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£1 fitness classes

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Our One You £1 community fitness classes take place in community venues across the borough. They're just £1 and are aimed at residents and people who work in Hackney, from children to older adults.

They run alongside the national Public Health England One You campaign to encourage residents to get fitter, eat healthier and feel better and they're open to all Hackney residents. With over 60 classes per week on 26 estates in Hackney there's something for everyone from Box Fit to Zumba, kids' karate to family street dance.

You can find and book your class on the new OpenPlay app, download the registration form [pdf, 1.52MB]or complete one at the centre.

For free activities for hackney residents aged 50+, see New Age Games. For more information call Henry Muss on 020 8356 6326 or email

Why exercise?

Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of breast cancer by up to 20%, dementia, depression and colon cancer by up to 30%, cardiovascular disease by up to 35%, type 2 diabetes by up to 40% and hip fractures by up to 68% - Public Health England.

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Connect Hackney - Commissioning: BAME Communities

Source By: Connect Hackney- Hackney CVS

Connect Hackney (managed by Hackney CVS) is a £5.8m programme aimed at enabling Hackney residents aged 50 and over to improve their wellbeing, by reducing or preventing isolation and loneliness. It is one of fourteen programme areas in England funded through the six-year National Lottery Community Fund – Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better programme. The ultimate aim of Ageing Better is to learn which kinds of projects and interventions work best to reduce and prevent the social isolation of older people.

Purpose of the commissioning round

In phase one Connect Hackney commissioned 23 projects, with over 2600 Hackney residents aged 50 and over getting involved in a broad range of activities (social activities, coffee mornings, craft groups, physical activities, learning new skills etc.)

We saw significant participation from people who are White British, Black African (Nigerian in particular) and Black Caribbean, as well as other communities including the Charedi Jewish Community. It is important that the programme understands the experiences of Hackney’s other BAME communities – their cultural, racial and demographic sensitivities and how these relate to social isolation and loneliness.

As such, we are particularly  interested in commissioning up to five projects that work with people aged 50 plus from members of Hackney’s BAME communities that the programme has had limited engagement with:

·         Turkish and Kurdish

·         Smaller Black African communities, for example, Francophone African

·         Asian: Indian, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Vietnamese

·         Other smaller ethic communities in the borough, for example, Latin American

£200k is available in this commissioning round – capped at £40K per award (potentially five projects).

Bidders are also invited to submit any questions to the Connect Hackney team by 5pm on Tuesday 9th April 2019 by emailing

Tenders deadline: 5pm Monday 15 April 2019.

Click here for full details of the Invitation to tender.

We're recruiting new Grants Committee members

Source By: Trust for London

We are recruiting up to four people to join our Grants Committees as co-opted members and help us make decisions about where to place our funding.

We are interested in recruiting people who have experience of life on a low-income in London, either gained through their own everyday experience or through campaigning and/ or providing direct services.

An open evening for prospective co-opted members will be held at the Trust for London offices, 4 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4UP (nearest station Moorgate) on Wednesday 13 March from 5:30-6:30pm.

Applications close on 22nd March 2019.

Full details can be found on our website

Making Hackney and City of London Autism Friendly

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We would like to hear the views of autistic people in Hackney and City of London. 

We are using the terms autistic and autism to cover various descriptions of autism, diagnosed or otherwise, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and neuro-divergence.

The questions in this survey are for autistic people. If you are completing this as a carer for an autistic person please answer the questions with or on behalf of them. 

Why We Are Consulting

The City and Hackney Autism Alliance Board will use this information to help form the Autism Strategy. 

A strategy is a plan of action which will help all local agencies work together to make services and the community friendly to autistic residents.

Online Survey

Be heard. Be rewarded. Become a member!

Source By: Hackney Matters

Hackney Matters is a dedicated website for Hackney residents, where you can take part in surveys, quick polls, group talks and much more!  This is to help gather the opinions of local people about issues that affect the community.  This can include streets, roads, parks, education and public health.


As a thank you for your time, you will have many opportunities to earn points which you can redeem for vouchers such as Love2Shop vouchers.  You can start to earn points straight away once you are registered.


This is a great time to join and be part of the panel, as your feedback is valuable to help make Hackney a better place for everyone! 


Please visit, click JOIN NOW and complete the quick registration form.  


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