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Springfield Park event launches Hackney’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations
20th May 2022
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend celebrations will begin in Hackney on Thursday 2 June with a family-friendly event at Springfield Park to commemorate the completion of the park’s restoration project.The Springfield Park Celebration will see a host of free activities throughout the day for all the family, including arts and crafts workshops, live music, poetry readings, sports sessions and history walks. The event marks the 70th year of the Queen’s reign as well as the completed refurbishment of Springfield House, the opening of a new play area for children and the new Glass House venue.The activities which run from 10am to 5pm are free, with some needing to be booked in advance via the QR codes or by visiting www.hackney.gov.uk/springfield-park. Register online to receive reminders and updates on activities being added, including:Costume making, face painting, dancing and drumming workshops with non-profit art and education organisation Taru ArtsImmersive guided history tours of Springfield Park to learn about the park’s fascinating pastBunting design workshops to create a unique, one-off print using fresh cuttings from the grounds of the park Tree walks around Springfield Park to learn about the park’s wide range of floraTennis sessions for adults, children and beginnersPaddlesport sessions and narrowboat trips throughout the day, open to anyone aged 8 and aboveLive music from the Grand Union Orchestra on the Jubilee Bandstand all afternoon Behind the scenes tours of the restoration project with the Springfield Park User GroupThe Jubilee celebrations will continue across Hackney over the bank holiday weekend with more than 30 Big Jubilee Lunch events supported by the Council, including barbecues, picnics, celebration meals, dance workshops, live music, a bouncy castle and a dog show.Notes to editorsSpringfield Park was officially opened to the public in 1905, and holds a Green Flag award, given to the best green spaces in the country. The £4.1 million restoration project at Springfield Park was made possible by investment secured from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.Visit https://hackney.gov.uk/springfield-park for information about the Springfield Park restoration project.Register for your free ticket to the Springfield Park Jubilee Celebration here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/springfield-park-celebration-tickets-320505559757
Consultation on the City and Hackney Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022
19th May 2022
A consultation of community pharmacies in the City and Hackney is currently underway to ensure that they continue to provide suitable services, in the right locations, for local people.The City and Hackney Health and Wellbeing Board is asking people who use local pharmacies to participate in a consultation that will help to improve and shape their services in the future.The process, known as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), is a statutory requirement that the City and Hackney Health and Wellbeing Board must carry out at least once every three years.Community pharmacies provide services such as dispensing medicines, offering advice and practical help on coping with ill health, keeping healthy and general wellbeing, and receiving waste medicines for safe disposal.To have your say in the PNA consultation, click here. The survey is open from Monday 9th May until Friday 8th July.
Lime dockless bike hire scheme to launch in Hackney
A new dockless cycle hire scheme is set to launch in Hackney in June - aimed at supporting people who don’t own a bike to cycle around the borough - after the Council approved a bid from Lime to run the service.When the service launches, Lime bikes will be available to rent for between 15p and 20p per minute, including for one-way trips, with average journeys costing between £2.50 and £3.To support the new service and keep pavements accessible for people with visual or mobility impairments, the Council has installed 70 new dockless bike bays in place of car parking spaces. Lime bikes in Hackney must be picked up or dropped off from these bays.The Council previously had a dockless bike scheme in Hackney, but this was withdrawn during the pandemic. Lime, the winner of the latest tender process, already operates in Islington, Camden, Richmond, Brent and the City of London.Hackney has the highest number of people cycling to work in London and the second highest number in England (after Cambridge) by total numbers. The Council’s transport strategy aims to promote better health, increase social inclusion and manage congestion and overcrowding on public transport. A study by Sustrans has shown that investment in cycling routes can have a benefit to cost ratio of 20:1 compared to just 3:1 for rail and road schemes.As part of the agreement, Lime will offer 50% off the cost of e-bike rides for lower income residents via its LimeAccess programme, which was launched in the UK earlier this year. The programme provides eligible riders - including concession pass holders, key workers, students and job seekers - with unlimited discounts with Lime, helping them to get where they need to go in a safe, sustainable and affordable way. To sign up to ‘Lime Access’ and for more information on eligibility, people can visit the LimeAccess web page.Lime will also provide cycle training via its ‘First Ride Academy’ giving residents in-person e-bike training from a training and safety team in a closed environment before embarking on a ride-along with an instructor.
19th May 2022
Woodberry Down Children’s Centre to be transformed
Work has begun to transform the Grade II listed Woodberry Down Children’s Centre Early Years building, which will provide a new home for Lilliput Playgroup, a crèche and more training facilities for adults and young people.An extension will be built on the current site to provide a new space for children under five and “stay and play facilities” to allow for a wider range of activities.As well as a new purpose built crèche, improvements will also allow for day care and more adult learning and group work for adults and young people, with consulting rooms and more services to be delivered on-siteMayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play, visited the centre last week to mark building work getting under way.Children from Woodberry Down Children's Centre join the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play, Cllr Caroline Woodley, as work begins on the expanded children's centre.All photos by Sean Pollock.The centre improvements are being funded through direct Council investment and funding from by Berkeley Homes, lead developer for the Woodberry Down regeneration. Woodberry Down Children’s Centre and Lilliput Playgroup will remain open during the work, which is expected to take 18 months to complete. For more information on the centre visit https://education.hackney.gov.uk/school/woodberry-down-childrens-centre
16th May 2022
Council responds to disorder in Dalston over the weekend
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, and Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, respond to disorder in Dalston on Saturday evening (14 May): "We strongly condemn the violent scenes that took place, and which many people witnessed, on Saturday evening. Disorder like this is simply unacceptable, and it is clear that both police officers and the community were impacted by it. “The Council had no prior knowledge of the police operation that took place. We do now know that it was an attempt to tackle the rising numbers of street robberies and other offences being committed by people on scooters and bikes - but not linked to delivery drivers - in the area. However, over the next few days we will be working with the police to establish to understand what went wrong and how the situation escalated. “We welcome the fact the police have referred distressing video footage to their Directorate of Professional Standards, and we expect them to be transparent with us - and the community - of the outcomes of this review.“The Council has been working closely with the local community, and delivery drivers and their union, in and around Ashwin Street for months in order to try to resolve the recurring issues in the area relating to parking and facilities, and we will be speaking to them to make it clear that we were not involved in this operation nor should we conflate it with our work.“The Council is committed to rebuilding community trust and confidence in the police, but incidents like the one on Saturday night can undermine that process. We’re determined to help broker better relationships between the police and all our communities.”
16th May 2022
Let’s chat about vaccines – new community conversation campaign launched
A new Hackney Council and NHS campaign will help more residents unsure about getting the Covid-19 vaccine to speak to their friends, family and healthcare professionals to make an informed decision.The Hackney Vaccination Conversation will bring together families, community groups, volunteers and doctors for local conversations about reputable information, concerns and barriers. The new approach is based directly on feedback from residents – who have said they don’t want to feel forced into being vaccinated or struggle to access mainstream information or support.A new Health Protection Engagement Team and community volunteers will instead hold regular small local sessions for people to discuss the vaccine, with a new range of information and advice available online and at local community spaces. The local vaccination programme was launched by the NHS and Hackney Council in December 2020 and in this time the partnership has: Vaccinated over 185,000 Hackney residents.Mobilised 2 major vaccination centres and supported 11 pharmacies to deliver vaccines in the borough.Hosted 80+ pop-up vaccination clinics for residents with language or access barriers including Turkish, African, South Asian and Orthodox Jewish communities, refugees, migrants and homeless people.Recruited 230+ Community Champions to help combat vaccine misinformation and share trusted vaccine information resources with their local networks.Commissioned 13 community organisations to provide targeted vaccination outreach activities and events.Hosted regular vaccine webinars for residents.Over the coming weeks the Council will roll out a new engagement programme that will provide opportunities for all residents to learn more about the vaccine and to discuss their concerns and barriers to vaccination.To find out more about the local vaccination programme visit: hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-vaccineIf you have any questions about the Covid-19 vaccination and would like to discuss this with a local medical professional you can call the vaccine helpline on 07706 735 915, Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.
16th May 2022