirt website.

  • Frontside Gardens Skate Park was born from an empty plot of land in Hackney Wick and transformed into a temporary, unique and safe community space. Made from reclaimed materials previously used for beach volleyball practice on Horse Guards Parade before the London 2012 Games, Frontside Skate Park has proved so successful that we’ve extended its lease and introduced a BMX ramp and events space at the site too.

    In addition to the Skate Park, we are also looking to create a temporary ‘community hub’ on the same site. This simple building will provide much needed space to run a small community centre and act as a base for a youth club and the outreach team already working in the area. This community hub, known as Hub 67, will complement Frontside Skate Park and help open it up to more local users. 

  • Located in Hackney Wick just across White Post Lane Bridge from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, next door to Frontside Skate Park, Hub 67 is a community centre open to all and is managed by East End Community Foundation. 

    Hub 67 hosts a range of local events, classes and community groups - the building was constructed from recycled cabins used in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is decorated with a tile façade made by the local community.

    Hub 67 is a key project for the London Legacy Development Corporation as it is driven by investment in people as well as a building. It is about piloting new approaches and trialing new ideas; new ways of building – using recycled and reclaimed materials, new ways of working – with the community acting as client to help deliver a fresh and flexible take on what a modern day youth and community space can be.

    Activities

    Hub 67 is an open space for people to drop in and hang out; we have free wifi, a free computer, lots of books and games to play.

    If you are interested in being involved or finding out more please contact Katherine Igoe-Ewer at katherine@theyardtheatre.co.uk or on 0203 111 0570. 

    If you have any questions about Hub 67, or would like to get involved, please get in touch via the website at www.hubsixtyseven.com

    Hire of Hub 67

    Hub 67 is also available for hire for a meeting/venue/team away day/training/children’s party/exhibition/filming location. For full details of the hire charges, please see www.hubsixtyseven.com and then complete the booking form or contact katherine@theyardtheatre.co.uk 

    For the latest news on events, please see Hub 67 listings  and keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Awards

    Hub67 was shortlisted in the temporary category in New London Awards and commended in Mayor’s prize in the New London Awards 2015.

    Hub67 won best sustainable project in the Blueprint Awards 2015.