Reference NumberI/AVU
TitleRecords of Avenues Unlimited (Tower Hamlets Youth and Community Project) relating to Community Work in Spitalfields
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Extent1 metre
AdminHistoryAvenues Unlimited, a youth and community project, has operated in Tower Hamlets since 1965 under the auspices of the Young Women's Christian Association. Initially it employed two members of staff, both experienced youth workers. The focus of the Project at this time was to be unattached young people. Two areas within the Borough were identified as having a pressing need for detached youth work, Wapping and Spitalfields.

In the early 1970s the Project began to extend into other neighbourhoods in the Borough with Spitalfields as its base. These were at the Collingwood Estate in Bethnal Green, at Old Ford, and on the Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green. By the late 1970s the Project had developed to include more adult community related work such as encouraging people to involve themselves in decision-making and action to improve their local situation.

These records were created by Clare Murphy who joined Avenues Unlimited in Spitalfields in 1972 and relate to a number of local agencies in Spitalfields on which she represented the Project. In the period covered by these papers Spitalfields was characterised as an area with a heavy concentration of slum housing, poor sanitation and environmental hazards. It had a growing ethnic minority population, principally of Bangladeshi origin.
CustodialHistoryDeposited by Clare Murphy in Dec 2001
Disadvantaged youth
Community action
Community work
Youth organizations
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