Nearly the World Cup on Well Street Common

posted 4 Jul 2018, 06:56 by Nia O'Garro-Simpson

   Under 14's winners and runners up with coach Alex Brown 

Wick Award was proud to sponsor  the annual youth footie tournament  hosted by Morningside and Gascoyne Youth Club as part of the Well Street Common Festival. There was a record number of young people involved in this year’s tournament and some skillful football from the young players.

Hub for Hackney Wicks’ creative community

posted 3 Jul 2018, 04:47 by Nia O'Garro-Simpson

The Old Hackney Baths on Eastway 

New work-space has been secured in Hackney Wick available to small creative business that may otherwise be forced to leave the area due to redevelopment.
Hackney Council was successful in its Good Growth Fund bid for £450,000 to develop the new sites. More details can be found here:
Hackney Council has issued 7 year leases on the Old Baths on Eastway and Trowbridge Centre (formerly a day centre for people with learning disabilities) on Trowbridge Road to Stour Space and Arbeit as part of a plan to allow creative business in the area to stay in the Wick. These venues will also be available for community activities and offer potential for some exciting creative partnerships.
Money will be spent on refurbishing the games pitch behind the Old Baths and opening a recording studio for local young people .

Council responds to Hackney Wick young people

posted 3 Jul 2018, 04:05 by Nia O'Garro-Simpson

Hackney Wick Youth Voice

Hackney Council has responded positively to the report "Hackney Wick Through Young Eyes" developed by Hackney Wick Youth Voice, a project established by Wick Award and delivered by Hackney Quest.

The research conducted by local young people in 2017 (Hackney Wick Through Young Eyes Report ) explored young people’s experiences and   thoughts about living in Hackney Wick. The council has written a response to the report inviting Wick Award and participants to a meeting at the Tomlinson Center to discuss the response with the Mayor, Councillors and officers.

Luke Billingham, project leader said ‘we are happy that this event is happening, it shows that the council have recognised the importance and power of young people perspectives as expressed in the report.’

‘We know that there are lots of things which make Hackney Wick a brilliant place to grow up in, but there are also a number of challenges which many local young people face. We hope that the event will provide clarity on the actions that the council will be taking in light of the report as well as to tackle these challenges’

The event on the 10th July is an invite only event. If you are interested in coming contact Luke Billingham at

Hackney Wick Station reopens

posted 3 Jul 2018, 03:48 by Nia O'Garro-Simpson

The new refurbished station 

After months of works the station reopened on 25 May. The restoration work of Hackney Wick station is a part of a £25m regeneration scheme to improve passenger accessibility to the station as well as the local economy.

The design behind the new station has some history to it. Landolt Brown, the architect said ‘the new look is inspired by  the area’s industrial heritage’. The Hexagon fittings on a concrete wall in the station refer to the chemical formula for the world’s first plastic, parkesine which was first made commercially in a factory next to the station in 1866.

There is still work to be done on the station, but once completed it will provide a new pedestrian and cycle links from Hackney to Tower Hamlets. The station is expected to be completed in 2019.

Wick residents celebrate The Great get Together, in memory of Jo Cox

posted 28 Jun 2018, 02:53 by Nia O'Garro-Simpson   [ updated 28 Jun 2018, 07:17 ]


From the Foxtrot to the Candy over 60 Hackney Wick residents danced the afternoon away as part of the Great Get Together weekend.

The Grand Tea Dance, held at the Trowbridge community centre on Saturday 23 June, saw residents socialising, listening to live music and learning new dance moves – all in an effort to bring the community together.  

Sylvia Simpson 59, from Hackney Central said: “it was really fun, I got to meet new people and watch people dance to live music, which I haven’t seen I ages. I really enjoyed it’

Polly Mann, the community and partnership worker for Wick Award said: “The tea dance was a great turn out. A lot of residents from the Hackney wick area attend, and as well as getting up to dance, we had amazing baked cakes made from the Hackney Wicked Women. I am really happy we all came out to be a part of The Great Get Together. “

The event was organised and sponsored by local organisations Wick Award, Hackney Wicked Women and was hosted by the Trowbridge over 50’s club.

The grand tea dance was one of the many events held across the country last weekend as a part of The Great Get Together, which was inspired by the late MP Joe Cox

Housing plans for Olympic Park to be updated in 2018 - report back from community event

posted 25 Mar 2018, 08:53 by Hackney Wick



·      Just over a decade ago, 50% of the private rented sector in Hackney was accessible by people on low income or Housing Benefit, That figure now stands at 3%.


·      3000 Hackney families are living in temporary accommodation


·      1/44 Hackney residents are homeless


These are just some of the facts about the changing nature of housing in Hackney that was raised at an event on 9 March.


 Wick Award in partnership with Hackney Council and LDDC arranged a meeting to share information about housing provision in Hackney Wick. The focus was on 'affordable housing', given this was a key concern Wick residents raised in their response to the recent LDDC consultation.


All the presentations are available on the Wick Award website. Key points raised in the meeting were:


-       ‘Affordable’ housing is a broad term that covers a number of different types of housing

-       There are moves by the Mayor to create a new form of intermediate rented housing – London Living Rent

-       The number of annual lettings in the social housing sector is not enough to meet the pent-up demand of those waiting for housing. This means people have to move away or live in over-crowded accommodation.

-       The council is responding by building new homes itself, funding new social rented housing built by Housing Associations, putting pressure on developers to maximise affordable housing and lobbying Government for policy changes

-       LDDC is planning for 7000 homes in the Olympic Park area, of which 900 at Chobham Manor. Many more are being built on the fringes

-       The proposed tenure split is 30% affordable (of which 30% is social rent, and the rest being intermediate or shared ownership).

-       There will be new community facilities coming to the park, such as libraries, (Tower Hamlets  Council have said that they do not have funding to operate the library proposed)

-       There will be one big private sector landlord ( partly to prevent lots of buy-to-let investors)


Questions from the audience included:


Is it true that the new flats will be marketed overseas? How transparent is the process?

·      The LLDC is committed to marketing in London first before promoting overseas. Of the 70% of properties that will be sold, half will be for purchase and half for a private rented sector fund, under a single landlord.


Will Hackney build homes itself?


·      Hackney Council will use their own design standards and builders, not development companies to build properties for social rent . They are forced to sell other properties in this development to fund the scheme.


The event closed with the Film by Derek Smith - Gascoyne Lives - this poignant film charts the stories of long-term residents on the Gascyone Estate, discussing work, memories, and relationships. It highlights the community spirit created by the design of the estate and the common experiences of those living on it. It is available on YouTube (search: Gascoyne Lives)


The current LDDC plan is under review so 2018 should set the final shape of the development in and around the Park. There will be more information coming out. Wick Award partnership is supporting local residents to understand the position and the options for them (both as individuals/families and the community as a whole).

Social Housing and support for community organisations top concerns in response to LDDC consultation

posted 27 Jan 2018, 00:12 by Hackney Wick

Review of the  Legacy Corporation Local Plan

In December, the Wick Award community partnership and LDDC worked together to discuss LLDC plans to develop Hackney Wick and Fish Island to local residents at Trowbridge Community Hall. It was a useful meeting and everyone welcomed the communication from LDDC

Key concerns raised by people attending the meeting included;

  • Social housing, not "affordable" housing should be available to local people
  • Housing priority should focus on local need not opportunity for investment
  • Local people should have a real voice in the plan. There should be an on-going and  creative ways of involving local people in decisions about the use and design of land, especially of publicly owned land
  • Concerns about pressure on local health and education services must be addressed
  • Need for clear strategy for ensuring assets for the local community are delivered through the significant developments yet to come in the       form of both capital assets and revenue streams
  • Local people should be involved in the ongoing running of the park, including the programming of activities and there should be transparency on how this is done
  • Need for revenue to sustain offer access to  park facilities for local resident
  • Employment opportunities generated by development should be actively promoted to local residents

These concerns have been forwarded to the LLDC but residents in the area still have the opportunity to have a say before the consultation closes on  Monday 29 January 2018

The Local Plan Review Consultation booklet and summary information can be downloaded below.

What's Going on in Hackney Wick?

posted 12 Nov 2017, 00:14 by Kirby Swales   [ updated 12 Nov 2017, 00:15 ]

Find out about the plans for new buildings and streets in the area. Join Wick Award for refreshments and to chat about how local residents can benefit from changes.

We will be joined by representatives from the London Development Corporation and Hackney Council. Don't miss this important opportunity.

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2017, 5.30-7.00

Trowbridge Community Hall, E9 5HF

Partnership Planning Session February 8 6.30-9.30 pm Prideaux House E9

posted 18 Jan 2017, 06:44 by Polly Mann   [ updated 18 Jan 2017, 06:45 ]

All Partnership Members and friends are invited to join us to develop our Plan for 2017 and beyond.
We will be focusing on developing our  key themes;
  • Making Use of Green Space
  • Developing a Wick Award Youth voice 
  • Connecting our community
Join us for a light supper and plenty of ideas. Please let Polly know if you are planning to come so that we can organise food.

Christmas Knees Up

posted 10 Oct 2016, 02:05 by Polly Mann   [ updated 21 Oct 2016, 03:15 ]

Christmas Knees Up
Friday December 16
5-8 pm.  Free for all Hackney Wick over 60s.

Live band.  Dancing.  Dj  Gordon.
Xmas tea and entertainment.

Transport available if needed.
At Trowbridge Community Hall.

15 Lavington close E9 5HF.

Contact Polly to find out more 07482 320992.

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