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Soc&Env: Community grants programmes in Hackney

Hackney Council continues to invest in the voluntary and community sector through a grants programme, with £2.5m allocated in 2015/16. This programme funds a range of projects for residents, such as youth activity schemes, health advice, employment support advice and improving safety in the borough. The Healthier Hackney Fund is another community grants programme launched …

Soc&Env: Services: Volunteering opportunities

Following the successful push to increase volunteering around the London 2012 Olympic Games, Team Hackney partners have continued to promote opportunities and to celebrate the active contribution that volunteering makes to the local community and civic life. For example, the Hackney Volunteer Centre promotes volunteering as a route into work for people who are unemployed, …

Soc&Env: Services addressing social isolation

Hackney Council funds Targeted Preventative Services (TPS), a scheme to support vulnerable adults in Hackney to prevent or delay the need for intensive health or social care support. TPS is made up of two elements: a volunteering and befriending service plus floating support to help residents with specific housing-related needs. The Community Library Service in …

Soc&Env: Community safety: Services and support available locally

There are a number of local services in both Hackney and the City of London that can support the needs of disadvantaged residents who may be experiencing social isolation, feeling excluded from the community, or lacking the local networks and connections that they would like to have.  Examples of some of these services are provided …

Soc&Env: Evidence and best practice relating to youth crime and gang involvement

In 2015, the Home Office published ‘Preventing youth violence and gang involvement: practical advice for schools and colleges’, which identified the following interventions and techniques to be effective in preventing violence in general: mentoring anti-bullying programmes improving social skills involving parents cognitive behavioural therapy. In 2015, the Early Intervention Foundation published a rapid review of …

Soc&Env: Evidence and best practice relating to domestic violence and abuse

NICE has published guidance on addressing domestic violence and abuse, making a number of recommendations covering the following:  planning of services based on need local multi-agency partnerships integrated commissioning appropriate environments and training to encourage disclosure information sharing protocols tailored help to access support specialist services for children and young people, and women who need …

Soc&Env: Evidence and best practice relating to anti-social behaviour

There is evidence to suggest that family based interventions, which are designed to tackle issues such as ASB, have positive outcomes. A 2012 report highlighted the following key features of an effective family intervention:  a dedicated worker, dedicated to a family practical ‘hands on’ support a persistent, assertive and challenging approach considering the family as …

Soc&Env: Community safety: Evidence and best practice

This sub-section describes evidence-based recommendations and good practice in relation to Community Safety. The information is framed around the following headings: Anti-social behaviour  Domestic violence and abuse Youth crime and gang involvement