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Hackney celebrates LGBT+ History Month with events throughout February

1st February 2023
The largest ever showcase of disabled LGBT+ talent is among the many events and activities taking place in Hackney throughout February for LGBT+ History Month. First launched in 2005, LGBT+ History Month aims to increase the visibility of the histories, lives and experiences of LGBT+ people, promote their wellbeing and inclusion, and raise awareness of matters affecting LGBT+ communities. This year’s programme is supported by a £6,000 microgrants scheme, part of the Hackney Pride365 arts and culture initiative, to help fund community events celebrating all identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual). The programme of events includes: Walking tours with Queer Tours of London in Stoke Newington Panel discussion for Queer intergenerational women and non-binary people Zine making and film screening with Queer China UK Queer cinema at Dalston’s Rio Cinema Unfinished Histories exhibition and readings on Queer Theatre at Hackney Archives A performance of LGBTQIA+ experiences by the Arcola Theatre’s Queer Collective The largest ever showcase of disabled LGBT+ talent by ParaPride Notes to editors Check out the full LGBT+ History Month calendar of events on Love Hackney Keep up to date with Hackney Pride365 at ParaPride will be marking LGBT+ History Month at Hackney Town Hall on Sunday 19 February, by presenting the largest showcase of disabled LGBT+ talent with a spectacular line-up of creative acts, supported by Hackney Council and Hackney Pride365. Expect comedy royalties, Drag Kings & Queens, aerial artists, pole performers, poetry, comedy, DJ sets and more. Tickets are available through Eventbrite: 

Parents wanted to explore affordable local childcare opportunities

31st January 2023
Hackney Council is seeking six parents to help guide its work on exploring affordable childcare options in the borough. Parents and carers living in Hackney are invited to express their interest in working as a member for the newly created ‘Hackney Commission into Affordable Childcare’ by filling out a short form by 5pm on 10 February. The primary focus of the commission will be to explore opportunities and make recommendations for high quality, efficient and affordable childcare from all possible providers (private, public and social enterprises). The Council is particularly interested in hearing from:People from across Hackney’s diverse population;Parents and carers using different types of childcare - such as nurseries, out of school provision and childminders; Parents accessing services that support vulnerable children, children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and children and families accessing universal children’s centre services.  The Commission will run for approximately 6-9 months, and members will be invited to attend the Commission’s meetings and participate in activities - either in person or virtually. If you would like more information about the Commission or the role, please e-mail Silvi Shrestha, Strategic Delivery Officer.
Update on Stoke Newington High Street building collapse - Sunday 29 January
This page has now been replaced by the following web page, which will be updated regularly:  Stoke Newington High Street remains closed to pedestrians, cyclists and traffic between Tyssen Road and Brooke Road as work continues to make a partially-collapsed building safe. The road is likely to remain closed until at least next weekend.The Council has used its building control enforcement powers to take control of the work to make the building safe. Our contractors are now working hard to construct a supporting structure that will stabilise the existing scaffold and the building, so that work can then take place to make the site safe.This is complex work and, while teams are working around the clock, we are not yet able to provide a firm timescale for the work to be completed and the road to reopen.The 67, 76, 149, and 243 buses continue to be diverted. The 276 is operating on a shorter route ending at Amhurst Road/Hackney Downs station and starting at Hackney Central station. For more details, visit the Transport for London website:  The following nearby low traffic neighbourhood restrictions are currently suspended:Bouverie RdLordship RdNevill RdOldfield RdStoke Newington Church St bus gateYoakley RdThe Council's highways team will continue to monitor the situation and work with TfL to make arrangements for transport in the affected area, including reviewing any further changes to diversions and suspensions.We are supporting affected residents and businesses. The building owner is providing alternative accommodation to those living in the affected building. Council teams are arranging alternative accommodation for residents living in the building opposite who have had to relocate while the works take place. We are aware that some landlords have not been able to arrange alternative accommodation for their tenants and Council officers are working with the landlord to support them.We would like to thank local residents and businesses, and other people affected by this urgent work, for their patience while the building is made safe. Council teams remain on site to provide support and advice as needed.
29th January 2023
Hackney commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day 2023
Hackney has paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides around the world in a special ceremony at Hackney Town Hall to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2023.Every year, Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January remembers the six million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of others killed under Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is “Ordinary People”. The ceremony included a special tribute to Petronella Cornelia van den Bergh, the great aunt of current Hackney Council officer Olga Vandenbergh, who hid and arranged shelter for Jewish children in the Netherlands from 1942-1944 before being shot by the Nazis in 1944. In 2004 Petronella was commemorated on the Roll of Honour to the Fallen in the Hague.The ceremony, highlights of which are available to view on the Hackney Council YouTube channel, featured speeches from the Mayor of Hackney, Hackney Speaker Cllr Humaira Garasia, as well as poems and readings from Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, Cllr Rathbone and students from Haggerston School and The Urswick School.A statement of commitment read by Rabbi Gluck OBE, Deputy Speaker Cllr Sizer and Deputy Mayor Bramble was followed by a minute’s silence, before the lighting of the memorial candle by the Speaker of Hackney and a ‘Prayer for the Dead’ and ‘Memorial Prayer’ from former speaker Cllr Michael Desmond.View the ceremony highlights here.
27th January 2023