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£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

A Hackney youth charity has been awarded £500,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Not-for-profit organisation Off Centre offers innovative support services for young people in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. The grant is the biggest that the organisation has received in its 40-year history. In particular, the award recognises Off…

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Night Tales will open tomorrow for a seven-weekend stay in Shoreditch in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Starting from 6pm on Friday, this weekend will feature music from Django Django DJ set and Low Life with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. The music line-ups will be announced weekly, as will the special…

REBO wants a “Wimbledon champion from Hackney”

REBO wants a “Wimbledon champion from Hackney”

Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey, attended the launch last night of the REBO wall project, which provided a tennis practice wall for Hackney’s Concorde Centre. Days before the ATP World Tour finals at the O2, former British number one, Petchey, was joined by local children at the Concorde Centre…

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

A victory rally replaced St Mungo’s Broadway’s planned strike action today, after executives agreed to meet union demands. Workers at the homeless charity, which runs hostels in Hackney and Lewisham, were set to strike for ten days as bosses announced a £5,000, or 19 per cent, pay cut for new…

Rubber hits the road: condom couriers come to East London

Rubber hits the road: condom couriers come to East London

Prophylatics can be peddled straight to homes in Hackney and Tower Hamlets as part of a new initiative for the Fringe! queer film and arts festival. Luber, London’s first ever condom cycle courier, launched by Terrence Higgins Trust, offers confidential information and advice concerning sexual health, as well as delivering…

Cuts to free legal aid have hit “squeezed middle” hardest

Cuts to free legal aid have hit “squeezed middle” hardest

“Ordinary working people” are being hit hardest by cuts to legal aid, according to a Hackney law charity. A rising number of people who are “too ‘rich’ to be eligible to receive legal aid and too ‘poor’ to afford a private high street lawyer” are seeking advice from free legal…

Parents come together to save nurseries hit by cuts

Parents come together to save nurseries hit by cuts

Over 1000 people have signed a ‘Save Our Nurseries’ campaign petition organised by parents in Tower Hamlets, in response to planned cut-backs in nursery provision. Tower Hamlets is proposing the closure of four public nurseries in the borough, including nurseries for disabled children. All of the nurseries provide affordable childcare…

Interactive documentary to support Lewisham’s youth

Interactive documentary to support Lewisham’s youth

Trylife is a just that. It’s a way to try out life’s difficult choices without getting hurt. Working with former youth worker now film maker Paul Urwin, Lewisham council is hatching a plan to deal with the big issues facing young people. With more budget cuts imminent alongside plummeting opportunities…

Hackney guidebook looks for Indigogo crowd funding

Hackney guidebook looks for Indigogo crowd funding

Inside Hackney, a free pocket guidebook, which documents all the best things Hackney has to offer, from pottery classes to authentic Vietnamese cuisine, has launched a bid for crowd funding on Indigogo Today. Helena Smith, Inside Hackney creator and author of the Eat Hackney blog (www.eathackney.com) said: “I like the…

Half of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty

Half of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty

One in two children in Tower Hamlets are being raised in poor conditions, making it the borough with the highest rate of child poverty in the UK, new figures have shown. According to the latest End Child Poverty report, this constitutes an increase in child poverty levels in the borough…