Newsletter April 2019

The “Refreshed” Hackney Matters website

If you haven’t logged onto the website in the last three weeks, you will notice that we’ve made some changes to the website. The refreshed look includes a carousel that scrolls at the top informing you of research activities that you can take part in and news.  This even works well on touchscreen devices as you can swipe left and right.

We hope you like the new look and find it easier to get around.  We’d welcome any comments , through the Contact Us page.

Focus Group - Healthy Weight Campaign

Hackney Council is currently developing a Communications & Engagement campaign aimed at supporting residents to achieve a healthy weight.  

We would particularly like feedback from residents who are experiencing weight issues and are trying to achieve a healthier weight.

The session will involve getting your feedback on some communications messages and materials that have been developed following some research that was carried out last year with local families experiencing weight issues.  

The session will take place at a central Hackney venue on Tuesday 30 April from 6.30pm to 8pm.  We will let you know by 24 April whether you’ve been selected to take part.

We will provide you with £20 Love2Shop voucher as a thank you for your time.  

To register, login to the website and complete the short survey in the Activity List “Healthy Weight Campaign”, and we will contact you if you are selected to take part.

Focus Groups - Have your say on Digital First primary care and the implications for GP Practices’


Register to attend a focus group on either Wednesday 8th May or Monday 13th May, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  As a thank you for taking part, you will be given a £20 Love2Shop voucher at the end of the session.

For more information, click here

To register, login to the website and select "Digital First Focus Group" in the activity list.


Fairchilds Garden Landscape Development Consultation


Fairchild’s Garden is a small park on Hackney Road, and is the last resting place of Thomas Fairchild, a notable local horticulturist. The space was known as Hackney Road Recreation Ground until 2017, when it was renamed to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Thomas Fairchild's birth.

Hackney Council has identified funding to transform the garden into a welcoming urban green space and would like your thoughts on the plans.

A consultation will be going live in the next couple of weeks, so we will inform you by email when this happens.



Are you interested in improving health and wellbeing for yourself and the people around you?



Volunteers with a passion for improving their health and wellbeing and that of  those around them are needed to help ensure residents’ voices are heard in decisions about health care services and activities. They will work with the council, City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, Healthwatch and other healthcare partners.

Please see below for opportunities to volunteer as a public representative or to join a wider reference group.  All public representative applications need to be received by 12 April 2019. Each application received will be entered in to a random prize draw with the chance to win a £20 Love2Shop voucher.

1. Prevention workstream resident reference group (ongoing recruitment).  Get involved in specific ‘prevention’ projects, e.g. supporting people to achieve a healthy weight and support for those managing diabetes or help to stop smoking.

2. Prevention workstream public representative - Become a public representative.

3. Unplanned care public representative - Help support improvements in the area of unplanned care, e.g. emergency care.

4. Information Technology public representative - Help explore the IT systems needed to support joined up working across health and care services.  

Training and expenses for travel, childcare, and carers costs will be provided. For more details email or call 020 3960 7454.



March Competition - No winner this time

Unfortunately, no one answered both questions correctly this time, so we will roll over the prize into the next competition.

The answers to the questions were:

1. How many primary and secondary schools are there in Hackney combined?

a) 135 - Correct answer

b) 140

c) 145


2. How many conservation areas are there in Hackney?

a) 27

b) 29 - Correct answer

c) 31


April Competition

This months competition is ANAGRAMS.  There will be 4 anagrams to solve which are ward areas in Hackney (See list here:, plus we have provided a cryptic clue for each to help you out), and we will pick a winner randomly from those that answer all of them correctly.  The winner will receive a £20 Love2Shop voucher (£10 rollover from March competition) and a Hackney Matters T-Shirt, and the correct answers will be revealed in the next newsletter.


Login to the website and in the Activity List select "April Competition".