Newsletter July 2018

Recommend a friend and earn some points

Do you have a friend or family member who would be interested in becoming a panel member?

If so, let them know how to join Hackney Matters at and send us an email at with the subject "Recommend a Friend" telling us the name of the person.  We will reward you with a bonus 25 points worth £2.50, for each person that joins.

Spread the word and get rewarded. 

June competition winner

Congratulations to our June 2018 photo competition winner Emmie Harrison, for her wonderful “Spring/Summer in Hackney” photo.

Are you a budding photographer?

As we are enjoying the wonderful hot weather, it seems fitting to make the theme of the July photo competition to be “Smiles, laughing and fun in the sun”.  Please send in your most artistic photos of Hackney.

The Hackney Matters Team will judge the photos by the beginning of August and we will pick one winner who will receive a £20 Love2Shop voucher, and will have their photo published in the next newsletter. 

To take part, send your photos with a short description to: with the subject “July Photo Competition”.

Take part in our regular quick polls

When you log in to the website, you will have seen a quick poll question which changes every couple of weeks.  This is a very quick way of getting feedback on a particular question, which we like to call a “temperature test”.  This means that we do not have to ask 5 to 10 questions in a survey to get the information we need, or to have a group discussion about it, but we can ask a simple multi-choice question to get an immediate result.  The results of these questions can lead towards changes in the way we do things or inform further research in future. 


You can view the results of the previous quick polls by clicking on the “We Asked, You Said , We Did - Feedback page” with the picture of the megaphone .  Here you can also see results of the other activities you have taken part in, and this will be updated regularly. 


Have Your Say - Gambling consultation

In January 2007, the Council produced and published its gambling statement setting out the principles it would apply in deciding whether to grant or refuse applications. The gambling Statement of Principles seeks to promote the licensing objectives and guidance from the Gambling Commission, an independent co–regulator of gambling operators. This sets out how the Council has built on these core objectives, developing an approach to licensing premises for gambling that reflect local circumstances in the Borough.

The Council is required to review the Statement at least once every three years and to consult upon the draft before it is adopted.


We welcome this opportunity to receive your views on this draft Statement and your feedback on the impact it is having on managing gambling activity for the benefit of the economy and the community in Hackney.


The consultation will  be go live for eight weeks, closing on Friday 14 September 2018. To take part, please visit:


For more information email: and please include “Gambling Statement of Principles” in the subject line.



Feedback from volunteers at Hackney children’s carnival

The event, which took place on Sunday 15 July, was packed with hundreds of spectators. As well as performances form the young carnival artistes there were free activities on offer including a ‘watermelon pizza’ making session with Cafe Route, crafting with Donna Fugassa Cafe and a chance to get carnival-inspired temporary glitter tattoos.

Steel pans, Samba, African drumming, colourful costumes and a huge carnival puppet delighted crowds at the first ever Hackney Kids’ Carnival last weekend, which saw children from four local primary schools parading around Dalston Square.

Over 160 pupils took part in carnival workshops over the past two months leading up to the event, learning a range of carnival skills including how to plan a dance routine and how to make headdresses, as well as learning to sing African folk songs and play drums.

The Kids' Carnival was fantastic, there was a real buzz in the air. It was really great to see all the hard work and effort the young people had put into their performances. A big well done to everyone involved.

Members of the panel volunteered to help out at the event, and we asked them for feedback from the event with the following questions:


●     How did you find the event?

●     What did you enjoy the most about volunteering?

●     What would you say to encourage others to also volunteer and take part in similar activities?


Here are some quotes from their responses:


Maria-Cristina said…….

“The event was well structured, with activities for children and music for everybody, parents, grandparents and carers. Volunteering gave me a chance to feel part of the whole community. I would definitely encourage other people to volunteer as it's fun and emotionally rewarding.”


Robert said……

“Well the event was well organised and the hard work the organisers put in certainly showed as there wasn't one problem.  Helping in events makes you lots of new friends, also makes you feel good that you are helping people in hackney.”


Jusbeer said……..

”I really enjoyed the day and was happy to be apart of it. I think it's important to volunteer because many people benefit from it. ...“I was born and brought up in Hackney and proud to live and work in Hackney”. 

Beverley said………

”The children’s carnival was very interesting. I enjoyed the event very much.  I always tell who ever I can how Hackney Matters is very interesting and can learn what is going on in the area and that they can also give their view at different meetings.”


Can you help promote Hackney Matters at our upcoming events?

●     Do you like to volunteer and help out?

●     Can you spare a few hours to promote and get new members signed up to Hackney Matters?

●     Would you like to be rewarded with a £10 or £20 Love2Shop voucher for your time? 

If you answer Yes to all those questions, then please register your interest by clicking here. 

NB: Depending on the number of requests we receive, we will randomly choose 2 to 3 members for each event.  If you are not chosen straight away, do not worry as we have many events happening throughout the year so there will be plenty of opportunities to help out in the future.

Upcoming  Events Calendar for Volunteers

We have a new page coming on the website which will keep you up-to-date with all the upcoming events in Hackney that you can volunteer at.  You can email us directly at with the subject “I can volunteer” with the events you can attend, after completing the registration mentioned above, and then we will be in contact if you are selected prior to the event to give you details and who to liaise with when you get there.