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Help us make Hackney accessible for everyone

3rd December 2019
Residents, Council staff and Councillors will have the opportunity to make the borough more accessible, as part of the next phase of the Council’s Hackney Access for Everyone scheme. Poor lighting, a lack of signage, level access or unsuitable facilities can sometimes make a trip to the shops challenging for people with limited mobility, vision, hearing, a learning difficulty or other type of mental or physical impairment. The Council is looking for people who would like to help lead or participate in walkabouts around areas set for large-scale development. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas with Councillors and Council staff which will then be incorporated into the schemes’ planning and implementation. This will ensure that areas are developed in a way that is accessible for the widest possible range of people. Sites that will be visited include the Woodberry Down, Colville, King's Crescent and De Beauvoir estates, the Stoke Newington Gyratory, Green Lanes, Cycle Future Routes, the Leabridge Roundabout and the Council's leisure centres. If you would like to get involved, please register your interest by signing up to the Council’s online residents’ panel, Hackney Matters. As a member of Hackney Matters you can also have your say on a range of topics that affect you.To sign-up, please visit, complete the short registration form, and once logged in scroll down on the homepage to “Activity List” and select “Hackney Access for Everyone”. Please note that the closing date for applications is 8 January, 2020.For more information about the scheme, please contact Rachel Salmon on or 020 8356 7732.

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

2nd December 2019
Shoppers in Hackney will benefit from big discounts and special offers from over 60 small businesses on 7 December thanks to the launch of Hackney Council’s new Small Business Saturday business directory. Offers range from discounted homeware, children’s toys, flowers, vinyl, website design and even life coaching. Hackney is home to over 20,000 small businesses and the directory has been set up to promote small independent businesses in the borough and encourage both residents and visitors to discover the vast array of retailers and service providers available. The directory is a brand new initiative by Hackney Council and forms part of its ongoing business support programme for both new and existing enterprises in the borough all of which have a key role to play in creating a more inclusive economy in the borough. The directory will continue to be updated throughout the week leading up to 7 December and it can viewed here: wanting to feature in the directory can do so by filling out this online form by 5 December.Notes to editorsAbout Small Business Saturday:Small Business Saturday is a not-for profit campaign that was originally founded by Amercan Express in the U.S in 2010. The day takes place annually on the first Saturday of December but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses all year roundA grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010.American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.On Small Business Saturday, customers across the UK go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores.Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found at: Twitter - @SmallBizSatUk Website -

Greener street sweepers hit Hackney’s streets

Hackney Council has taken delivery of twelve new state-of-the-art street sweepers, the first of 57 new vehicles ordered to meet ambitious emissions rules set to come into force in October 2021.  The new Johnston CX202 street sweepers are capable of running on hydro-treated vegetable oil, a renewable fuel that reduces emissions, helping them to meet requirements for Transport for London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone as it expands to the north and south circular.  Dust screens from the sweepers also capture particulate matter, further reducing their impact on local air quality, and the vehicles have multi-directional cameras and cycle safety systems to help the driver share road space with other road users.  The sweepers join the Council’s existing fleet of environmentally friendly and ULEZ-compliant vehicles, including over 50 electric vehicles and over 150 that can operate on hydro-treated vegetable oil.  John Wheatley, Hackney Council’s Head of Environmental Services, said: “While our extensive use of biofuels and electric vehicles means we already have one of the greenest fleets in the country, these state-of-the-art sweepers help us go further in tackling harmful emissions and meet Transport for London’s targets for the Ultra Low Emission Zone. The team are really looking forward to getting started with the new equipment, which, along with being much more environmentally friendly, offers unparalleled levels of comfort and safety for staff.”  Find out more about the work the Council is doing to tackle pollution. TfL’s Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding to the north and south circular in October 2021. Find out how it could affect you: 
28th November 2019

Major new artwork set to honour local Windrush community: residents invited to feedback on proposals

Hackney Council is set to commission a new, permanent public artwork to celebrate and honour the borough’s Windrush generation.  The artwork will be installed in Hackney Town Hall Square, at the heart of civic and community life. It will symbolise the ongoing commitment of the borough to welcome people from all parts of the world, providing a safe refuge, celebrating diversity and respecting identity.  The project is commissioned in partnership with Genesis Foundation and will be produced by arts organisation Create London. It follows as a cultural legacy to the success of the Council's Windrush Engagement Programme, which started in 2018. Working directly with over 3,000 Windrush elders and their descendants on intergenerational activities in areas of arts, heritage, sport, health and education, the programme has given African Caribbean elders a voice and reconnected younger generations with their heritage. A group of external curators has nominated artists with Afro-Caribbean heritage to submit proposals for the artwork, and the three final proposals will now go on show across the borough to ensure local residents have a say on which piece is commissioned. The Council's Cultural Development Team has set up a panel which includes local councillors, Hackney residents, Windrush campaigners, artists and architects and it is chaired by Mark Sealy MBE, the Director of Hackney-based gallery Autograph. The final recommendation will be made by the panel in January 2020. The three finalists are artists Veronica Ryan, Thomas J Price and a joint proposal by Hew Locke and Indra Khanna. The proposals include figurative sculptures, large-scale Caribbean fruit sculptures made from bronze and marble and paving plaques depicting SS Empire Windrush. The proposals went on display on Monday 25 November at a Town Hall event where Windrush community members and schools were invited to view and share their thoughts.  Residents are now invited to view and comment on the proposals at sites across Hackney, including Hackney Central Library and the CLR James Library from Monday 28 November to Monday 20 January. A further event at Hackney Town Hall is being planned for January 2020. The proposals can also be seen online at  Feedback on the three proposals can be sent to   Notes to EditorsFor further information, please contact: CouncilIn August 2018, Hackney Council became the first UK local authority to pass a motion regarding the Windrush Generation. It now cements its position as a borough committed to providing refuge and welcome to immigrants from all countries, who are so central in the story and identity of Hackney.Create LondonCreate London is a charity that explores the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. Its work is primarily focused in east London, home to more artists and art organisations than anywhere in Europe, and one of the most economically deprived parts of the UK. Create helps artists to connect more closely with communities through an ambitious programme of projects. Unlike a gallery or theatre, Create has no fixed public space, preferring to work in the places people encounter every day.Genesis FoundationEstablished by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as LAMDA, the National Theatre, The Sixteen and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.The Genesis Foundation awards the bi-annual Genesis Prize to outstanding mentors of young artistic talent; it is the only arts award to focus on mentors and the vital role they play in an artist’s development. Past recipients comprise Hamish Dunbar (Café Oto), Polly Staple (Chisenhale Gallery), Hadrian Garrard (Create) and Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson (Good Chance Theatre).
25th November 2019

Hackney men inspire the next generation

Actors, sportsmen and engineers were among the inspirational Hackney residents who met with local young men for a careers workshop at Young Hackney’s Forest Road Youth Hub. Over 60 young people attended the fourth annual Inspiring Young Men event, coming from local secondary schools City Academy Hackney, Stoke Newington Secondary School, Hackney New School and City of London Academy Shoreditch Park. The day saw a record-breaking 30 local professional men and entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds, sharing their stories and offering informal careers advice on their field of expertise in a bid to motivate and encourage young men. The event began with a panel chaired by Hackney Council graduate trainee Solomon Rose, alongside guest speakers including professional footballer from Dulwich Hamlet F.C Nathan Smith, project manager from Global IT Solutions company Leidos, Declan Bissick and director of advertising company Creatures, Stu Outhwaite-Noel.  The audience then took part in small discussion groups to talk more informally with Hackney Council officers, apprentices, firefighters, finance experts, sportsmen, bakers and more, who all had their own inspirational story to tell.  The speakers gave valuable insights into their chosen career paths, talking about their real life experiences, successes and failures. The groups also talked about the importance of perseverance, first impressions, eye contact and seeking positive support. Inspiring Young Men is an annual event designed to give young men in Hackney the opportunity to find out about a variety of career paths and the different pathways available to them in pursuing their chosen field. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with young people, contact more information on Young Hackney and to see what other events they are hosting you can visit: or follow @younghackney on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.
25th November 2019

Stamping out domestic abuse in Hackney - 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Residents, community groups and the Council will rally together in support for the elimination of violence against women, as part of a campaign for the UN’s 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based violence.  An event, which will be held on 26 November at the Brewer’s Bar in Dalston, will mark the launch of Hackney’s campaign activities. The event will provide residents and community groups with the opportunity to find out about:  Hackney, City of London and Good Night Out’s new campaign for night time safety, Reframe the Night; The launch of Hackney’s night time safety charter, Hackney Nights Hackney Council’s toolkit for young people on domestic abuse, which has been developed in collaboration with local young people Our Domestic Abuse Champions Network  The event will also feature an art exhibition, showcasing work from powerful female artists, Aley Hanson, Beatriz Leanardo and Weronika Skierka; a performance from local performers Liana Bortolozzo and Christina Lovey; and poetry readings from Amy Acre, Belle De Beauvoir, Hannah Gordon, Stephen Charles Denver Eyre and Tom Bland. As part of the campaign activities, the Council will also be running pop-up awareness stands, providing awareness and intervention training for Council staff, and working with local young people to ensure that they’re aware of where they can access support around the issue of domestic abuse.  Earlier this year, Hackney Council launched its Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2019 - 2022, which sets out the Council’s plan to work with partners to tackle violence against women and girls through a public health approach, which focuses on early intervention and prevention.  Other organisations across the borough are also holding events in support of 16 Days of Activism: Awareness raising stall at Chatters Staff Restaurant - Thursday 5th December 2019 (10am-4pm) Violence Against Women and Girls Workshop at Homerton Education Centre - Friday 6th December 2019 (9am-5pm) Awareness raising stall at Main Entrance Homerton Hospital - Tuesday 10th December (10am-4pm) Awareness raising stall at Barton House GP Surgery If you need support around domestic abuse, you can contact: The Domestic Abuse Intervention Service on: 020 8356 4458 If you are concerned about your behaviour towards your partner and want help to change, you can call the confidential Respect hotline on 0808 802 4040.  
23rd November 2019