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Hackney CVS building refurbishment closure dates

Hackney CVS is about to carry out a major refurbishment of our existing building on Dalston Lane.

Due to the refurbishment Hackney CVS will be closed for an extended period over Christmas and New Year. The offices will close at 5.30pm on Friday 14 December and we will reopen at 9.30am on Monday 21 January 2019. Hackney CVS staff will be working remotely from the 14th January unless they have taken annual leave

Funding for community led applications to create new green spaces

On Wednesday 5 December MHCLG published the Pocket Parks Plus prospectus inviting community-led applications for funding to create new green spaces of up to 0.4 hectares and to refurbish existing parks.

The prospectus offers an opportunity to build on coverage around the Government’s work to support local parks and green areas, especially with regards to community involvement in green spaces.

It will also build on the success of the original Pocket Parks Scheme in 2015/16.

Pocket parks provide green spaces which can improve the physical and mental health of the community and can be used for physical exercise, social meetings, nature education, community events, and meeting other local needs. Each pocket park will be an individual space tailored to the needs of the local area by the community group which has applied for the grant.
Communities across England will have the opportunity to bid for a share of £1 million Pocket Parks Plus funding to support them in taking control of their own green spaces.

Applicants have until Friday 25 January 2019 to submit an application to MHCLG and further details are available in the prospectus and the related press release
 Funding of up to £15,000 is available for the creation of each new park. And £25,000 for the refurbishment of a park.

Two reports about the social prescribing pilots in Homerton Hospital

From Social Prescribing news

Here are  two new reports about the Social Prescribing pilot in Homerton Hospital, London. The Proactive Care team at Healthy London Partnerships commissioned Family Action to deliver this social prescribing service between Dec 2017-June 2018. There is a far more extensive evidence base for social prescribing in the GP/primary care space and so we hope this focus on secondary care will be welcomed and of real interest to wider NHS organisations nationally, as well as the research community.
The ‘How to Guide’ aims to practical advice to commissioners looking to develop social prescribing in secondary care and what an effective model looks like, and the evaluation report outlines the outcomes of the pilot with patient case studies and an indication of the wellbeing value of the service.

Help improve signage in Hackney Libraries

“Dear colleagues

 Hackney Library Services is currently working on a project to improve the signage and way finding across all Hackney Libraries. 


We are working with an interior design company to create a Design Guide for all signage within Hackney’s libraries. We are keen that this is accessible to disabled people, so we are keen to get input from a range of disabled people.


Please e-mail to let me know if you would be interested in attending a focus group to discuss this.


Best wishes

Catherine Hay

Project Manager

Neighbourhoods and Housing

Hackney Council

Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street 
London E8 1DY  

Tel: 0208 356 7929

Xenia: Women Learning English Together

Saturday 15th Dec, 10am-1pm
Saturday 22nd Dec, 10am-1pm

Xenia run workshops that bring together women learning English and English-speaking women to share and learn. All women are welcome!

Find all workshop dates here.

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