Offers for our Woodberry Down customers 

Last updated - 7 December 2017

What is on offer for our customers on Woodberry Down in Hackney
Woodberry Down is our largest regeneration project and will see the completion of around 4,600 new homes as well as community facilities, schools and business units, on the estate in Hackney over the next 20 years. The development is being delivered in partnership with Berkeley Homes Ltd and Hackney Council.

The regeneration scheme is the essence of what Genesis represents, putting residents at the heart of our business. There has been significant investment in social and economic initiatives that will improve the life chances of our customers. Whether you want help finding a job, are interested in volunteering in your community, or you want to start your own business, we can support you.
Woodberry Down

Hackney Works

If you are living on Woodberry Down in Hackney and are looking for a job or an apprenticeship, we can help you. Through our partnership with Hackney Works you can access a free recruitment service run by the Council. Whether you're just starting out, haven't worked for years or you want to change careers, they can advise you. They can find you the most suitable training and help you apply for the jobs that you want.

If you want to know more you can find the Hackney Works Team in their office at The Redmond Community Centre or apply directly through their website:

One of our Job Fairs in Woodberry Down

Active Within

Genesis is working alongside Active Within, a community interest company that supports improving the physical and mental wellbeing of communities, especially those who are new to exercise or lack the confidence to do so.

The ‘Lets get Active’ programme is a series of group outdoor fitness classes on Woodberry Down which are free for local residents. Sign up is via their website which means you can manage the classes you attend and your progress in your fitness and wellbeing. Classes include – Yoga, Box Fit, Bootcamp and a walking group. The sessions are for all abilities and welcome all beginners to exercise.

To sign up and find out more please visit

Or contact Genesis by email on

Yoga at Woodberry Down through the Active Within project

Manor House Development Trust (MHDT) and the Redmond Community Centre

Genesis works in partnership with MHDT to ensure that there are lots of activities and opportunities for local residents to get involved in the local community.

MHDT are a local social enterprise who delivers activities for the local community from the Redmond Community Centre which they run. The centre is open Monday to Friday, with free WiFi access and a local library. MHDT deliver a variety of activities that you can get involved in which include volunteer placements, community events, healthy cooking projects, activities for young people and luncheon clubs to name a few.

To keep up to date with activities it is best to visit the centre which is located on Kayani Avenue, Woodberry Down, N4 2HF or call 020 8802 7580. The centre has rooms available to hire throughout the whole week. More information on booking rooms can be requested at the centre.

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The Redmond Community Centre

Citizens Advice (CA) service

Genesis provides an additional service on Woodberry Down with a Citizens Advice Advisor on-site once a week that offers local residents free 121 support to deal with any debt and welfare advice needed.

This service is currently delivered every Wednesday from the local neighbourhood office (440 Seven Sisters Road, Woodberry Down, N4 2RD).  If you wish to book an appointment or speak to someone from the CA please call 020 8525 6350 or contact via email on

Or contact Genesis by email on

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Tutors United

Genesis has been partnering with social enterprise, Tutors United to deliver afterschool tutoring classes for our young residents at both our Woodberry Down and Grahame Park schemes.

They provide accessible afterschool tutoring for pupils of Years 5 and 6 with programmes to improve English and Maths attainment for pupils transitioning to secondary school. The tutors are university students that are trained and employed to tutor these young people – breaking down the barriers of dis-advantaged children and aspirations of higher and further education.

Click on the link to the you tube video that gives you an overview of the project -

This service runs on Woodberry Down in Hackney and Grahame Park in Barnet. To find out more please contact

Do I have to be a resident to access the services?

No. If you don’t qualify for any of our services or programmes we will look to refer you to an appropriate service to help support your needs.

There may be some cases where Genesis residents will be prioritised for our programmes if spaces are limited (such as on a training course) and we are over- subscribed.

Will my benefits be affected if I take part in the programmes?

You can participate in our programmes if you are a job seeker, you just have to ensure you still meet the terms of the benefit or tax you are receiving for example, if you receive job seekers allowance you must be actively job seeking and able to go to interviews within 48 hours’ notice.

We can support you if the Jobcentre need to know more about the programme you will be participating in.

Will I be better off financially if I work?

Yes, most of the time you will be better off. One of our team will carry out better off calculations to ensure this is the case for any job you are considering.

If I volunteer, will I get a job at the end of it?

Although we cannot guarantee a paid job at the end of any placement, we will actively work with you to seek paid employment where possible.

Do I have to be a resident to volunteer?

The majority of volunteer placements are aimed at our residents; however we do take a number of external applicants on too. Full requirements for each volunteer placement are tailored to each individual role and we would advise you read the specifications on the role profile.

How many hours can I do as a volunteer or do I have to do a full week?

Volunteering hours are flexible and in most cases, your hours can be discussed with the manager recruiting the volunteer.

If you are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, we would advise you talk to your job centre adviser as there may be a cap on the number of hours you are allowed to volunteer.

How long will it take for me to get a job?

This depends on your individual circumstances, how job ready you are, and if you are successful at a job interview.

We can support you with becoming job ready much quicker and we can prepare you for an interview to increase your chances of success. If you stay committed and put in the hard work necessary, we are confident you will find work.

Is there a chance of getting a job if I become a volunteer?

Although we cannot guarantee a paid position to any of our volunteers, we will actively encourage and support you in your search for employment during your time with us.

Can I get advice on my debt?

Yes, better of calculations are carried out for those who require them and in Hackney and Barnet we also have Citizens Advice open to local residents where debt advice can be sought.

How can I register on one of your programmes?

You can fill in and submit a contact form by clicking this link: ‘contact form’. Once you press ’submit’, the form will be sent directly to us and we will aim to contact you back within 24 hours.

Alternatively you can email us:

I am not at Genesis at present but will be in the future, can I access your services?

Yes you can.

What types of jobs are available?

The aim is to deliver a bespoke service tailored to your individual needs so you will be supported in one or more of the following ways:

  • Finding a job that is suitable for you
  • Achieving selfemployment or starting your own business
  • Assisted with finding an appropriate training course
  • Assisted with finding an ideal volunteering opportunity that will give you invaluable experience

Supported with finding a work experience placement (if you are of secondary school or college age).

What support can I get?

Our support is dependent upon your individual circumstances and we would assess your needs before giving you support. Examples of ways we can support you are:

  • Help you find training
  • Help you get into employment
  • Assistance with starting your own business
  • Advising you on reducing debt
  • Help you find a volunteer placement
  • Help you find work experience
  • Help you access health and wellbeing services
Do I have to pay anything?

Genesis pays for all programmes that support our customers. You will only need to pay for your travel to and from a programme or for childcare if you need it during the time of the programme. 

Support given to look for work, training, volunteering or starting up your own business is totally free to you. What we ask in return is a commitment to take part and turn up to sessions for you to get the best out of the service.