Hackney has one of the most diverse populations in the country

Community

HACKNEY has a diverse and dynamic sense of community – it's a place where people of all different ages, backgrounds and cultures happily co-exist.

The borough has a long tradition of welcoming people from other countries, and as a result has big Afro-Caribbean, Vietnamese, Turkish and Kurdish communities. Hackney is also home to the largest Charedi Orthodox Jewish community in the world, outside New York and Israel.

There is a well established Gypsy and Traveller community here. While large numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people choose to make Hackney home because of its relaxed, liberal vibe.

The borough has a host of cultural associations, community groups, charities and non-commercial organisations that reflect the needs and interests of these diverse groups and in turn contribute to - and enhance - the vibrant life of the borough.

Age UK Hackney

CHARITY Age UK Hackney aims to promote the well-being of all older people and support them in making later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Based in Dalston Lane, it offers a programme of activities including computer training, walks, exercise and healthy living activities.

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An Viet Foundation

AN advice centre for members of the Vietnamese community. Services and activities on offer include welfare advice, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL pre-entry), daycare centre, lunch club, table tennis and mahjong club.

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Centre for Better Health

THIS community-led centre, off Mare Street in Hackney Central, offers a range of affordable daytime and evening activities that aim to promote wellbeing. Courses cover everything from yoga to painting, accredited learning such as NCFE ceramics to professional learning such as Continual Professional Development programmes.

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Core Arts

WHEN in 1992, artist Paul Monks (pictured) set up his studio in the former Hackney Hospital, he inadvertently set in momentum one of London’s most progressive arts enterprises. As his workspace became a refuge for curious patients from the psychiatric ward, the idea of an open studio for sufferers of mental health problems was born.

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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

BUILT on the site of a disused railway line, this semi-secret garden is hidden behind hoardings next to Dalston's famous peace mural. Trees and shrubs including hazel, hawthorn and birch have been planted alongside butterfly bushes, bracken and other plants to attract wildlife.

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Evergreen Play Association

THIS open access, free adventure playground in Dalston is still going strong after 40 years. It is open all year round, catering for children aged five to 15, and has large outside play equipment, a sports hall with table tennis, pool and table football, a soft play room and arts and craft room.

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Fellows Court Community Centre

YOUTH club offering sport, arts projects and other activities.

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Fellows Court Community Centre

Grow

Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, Grow has been transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative space. Hidden in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business.

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Hackney City Farm

THIS urban farm has been established in Hackney for over 20 years, offering city children and adults the opportunity to get up close to a range of countryside animals. In recent years, it has also started to focus on sustainable living issues, and has urban growing areas where people can learn new skills for a healthier life with lower environmental impact.

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Hackney Historic Buildings Trust

THE Trust has rescued a number of derelict and ‘at risk’ buildings in Hackney and restored, refurbished and found new uses for them. These include the Round Chapel, in Clapton, and St Augustine's Tower, in Hackney Central, which is the borough's oldest building.

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Hackney Wick Football Club

HACKNEY Wick FC was established with the aim of being the borough's first official team. The club was entered into the Middlesex County Division One East league for its first season and aspires to progress right up to semi-professional level.

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HQ Therapy Rooms

SITUATED in Dalston over two locations, HQ Therapy Rooms offer psychotherapy and counselling through qualified professionals. You can seek help for a variety of issues and choose from therapists trained in a variety of approaches.

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Hub 67

Hub 67 in Hackney Wick is a new community centre, housed in a temporary building, made from recycled and reused cabins from the London 2012 Games site. It hosts local events, workshops, social activities and community groups.

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Huddleston Centre

THE Huddleston Centre, in E5, aims to enable disabled young people and their families to take maximum control of their own lives and play a full and active role in all aspects of the community. The centre holds clubs every weeknight in term time, for £1 per session, and also runs holiday play schemes.

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Made in Hackney

THE founders of this community food kitchen believe everyone should have access to grow, cook and eat nutritious food that’s good for both people and planet. Based in a kitchen nestled underneath not-for-profit health food shop Food For All, in Stoke Newington, they run courses and workshops in cookery techniques using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

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Manor House Development Trust

MANOR House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise working within Woodberry Down and North East Hackney. It aims to enable residents to make the most of opportunities arising from the regeneration of the area, and offers a range of recreational activities for young and old alike, and training courses.

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Mill Co Project

A CREATIVE community art space in the iconic 1960s Rose Lipman Building in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney. The former library and community centre provides studio and event space to local artists and designers at below market rates in exchange for their work with the local community.

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Open School East

LOCATED in a former library and community centre in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney, Open School East is a free study programme for emerging artists. An annual cohort of artists are selected to take part in a multifaceted programme of public projects and events which involve working with local residents and audiences from further afield.

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Peter Bedford Adult Learning

Peter Bedford Adult Learning is the training arm of the similarly named housing association. They work with socially excluded adults to offer a wide range of vocational learning opportunities.

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Reel Rebels Music Studios

Reel Rebels Music Studios is a space where musicians, music lovers, artists and radio programme makers can rehearse, perform, devise and broadcast. They have 2 fully equipped soundproofed and air conditioned music rehearsal studios for hire right in the heart of Stoke Newington, N16.

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Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army Community Centre in Mare Street offers programmes and activities for the whole community from families with young children to the elderly. The restaurant is open every week day from 10am to 1.30pm.

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Sharp End

THE Sharp End (Seniors' Health and Active Retirement Project) focuses on social events to get older residents out of their homes and enjoying activities with new people to alleviate social isolation and loneliness. Activities ranges from aerobics to yoga and zumba.

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Ship of Adventures

THE Ship of Adventures is a unique bookshop, gift-shop, café and events space run by The Hackney Pirates, a charity supporting young people in their learning. Staff work with a range of local partners and suppliers to offer visitors a range of interesting products, gifts, experiences and events.

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Skinners Academy Facility Hire

Skinners' Academy's facilities are an ideal location for conferences, exhibitions and sports, drama or other events. With free parking on site Skinners' Academy can also accommodate private functions, birthday parties at affordable prices.

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St John-at-Hackney Church

THE current building dates from 1797, but the church has been at the heart of Hackney life since 1275. Primarily a place of worship, St John-at-Hackney is also a community hub and live music venue.

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St Joseph's Hospice

ST Joseph's Hospice in Mare Street helps people live life to the full, to the very last. The hospice has been enhancing life experience, easing pain and bringing comfort and understanding to terminally ill patients, and those closest to them, for over a hundred years.

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St Matthias Youth Club

A FREE youth club for children, aged eight to 11, in the heart of Dalston. It offers sessions in football, basketball, dodge ball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, pool, art classes, homework club and more run by trained and qualified staff.

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St. Leonard's Church

THIS familiar Shoreditch landmark forms the metaphorical bridge between the historical East End and London's new art, fashion and tech hub based around Old Street area.  The ancient church, famed for being mentioned in the nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons',  has a long history as an arts venue and retains an active arts programme including live music shows including the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. It also featured as the location for the hit BBC TV comedy series 'Rev' starring Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman.

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TickTheBucket

BUCKET LISTS... If you have one, here are a bunch of people who can turn your dreams into reality.

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VLC community centre

THE VLC centre was originally set up for refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia who settled in Hackney in the 1970s and 80s, and now serves members from all generations of these communities. Activities on offer include English classes, a computer club, elderly lunch club, youth club, martial arts and Tai Chi, football team, and general advice.

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VLC community centre

Wayside Community Centre

A grassroots charity based in Clapton, Wayside Community Centre has been serving the local community for over 26 years. It works with the elderly, disabled, and those suffering from poverty, sickness and distress by providing a day centre facility and host of recreational activities that encourage socialising and healthy lifestyle.

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