HGP Greenvine 20th March 2020

Hackney Green Party

How are you? 🖐 I know it's been a difficult few days. 💚

Below are listed some ways to help you look after yourself, and to look after others if you are able, we hope some of it is of interest.

We are also working on other activities to help members connect with each other, more details as we have them and ideas welcome.

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More next week.

💚 Hackney Green Party

Please be aware that the Mayor strongly advises that ALL Londoners must follow stay at home advice and not travel unless they absolutely must.

This is the only way to give the NHS the chance to save as many lives as possible. The full statement from the Mayor can be found here 

Green Party Online Mini Spring Conference


Join us this Saturday 21 March for our first ever 'Virtual Conference'! Members will be able participate in some of the panel and fringe sessions that would have been held at our Spring Conference in Brighton, and attend Policy Working Group and Special Interest Group meetings. There will even be an exhibition and opportunities for networking!

Full details and tickets here


Local Support and Aid Groups


If you want to connect and get involved in your local community the Hackney Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group is a great resource for sharing information that people in Hackney would find useful when supporting each other in our local areas.


It also lists WhatsApp groups you can join for each local ward, some of these also have sub groups at individual street levels. Join your local group to get more details.


Other Initiatives

LGBTIQ+ group for those at risk or able to support others

Local group for supporting those with dogs in isolation

6 ways you can support your Deliveroo driver

Subscribe to Hackney Council Coronavirus Newsletter for local updates

Blackstone Estate Mutual Support Group

Self Care and Mental Health

You need to be aware of your mental health during this period, be kind to yourself, try not to constantly consume the news and remember others are probably feeling the same way as you - reach out as much as you can.

Samaritans: What to do if you think someone you know isn't okay.

Samaritans: Information on what to do if you're feeling low or struggling to cope.

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos

The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.

Remember, if you're struggling to cope and you feel like there's nowhere to turn, the Samaritans are always available to listen round the clock.
Call 116 123 or email (response time 24hr) [email protected]

Small Business Support


Please support your local independent businesses by using them when you can, they are at the heart of our community, our friends and neighbours, and what help make Hackney such a great place to be. 

Pages of Hackney offering free delivery on books by bike

Stokey Bookshop are similarly offering books and jigsaws

The impact of COVID-19 is a critical threat to Arcola Theatre and to the livelihoods of all those who work in the arts. Most of Arcola’s funding comes from people like you, coming to see our performances. Without these performances, the vast majority of our income is gone. Please help by donating

Facebook offering small business grants

Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses

Hackney Business Network: Coronavirus - latest information, guidance and support for businesses

Donations and Help Wanted

Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Help community cookery school Made In Hackney feed society's most vulnerable and keep our charity going during the COVID-19 crisis.

Reading Room

Caroline Lucas: Disaster can bring out the best in us if we let it

Windrush review to call for reform of ‘reckless’ Home Office, critics fear hard-hitting report on scandal will be buried amid coronavirus crisis

Live theatre, opera and music streams from US and Canada

Coronavirus phone scam warning

Dalston Library of Things- Coming Early Summer 2020

‘Good for the soul’: Singers set sights on saving their community choir

'Tip of the iceberg': is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19? As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics

Merkel: Coronavirus is Germany's greatest challenge since World War Two

Campaigning and Petitions


Sign open letter demanding calling for the Government to make urgent changes to ensure the safety of migrants in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Green Party: Fighting the virus together needs an economy that works for everybody

Petition: Implement Universal Basic Income to give home & food security

Petition: Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus

Petition: Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry

Petition: Cancel the Festival of Britain - Save Britain's Grassroots Culture

Petition: Tell Spotify to stop exploiting musicians during the COVID 19 outbreak

Petition: Make Coronavirus testing and treatment free

Petition: #LeaveNoOneBehind: Prevent the Corona catastrophe now - also at the external borders!

Resources for Home Schooling


FREE online education resources - A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
Literacy Trust
As a response to school closures, Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents
BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games
Geography gaming!
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Hackney Council Consultations


Below is a list of consultations by Hackney Council that are closing in the next couple of months. If you want the Hackney Green Party to respond officially or you would like us to investigate and discuss an issue in more depth then get in touch.

Gainsborough Bridge Consultation
Hackney Council has been made aware that some members of the public did not receive the initial consultation letter regarding Gainsborough Bridge. As such, Hackney Council has decided to extend this consultation to the 27th March 2020

Albion Drive - Queensbridge Primary School - School Streets proposal
Hackney Council is gathering views on a proposed School Street scheme to improve local air quality and make it safer and easier for children to walk and cycle to school. Albion Drive would become a timed pedestrian and cycles only zone at school opening times and closing times whilst maintaining access for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Draft S106 Planning Contributions SPD Consultation
The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out the Council’s approach to securing planning obligations. We are now holding a 6-week consultation on the draft s106 Planning Contributions SPD. This consultation is your opportunity to tell us what you think about this draft SPD.

Help Shape Early Help In Hackney
Hackney Council are currently reviewing how we approach children's and young people's Early Help services at Hackney Council and we want residents' and partners' feedback on what would make an effective Early Help offer for people in the borough.

Your views on the Council's publications
The Council is reviewing its print publications in light of the High Court judgement and to ensure that they reflect what Hackney’s residents want to be informed about – especially those who may not use or have access to digital channels.

Feedback form for Faggamuffin Bloc Party 2019
Faggamuffin Bloc Party 2019 took place in Bohemia Place, Hackney Central, on Sunday, 8 September, as part of Hackney Carnival. If you attended, please give us your feedback so we can make our 2020 event even better.

Nye Bevan Estate Concierge Consultation
In June 2018, Clapton Park Management Board made the decision to hand the concierge service (run by a company called Horizon) on 53-98 Nye Bevan Estate back to Hackney Council. The Council now wishes to consult with residents living at 53-98 Nye Bevan Estate about this so that we can make an informed decision about the future of the service.  

Graham Road Bus Priority Proposal for Routes 38, 242 and 277
Hackney Council are seeking views on proposals to improve the local road network for buses and make Graham Road safer for all road users including parking proposals on Graham Road between Mare Street and Royal Oak Road.

New Homes for the De Beauvoir Estate Phase 2
Hackney Council are working alongside the local community to develop plans for Phase 2 of the De Beauvoir Estate project. They claim to provide more genuinely affordable homes for estate residents in housing need and some of the 13,000 families on Hackney's housing waiting list. Follow the link for their early ideas for this Phase and they would welcome your feedback. They are particularly interested in finding out your views on the public spaces in the Phase 2 area.

Have your say on changes to motorcycle parking in Hackney
Hackney Council would like your views on a number of proposed changes to rules governing motorcycle parking in Hackney.

Full list here https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/



We need your help to grow 🌱

We are getting closer realising our dream but not there yet of having a part time staff member to help us step up activities here in Hackney and help ensure we get Greens elected.

Our plan is to increase donations by around £350/month and we're 56% there already! 😀

Can you get us to 100%? 📈

We could get there by:

✅ 18 people giving £10/month, or

✅ 9 people giving £20/month, or

✅ 12 people giving £15/month

YES I would like to help Hackney Green Party fund a staff member

We've had a shared staff member for short periods in the past and it makes an amazing difference having someone who can be focussed on keeping our campaigns organised and our members co-ordinated.

And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.


If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at [email protected] 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.