Through our Hip Hop Elements of Respect, Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun, we transform lives so the community can exceed their potential and fall in love with their purpose
“I started Street Factory because I knew what it was to feel pain and loneliness, as well as fear and loss. I wanted to help; I wanted to make tomorrow better than today for as many people as possible. Most of all I wanted to help people to understand that they could be good people and part of a strong and secure community, even if that wasn’t what they were born into. I always believed that if we started with the young people, then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom into a beautiful collection of colourful and unique beauty. Hip Hop saved me, it gave me a sense of hope, self-esteem, and love, and by sharing this I know that we will better the world. I think making a difference in the lives of others is life’s greatest purpose. I walk this path with peace, faith, and love, knowing that my work & the Street Factory community is and will continue to change the world.”
- Love & Peace, Toby G MBE
Meet our co-founders
Street Factory’s co-founders are husband and wife, Toby and Joanna Gorniak. Over 15 years ago, they recognised a need in their local community, where many young people, in particular, had low aspirations. Their work at Street Factory has transformed many lives since, and they continue to help people with their confidence, life and social skills, mental health, addictions, employment, and disabilities.
Toby G MBE, a Roma Gypsy and former refugee, has positively used his challenging life experiences to create understanding, embrace differences, and to help unite the local community through the medium of Hip Hop music, dance and culture.
Toby G and Jo value authenticity, and have a true and unique passion for everything they do and for all the people they serve. Their programmes are rooted in the principles that they learned for themselves as youths, and they still practice today: spirituality, honest communication, real education, peace, kindness, and love.
Street Factory provides young people and the wider community, what they seek most - something they can live and embody: a family, positive role models, and hope!