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Canon Barnett: Celebrating a social pioneer

Date: 20 Jun 2013

Time: 6pm

This June Toynbee Hall is celebrating the legacy of Canon Samuel Barnett, our founder. Join the next generation of social pioneers at our panel event on 20 June to consider new ways of tackling poverty today.

Canon Barnett was a true pioneer – he took a new approach to tackling poverty and disadvantage in the East End, and his ideas and legacy live on both locally and internationally.  He saw that individual, piecemeal approaches to improving the lives of the people in the East End were not working; and so he worked towards building partnerships and initiatives across organisations and sectors to provide a systemic approach to dealing with the causes as well as mitigating the impact of poverty.

Today, with pressures on incomes intensifying and rising inequality across Tower Hamlets and beyond, Toynbee Hall is still following his lead.  

Following the success of our recent Beveridge Lecture Series, we are hosting a panel debate on 20 June where we hope to bring together a new generation of social pioneers who are building on Canon Barnett’s legacy.  Our panellists will share their views on systemic approaches to tackling poverty and what we can learn from our Victorian predecessors.


Sonal Shah, CEO of the London Community Foundation

David Robinson, OBE, Founder of Community Links

Graham Fisher, CEO Toynbee Hall 

Event details

Doors open at 6pm. We hope you will stay following the debate and Q&A for refreshments and networking.

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Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

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