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Centre 151 (Previously known as Community Centre for Refugees - Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or VLC Centre)

Whiston Road,
E2 8BN
Telephone: 020 7739 3650


Who we are:

Centre 151 is the outcome of a unique collaboration between the Community Centre for Refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (VLC) – known as VLC Centre and, since its inception in 1986, a vital meeting point for refugees from South East Asia – and Van Huynh Company, a vibrant, cutting edge contemporary dance company with a growing national and international reputation.

Centre 151 – Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia supporting the community is an independent charity based in the heart of Hackney, promoting culture, arts and community integration at every level.

Centre 151 is recognised as a genuine social enterprise qualifying against strict criteria and being awarded the new Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney Mark.

Centre 151 offers a new vision for social inclusion based on the desire of the Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian communities to give back to the host community in gratitude for the support they have received since its founding. Centre 151 partners have committed themselves – despite challenging economic times – to maintaining a resilient, self-sustaining focus for the VLC communities and to creating an artistic and creative hub to welcome in the wider public

What we do:

Centre 151 offers a wide range of activities and amenities for the benefit of local and wider communities whilst continuing to providing services for refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Services include:

  • advice & information on benefits and housing
  • Translation & interpreting
  • Mother tongue classes on Saturday
  • Help with job applications
  • Literacy, IT & English classes
  • Supplementary school
  • Lunch club for older members of the community
  • Children's project
  • homework club
  • Health promotion
  • keep fit & tai chi

Please look at their website for a full list of all activities, services and events.


Centre 151 was previously know as Community Centre for Refugees - Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or VLC Centre. 

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Weekend 9.30am - 6pm

How to Get Here

Buses: 26, 48, 55, 149, 242, 243

Train: Haggerston

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