Hackney Matters Newsletter August 2019

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We are on the lookout for Volunteers for Hackney Carnival!

On Sunday 8th September 2019 the Hackney Carnival will be back. Approximately 100,000 people are expected to attend the carnival this year and we are seeking volunteers to help us make it a memorable event for them all.

If you are interested in helping out on the day, we’d love you to join our team! Here are some of the volunteer roles:

- Stewarding - Supporting carnival groups at changing areas, getting ready - Handing out maps and flags to waiting crowds - Supporting the groups at the de-rig area at the end of the procession - Assisting with the carnival groups’ registration desk e.g. handing out wristbands, earplugs etc. to each group as they arrive - Running the information tent - Supporting artists leading drop-in art activities - Documenting through film and photography - Assisting with the awards ceremony on 15th October

You will receive training on the 28th of August so please get in touch before then to sign up. You will also receive £20 to cover expense costs on the day. If you would like to get involved, please contact rachel.king@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 7120.

See www.hackney.gov.uk/carnival for the latest information about the event
Older People's Strategy - Ageing Well in Hackney - Short survey

Hackney Council has pledged to ‘develop a new Older People’s Strategy, through a process led by older people, ensuring they have a central place in shaping all council services and the wider priorities of the Council’.

What are we wanting to change?

  • More age friendly council policies (e.g. in planning and design, housing and transport)

  • More effective community partnerships to develop a more consistently accessible and preventative community based offer.

  • Removing practical access, attitudinal and service barriers that older people may face

  • Identifying some creative/ innovative solutions with stakeholders and older people themselves.

The Council want to listen to and work with Hackney residents aged 55 and over to develop a strategy that will set out what the challenges and opportunities are to getting older in the borough and reviewing how services could better meet the needs and aspirations of older people. Peer facilitators will work with the Council to identify and co-design engagement questions, undertake engagement out in the community to find out what is important to older people, facilitate solution focused workshops with stakeholders and propose recommendations to progress in the strategy.

To kick off engagement, they want to find out what are people's experiences of growing older in Hackney, so if you are aged over 55 and live in Hackney, please complete the short survey which you will find in the Activity List, "Older People's Strategy Survey", and earn 15 points worth £1.50. Your feedback will help inform the development of this strategy. 

Explore well-being through Art - Summer Workshop Event

Looking for a fun and meaningful event at the end of the school holidays?

Then join local artist Claire Ward-Thornton (Art Hoppers) and local psychologist Jo Temple (CAMHS Alliance) in a one-off workshop where they will explore issues affecting the well-being of families and young people and make some original art which may then be featured on social media and leaflets designed to help families and young people get support. For young people, children, carers, parents, grandparents. All ages/everyone welcome!

The event will take place on Friday 30 August 2019 from 11am till 2pm at Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Go to https://wellbeingartworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk to register by no later than 23rd August 2019.

For more information, contact Jo Temple, Parent Engagement Lead for CAMHS alliance by email jo.temple@hackney.gov.uk or telephone 020 8356 1293.

Congratulations to our first member to reach 200 points

Maria Cristina Ligas is the first Hackney Matters panellist to reach 200 points and receive a £20 Love2Shop voucher.

Maria said: “I am really pleased to reach 200 points and receive the £20 voucher.

"I plan to use the voucher to do my grocery shopping, which means I can treat myself to a gin and tonic and afternoon tea with friends this weekend.

“As a panellist, you are at the heart of important decisions and are able to make a difference. For example, I took part in a consultation regarding cycle routes in Stamford Hill and it is great to see how my opinions make Hackney a better borough.

“I really enjoy being part of the Hackney Matters panel and would encourage all residents to join.”

To find out more about how you can earn points and be rewarded like Maria, click here

Quick Poll - Best Title for a Directory of Parenting Programmes 

Answer the quick poll question to earn 10 points worth £1.  Login to the website to take part.

Community Halls - Short survey 
"Have you ever booked a community hall in Hackney?"
Help the Council improve their community hall service by completing a short survey.  It will only take 2 minutes and you will be rewarded with 15 points worth £1.50. Login to the website and take part in the Activity List.

Major new plans unveiled for a brand-new Lee Valley Ice Centre

One month to go to have your say on plans for a new Lee Valley Ice Centre

You may have heard about Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s plans to redevelop Lee Valley Ice Centre into a new twin rink venue with a new gym, dance studio, café and community spaces. The new venue would double the amount of ice and act as a gateway to the surrounding green spaces, opening up the centre and providing a setting off point for walkers, runners and cyclists.

Since the consultation opened at the end of June, almost 4,000 people have visited the website to discover the plans, and almost 1,000 contributions have been made to the consultation.

With just one month to go until the consultation closes, we want to hear from you to ensure that visitors and the next generation of skaters can continue to benefit from this much-loved community hub. Click here to see the plans and have your say.

Group Talk - Future Discussions

You can join our group talk discussion about subjects for future group talk discussions. Earn 10 points worth £1 for giving us your ideas.  Click here to login to the website to take part in the Activity List.

Hackney Central Conversation - Still time to have your say

The Council has launched a new project about the future of Hackney Central.

Hackney Central is where our borough meets: it’s our civic centre, home to the stunning Town Hall, historic Hackney Empire and a cinema, library and other essential services; it’s where London Overground lines, bus routes and walking and cycling routes come together; and it’s a growing town centre with more shoppers, businesses and places to go out.

It’s already seen change – like the Hackney Walk fashion district, new bars and breweries in Bohemia Place and the pedestrianisation of the Narrow Way to support local traders, shoppers and cyclists. We know local people are proud of what makes the area great, but we also know it is becoming more attractive to new residents, businesses and developers, and we need to act now to ensure we protect our town centre for the long term.
We’ve got some ideas, but we want to hear what you think.

To find out more and get involved in the project, and tell them your views about the Hackney Central area, go to hcc.commonplace.is

Short survey - Methods of raising a repair

The aim of this short survey is for Hackney Council to figure out “Council Tenants” and “Council Leaseholders / Freeholders” preferred method when raising a housing / communal repair. 

To take part, login to the website and click “Repairs Survey” in the Activity List on the home page, and be rewarded 15 points worth £1.50.


August Competition

This month is an ANAGRAM competition.

Can you unscramble the 6 neighbouring boroughs to Hackney?

We will a winner at random from those who answer them all correctly, and they will receive 100 points worth £10.

Take part in the Activity List on the home page.

Good Luck!

July Competition - Winner


We asked you to send in your SUMMER PHOTOS.

After judging your photos, we have decided that the winner is.........

Geoff Gleadhill who sent in a picture of his plants in full bloom.

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Don’t forget that for every person you refer to Hackney Matters who signs up, you will receive 25 points worth £2.50.  Just enter their email address into the box on the home page and let the points roll in!

The Council has launched a new project about the future of Hackney Central.