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About Off Centre

Since 1974, Off Centre has been supporting the young people of Hackney.  Throughout this period Off Centre has remained true to our original mission - to support the needs of the young people in Hackney.  

Our founder, Patsy Paice, started Off Centre in 1974 from a derelict house in London Fields that had a stripped off roof and was flooded throughout.

Patsy wasn’t initially welcomed by the local community:

“ There was outright hostility from some people in the borough at first. But we had a good response from schools and from the young people themselves who were determined to find better lives for themselves. They just needed the support. ”

In the first year just 13 people used Off Centre. Now, over 40 years later, hundreds of Hackney’s young people seek our support annually.

In many ways, today’s young people have different service needs to the young people of 1974, while in other respects some of the support needs they require have remained constant. Off Centre has itself changed and developed over time. We remain committed to adapting our service in response to the needs of young people in our community. Primarily, we are dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of young people in Hackney through providing the support they require.

Thank you to our funders and supporters

Off Centre couldn’t continue to support young people towards more positive futres without the support and generosity of our funders. We remain grateful for your support.

  • BBC Children in Need
  • Comic Relief
  • Hackney Parochial Charities
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • NHS City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group
  • The February Foundation
  • The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund
  • MOPAC (The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime)
  • South Hackney Parochial Charity
  • West Hackney Parochial Charity
  • And the wonderful individuals who make regular or one off donations.

The last young people who need support

Lastly but most importantly, a word to the young people who access our, or other, services:  

The resilience and courage you show in seeking out help and facing, at times, the most traumatic of experiences is commendable.  

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