Hackney Council's Community Grants scheme is open for applications. Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects which contribute to the programme's priorities and equality objective. The second round of small grants are now open and will close at 12 noon 14 May for projects beginning on or after 1 September 2018. Find out more about the small grants programme here.
Residents from the Frampton Park Estate, E9, joined Council staff on 10 March to plant the first set of new trees as part of a green estate initiative.
This is part of the Frampton Park Greening project to plant a new tree for every building on the Estate. As there are 32 Buildings the aim is to eventually plant 32 Trees. Working with Hackney Grounds Maintenance and RP - 25 possible locations were identified and residents on the Estate were invited to help choose a tree or plant one of the first four trees. The remaining 7 locations will be decided at a later date.
The project also includes the planting of wildflower meadow on the turf areas of the Estate on Well Street, Chatham Place and Frampton Park Road - to bring flowers throughout the year.
Joe Lewis, the Frampton Park TRA Secretary said 'This project has been a year in the planning, so getting the 25 trees planted across the estate feels like a massive achievement for us as a group.'
The project is funded from the Mobile Mast Budget which is a budget administered by LBH Resident Participation Team to help develop community cohesion and facilitate improvements on the estate.
The Mental Health Voice committee (made up of residents of City and Hackney that have lived experience of mental illness) are going to be carrying out an evaluation over the next few months. The evaluation is going to look at ‘People’s experiences following discharge from hospital.’
They plan to collect local people’s views and experiences through user-led one to one interviews, focus groups and online surveys and will feedback findings along with recommendations to local service providers.
If people would like to share their experience of discharge or discuss the evaluation, they can contact Bonnie Studd at email@example.com or on 07934298720.
There will also be an opportunity for people to share their experience through a survey online or a paper questionnaire.
To find out more about the Advocacy Project see www.advocacyproject.org.uk
Want to start a catering business? Don't know where to start?
Hackney Council and World Foods Market London are teaming up to provide training and an opportunity to develop a hobby or interest into a business.
To do this we can offer:
Want to find out more? Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 19th October 2017, 10am - 1.30pm
Developing & Managing a Community Project
Wednesday 1st November 2017, 10am - 3.30pm
To find out more and book on to either course please email email@example.com or phone 0208 356 7845 (option 2) and ask for Coralie. You must be a tenant or leaseholder in a Hackney Council property to attend.
Amanda Inniss and Tracey Booth of the Friends of Woodberry Downs group have been nominated for the Hackney CVS Adiaha Antigha community achievement awards. This nomination is for their work to increase membership at the club. They do this using food and singing as a way to encourage people top attend. The awards celebrate and recognise the positive impact that the voluntary and community sector (VCS) has on people in Hackney. To find out more and to cast your vote visit the website.
The theme for the Friends of Woodberry Downs group outings this year was walking. This included encouraging older people aged 50 years and over to step out for the day, meet new friends and take in the glorious fresh air as we walk around our English seaside towns.
In total 152 participants joined the group over the summer to take part in seaside walking activities. The group visited Clacton-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea and Eastbourne. Each participant was provided with refreshments, and the entertainment kept going on board the coach with exciting raffles and The Amity’s Project bespoke group sing-a-long session - 'Musical Memories'.
Participants also received printed handouts, with suggestions about places of interest to visit whilst walking on the various day trips, and a selection of songs to sing on the coach.
Friends of Woodberry Down.
The first stop was Clacton-On-Sea on 18 July 2017, a very sunny day and members were able to stroll along Clacton sea front and admire the seafront and the famous Clacton garden walk.
On 15th August the group visited Southend famed for the longest seaside pier in the world extending to an impressive 1.3 miles long. Grandparents and grandchildren came along to spend the day walking in Southend.
As one of the participants said:
"Its always so nice going on a Friends of Woodberry Downs day trip, I don’t want to miss any, we have a lot of fun on the coach, I like the music they play and the singing too, I get lots of help from the organisers they are very friendly".
On 5th Sepbember they visited Eastbourne, the precision of the planting in the Carpet Gardens was spectacular. Group members were able to view the array of beautifully laid flowers. There was a little rain, however it was fleeting and did not dampen their spirits.
The trips by encouraging walking contributed to the well being and health of all those that took part over the summer. The group expressed their thanks to Siovhan Crombie from the Resident Participation Team for all her support enabling us to provide three summer coach trips to areas of natural beauty for older people in Woodberry Down.