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Controversial out of hours service launched

Source By: Healthwatch Hackney

Healthwatch Hackney is urging patients to give us feedback on the new out-of-hours service for patients starting on 1 August.

From this week, Hackney and the City patients will no-longer be able to directly contact the local GP out-of-hours service for urgent advice when their surgery is closed.

Instead, patients will be told to call NHS 111 who will make decisions on patients’ next steps.

HR and Finance Administrator (Graduate opportunity) - one-year fixed term – full or part time

Source By: Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

Graduate opportunity – Develop your skills and gain valuable work experience in a dynamic and innovative charity.

Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest delivers well-being, resilience and recovery services which aim to empower people with experience of mental ill health.

This is a new role supporting both the Finance and HR teams, providing general admin support including processing payments and preparing payroll for employees. You will gain in depth experience and explore how these core functions underpin smooth business planning cycles and have a pivotal role in the growth and development of an organisation. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to explore their career options or as a first step on the career ladder in a varied role. The successful candidate will be a fast-learner who has excellent written communication and numeracy skills and will use their initiative to get the most out of the role.

As part of the HR team, you will be managing employee records and preparing information ready for monthly payroll, as well as responding to day to day queries from staff. You will need good people skills and be solution focused. As part of the Finance team, you will be processing payments to suppliers, responding to staff enquiries and contributing to the development of regular forecasts and financial analysis. 

Ideally with previous experience of office administration, you will be confident with figures and use of spreadsheets and databases and be meticulous in your work.   You will also have excellent customer skills, taking pride in delivering a high-quality support service. 

This is an ideal opportunity for developing a career in Finance or HR, where you share both the values and the objectives of Mind - promoting good mental health and supporting those affected by mental health problems.

To apply, please follow the link below. Deadline for applications is 8pm on 12th August 2018. Interviews will be held on Friday 17th August 2018.

More information available here -

Connect Hackney Commissioning: loneliness & isolation in BAME communities

Source By: Connect Hackney, Hackney CVS

£50k available for community research into loneliness and isolation in BAME communities

Connect Hackney is seeking to commission up to eight community partners to work with us on a research programme, focusing on how older people (aged 50+) from BAME communities experience social isolation and loneliness.

Our data tells us that people who are White British, Black African (Nigerian in particular), Black Caribbean and Charedi Jewish have participated a lot in the programme to date. 

As we all know, Hackney is a very diverse borough and it’s important that Connect Hackney is able to reach older people from Hackney’s other BAME communities. With this in mind, we are targeting the following communities via this research: 

  • Turkish and Kurdish
  • Black African (other than Nigerian)
  • Asian: Indian, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Vietnamese
  • Other smaller ethnic communities in the borough (for example Latin American)

We are keen to understand the cultural, racial and demographic sensitivities and how these relate to social isolation and loneliness, which might be unique to the experiences of older people from some communities. If you are interested in working with us, you will need to commit to delivering the specification included in the document below (pages 13-19) in particular.

The information will be used to inform an approach to commissioning larger scale projects between 2019-2021 and will also feed into national research for the Big Lottery Fund, Ageing Better Programme which funds Connect Hackney. For further information, please contact Lola or Judy on 020 7923 1962.


Bidders must submit an electronic copy of their tender submission (including all supporting documents) to by 5pm on Monday 10th September 2018.  Please note that tenders received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information click here-

Connect Hackney - new commissioning opportunities

Commissioning: digital inclusion, community spaces

Connect Hackney is now in the second phase of our £5.8m programme to reduce solcial isolation among older people, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

We are now issuing invitations to tender for two areas of work identified as priorities for our work in 2018-21.

1) Invitation to tender for projects aimed at building the confidence of people aged over 60 to engage with different types of digital technology

Feedback from older people and research into digital inclusion has highlighted the concerns that some older people have about using digital technology. We are inviting organisations that have a track record of delivering IT projects (ideally to older people) to bid to deliver projects that support people aged 60-plus to improve their confidence in using different types of digital technology. We want to learn from projects that have the most success in helping older people to stay connected and access services on-line.

A total of £100,000 is available for this strand of work, with each tender submission capped at £25,000. The initial contract period is for 12 months but there is the potential for projects to be extended for a further period as we gather further learning and evidence on digital inclusion.

2) Invitation to tender to deliver community activities that bring older people and other age groups together to enjoy community spaces

 In our "community conversation" focus groups with older people, they told us they would like more access to local spaces where people are able to meet and socialise. There was particular interest in structured activities that take place in comfortable and accessible spaces, and involve arts, crafts, music, and/or food, as well as opportunities to enjoy informal time with others.

A total of £100,000 is available to deliver this work and projects will be funded over two years. Bids will be capped at £20,000 per project and we will be prioritising activities based in the Woodberry Down, Clapton, Hackney Wick and Kings Park areas of the borough. This is because our evidence base suggests that there are geographic "cold spots" in Hackney, with limited activities for older people.


The deadline for responses to both tenders is 12pm on Friday 24 August 2018 and projects will need to begin delivery from October 2018

 Please contact Lola Akindoyin, Connect Hackney Programme Director at if you have any questions about either tender.

Click here for more information and to download the tender documents.

Safeguarding awareness in Hackney

Safeguarding awareness in Hackney

  • Safeguarding Awareness for the workforce 23 August 2018
  • Safeguarding Champions Community offer for service users
  • Safeguarding Principles - Making Safeguarding Personnel and advocacy training
  • Safeguarding is Everybody's responsibility

At Hackney CVS we create and promote a range of opportunities that help the adult workforce to meet funders safeguarding compliance requirements and support adult service users to understand how to detect and protect each other from abuse and harm.

Offer 1 
The next Safeguarding Adult Safeguarding Awareness training -the essentials will take place on Thursday 23 August 2018

Offer 2 
Hackney has a team of trained safeguarding adult champions. Our champions deliver talks or training sessions for up to 2 hour to service users or residents in community settings. We are keen to hear from faith groups, Muslim communities, older people and African heritage communities. To find out more contact

Find out how we can support service users to protect each other from harm and abuse. For more information contact

Offer 3 
VCS Meet Making Safeguarding Personnel 
As part of the Care Act 2014 there is a need to ensure that all organisations adopt the principles outlined in MSP (making safeguarding personal).

VCS Adult safeguarding leads and advocates are invited to express an interest in the briefing session. 

Offer 4 
Safeguarding Adult Health check
Funded and unfounded VCS organisations are expected to meet the adult safeguarding requirements. 
VCS organisations are strongly encouraged to complete the Safeguarding toolkit and health check. 

Offer 5

Are you the named safeguarding lead?

Do you offer advocacy or support to adults with care and support needs in Hackney?

Do you work to create a fairer society for local people?

Hackney CVS plans to organise events to share the lessons from domestic violence and serious adult reviews. It is important that we comply with GDPR requirements. If you are interested in being in our safeguarding mailing list, do complete the safeguarding sign up form and we will keep you in touch with future adult safeguarding learning events.




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