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Help Shape Carers’ Services in Hackney








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Hackney Council is looking to refresh and improve the offer for unpaid adult carers in Hackney. We are interested in hearing about your experiences working with unpaid adult carers and finding out more about what you think an excellent service for adult carers in Hackney would look like. This is your chance to tell us what is working well, what the barriers are and what needs to be improved.


You can provide your views by using the online questionnaire found on the Council's website The deadline for completing this questionnaire is 15th of October 2018. Your feedback will help to shape and improve carers' services locally to meet the needs of adult carers so please do take the opportunity to complete if you can. If you wish to have a 1:1 discussion to provide extra feedback then further details can be found on the questionnaire.




Hackney Council is also asking carers for their feedback on services so if we would appreciate if you could share the following communication with any carers about the upcoming consultation:


  • ·  The local carer's redesign consultation questionnaire will be live from the 10th of September until 15th of October on the council's website
  • ·  Dates for the focus groups and informal discussions are yet to be confirmed. If carers would you like to be involved in either they can please provide details in the questionnaire, email or call 0208 356 4711.


  • ·  The NHS Digital statutory survey will be launching on the 1st of October until 30th of November and will be sent via Hackney Council.


  • · There will be a two week overlap of both surveys, so if we could strongly encourage carers to complete both surveys should the opportunity arise.


  • · If we could also note that the difference between both surveys and maintain consistency in our communication to carers around this that would be much appreciated.

o The National Carers Survey results are used by the NHS Digital to learn more about whether services received by carers are helping them in their caring role and their life outside of caring, and also about their perception of the services provided to the person they care for.

o The local consultation questionnaire is specifically designed to help Hackney Council think about how it can shape and improve carers' services locally to meet the needs of adult carers in Hackney.

Please share this information with your team and any other colleagues that would likely to give their feedback. The more responses that are given will benefit the redesign of adult carers services.

 Should you have any questions or comments on any of the above then please use the following contact details: or call 0208 356 4711.


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Closing Date 19th September - Hackney’s Voluntary and Community Sector Grants programme 2019/20 – Main Grants Applications now open

Source by: Community Investment & Partnerships Team

We are pleased to launch the prospectus for our ‘A Place for Everyone Hackney Voluntary and Community Sector Grants programme’ for 2019/20.  

 Applications for 1 year Main grants are now open and will close at midday on midday Wednesday 19th September.

Eligible organisations can apply for between £5,000 and £30,000 to deliver projects against the grants programme’s two priorities:

 ·        To promote social inclusion, encourage independence and develop personal resilience

 ·        To build positive relations between different groups and communities that will maintain the high levels of community cohesion in Hackney

 For details of eligibility and how to apply please read our prospectus and guidance documents available on our webpage.

 We are contacting you to alert you to this opportunity as you have previously applied for funding. If you do not want to receive further communications from us, please let us know by emailing

Mental Health SIG Meeting - 04 10 2018 at 10am-12pm

Mental Health Special Interest Group Meeting

The Mental Health Special Interest Group (The Group) exists to provide a forum in the London Borough of Hackney, and City of London, for anyone who has an interest in the provision of mental health services. The group is a sub-group of the City and Hackney Health and Social Care Forum.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 10am-12pm at the Tomlinson Centre, 214 Queensbridge Rd, London E8 3NB

In the morning  10-12 HSCF Special interest Groups will  meet - a chance to meet with colleagues working in the VCS in areas supporting :

  • People with MH support needs

  • People with Learning Disabilities

  • User led / User Voice organisations  

  • Older People

  • Sexual Health

  • LGBTQ+ issue

  • Children and Young People's Provider Forum

Agenda of the meeting is below:


  • Minutes of last meeting

  • Advocacy Project - presentation of the evaluation report

  • City & Hackney Wellbeing Network:

    - What has the impact of the network been?

    - How is it evaluated?

    - How is it going to influence the network going forward?

  • Transformation Update

  • World Mental Health Day- Wednesday 10th October

  • Any Other Business

At 1pm we will  invite statutory sector colleagues to join us to discuss to gether how to Unlock Social Value through Commissioning with speakers from

  • Social Enterprise UK;  

  • Race Equality Foundation

  • a speaker on the Community Health Services tender - plans for co production

Followed by workshops  - for full details and to book click here-  or contact


Childhood Trust

Childhood Trust
London Child Poverty Summit
17th October - 9am-6pm

The Childhood Trust and LSE UN Society invite you to attend the London Child Poverty Summit. The summit will bring together those working with London’s disadvantaged children and young people, including frontline project workers, third sector leaders, local MP’s and other stakeholders.The summit is a response to increasing levels of child poverty in the capital and the growing need for support from third sector services.

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