To: Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Save Hackney's Albion Kids Show

Save Hackney's Albion Kids Show

Please provide funding for The Albion Kids Show to continue:

- Stop the extortionate rent hikes of the Hackney Wick Depot (or help find alternative premises for the charity)
- Provide more funding for The Albion Kids Show to help children in East London continue to have their adventures and play freely and safely together.

Why is this important?

For the past 33 years The Albion Kids Show has been providing play structures and activities for Hackney's families, erecting its famous pirate ship, teaching circus skills, face painting and providing soft play for the borough’s poorest residents. Albion Kids Show works through the year on estates where there may be no safe and supervised play for children.

The Albion Kids Show provides children and teenagers with opportunities to socialise and integrate in a safe environment in what can often be a borough segregated by social class.

Instead of supporting this charity, Hackney council has turned down funding applications and increased the charity's rent of its Hackney Wick depot from £3,000 to almost £20,000 a year. Despite still being booked regularly for events, the charity is therefore in severe danger of being forced to sell off its famous pirate ship and other equipment and close down.

The charity is well respected and appreciated by Hackney’s families, with many children who benefited from it now supporting the charity as adults - as play volunteers. Many of those, myself included, who played on the Albion Kids Show as children in Hackney now have children using the equipment. There is no real alternative for safe and free outdoor play provided by Hackney Town Council at the present time.

Albion Kids show is working hard to find alternative funding resources, and works on a skeletal staffing of just one paid full time employee but this extortionate hike in rent payments is making the future of the charity extremely unstable.

Past users of The Albion Kids Show and parents of children currently using this fantastic play service are asking Hackney Council to save the Kids Show.

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Reasons for signing

  • Now, more than ever kids need creative play and learn how to have fun without staring at a screen.
  • As a volunteer children's/young people's worker with Hackney Woodcraft Folk I have regularly worked with Albion Kids Show and know what great stuff they do. This is a really important issue for anyone with children in Hackney.
  • I have fond memories of Albion Kids Show - a Hackney institution. Every kid in Hackney should continue to have the chance to enjoy their work. They do great work.

Updates

2017-08-11 13:14:47 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-08-08 21:49:08 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-08-07 17:33:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-08-04 19:30:11 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-08-04 09:41:43 +0100

10 signatures reached