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We provide an advice service for homeless people and follow-up tenancy support throughout London. Volunteer employment training.  Educational and recreational activities for Young People in the community.

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Gems FC - Football Club

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http://www.gemsoutreach.org/Image25.gifGems FC (founded 2001) is registered with the London Football Association.

Qualified coaching sessions at Shoreditch or Haggerston Park.

Please ring for details or complete the online application form to register!

        2002-2003 Gems U14's played in the Camden & Islington Football League.

        2003-2004 Gems U18's were runners-up in the London Electricity Saturday Youth League Cup Final and Joint 2nd position in the league tables.

        2004-2005 Joint 2nd league position with Junior Hammers in the ELE - East London and Essex Junior Football League and winners of the U15's Divisional Cup.

        2004-2005 – Winners of the first Hackney Youth League Unity Cup.

        2005-2006 Gained 1st position in the U16's ELE Junior Football league tables with a run of 18 inspiring games that season (see link above).

        2007-2009 training sessions from 10 am Saturday mornings as part of our Community Programme in the U16 age category. FA qualified coach.

        2008-2009 Gems U15 played in Sports Network League with local teams from Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets and South London including friendly, league and County Shield matches 2007-2009 with Juva; Clapham Park United; Mile End United and Social Organisation for Unity and Leisure (Soul FC).

        2009-2010 Gems U16’s return to the Camden & Islington Football League with Angel Islington U15, Futebol De Salao U15, Islington Admiral Youth U15, Jubba Youth U16, Lyndhurst U15, Lyndhurst U16, N4 United U15, New Orleans U16, NL Eagles U16 & Paradise Panthers U15

        Cup Winners 2010 of the Camden & Islington u16 Cup. The team won all their fixtures of 2010 finishing the season with a convincing 2nd league position and winners of the U16 Cup Final on 21st May. Featured in the Islington Gazette (May Edition Sports Page p39 of 40)

        2010-2011 Gems U17's join East London Sunday Football League with Concordia, Byron, William Fitt Lions, Gevic Palace, Homerton Rangers, & Chettle Court Rangers Gems U17's finished the season with Sportmanship Team of the Season award, presented at Wadham Lodge Sports Ground

        2011-2012 Gems U18's continue in Division 1 with the East London Sunday Football League

Monday and Wednesday afternoon training sessions up to U14's 4.30pm - 5.30pm at the Canalside Residents Whitmore Community Centre, Phillipp Street, N1 5NU and Shoreditch Park.  Free of charge. Please contact the office on 0207 033 4011 for details. The Club Secretary or Coach can be contacted on this number.

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Gems Housing - Advice & Referrals GEMS



Canalside (Whitmore) Community Centre

Monday Friday evenings

2-4 Phillipp Street

(off Kingsland Road)

by appointment only



N1 5NU

Office / Public: 020 7033 4011

Bus 67, 149, 242, 243, 394

Messages: 020 7033 4011

To St Leonards Hospital.

Rail: Haggerston Overground Station 


We can provide general housing advice & advocacy, short term accommodation referrals if possible to local authorities and housing schemes e.g. hostels, co-ops, social or supported housing.  Follow-up resettlement support with home visits and key working sessions, basic provisions if available and tenancy support. To refer yourself or a service user for assistance please download, complete and email or post Gems Referral Form

For information on issues relating to homelessness, contact your local homelessness forum. If you think you may be put into a homeless situation it is always best to register with your local council housing department in the first instance.

For Hackney Housing Advice visit: Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street E8 1DY. Drop-in or tel: 020 8356 2929 for a homeless assessment or tel: 020 8356 5843/5849/5869 for advice. Email: housingadvice@hackney.gov.uk

For Islington Housing Advice, visit The Islington Customer Centre, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

Get Directions to N1 1XR Phone 020 7527 2000 / 6371 / 6379 / 6307. Email: advice.housing@islington.gov.uk.

Both Hackney and Islington have developing forums for statutory and voluntary sector partnership working. Hackney Single Homeless and Rough Sleepers Forum is now run by a Voluntary Sector liaison officer at London Borough of Hackney. Islington Homeless Forum, previously chaired by Luton (St Mungo's) is now chaired by Savvas Panas (Pilion Trust). For information on drop-in centres contact Olga at oeruk@yahoo.co.uk. A list of local homeless support agencies and drop-ins in Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Southwark is available - click here.

For more details about Islington Homelessness Forum (I.H.F.) and member agencies, contact Hitesh Tailor, LBI Co-ordinator (020 7527 4438 / email Hitesh.tailor@islington.gov.uk) or Savvas Panas, (Chair) at the Pilion Trust (email sp_piliontrust@hotmail.co.uk) or you can visit www.gemsoutreach.co.uk /IHF.


Guide to housing and benefit advice, tenancy support & drop-ins at the following times and locations :
For a leaflet of our opening hours, please click here (drop-in leaflet.rtf) to download.



Please contact our office on 020 7033 4011 to offer donations or fundraising ideas. All donations will be acknowledged in writing, so please let us know if you have not received a letter of thanks for any reason.



Sports Activities

We welcome the assistance of volunteer football coaches for Gems FC.  FA level 1 or 2 and experience of training at a mature level.  Training is on Monday & Wednesday afternoons from 4.30 - 5.30 at the Canalside Residents Whitmore Community Centre, Phillipp Street, N1 5NU and Shoreditch Park. up to U14   

Healthy Eating Workshops, Cooking & Nutrition included in partnership with Metropolitan Housing. Find out how healthy your diet is by measuring your BMI Index at the end of this page.


http://www.gemsoutreach.org/Image23.gifGems Music Workshop


Mayville Studios ran from 2000 - 2009 and is now closed until further development opportunities.

Check out other current music available to listen further down this page

Piano, guitar, drums, music theory lessons, singing and song writing available at other centres.

To contact us directly to form a band or just play for fun, send in the application form, from the link below.


http://www.gemsoutreach.org/Image24.gifDance Lessons


Dancing lessons 2001 - 2005 completed with appearances in the Hoxton Street Festival, the Mayville Community Centre, Past, Present & Future Show and a Parents show at SPACe performing Art Centre. Thanks to members of SPACe Studios, Falkirk Street, for some friendly management and encouragement.


No Limits - the all boys dance group, combined an excellent routine of rap and dance at the 2005 Newington Green Festival.


IT Project

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We always welcome volunteers for ICT and Job Search support for job seekers and learners in the local community. UK Online Centre in partnership with the Canalside Residents Association Community Centre at Bolt House in Hoxton. You will help others to embark on a User Journey with UK Online. Our Centre can be located in N1 5NU on the UK Online website or in Google Maps to find us. Registration includes a Gateway website ID for Job Centre Plus, Dept of Work and Pensions and other public services. For full details see

There are 19 user friendly courses to choose, from basic to more advanced. Drop-in sessions hours will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 - 8.30 pm and Thursdays from 2 - 5 pm. Other times according to your availability can be arranged.

http://www.gemsoutreach.org/Image26.gifTogether with a local Area Trust we developed an Information Technology Youth Room at the Haggerston Community Centre with help from Connexions, Hackney Community Chest, City & Hackney Primary Care Trust, and Focus UK Online.

The project ran from 2002 - 2004 where students aged from 8 - 16 were taught Microsoft Office ( Word, Excel and Database) skills, help with homework and research and Web Design with Alia. Computer games were provided as a special treat by Focus UK Online. To register interest in further IT projects please through the Application Form link above. If under 18 you will need to obtain parental consent.

Haggerston Community Centre, is now part of a future redevelopment, although meetings of the local Tenants and Residents Association - HAWK TRA - still take place


Activities & Volunteering

If you want to join Gems FC or any other activity please download Gems Application Form for posting or emailing. For U16 a parents or guardians signature is required.

If you want to Volunteer for any of the activities or housing advisor roles, please download Gems Volunteer Application Form or contact one of the Volunteer Agencies listed below.  All volunteers will need to have or apply for a CRB check.  This is the  industry Government standard for the prevention of abuse to the young, elderly or other vulnerable adults.  This may be obtained from your local Community Voluntary Service, University / College, Church or other accredited organisation. 

Gems is engaged with the Local Tenants and Residents Association, Single Homeless Forum, Vulnerable Persons Providers Forum and we currently participate in a Sports Development Committee and the Hackney Football Partnership held the first Thursday of each month to maintain youth activities in the area.

For all enquiries please ring 020 7033 4011 for details or to leave a message.


Gems is a voluntary, non-profit organisation.

Based in Central London for over 15 years, established in 1994 serving the homeless community and local communities of Islington and Hackney which includes Shoreditch and Mildmay. 

Homeless drop-in centres have now been replaced by housing advice and advocacy work.

Through volunteering we provide on the job training in housing or youth work leading to greater employment opportunities.

We WELCOME sponsorship and donations, from members of the public, organisations and Trusts wishing to help us provide these services to keep young people occupied and motivated and provide valuable employment in the community.

Please respond to the address below, arrange to come and visit the project, send us an email at email@gemsoutreach.org or leave a message on 0207 033 4011 for us to return your call.  

Correspondence can still be sent to the Club Secretary, Gems Outreach at Mayville Community Centre, Woodville Road, London N16  8NA or Haggerston Community Centre, Haggerston Estate, 179 Haggerston Road, London E8 4JA.

We are a voluntary sector community based organisation, with various sessional tutors, housing and youth workers. Our work in the community is assisted by :

The Islington Volunteer Association

and the Hackney Agency for Volunteering

Thank you to Healthy Islington for their early support, LB Islington Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Local Network Fund Hackney, Islington PAYP, Hackney Community Chest, Hackney Youth Parliament, Capital Radio Help A London Child, City & Hackney PCT, Fexco Western Union, Aspinwall Educational Trust, Mildmay Community Partnership, Gt. Portland Estates, Awards 4 All and the Football Foundation.

Tel: 020 7033 4011 (day/eve) or to leave a message


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