Newsletter March 2019

Focus Groups - Have your say on Hackney Council’s recruitment campaign

The Council is planning to run a borough-wide recruitment campaign  to encourage more residents to consider working for the Council.

The Council employs more than 4400 staff in a variety of roles, but only 24% of the Council’s permanent workforce are local residents.

We would particularly like to hear from working age residents to understand what would encourage them to apply for jobs with Hackney Council.  Your feedback will help the Council to refine its campaign before it launches.

We would like you to answer a few short questions, and also attend a focus group on either 12th or 19th March, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm to discuss this further.  You will earn 25 points which equates to £2.50 for taking part in the survey and £20 Love2Shop vouchers for attending a focus group meeting in March.

To take part, login to the website ( and select "Recruitment Campaign" in the activity list at the bottom of the home page.

Have your say event - "Democracy Café: Making Hackney work for you!"

The Skills, Economy and Growth Scrutiny Commission (SEG) is a group of 6 Councillors who look at the local policy area of economic development, employment and skills.

Over the past decade, we have witnessed significant levels of growth and change in Hackney. From London’s Tech City to the new fashion hub, and Dalston to the Olympic Park - Hackney has attracted many new businesses and as a result, new job opportunities.

The  commission is tasked with reviewing how the Council can develop its inclusive growth strategy to help ensure that the benefits of economic prosperity and growth are shared in a fairer and sustainable way that works for Hackney residents.  We would particularly like to hear from residents in the Hackney Wick area.

We will be asking you about the barriers to accessing job opportunities in Hackney? What do you think we should be prioritising in your area? And most importantly, how can we support you to play a more active role in shaping the local economy?

The event will take place on the 13th March 2019 at 6:30pm at St Mary of Eton Church Hall in Hackney Wick.

Please register here by Friday 8 March 2019.

The agenda and questions will be sent to the confirmed attendees.

Website User Testing

Hackney Council is launching a new website. We'd like you, our residents, to help us make sure it is as easy as possible to use.

We'd like to have a chat with you for 30-45 minutes where we'll show you the website and ask you to find your way around. We're not testing you - we want to make sure what we've created works for you.

We are looking for 10 people to take part, on Monday 11 March and Thursday 14 March from 7pm, at a central Hackney location.  You will be given a £20 Love2Shop voucher for your participation at the end of the session. We will select the attendees at random from everyone who registers.

(Please note that there are limited spaces so not everyone will be selected if we are oversubscribed.)

To register your interest, click the triangle next to "Website User Testing" in the activity list at the bottom of the page.

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

A partnership of health and social care organisations in Hackney and the City is looking for local residents to work with them to improve health and wellbeing of local people.  

We are currently looking for people to join the Prevention workstream to improve residents’ health and wellbeing by supporting them to live longer, healthier lives.  

There are two ways to get involved:

1) Be a public representative on the Core Leadership Board and attend a two hour meeting every two months, read meeting papers in advance, and be confident to present your views and feed in to discussions.  Please get in touch for the application form for this role.

2) Join our resident reference group and get involved in specific projects such tackling  obesity; supporting people to better manage their diabetes and other long-term conditions; helping people to stop smoking; and much more.

For more information contact or telephone 0208 356 2727  or visit HERE.


Quick Poll - How harmful do you think e-cigarettes/vapes are?

Answer the quick poll question on the home page for 5 points worth 50p.

March Competition

This months competition will be a small trivia quiz.  There will be 2 multiple choice questions to answer about Hackney, and we will pick a winner randomly from those who answer both questions correctly.  The winner will receive a £10 Love2Shop voucher, and the correct answers will be revealed in the next newsletter.  

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

February Competition

Congratulations to our February competition winner Elizabeth Johnson who was selected randomly from those who answered both questions correctly.  

The answers to the questions were:

1. Which of these is the oldest building in Hackney?

a) St. Augustine's Tower - Correct answer

b) Sutton House

c) Geffrye Museum

2. How many listed buildings are there in Hackney?

a) 1100

b) 1200

c) 1300 - Correct answer