Social wellbeing is about finding activities you enjoy doing that puts a smile on your face, this can be things you do on your own or with other people. Being actively engaged with life, your community and with other people really helps you to feel good and supports your social wellbeing. It also helps reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

There are a number of things that you can do to be sociable, from volunteering, walking in the park, reading a book, or joining a class.

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Groups

OPENING DOORS

Walking tours of London groups , drop in sessions, lunch clubs, art groups, gallery visits, guest speakers, film nights, Tai Chi and other activities for the over 50’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) community across London.

020 7239 0446
c/o Age UK Camden, Tavis House,
1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA
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www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk

ALZHEIMERS’S SOCIETY - HACKNEY AND CITY

Information, advice and peer group support for people with dementia and their carers.

020 8533 0091
Unit 1, Ground Floor,
30 Felstead St, Hackney
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www.alzheimers.org.uk

AGE UK

Age Well Project for 50-64 year olds, a programme of walks both nordic and ‘ordinary’, exercise, Yoga, and healthy living activities as well as social events and computer training.

0800 9179830
22 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/hackney/activities--events/

SOCIAL ACTION FOR HEALTH

Aimed at members of the community that feel marginalised, this group gives advice on welfare benefits, housing and debt. They can also refer people on to healthy living initiatives, training and employment programmes.

020 8510 1970
Unit A (first Floor) Menthouse
1B Mentmore Terrace, E8 3DQ
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www.safh.org.uk

CARA (CENTRAL AFRICAN RIGHTS & AIDS SOCIETY)

A group aimed at promoting health and improving the quality of life for African people. Information, support and advice on health, education and social development.

0844 4780015
18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
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www.cara-online.org

HALKEVI

ESOL classes, social and cultural activities, youth work and older people’s services are available for the Turkish and Kurdish community.

020 7249 6980
31-33 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
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www.halkevi.org.uk

DAYMER

Turkish & Kurdish group which organises a range of art, social and cultural events. Their family first project, offers advice on healthy eating, and wellbeing as well as parental involvement in their children’s education.

020 7275 8440
Former Library,
Howard Rd, N16 8PU
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www.daymer.org

CHOICE IN HACKNEY

Helping disabled people lead fuller lives through advocacy, the active lifestyle project and a befriending service. Their volunteer assistants help disabled people to get out and about.

020 7613 8130
Ground Floor, Defoe Block,
50 Hoxton St, N1 6LP
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www.choiceinhackney.org

HACKNEY LIBRARY TELEPHONE READING GROUP

Join a telephone reading group session for people who are house bound or unable to get to the library. The books are provided & delivered to your home and you can take part with a group via the telephone. This is free as long as you have a landline telephone.

020 8356 2538 (free from landline)
1 Hillman St, E8 1DY
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www.hackney.gov.uk/cl-libraries.htm

PICTUREHOUSE CINEMA

As well as the main film features and regular prices there are some other activities at reduced cost. Silver Screen Club - for over 60s on a Tues and Thurs before 5pm. Opening Doors members have concessionary screenings once a month. Big Scream – parents with babies under 1 years old on a Wednesday at 11am and Kid’s club – Sat morning aged 3 – 12 with activities from 10am and the film at 10.30. Also students Tuesdays, family of 4 discounts. Check out their Attic events where you can take part in Open Mic events and see loads of live music. See website for more details.

0871 9025734
270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
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www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/

RIO CINEMA

Classic Matinees: Free for the over 60s on the 1st or 2nd Wednesday in every month. Parents and Baby club: For Parents with babies under 1. Also subtitled films are screened for the hard of hearing on some showings of the main feature films. Discounts for students and unemployed, see their website for details and membership.

020 7241 9410
107 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB
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www.riocinema.ndirect.co.uk

ST MARY’S SECRET GARDEN

Develop work skills, confidence, team skills and friends by volunteering or training as a community gardener. You could gain qualifications at entry level or level 1.

020 7739 2965
50 Pearson Street E2 8EL
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www.stmaryssecretgarden.org.uk

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DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN

An award winning regeneration project, providing Healthy food workshops, community events and relaxing place to unwind and meet up with friends or have a hot dink and cake.

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www.dalstongarden.org

SHOREDITCH TRUST

Bump Buddies - A free befriending service for pregnant women, who may need extra support such as single or young mothers or asylum seekers, or any mum who is financially disadvantaged.

020 7033 8568
Units 1-2 Waterhouse,
8 Orsman Road N1 5QJ
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www.shoreditchtrust.org.uk/bump-buddies

VOLUNTEER CENTRE HACKNEY

If you have time and would like to help others and yourself, then the centre can help you into a position that suits you. Volunteering helps you to learn new skills and possibly find a route into work.

020 7241 4443
Unit 13 Springfield House,
5 Tyssen Street E8 2LY
www.vchackney.org

HACKNEY LIBRARIES

Over a quarter of a million books, 57,000 DVDs and CDs just waiting to be borrowed, and all for free. Plus a wide range of reading groups and fun activities, educational resources and free computer and internet access.

Join in basic computer coaching, classical music or poetry appreciation groups, film club or an adult reading group. If you have been on an ESOL course and would like to improve your spoken and reading in English, then there is a ‘Carry on Reading’ group. Also advice about health and wellbeing and you can even get a book out on prescription from your GP and have it for as long as you need if you have a health condition.

There are eight libraries in Hackney:

  • CLAPTON LIBRARY
    (Northwold Rd E5)
  • HACKNEY CENTRAL LIBRARY
    (Mare St E8)
  • SHOREDITCH LIBRARY
    (Hoxton St N1)
  • STOKE NEWINGTON LIBRARY
    (Church St N16)
  • DALSTON CLR JAMES LIBRARY
    (Dalston Sq, E8)
  • HOMERTON LIBRARY
    (Homerton High Rd E9)
  • STAMFORD HILL LIBRARY
    (Portland Av N16)
  • WOODBERRY DOWN LIBRARY
    (Kayani Avenue N4)

020 8356 2538
1 Hillman St, E8 1DY
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www.hackney.gov.uk/cl-libraries.htm

HACKNEY LEARNING TRUST

There is a vast array of adult classes being run by the Learning Trust for adult’s right across the borough. You can join to help improve skills, gain qualifications or just for the fun of taking part in an activity. Contact them for a list of Adult Learning courses, like their ESOL class listed below.

ESOL Classes

Would you or someone you know benefit from learning or improving their English. Then contact the Learning Trust who can book you in for an assessment to find the right level class to place you in when there is a vacancy. There are some free classes depending on your employment status.

020 8820 7043
1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY
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www.learningtrust.co.uk/adult_learning

EAST LONDON FOOD ACCESS

Providing access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables through eight outlets in the area, aimed at helping those on a low income. Contact them to find out more.

020 7254 4593
Unit 5 The Printhouse,
18-22 Ashwin St, E5 3DL
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www.elfaweb.org.uk

FARM SHOP

A family run project that offers low cost local fresh food with a café and opportunities to socialise and volunteer with gardening and learning about growing vegetables.

020 3490 5124
20 Dalston Lane E8 3AZ
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www.farmlondon.weebly.com

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Being out in nature really helps to clear the mind. We are blessed with many parks across Hackney, the wonderful wilds of the marshes and the River Lea, all available for free. Why not take advantage of the green open spaces that Hackney has to offer, walk, cycle, play sports or simply admire the views.

020 8356 8428/8429
Community Services Directorate,
Hackney service Centre,
1 Hillman Street E8 1DY
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www.hackney.gov.uk/parks

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PARK USER GROUPS

You can also get involved in and have your say about your local park. There are 23 active park user groups in Hackney and these are overseen by Hackney Parks Forum. Park User groups contribute greatly to the life of parks and green spaces in Hackney through the voluntary activity of people who feel strongly about the care and improvement of Hackney’s green spaces.

c/o 65 Kyverdale Road,
London, N16 6PH
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www.hackney.gov.uk/parks-user-group

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUPS

If you want to have a say in how your GP’s surgery is run get in touch with your local surgery and ask about their Patient Participation Group. Every surgery should have one and this is your chance to get involved and influence how the surgery is run.

HACKNEY HEALTHWATCH

Hackney Healthwatch is there to help you share your experience or your views, good or bad; about the health and social care services you have received or tried to receive. Healthwatch can also help if you want to make a complaint about a service. You can help shape or improve services for the future, because all the feedback is shared with those who design, plan and provide health and care services in Hackney.

020 7923 1962
84 Springfield House,
5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY
www.healthwatchhackney.co.uk

HACKNEY GIVING

There are so many good organisations in Hackney delivering services free of charge. Unfortunately some of these services are at treat of closure due to loss of funding. Hackney Giving offers individuals and businesses a unique opportunity to support a range of grassroots community organisations working to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged local residents.

To find out more about how to do this contact Secorro Green at Hackney CVS.

020 7923 1962
84 Springfield House,
5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY
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www.hcvs.org.uk

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