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Benefitting business and the environment – Hackney businesses sought to help build a circular economy

5th July 2022
Hackney businesses are being encouraged to get involved in discussions about cutting waste, reusing materials and reducing pollution as part of Council efforts to help rebuild a greener Hackney by creating a circular economy in the borough. The conversations will focus on how a circular economy – in which materials are kept in use for longer by being shared and re-used among different businesses – can both benefit the environment and businesses themselves.This will build on the £600,000 grants issued to support circular economy initiatives through the Hackney Central Impact and Ideas Grant Fund – including a project by Yodomo to connect businesses, makers and communities to find innovative solutions to reuse waste or surplus materials; and a scheme by Batch.Works to remanufacture waste plastic in Hackney using 3D-printing technology.By keeping materials in use to deliver the highest value they can for as long as they can, businesses can save costs by using fewer materials, grow revenue through new services such as repairs or rentals, get ahead of future regulation changes, and strengthen customer relationships with eco-conscious buyers.Hackney businesses are now being asked to complete a short survey about their business and the circular economy, which will help the Council determine how it can enable businesses to become part of the circular economy without having to change their business model. The Council will also use this information to design a future business engagement programme on the circular economy and how to achieve net zero in business operations.The Council will be working with its partner PRD to run workshops with businesses involved in our grant funded circular economy projects in July. In the autumn the Council will roll out the sessions to a wider group of interested Hackney businesses. These workshops will delve into the subject with businesses in a group setting to aid understanding and definition of a circular economy journey.Complete the survey now.Further information: ReLondon, a partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to improve waste and resource management and transform the city into a leading low carbon circular economy, explains that a “circular economy is one in which stuff is kept in use for as long as possible, delivering the highest value it can, for as long as it can. So rather than making, using and then throwing stuff away (a linear system), a circular economy means looking at each of those stages for new ways of cycling materials and value back into the system - using materials and products again and again, in many different forms.”In 2019, Hackney Council declared a climate emergency and committed to reach net zero emissions by 2040, which means that the Council will not be a net contributor to climate change by 2040. In doing so, we pledged to rebuild a greener Hackney – helping to protect the planet for future generations, and build a borough with cleaner air, healthier lives and better neighbourhoods for all of our residents and businesses.Further details of Hackney businesses receiving Hackney Central Impact and Ideas Funding is available here. 

New local service launches to support residents’ sexual health and reduce health inequalities

4th July 2022
A new sexual and reproductive health service aimed at supporting residents from black and other ethnic minority communities launched last week.  “Project Community – Good Sexual Health for all in City and Hackney” was launched on 1 July and is delivered by Positive East on behalf of the City of London Corporation and Hackney Council’s Public Health team.The new service is the first to be aimed at supporting and empowering local residents from black and other ethnic minority communities to help look after their sexual and reproductive health.The service offers health promotion, advice and information on a wide range of sexual and reproductive health topics, including ways individuals can protect themselves against HIV and other STIs. Other areas of support covered include contraception (routine and emergency), signposting and supporting referrals to alternative local services such as sexual health clinics. The service will also provide free condoms and lubricant gels, as well as HIV and STI testing and will work across a number of different local settings, including GP surgeries, health centres, markets, clubs and bars, cultural spaces, events, pharmacies, and faith spaces.In addition to these services, Project Community will work with the local community, and ensure that the services it provides are developed in partnership with communities themselves, as well as other local partners - including small voluntary sector organisations. This will be achieved through training up sexual health Community Champions and peer mentors, offering training sessions to faith and other community leaders, running a grants scheme for small organisations to bid from to undertake projects, and digital and social media engagement. And there are also plans for the service to recruit volunteers from these local communities, who will be able to provide their own insight and experiences to shape the delivery of the service.More information about  Project Community contact Euriza at euriza.mata@positiveeast.org.uk or visit: https://www.positiveeast.org.uk/hccommunity/
Second entrance at Hackney Central station opens
Customers can enjoy quicker and easier access to London Overground services at Hackney Central from today, as a new entrance opened on Graham Road helping to ease congestion, provide more direct access to the town centre and allow a simpler interchange with Hackney Downs station and local bus services.The £3 million scheme was delivered collaboratively with funding by the Department for Transport (DfT) using land that Hackney Council owns. The project was delivered by TfL and Arriva Rail London, who operate the London Overground on TfL’s behalf, and Network Rail. The new additional entrance provides major improvements to the station including a new covered gate line, two new ticket vending machines and additional cycle storage helping to encourage greener and more sustainable journeys to and from the station.  It also features a living roof on both the new station building and the covered cycle storage and a green wall and new trees in the customer area.  Throughout the station, lighting has been upgraded to the latest energy saving LED technology providing a brighter and safer environment for customers.The new southern entrance provides direct access to the westbound platform and provides more direct walking access to the town centre with a convenient interchange to local bus stops on Graham Road.  An information screen provides live next bus information next to the station exit to help with onward connections, with a newly installed pedestrian crossing making it safer to cross the road for buses heading towards Dalston.Customers in need of refreshment can make use of the new water fountain to refill reusable bottles free of charge or grab a coffee and snack on the go from the new food and drink kiosk. Hackney Council invited applications from experienced traders to run the kiosk and selected Mother, a local business owned by three siblings who have managed a cafe of the same name in Hackney Wick since 2017. The cafe has become popular for its focus on quality plant-based ingredients, community focus and excellent coffee  - and will benefit hugely from the thousands of passengers who use the station every day. The new entrance is a response to the growing popularity of London Overground services in Hackney which saw passenger numbers rise by around 10 per cent in the two years prior to the pandemic.  As more people start to use the service again, the new entrance will ease congestion, particularly on the eastbound platforms. An easier, more direct interchange with Hackney Downs will also assist customers when changing between London Overground services and provide a quicker route to the new entrance. It is anticipated that around 35 per cent of customers will make use of the new entrance. Find out more about regeneration in Hackney Central: https://hackney.gov.uk/regeneration-hackney-central 
1st July 2022
Summer programme of free and low cost events to help young people engage with the arts and kickstart a creative career
Young people in the borough have a chance to explore the arts, and take their first step towards a career in the creative sector, by signing up for events included in this summer’s Discover Young Hackney annual youth arts and culture programme.The line-up of activities, led by industry professionals, offers young people from 13 to 19, and up to 25 with SEND valuable experience in a wide range of creative art forms such as music, dance, theatre, film, photography and fashion. This year's programme, which takes place throughout August, offers a variety of exciting activities and workshops, including:Hackney Empire - Gain production skills and/or join a choir and perform in front of a live audienceHackney Shed - Create your own piece of theatre around the theme LimitlessChats Palace Arts Centre - An introduction into the world of fashion photographyChildren With Voices - Three-day taster sessions in film, sustainable fashion and music productionAnna Fiorentini Performing Arts School - Audition technique workshops for TV & filmImmediate Theatre - Theatre production and digital contentThe Yard Theatre - Design a new creative careers scheme for you and your peersShakespeare Walk Adventure Playground - Explore 32 art, music, skateboarding and SEN play sessions including entrepreneurship, the basics of skateboarding & moreHackney Showroom - A beginner’s guide to DJing for Girls, including beat-mixing on CDs, USB or vinyl. Plus a week of workshops to learn printmaking techniques and explore ideas around protest, activism, slogans and protest imagery. Notes to editorsSign up for the Discover Young Hackney event programme opens today (Friday 1 July) and includes activities from 11 different local organisations running throughout August. Find a full list of what’s happening and details of how to take part on the Discover Young Hackney 2022 webpage. Follow Discover Young Hackney on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
1st July 2022
Census data release from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)
New estimates of Hackney’s population have been released today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The census is a count of an area’s population, carried out by the ONS every ten years.Information on Hackney’s population, broken down by age and sex along with information on occupied households, is also provided. More data on local areas and equality factors such as ethnicity and religion will be published this Autumn.The ONS estimates there were 259,200 people living in Hackney in March 2021. Although this is 5.3% higher than the 2011 Census estimate of 246,300, it is significantly lower than the 2020 mid-year estimate of 280,900, published last year. The mid-year estimates approximate how many people are typically living in the area over the calendar year. It is also lower than the GP registration data which provides another indicator of those living in the borough at any given time.For further information on the census, please visit: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/initialfindingsfromthe2021censusinenglandandwalesNew census 2021 data from the ONS shows Hackney’s population is estimated to be 259,200  compared with 246,300 in 2011, which is down from last mid-year estimate for 2020 (released in 2021) of 280,900.The female population is an estimated 135,300 compared with the male population of 123,900. Hackney had a population density of 13,611 residents per sq km and it remains the 3rd most densely populated local authority after Tower Hamlets and Islington. Hackney has 106,100 households compared with 101,690 in 2011.For further information on future census data release dates, please visit: https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/censustransformationprogramme/census2021outputs/releaseplansThis comparison tool helps us see changes between two census points: https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/censuspopulationchange/E09000012/
28th June 2022