Community activities delivered direct to Hackney residents

Published on 25/06/2024

Through our charitable Foundation, we’ve created a £36,000 funding programme jointly with the Haggerston and Kingsland Residents Collective.

The programme aims to support residents of the Haggerston and Kingsland estate in Hackney, East London. It’s part of an ongoing commitment to support the health and wellbeing of residents who live on the estate, which transferred to L&Q in 2008.

The fund is open to existing community and voluntary sector organisations that support residents of the estate.

Residents and resident groups can also apply for small grants for events and activities to support their community.


Picnic blanket and toys on a blanket outside of a colourful bus


Four projects are already up-and-running

Last year, the Haggerston and Kingsland Residents Collective approved funding for four projects:

  • Valued Green distributed food and sanitary parcels to families with children on the Estate including older and vulnerable residents
  • Hackney Playbus provided an opportunity for local families to connect, learn about support services and develop their parenting knowledge, confidence and skills in a nurturing environment. Children have explored the Playbus environment and taken part in activities to support their health, learning and wellbeing. Hackney Playbus has provided focused support for families including linking them to local services and referring those in need to food and baby banks
  • Hoxton Health has been running wellbeing classes such as chair-based exercise, mindfulness, Slow Zumba, and treatments such as osteopathy, acupuncture, massage, and reflexology
  • Attendees of Sev Necati Training learned practical self-defence skills and had discussions around female safety and feeling empowered through the knowledge they acquired.

How local residents are benefitting from the support

These initiatives are proving popular, with 106 residents attending an associated community or social activity session.

Of those residents who accessed the sessions, 65 reported an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing while 56 said the events had helped them connect with people in the area. 

"I have a range of parents and carers, outside of my own friendship group, who I can talk to and share ideas with. I have made friends for life here, thank you Playbus." - Hackney Playbus project participant.

The fund closes to community and voluntary sector organisations on 8 July. Please email for more information.

Our charitable Foundation supports the communities that our residents create, awarding grants to support good causes which promote aspiration and opportunity, and providing free financial advice and support with employment and training opportunities. Find out more.