Recent resident insight work as part of the HAPFE consultation and engagement programme in Hackney suggests that overall there is a strong desire to build bridges between newer and more longstanding residents, in order to maintain high levels of community cohesion and encourage community spirit. 2

When asked “what we could all do differently”, the most common responses centred on having more community events where different people can meet their neighbours and people from different backgrounds can mix. Specific suggestions included street parties, ‘jumble trails’B and community festivals, and also continuing to deliver events such as Hackney carnival and Hackney half marathon. A focus group of young people involved in this research suggested a different way to build community cohesion in the borough; through maintaining parks and open spaces for everyone, so that mixing could take place in a more natural way.

Notes

  1. A ‘jumble trail’ is like a car boot sale but on residential streets; it involves communities co-ordinating to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes etc.: www.jumbletrail.com
  2. A ‘jumble trail’ is like a car boot sale but on residential streets; it involves communities co-ordinating to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes etc.: www.jumbletrail.com

References

  1. Hackney Council, “Hackney: a place for everyone (HAPFE) consultation report,” 2016 (not yet published).
  2. Hackney Council, “Hackney: a place for everyone (HAPFE) consultation report,” 2016 (not yet published).