Newsletter September/October 2019

Have your say on Shoreditch Park improvement

In response to feedback from local residents, Hackney Council is beginning a £2m project to improve your local park. The Council would love to know what you like about Shoreditch Park and your ideas for how it should go about improving it.

During October there will be opportunities for you to share your views online and at a series of events and workshops in the park, local estates, schools and colleges, and community events.

Once you've had your say we will use your ideas and feedback to shape our designs for the park - whether that's what you tell us to prioritise in the project, what changes you'd like to see, or how we protect the things that you value and love about the park.

To take part, Click here.


100 Years of Council Homes Event - Tuesday 29 October 2019

Join us for a free and exclusive exhibition and party to celebrate the past, present and future of council homes in Hackney.

This one-off event is strictly invitation only so please book early as spaces are limited.

There will be photo exhibitions, performances, never-been-screened-before films about Hackney Council's estates and residents, music, free food and drink, and much more.

There are three ways to apply for tickets:

- If you are a member of a tenants and residents association (TRA), tenant management organisation (TMO) or registered group, contact your resident representative.

- If you are not part of a group, you can book via

- Or email Please write "100 Years Celebration" as the subject.

If you need any assistance, please call 020 8356 5067.

NHS Community Voices event - Wednesday 16 October 2019

Come and attend the NHS Community Voices event which aims to talk to residents about their health and wellbeing and where they access local services and support. This will help design the new social prescribing and navigation service. The event is running two drop in sessions for residents on:

Wednesday 16 October 2019 @ 2-4 pm and 6-8pm

Hawksley Court Community Centre, Albion Road, N16 0UA.

Please feel free to pass on this information to your local networks and community groups. If you need access/dietary requirements or would like more information, please contact or telephone 020 3960 7458.

Further information about this programme of work can be found on the City and Hackney website here.

Inspiring Young Men Event - volunteers wanted

Young Hackney are looking for enthusiastic male professionals from all walks of life, backgrounds and sectors to volunteer in the next Inspiring Young Men event.

The aim is to inspire young people to think about their future career through real life stories, raise their awareness of the variety of jobs and sectors, as well as different paths to employment (internships, apprenticeships, graduate schemes, university, on the job training etc.).

Volunteers will take part in discussion groups with young men, where they will give valuable insights into their chosen career paths, talking about real life experiences, including the successes and failures that have helped them grow and achieve.

We are particularly keen to hear from men that have an unusual job or career/life journey or work in a non male dominated industry.

 Perhaps you didn't follow a traditional path to employment, you might have left school with no qualifications,you might have struggled with your mental health or changed jobs a few times before settling. Or simply have a passion to inspire young people and open their horizons to new opportunities.

To apply please contact or 020 8356 3962. Deadline 31st October

When: Wednesday 20 November 2019, 12:00-3:30pm

Where: Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Road, Dalston, Hackney E8 3BY

Hackney Carnival & Traffic and Air Pollution Reduction Strategies - Group talks


Take part in our group talks and earn 15 points worth £1.50 for giving us your views:  

- Hackney Carnival - Tell us what you thought of carnival this year. What did you like? What didn't you like? What would you like to see next year?

- Traffic and Air Pollution Reduction Strategies - Give us your ideas about how we can maybe resolve these issues in the borough.

To take part, login to the website ( and go to 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.

To find out more and get involved in the project, and tell them your views about the Hackney Central area, Click here


Recommend-a-friend - double points for this month only

Instead of a competition, we have decided to double the points you can get for recommending a friend to Hackney Matters.  

Every person you refer to Hackney Matters who signs up, you will receive 50 points worth £5.00 for this month only.  Just enter their email address into the box on the home page and let the points roll in! SPREAD THE WORD!

August Competition - Winner

We asked you to unscramble 6 anagrams of neighbouring boroughs to Hackney.   

Here are the answers:

- YEAH GRIN - Haringey

- AFTERMATHS OWL - Waltham Forest

- MAN HEW - Newham

- STEALTH MOWER - Tower Hamlets

- NOTIFY NO COLD - City of London

- LION STING - Islington

Our winner of the competition was........

Eddie Mills who won 100 points worth £10 which has been credited to his account.


Just for fun - Sudoku

Why not take a break, make a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy a game of Sudoku straight from the home page.  4 levels of difficulty to try and test your brain. And while you are there, scroll down and see what activities you can take part in to earn points and be rewarded.