Newsletter September 2018

Featured Group Talk – Wick Woodland


We are interested in hearing how you use Wick Woodland and understanding the impacts of antisocial behaviour and environmental damage in this much-loved woodland area.


The Council has received a number of complaints over many years about anti-social behaviour.  Your views will help the Council better understand its effects, and how best to promote and protect the use of the woodland as a place for everyone in Hackney to enjoy.


To take part, login to and click on the image under “Featured Group Talk”.  You can earn 10 points for taking part, so please give us your views.


City and Hackney CCG Annual General Meeting

Hear presentations about highlights and successes of the previous year, current and future work of the CCG to improve and support residents’ health and care, and how you can be more involved in our decision making.

You will also have the opportunity to join a workshop discussion about the future of community health and care services.

The meeting will feature members of the CCG’s Governing Body who will be available to answer your questions and listen to feedback.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to come along.

When:  Wednesday 5 September 2018

Time:    7.15pm - 9pm

Where: Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3ND

Places are limited, to book your place please visit: or call: 020 83816 3222

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.

The venue has full disabled access.

Focus Groups - Hackney's Draft Single Equality Scheme 2018-21


The Single Equality Scheme is Hackney Council's strategy for making sure the borough becomes a fairer and more equal place to live and work.


Hackney is changing fast. The population has increased by a third since 2000, there are more affluent people, and house prices have doubled since 2010.


Most people are satisfied with the borough as a place to live, but there are growing inequalities.


Mayor Philip Glanville has made ‘tackling inequality’ the first of his five priorities, but resources are increasingly stretched - Government grants will have fallen by 45% by 2019-20 from 2010-11 levels (£171m compared with £310m).


There will be 4 focus groups taking place in September, with varying themes.  You will be rewarded a £20 Love2Shop voucher for your time. Venues will be given when participants are selected.


To register your interest, please click here and select those you can attend that are relevant to you.  Please note that there is no guarantee of you being selected if there are a high number of responses as spaces are limited.


If you are unable to attend the focus groups, or you are not selected due to being oversubscribed, you can take part in the consultation online byclicking here and giving us your views.


Have Your Say - Hackney Transport Survey 2018

Hackney Council would like to find out how residents who work in Hackney travel to work as part of a huge borough-wide survey to encourage greener travel.

The information from this survey will help them understand how people travel to work, what would encourage people to walk and cycle more or reduce their reliance on a car. This would allow them to see what they are doing well and what they can do to improve and encourage greener travel in the borough. 

If you work in Hackney, please take the survey and you have the chance to win one of two £100 cash prizes. Employers can also apply for grants of up to £2,000 towards sustainable transport promotion or facilities. In order to apply businesses will need at least 30 percent of their employees to respond.

To take part, click here

Have Your Say – Blue Badge Parking

Following requests from resident blue badge holders, Hackney Council is proposing to introduce personalised disabled bays in Hackney and amend the current companion badge parking permissions. The aim is to:


-    Better protect disabled parking for residents who most need it, and

-    Make parking for other blue badge holders simpler to understand.


Hackney Council would like to hear your views about how they can improve blue badge parking. They also want to hear about your blue badge parking experiences, whether positive or negative to understand how our current policy is working. We would like you share your ideas as we value your input.

To take part, click here


Supported Lodgings

In May 2017 Hackney’s fostering service held a focus group with Hackney Matters panellists on the introduction of a new service for young people: Supported Lodgings.


The feedback from that session has helped shape the new service and the materials that will be made available to those interested in it.


The service is now open for application and so the fostering recruitment team would like to ask those that attended the focus group if they would still be interested in becoming a host.


As a host you will be supporting a young person 16-21 years old to make a smooth transition to living independently. You will offer them advice, guidance and support the development of practical life skills. You will need to have a spare bedroom in your property, but you don’t need to own your home.


For more information, please contact Emma Harry on 0208 356 5985 or email


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.

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.


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.

July photo competition winner

Congratulations to our July 2018 photo competition winner Maria Cristina Ligas.  

Photo Competition

As Hackney Carnival is almost upon us on Sunday 9 September 2018 (, we would love to see your photography skills, so send us your most bright and colourful Hackney Carnival photos.  

The winner will receive a £20 Love2Shop voucher.

Send your photos to with the subject “Hackney Carnival Photo Competition”.