Hackney is a diverse and tolerant borough, but recently it has undergone rapid change, meaning there are often stark inequalities.
The Council has created a Single Equality Scheme to identify groups who may be disadvantaged and ensure services are run in a way that bring people and communities together.
The public consultation on the Single Equality Scheme is open for comments from staff and residents until 30 September 2018.
The online consultation can be accessed via www.hackney.gov.uk/equality
The Council are also organising a series of focus groups for residents at a Central Hackney location. One workshop will be open to all residents, the remaining workshops are for people with learning difficulties, council and housing association tenants and people who are Trans or Non-Binary. Participants will be awarded a £20 gift voucher.
Residents can register their interest for the workshops by following the link above, or they can e-mail email@example.com. Places are limited, and only those who are selected to attend the workshop will be awarded the £20 gift voucher.
The Hackney Friends group have used funding from Hackney Housing to undertake gentle exercise and go on a trip to Clacton on Sea. If your group want to apply for funding for activities or you live on an estate without representation and want to apply you can find out more on the Hackney Housing Funding webpage or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday Apr 14th saw over 50 children and young people from Waltham Forest and Hackney come together to celebrate the work of Salaam Peace in both boroughs. In light of recent tragic events it was felt important to show that people, especially our younger generation can and will work together.
Nicola Baboneau kindly attended as part of her role with the Hackney Safer Neighbourhood Board and presented the medals to the star performers. Salaam Peace have a number of similar events focusing on issues related to knife and gun crime. You can find out more about Salaam Peace at www.salaampeace.org
Residents who have a passion for improving the communities they live in are being sought to sit on a panel that has direct influence on how housing services provided by the Council are run and delivered.The role, in the Resident Liaison Group (RLG), means you will get to make a real impact on council housing, estates and neighbourhoods by monitoring, evaluating, idea-sharing, and looking critically at what the Council is doing or proposing to do on all services affecting tenants and leaseholders.
As part of this group, which is the highest level of resident involvement, you will look at the performance and policies of housing services and work directly with the Housing Director and the Cabinet Member for Housing Services to influence change and help drive improvements.
The current panel is made up of residents from neighbourhood and resident forums, and the Council is seeking to appoint another seven people - six tenants and one leaseholder - to provide ideas and opinions about housing services.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Clayeon McKenzie said:
'We’re looking for creative, curious and critically-minded Council tenants and leaseholders who care about their estates and neighbourhoods to join this key resident-led group in order to help make real impact on how we run the housing services.'
More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2LAZTLZ