This post first appeared on Hackney Council‘s website.
A long standing charity supporting Hackney’s Caribbean community is celebrating the completion of a £250,000 upgrade made possible after investment from Hackney Council.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville this week visited the Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation (HCEO) in Stoke Newington, to see the finished refurbishment and repair work, which took place between summer 2021 and January 2022. This included rewiring, new lighting, fire prevention measures and a new door entry system.
During this time, the Council agreed to a rent holiday for HCEO, due to loss of income and the cost of hiring alternative delivery spaces. HCEO’s range of services include a lunch club, exercise programmes, community travel, educational visits, outings and day trips for older people, and it has particular experience in assisting people from a Caribbean background and celebrating their history and contribution to Hackney.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the organisation’s operations, with an increase in demand for support from vulnerable members isolating at home, as well as more meal deliveries, support with shopping for everyday essentials, medication and online support, counselling and advocacy.
Refurbishment work has also brought two underused rooms on the first floor of the building back into use, which HCEO plans to sublet to other VCS organisations, generating income to cover running costs and creating more high quality VCS space in Hackney. HCEO has decorated throughout the building and will furnish and equip the first floor rooms, with the wider Council repair work also ensuring the building meets statutory health and safety requirements.
HCEO was founded in 1985 and aims to improve the quality of life for older people in the community.
Mayor Glanville also visited The Old Fire Station in Stoke Newington this week, home to a number of charity and voluntary organisations, including Growing Communities, the Fire Station Community Nursery, Hackney Migrant Centre, Hackney Children’s Theatre, SkatePal and Jamboulay Carnival Arts.
The building is in line for a £800,000 Council investment later this year, which will see significant and essential repairs to the roofs and fabric of this locally listed building and allow The Old Fire Station to continue operating space for these vital charity organisations.