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Connect Hackney – January 2021

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Hello All 

Welcome to Connect Hackney’s January Newsletter. Happy New Year! I hope you managed to have a nourishing break. 2021 has certainly already started with a bang – I hope you have been able to take some time to be extra gentle with yourself, and treat yourself in ways that are meaningful to you. To get started, we have an exciting announcement…

Connect Hackney learning events – save the dates!

The learning event will comprise of two separate sessions (on Zoom) on different days and will cover specific themes – to allow attendees sufficient time to explore each subject matter, as there will be a lot of rich material to share and discuss.
The events are to be held five days apart:

1.    Connect Hackney March learning event part A 
  • Thursday 18 March 
  • Time: 10am to 1pm 
  • Theme: Adopting and embedding a co-production approach and leveraging community assets to improve design and delivery of projects and services for older people.

2.    Connect Hackney March learning event part B: 
  • Tuesday 23 March 
  • Time: 10am to 1pm 
  • Theme: Targeted projects – men specific projects; projects for older people with learning disabilities; projects addressing complex needs (People who struggle to leave home, and people living with a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety); and projects targeting ethnically diverse communities.
Both sessions are being co-produced with our delivery partners and our Older People’s Committee. More details for the two events will be released closer to the time. 

We have taken the decision to hold this learning event as two separate standalone sessions because there is a lot of rich material to cover, share and discuss, and we recognise that it is vital we share and capture all the learning gold and not scrimp on creating time and space for that. 

However, we do recognise the time commitment and the reality of zoom fatigue and so have favoured spreading this time over two dates of shorter sessions, rather than one full day.

We hope that you and your colleagues can join us for both sessions. If you can only attend one, or part of either, of course you will be most welcome to join for as long as you are able.

More details will be released closer to the time, but in the meantime please do save these dates to your calendars. I look forward to seeing you there!
Contact Sarah

Hackney Senior magazine – download digital version

The winter edition of Hackney Senior is now out. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition of Hackney Senior. Click here to download a digital copy of the latest Hackney Senior magazine. 
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Announcing the Connect Hackney extended projects

As announced before Christmas, The National Lottery Community Fund has agreed to the scaled down continuation of Connect Hackney throughout 2021. 
We can now announce that the projects that have been successful in securing extension funding are:
  • Shoreditch Trust: Community Connections
  • Coffee Afrik: Somali Women BAME Elders
  • Newham New Deal Partnership: @Online Club Hackney for Over 50’s
  • Groundwork London: Silver Connections
  • Hackney Chinese Community Services Association: Table Tennis Club
  • Latin American Women’s Aid: Growing Together
  • African Health Policy Network: Sante Sage 
  • Turkish Cypriot Cultural Association: Mutlu Yasam / Happy Living Project.
Through the application process we really pushed for adaptability and the central consideration of wellbeing – for staff, volunteers and participants. 

We are excited to see the agile and responsive approaches, as exemplified by all our delivery partners in the past year, grow in strength and ability over the months ahead.

We applaud all the successful bids for their innovation and persistence throughout this relentlessly challenging time we face. If you would like more info on any of the above, click here
Thanks for reading our January Newsletter, and remember to save the dates for our upcoming learning events on 18 and 23 March! 

We will be in touch with more detail closer to the time, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,
Sarah and Connect Hackney Team 
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