Archive | September, 2013

The EDL have come to Hackney

13 Sep

For those of you who don’t know, Tommy Robinson – leader of the far right, fascist group the English Defence League (EDL), was seen plodding about the streets of our borough today on a supposed ‘charity walk’.  To give you all some background, Tommy Robinson ‘campaigns’ for an England free of immigrants and multi-multiculturalism, so for him to show his face in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse, and accepting boroughs in the country is clearly an act of provocation. As young people in Hackney, we need to send a clear message to the EDL that they’re not wanted in our borough. Their mission is to provoke negative reaction, but as citizens of Hackney, we will show them that we can rise above them. We are a borough who hosted the biggest INTERNATIONAL sporting event in the world. The EDL and Tommy Robinson have no place on our streets and would not use Hackney as a platform to incite their vile messages of hatred.

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Meeting Hackney’s Youth Parliament

5 Sep

Last week, I was invited to drop in on a session of Hackney’s Youth Parliament. It was very exciting to hear of all the amazing ideas and campaigns planned. I have been invited to observe a scrutiny meeting next week so you guys will be hearing about that! Make sure to keep checking in for updates on all things parliament!

Tips on starting A Levels

5 Sep

Many of you will be starting Year 12 this week and I understand that this may be a somewhat intimidating transition, but it doesn’t have to be.

Use these helpful hints to help ease yourself into A Levels from GCSE.

Be organised! – Having yourself organised is key! Make sure you have folders and stationary ready before you start. This will make it easier to collect all the information that will be bombarded at you in the first few weeks. It is important you keep your work neat as your notes should be your first port of call when you start revising.

Manage your workload! – Teachers are not lying when they say the jump from GCSE to A Level is huge. Don’t underestimate it! However, with the right level of organisation and a good work schedule, the work wouldn’t seem as intimidating.

Don’t leave things to the last minute! – Always complete work when it is given to you, and be sure to meet your deadlines! Completing homework the day you receive it is more effective as the information you picked up in that days lesson will still be fresh in your mind. You’ll find it’s nice when it’s all out of the way as well! 

When in doubt, ask! – Never be afraid to ask if you’re ever in doubt. Teachers are there to help you. Don’t feel like you’re burdening them or your peers. It’s your future in the balance.

Try your best to build a good relationship with all your teachers. Set a good first impression these first few days. You’d enjoy your lessons much more when you’re with a teacher you get on with.

I’d say the most important (and cliche) point is to have fun along the way! Work and assignments seem a lot less daunting when it’s on a subject you enjoy, so it’s important that you’ve chosen subjects you enjoy. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in classes you hate for two years. Remember, A Levels are a big commitment. The road is always smoother when you’re having fun!

Forum Foods – a Hackney feast

4 Sep

Wednesday 28th August saw Forest Road Youth Hub transformed into a food fest!

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We called up Ife, Youth Forum member who planned the event.

Why food?

” one of the things i’ve always loved about Hackney is the diversity and cultures. One thing that really shows off different cultures is food! We felt everyone could benefit from it but we wanted to focus it at young people because they were on holiday and looking for things to do and that it was productive use of time. It also painted young people in a really positive light by getting them to providing food they’d cooked themselves”

So what was your vision?  ” through eating and sharing food people could understand and appreciate each other – understanding different cultures and appreciating their food is a great universal starting point! “

What next? ” dance and music festivals next!”

Who paid for all this? ” We won funding through YOF ( Youth Opportunity Fund ) –  it’s a great idea offering young people empowerment by winning funding and running their own projects. We’d love to connect more young people and encourage them to apply for funding to run their own projects”

So thanks to Ife from Shoreditch Youth Forum – Young Hackney

If you have a good project that you find interesting apply for YOF! There’s a deadline coming up!

ife.grillo@gmail.com

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Hipnotic Summer Fest 2013 – An evening of music

3 Sep

Last Saturday (24/08/13) saw the epic conclusion to the Hipnotic Summer Fest in Hoxton Hall with a spectacular evening of music. A vast range of talent was on show, from drummers, to amazing singers, guitarists to saxophone players. The young talent were supported by Glastonbury performers, The Soothsayers. Soothsayer member Robin explained his reasons for partaking in the project. He told me that he believed that music is fundamental in creating a sense of society within a group of young people, so his aim was to create a reflection of society through music to teach young people about togetherness and teamwork. His aim was proven a success after I spoke to 15 year old Aaron who “thoroughly enjoyed the programme”, as he thought it gave him a life changing  experience that enabled him to continue perusing his dream to make it big in the music industry. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

 
All in all, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the event was a huge success, and a huge congratulations to all who took part! It was definitely a night to remember!Image

Made in Hackney – food for thought

3 Sep

Following on from last weeks food fest Made in Hackney would like to invite you join a free Cooking for life workshop

The sessions run on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the community kitchen in the Food for All basement, 3 Cazenove road, Stoke Newington, N16 6PA. The workshops will be run on 4th, 11th and 18th September.

The workshops will include food shopping and budgeting, skills such as bread making, salad dressings, healthy takes on popular classics, sugar free desserts, pies, stews and baking. All with local, seasonal, organic plant based ingredients of course!

Interested? Email Tanya: projectapprentice@madeinhackney.org

Tel: 0208 442 4266