Our Story

In 2009 the voluntary sector lead a bid under the government’s MyPlace programme to develop new youth initiatives to ensure:

  • More young people, parents and communities feeling that they have attractive and safe places to go in their leisure time where they can get involved in a wide range of activities
  • More young people, particularly the most disadvantaged, participating in positive leisure time activities that support their personal and social development
  • More young people having access to information, advice and guidance services from within places they feel comfortable
  • Stronger partnership working between local authorities and their third, private and public sector partners to plan, deliver and operate financially sustainable facilities with, and for, young people.
Meet the staff

About Us

TOKKO now hosts over 15 different projects supporting a range of young people from those with new interests and keen to support the local community to those with chaotic lifestyles in need of bespoke support to overcome barriers and achieve positive steps and outcomes. Young people particularly value flexibility in activities and being able to have their voice heard, as they are the engine room of the organisation.

Our projects

Our Impact

Put simply we are passionate about making a difference for young people to give them opportunities, experiences and a sense of self-worth to allow them to reach their full potential and be able to take ownership and direct their own future and achieve their goals.

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Our Journey

TOKKO has grown since its initial creation; constantly moving with the ever changing local need to ensure we effectively support a wide range of young people.

Please find below achievements we are proud of, which in their own way have helped shape and develop TOKKO into the dynamic charity you find today; passionate about making a difference to our young people.


Andy Calvert awarded Love Luton Award





Awarded Business Hero Award for supporting the community during the covid crisis



TOKKO hosts its first large charity auction and event


Winner of SME Bedfordshire Business of the Year Award


TOKKO becomes one of the first Hate Crime Report Centre (partnered with Bedfordshire Police)

Report a hate crime here.


TOKKO launches the first free counselling service for young people in Bedfordshire. This service now supports 250+ young people a year.




TOKKO opens its doors to welcome young people


TOKKO set up to run the centre and name created by young people.


Work starts on site with young people checking every step of the way.


Finalised design and agreed in partnership with Luton’s young people


Bid submitted to The Big Lottery approved for £4.75 million under MyPlace

  • “My time at Tokko was informative, ideal and overall impeccable”

    Work Experience – Chiltern Academy

  • “We are in a better place now because of the kindness of you and your team shared to us!”

    Family supported during the pandemic

  • “Thank you for everything that you’ve done for me.”

    Inclusion Project Client

  • ‘Lifewise is like a mental health first-aid box.’

    Young Person – Lifewise Project

  • ‘I felt I was not being judged.’

    Young Person – OK2B Project

  • ‘I trust the workers, and I never felt judged.’

    Young Person – Young Parents Project

  • ‘I am in a much better place.’

    Counselling Client

  • ‘Thank you for helping me let go of things to feel better.’

    Counselling client

  • ‘If it wasn’t for TOKKO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’


  • ‘TOKKO saved my life.’

    Freedom Programme Client